The Cutting Edge Archive

Buck Knives Hoodlum

If you ranked all your wilderness survival tools and gadgets by their usefulness, a big knife would most likely top the list. A potential chart-topper is the Buck Knives Hoodlum. With some diplomatic designing, Ron Hood combined the individual functions of several blades in one hard-use knife....

Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker Knife Sharpener

Growing up on farms and ranches, I learned the importance of a good, sharp knife. A sharp knife is a lot safer than a dull knife, because with a dull knife, you may be sawing more than slicing. Pushing so hard on the knife, you might slip...

Winkler Knives

Born of warriors’ experiences is how Winkler Knives can best be described. One look at the line of knives offered by bladesmith Daniel Winkler and it is obvious that his passion and roots derive from early 18th century woodsmen. His fascination with the American Frontier and the...

TOPS Team Jackal Survivor

  One of the most recent knives introduced by TOPS Knives is the Team Jackal Survivor. Like the fast, quiet, and efficient hunter it’s named after, this knife is made to go the distance. The Jackal is manufactured from 1095 high carbon steel, which has excellent edge...

Stefan Fowler Blades

Georgian knifemaker Stephan Fowler named his series of knives after three well-known Georgia landmarks—Stone Mountain, Springer Mountain, and Sugar Hill. My first impression of Stephan Fowler’s knives was that they looked a little too nice. I almost didn’t feel right getting the Stone Mountain and Springer Mountain dirty and marked...

Spyderco Embassy Autos

A valid argument can be made for the usefulness of automatic knives for tactical law enforcement officers and some military personnel. An equally valid argument can be made for their usefulness for some fire and rescue personnel. Don’t get me wrong when I talk about valid arguments, as I think most laws against automatic knives...

American Classic Bushknife

Before the first Rambo movie had everyone running out to their local sporting goods store looking for a hollow- handled, saw-back survival knife, and way before Ray Mears and the Bushcraft craze had everyone looking for the perfect Scandi grind knife, there was a classic old woods knife that has stood the test of time....

Benchmade Marlowe Mangus Bali-Song

Benchmade makes an array of blades that are useful for law enforcement, military personnel, and everybody else who likes good knives. I like to review the newest and best from Benchmade. These are often automatic knifes, since Benchmade autos are widely used in the armed forces and LE. However, this time I...

Biotac Fixed-Blade Carry System

The Biotac™ is a new fixed-blade carry system from Columbia River Knife & Tool® (CRKT). The lightweight and inexpensive Biotac harness allows the inverted carry of virtually any fixed-blade knife that has a molded positive retention/ locking sheath with eyelets or grommets, such as those typically made of Kydex®, Concealex® or Zytel®. Designed by custom...

ESEE Knives Machetes

Readers of our monthly survival column, Against All Odds, know that Jeff Randall believes a machete is an indispensable piece of equipment. Jeff is probably best known as a survival instructor through his company Randall’s Adventure & Training (RAT). However, Jeff is also a first-class knifemaker. ESEE Knives is a division of RAT. Several months...