Knife Reviews

  • Knives in Film: RED | Cold Steel Gurkha Machete

    What do John Malkovich, Bruce Willis and Cold Steel knives have in common? Give up? Well the 2010 film RED will be able to answer that.


    Check out the very subtle yet obviously hilarious presence of the Cold Steel Gurkha Kukri machete in the photo above. Honestly, with the subtext of this scene laid out, it’s hard to imagine any other machete or knife being used in this moment. The Gurkha has a very powerful and large structure but its sleek design, along with its compact feel, makes it the perfect tool to sneak up on someone with in an undetectable way. Although this scene is very quick, the Gurkha has that much of a recognizable structure that, if it had more screen time, would literally steal the show. Constructed of O-1 High Carbon Steel, a Kray-Ex handle and full tang, this knife or machete is the ideal tactical and combat tool. Since O-1 steel is a little difficult to keep sharp, it’s important to note that the Gurkha comes extremely well oiled when you take it out of its packaging. With this in mind, we recommend wiping it down with a strong, microfiber cloth before use.

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  • Knife of the Week | Ontario RAT 5

    Ontario RAT




    With its 12” overall length, tough as nails blade steel and micarta handle, the RAT serves as the ultimate outdoor and survival knife. This knife is so tough and versatile that it can be used for just about any cutting task and would be ideal for survival enthusiasts, law enforcement professionals and military personnel. The black nylon sheath that comes with the RAT holds the knife securely and feels very comfortable when strapped to your belt. Given its heavy duty structure and intimidating size, the Ontario RAT has been dubbed our knife of the week!

  • Knife of the Week | SOG Vulcan Mini

    SOG Vulcan Mini


    Ok, this is the knife that puts the E in EDC. The Vulcan Mini gives you a comfortable and convenient carry option with its steel pocket clip, 3.4 ounce weight and 4” closed length. You can effortlessly slice and cut through moderately tough materials with its VG-10 steel blade, which deploys at the drop of a hat with SOG’s patented Arc-Lock mechanism. The GRN handle also gives you a decent grip on the knife when you’re performing light and heavy cutting tasks. With its compact size, tough blade and sturdy structure, it’s no mystery why we chose the Vulcan Mini is our Knife of the Week.

  • Knives in Film : Captain America Winter Soldier | Gerber Mark II

    When you find yourself in close quarters combat against America’s First Avenger, you better have the right defensive tools on you. This is something the Winter Soldier definitely kept in mind when he busted out the dual edged Gerber Mark II.


    Although he was not able to get the best of the captain, the Winter Soldier held his own with the Mark II. Given this knife’s sleek design, dual serrated blade grind and lightweight, it’s no wonder why this would be his weapon of choice. The way this knife seemingly flies through the air and slips from one hand to another really demonstrates its versatility in the field as well as its compact structure. Although the blade is only constructed of 420HC steel, the razor sharp serrations and its dagger point tip make it the perfect cutting and stabbing tool. The handle of the Mark II has almost no grip, but there are ways around that. Textured gloves or wrapping the handle with some type of texturing is the quickest solution to this dilemma. Although this knife is quite basic, it can be used, effectively, in some of the most intense situations.

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  • Knife of the Week | CRKT Desert Special Forces M16

    CRKT Desert Special Forces M16



    Featuring its patented AutoLAWKS mechanism, deploy and store this knife anywhere and feel certain that the blade will not not come out of the handle prematurely. This nifty lock is so tough that it virtually turns this folder into a fixed blade knife when it’s deployed and put in the locked position. The double flippers on this knife serve as a convenient finger guard when the blade is deployed, which also makes this folder look more like a fixed blade knife. The tanto tip and wave serrations on the blade make the M16 so versatile that you could cut through just about anything without the blade giving you any resistance. Whether you’re in the field or on the job, the M16 Desert Special Forces can stand up to anything. For this reason, the M16 is our choice for knife of the week.

  • Knife of the Week | Benchmade Emissary

    Benchmade Emissary 477-1 Given its tough blade steel, textured handle and rock solid Axis locking mechanism, it’s easy to see why the Emissary is considered a premium tactical folder. This knife is so compact and durable that you can store it just about anywhere and feel confident that the blade will not deploy prematurely. The subtle texturing on the handle also allows you to hold a sturdy grip on the knife and choke up on it when making precision cuts. With these features, it makes sense that the Emissary is our choice for knife of the week!

  • Ontario Ranger Falcon Review

    Ontario Ranger Falcon Review

    Ontario knives is an American company that's been producing knives since 1889. Ontario is one of my favorite companies for heavy duty production knives and today we'll be looking at one, the Ontario Ranger Falcon. Ontario's Ranger series are high carbon fixed blades with non-reflective black coatings that are marketed towards armed forces personnel. The Falcon is a broad bellied knife designed for heavy duty work.


    What can this knife handle?

    The Ontario Ranger Falcon would probably be best categorized as a survival or hunting knife. The knife is full tang and very thick, making it excellent at chopping and batoning. The blade shape is also ideal for cleaning large game. Basically, if you get lost in the woods, this is the kind of knife you'ld like to have with you. While ideally suited for these roles, the Ontario Falcon could also double as a weapon in a pinch. The knife is kind of heavy and it's broad blade isn't suited for detail work, but for heavy camp chores or game prep the Falcon is a winner.

    Construction and Blade

    Ontario used 5160 steel in the blade. 5160 steel is an alloy steel that also contains Chromium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Silicon, and Sulphur. It's high Chromium content makes the blade on the Falcon extremely tough, perfect for a blade you want to beat on. The steel is hardened between 53-55 HRC on the Ontario also did a good job with the heat treatment as the blade is easy to sharpen and the edge you put on it can slice through paper. A non-reflective black finish makes the knife stealthy and helps protect it from the elements.

    The Falcons large blade is 4.25 inches in length (over 50% of the lenght of the knife) and over a quarter of an inch thick. I can't stress enough how tough the 5160 steel and thickness of the blade make this knife. I was able to baton down a small sappling when I was field testing the knife. There was no damage to the blade and after a few swipes on the whetstone it was as sharp as ever. The blade has a very broad belly and a drop point shape. There is a small choil located on the ricasso but it's too small and you run the risk of having your finger slide onto the blade if you try to use it. The choil is really my only beef, other than that it's a good blade designed for hard work.


    Handle, Grip, and Feel

    Ontario tends to keep it simple with their handles and the Falcon is no exception. A pair of green micarta slabs screwed to the tang constitute your grip. The handle swells in the middle and despite being under 4 inches in length it fills your hand. Micarta is pretty standard as handle materials go. It's durable and provides a solid grip. The handle slabs are lined flush with the tang, so your hand won't get rubbed raw after heavy use either. I dunked the knife and my hands in a bucket of water and shaved some wood with it... there were no problems with slippage. The design is no frills but it gets the job done.

    Final Thoughts

    The area where this knife needs major improvement is the sheath; it's awful, even by production sheath standards. The sheath is made of nylon and kydex, with a plastic insert for retention. The plastic does hold the blade in, but unfortunately the the sheath doesn't hold the plastic; you'll end up drawing insert out with your blade. Apparently, this is a common problem with this sheath so be advised. the plastic also rubs against the blade which doesn't help if you want to keep your knife sharp. These problems combine to make the Falcon's sheath almost unusable. I strongly recommend going with a custom sheath. How Ontario could design such a failure of a sheath after making such a great knife blows my mind. It's obvious there was next to no thought put into it as some simple testing could have exposed this problem and it wouldn't have been hard to fix.

    The sheath really detracts from the overall grade of the knife. I love the knife itself but if I'm gonna pay good money for a fixed blade knife, I don't want to settle for a sheath that is unusable. I love the falcons design, it's got that broad belly that a staple of Ontario Knives and it's simplicity is refreshing, as I think a lot of production knives try to include too many bells and whistles and end up cluttering up the knife. It's a great little knife for the outdoors and it's a shame Ontario didn't put more effort into the sheath.

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  • Ontario RAT 3 Review

    Ontario RAT 3 Review

    Based in New York State, Ontario Knife Company is one of the leading knife manufacturers in the USA. I've always been a big fan of the practical, no fluff design of their fixed blades. Recently I got to try out one of their most popular models, the RAT 3. RAT stands for Randall Adventure & Training and while Randall and Ontario recently parted ways, Ontario still produces several RAT designed knives. They're in many ways the precursors of the ESEE knives but the Ontario's are more affordable. The RAT 3 has a sterling reputation, so I was eager to see what it could handle.


    What can this knife handle?

    I found the blade shape for the RAT 3 to be perfect for skinning and wood working. It had no problem making wood shavings for a fire and the broad belly made wood notching easy. I wasn't hunting so I haven't had a chance to try it as a hunting knife but the blade shape and length, as well as the full tang construction, lead me to believe the RAT 3 would make an excellent hunting knife. It's not to heavy to carry on a belt or in a pack either. It won't replace your heavy duty fixed blade or axe (the blade is too thin for batoning or heavy chopping) but it's perfect for any jobs that may need a little more finesse.


    Construction and Blade

    Ontario uses good, tough 1095 Carbon Steel in the blade. 1095 contains only two alloying agents: .95% carbon and .4% manganese. It's not a super steel but it's great if you don't want to spend $300 on a knife. 1095 takes a pretty sharp edge and is very easy to sharpen. It's even pretty slow to dull. The biggest gripe with 1095 is the same as most carbon steels; it's very susceptible to rust. A coating is included on the blade but coatings wear off, especially if you use the knife a lot. Be sure to clean and oil the blade after every use if you want to preserve it. While rust is a danger, chipping is not. The RAT 3's blade is tough as nails and built for heavy duty work. The only limitation on it is it's size, the steel itself is strong enough to stand up to almost anything.

    The RAT 3 has a blade measuring 3.75 inches. It's not very thick (.14 in) but it has a very fat belly, making it a great slicing knife. I think it's too thin for batoning but I wasn't afraid to try some light chopping with the blade. I chopped through a branch that was a little bigger than a quarter in diameter and it held up well. The blade is a drop-point though the drop is slight. The RAT 3's shape makes it perfect for hunting. The drop point won't puncture the internal organs of game your cleaning and the blade is perfect for skinning and scraping. Along the spine, Ontario included some well defined jimping and there is a deep finger choil on the ricasso. These features let you choke up on the blade for greater control when performing detailed cuts.

    Handle, Grip, and Feel

    Most of Ontario's knives have a similar distinctive look and the RAT 3 is no different. The handles are Canvas Micarta scales over the knife's full tang. The handle scales come in several colors, I went with the tan. The scales are also removable which means you can attach custom handle scales or lash it to a branch to create a spear. Like the knife itself, Micarta is rugged. It's not very cushy but offers a solid grip and it's texture keeps your hand firmly planted to the handle. The handle swells in the center filling your hand. The grip and the knife in general are just solid; you feel like you have total control over the blade. A groove and half guard on the handle ensure that your hand can't slide onto the blade. At the butt the tang is exposed, creating a good glass-breaker. A lanyard hole running through it gives you grip and carry options. The alignment of the handle scales and the tang are flush so no hot spots. It's a good handle, that provides a solid grip on the knife. It could be a little more comfortable but it's not UN-comfortable, so your hands should be fine unless you're using the knife for a really long time.

    Final Thoughts

    Ontario includes a nice sheath with the RAT 3. It's made of Kydex and comes MOLLE compatible. When you first get the sheath it's a little difficult to draw the blade but once you break it in, it will work fine. The sheath has excellent retention and the Tek-Lok belt mounting system allows you to carry the RAT 3 on your belt as well as in your pocket. As long as you're looking for a mid-sized fixed blade, the RAT 3 shouldn't dissappoint. I love it's blade and found it to be perfect for wood work. The only complaints are minor, this is another solid knife from Ontario.

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  • Puma 4-Star Review

    Puma 4-Star Review

    Puma has been making knives since 1769 and their experience shows up in there products. Puma offers the 4-Star in a number of different handles but I have the wood handle, so that’s the one I’ll be reviewing today. The Puma 4-Star is a traditional folding knife and perfect for EDC (Every-Day-Carry) purposes or fishing. It’s easy to carry, simple, elegant and sharp. Don’t let it’s good looks fool you, this pocket knife is German engineered and hand crafted; it is durable enough to withstand hard work.


    What can this knife handle?

    The Puma 4-Star is built for tough jobs and long use. It is a perfect as an EDC and can handle any job that’s too small for a larger fixed blade knife. Cutting through thin rope and chord, cleaning fish, making kindling, and opening boxes are just a few of the many tasks this knife is suited for. It’s lightweight and compact, so it’s no trouble to carry around. The D1.4 Solingen Stainless Steel is decent, and the lockback design and superb construction make for a sturdy knife that won’t wiggle or snap. The wood handle looks great and is strengthened by stainless steel bolsters. Certainly, there are jobs that are too big for the Puma, so don’t go over the top with stress tests and the like, but if you exercise some common sense the Puma 4-Star will be an excellent knife for you.


    Construction and Blade

    As mentioned before, the Puma 4-Star is made of D1.4 Solingen Stainless Steel which is similar to 440A Stainless Steel. No, it’s not the best steel in the world but it gets the job done and works fine in an everyday use pocket folder. Reaching between 55-57 on the Rockwell Hardness Scale, each knife is custom proofed to ensure it’s quality. The steel keeps a good edge and is sharpened easily. It is also highly rust resistant, which means your Puma will still look good years after you purchase it.

    The knife is fairly lightweight at 4.1oz and is easy to carry at only 4 inches closed. When deployed, the knife is 6.9 inches long, with a 2.6 inch blade (plently of blade for a knife of this class). The blade itself is a drop point design and is 3mm thick. These traits give the knife a stronger tip, and make the Puma 4-Star excellent penetrater.

    Handle, Grip, and Feel

    The Puma 4-Star’s handle is made of Cocobola wood, held in place by a metal bracer. Cocobola is a hardwood from Central America with a reddish-brown color to it. The wood is extremely dense and hard and can be polished to a glossy sheen. This Sheen, along with the rounded ends and fine shape, give the 4-Star a memorable, classy look.

    The fine texture of the wood and it’s solidity, provide a stable grip for your knife. It should be noted that the Cocobola handle is not as “grippy” as some of the artificial handles out there. Your hand isn’t going to slide off if you’re are being careful and not pushing the knife too hard. However, if you try and make the knife do something it’s not designed to do, or if you aren’t careful you could lose your grip. It’s not really a problem if you’re responsible. The aesthetic’s of the Cocobola handle far outway its drawbacks in my view.


    Final Thoughts

    Puma chose a lock-back design for the 4-star’s. Lock-back’s work by way of a locking arm with a hook that fits into a notch on the back of the blade behind the pivot. When the knife is opened, the knife draws the hook into the notch, snapping the blade into place. These locks are some of the strongest around, and ensure that the 4-Star isn’t going to break during heavy use.

    The final verdict is that the Puma 4-Star is a great little pocket folder and a good pick-up for anyone looking for a knife in the EDC class. There are higher end folders available but Puma makes good knives and while I would have preferred a different steel, it’s still well made. It’s greatest advantage to me is it’s look. If you like the nostalgia of old-timey looking knives, look no further. The Cocobola handled Puma 4-Star is for you.

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  • Schrade Old Timer Mountain Lion Review

    Schrade Old Timer Mountain Lion Review

    The Schrade 160OT Mountain Lion is an excellent medium sized hunting knife. I really like all the Schrade Old Timers, they have a classic look to them that you just don't find with a lot of knives these days. This isn't a high dollar collectors item. It's an affordable, tough working knife that's meant to be used in the field.


    What can this knife handle?

    The Mountain Lion is a no frills hunting knife. It's probably too big to be an EDC and it's shape will limit it's effectiveness as utility or camp blade but if you need to clean or skin some game this may be the knife for you. It's full tang construction so you're getting a very solid knife that can stand up to tough jobs, and the upswept blade greatly improves skinning. Again, I wouldn't recommend buying this knife if you aren't a hunter, as it's blade shape and size make it specialized but it's a jam up hunting blade.


    Construction and Blade

    The blade on the Old Timer Mountain Lion has an overall length of 9 3/8 inches with 4 3/4 inch upswept stainless steel blade. The upswept blade makes that Mountain Lion an ideal skinning knife. The blade has a saber grind that gives the Mountain Lion a razor sharp edge. At 6.9 oz, it's big enough that you're going to notice it in your pocket or on your waist but that added weight coupled with the knife's full tang construction means the knife is very solid, you won't break it doing tough jobs.

    I had difficulty finding out what specific steel Schrade used in this knife, it's apparently a 400 series steel. The steel itself is honed easily and gets the blade does get sharp (though you may need to sharpen it out of the box). My only problem is that it dulls fairly quickly, but the price is right so beggars can't be choosers. Just make sure you bring a whetstone with you on any hunting trips.


    Handle, Grip, and Feel

    The handle for the Schrade Old Timer Mountain Lion is composed of saw cut delrin, a dark colored resin. While Delrin isn't jigged bone, it's still aestetically pleasing (often times it's used as imitation jigged bone) so the cool look of the Mountain Lion doesn't suffer due to the handle material. Delrin also hold's up well to the elements which is a nice feature on an outdoor knife. The handle itself is kind of thin for my taste, if you've got big hands it could be an issue. The handle is also not the grippiest I've ever worked with but there is a brass guard which will stop your fingers from slipping onto the blade and improve your grip. The knife is balanced well, making it feel lighter in your hand than you would expect. All-in-all it's a decent handle for the price.

    Final Thoughts

    One thing I didn't care for on the Schrade Mountain Lion was the sheath. It's not that I have anything against leather sheath's but the quality on this one was seriously lacking (I hate to note that it was made in China). Everything looked good with the sheath initially, but after a couple of weeks it began to come apart. This is really annoying as I don't want to spend money on a sheath for an inexpensive knife but that appears to be what I'm going to have to do.

    While the sheath is junky, the knife itself is quite good for the price. The blade is sharp and the design is solid. It's a dedicated skinner but if you're in the market and don't want to spend a ton of money I would recommend trying out the Mountain Lion. There are much better knives out there but not many at this price, plus it's a good looking knife even if it is cheap.

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