Tops Knives M4X Punisher

In any action movie the hero’s bound to carry one of a select group of guns. John McClane, Beretta 92. Dirty Harry, Smith and Wesson Model 29. Jason Borne, Sig 225 or 229. And while the list may go on for shootists, what of the hero that wants to carry a blade? Selected as Frank Castle’s go to slicer from 30 other knives for its performance in the movie Punisher War Zone, the M4X Punisher from Tops Knives offers more than just a pretty face, though the M4X Punisher has a pretty badass façade to boot. The razor sharp blade is only the “hello, how are you” of the M4X. This 13.5-inch 1095 RC 56-58 steel beast can break down doors, chop down trees, hack through brush, snap a couple of collar bones and still be ready to notch logs or quarter game. Finished in tactical grey with black linen micarta handles, it’s ready for years of serious use.

Grab one at Amazon ($185) or Tops Knives ($280)

GET IT: $185


Spartan Blades Ares

A few years back, Zeus hooked up with Hera. This resulted in the birth of Ares. Ares was a good kid. He got decent grades but never really applied himself. After just one semester of college he dropped out and moved back to Mt. Olympus. That didn’t sit well with his old man and in exchange for room and board he had to work. As is the case in so many families, this could have resulted in a relational schism between father and son. Fortunately, Ares loved his new job. So much so that after just one day he dedicated his life’s work to his new calling. Ares the dropout became Ares, god of savage war, bloodlust and slaughter. Had he a knife, the Spartan Blades Ares would be it. Crafted from CPM S35VN steel with a beefy 3/16″ thickness, the 10.5-inch knife and 5 & 3/8” fixed drop point blade allows for strength of the blade tip by placing it in line with the users hand while keeping the upward curve of the cutting edge. The 59-60 HRC blade comes finished in flat black or flat dark earth with black or green canvas micarta handles.

Learn more at Spartan Blades – $330

GET IT: $330


Crusader Forge Apex Folding Knife

If your EDC is comprised of cable ties, tiny pens, and cute little notebooks, it’s unlikely that Crusader Forge’s 3D Apex Tactical Folder will be among them. But if you are in need of a razor sharp knife that’s built like a tank and almost as dangerous, the Apex is for you. This American made knife features a 5mm thick, stainless S-30V blade with a KG Mil-Spec 2401F 3D camo (read: badass) finish. Its titanium handle is forged and contoured from 5mm thick slabs and coated in a matching 3D camo. Even the pocket clip is titanium and mounted for tip up carry. All pins and pivots are stainless steel, and there’s a cut out in the blade for easy opening. This solid frame lock knife comes with a thumb groove on the blade’s spine for a more secure grip, which is utilitarian considering the size of the knife. Total open length on this folder is 8¾-inches with a 3½-inch blade size, making for a 4-inch closed package. Despite this impressive size, it weighs in at only 9.8oz.

Find it at Knife Art – $1,050

GET IT: $1,050


Urban Husky Pocket Knife

Take a century old design, refine it for modern carry, and the result is the Urban Husky Pocket Knife. This slim folding knife comfortably fits in a pocket and opens easily thanks to an extension of the blade that acts as a lever and phosphor bronze washers that ensure a smooth swivel. It’s available with brass, steel, and copper handles, none of which lock — but, as a result, it’s completely legal in more places. A sheepsfoot-shaped high carbon steel blade maintains its edge and handles a variety of everyday tasks from slicing veggies for lunch to opening boxes. Also available in an even more gorgeous Damascus steel edition that’s hand forged and limited to 50 pieces.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $125

GET IT: ~$125


The Nug

Large knives may be more functional overall but chances are you’re more likely to carry a micro knife around on a daily basis for reasons of practicality. That said, most are too small to use safely, and that’s where JHO Knives’ The Nug stands out. At just two inches long and with unassuming looks it’s perfect to slip into a pocket alongside keys or a wallet. It’s solidly built of G5 titanium, fitted with a heat treated S35VN 0.71-inch steel blade, and features a hole to slide a finger through for solidifying your grip so it won’t slip and slice you. The short blade sits on a ball bearing pivot and can be discreetly opened in a pocket, though the closed Nug works to protect your knuckles if used for protection un-deployed. Available in black, satin (shown), stone washed, and two tone.

Learn more at JHO Knives – $150+


Benchmade Grizzly Creek Knife

If you don’t know what a gut hook is this isn’t the knife for you. If you do know, but normally associate the device with the equivalent of a tumor on the back of your otherwise svelte hunting knife, Benchmade has you covered. Sporting a 3.5-inch premium S30V plain edge, satin finish, and a modified drop point blade with the AXIS lock, the Grizzly Creek is already a nearly perfect hunting folder. But what of the gut hook? The Grizzly Creek still gives hunters the tool, but in a more convenient, streamlined package. Stabilized wood handle scales protect not only your folded blade, but a fold-out gut hook opposite the primary blade as well. No more pulling a sharpened bladed toward your face when cleaning game. Like your mother always said, it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

Find it at Amazon – $165


Strand & West Titanium EDC Knives

Search for an EDC knife on Archie and you’ll get upwards of a dozen hits (Google produces slightly more). There’s a knife for every situation with focuses on blade shape, locking systems, materials, weight, and even color. QuietCarry’s Strand and West knives employ a minimalist approach to knife design with clean, strong lines, and some of the best materials available. Though each has subtle differences, they’re both designed for discrete, comfortable carry in a package that should last a lifetime. The Strand has a frame lock (locking) and is machined of Grade 5 Titanium with a D2 steel blade. The blade’s length is 2.8-inches while the closed length of the knife is 3.9-inches, making Strand a solid choice when function is as crucial as form. The West option differs in that the blade uses a slip joint design (non-locking) and is slightly smaller at 2.5-inches. The same quality materials found in the Strand make it a light, comfortable blade. Either or compliments an EDC cache regardless of whether you’re going minimalist, light, or utilitarian.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $70+


Civilware Pointer Field Knife

When senseless bureaucrats — you know the type — deem the centerpiece of many EDCer’s aggregation to be too pointy, sharp, long, or easy to access what’s a modern day boy scout to do? Enter Civilware’s Pointer Folding Knife. This friction folder cedes thumb studs and serrated edges for smooth simple lines that carry possible almost anywhere. Instead of a traditional lock or a liner-locker, the Pointer utilizes an extended tang to keep the knife open in your hand. Though small in size the 2.5-inch heat-treated 416 stainless steel blade is corrosion resistant, and exhibits excellent edge retention and sharpening properties. Titanium and G10 handles make for an ergonomic and elegant piece. The Pointer even comes with a leather pouch that disappears in your pocket, keeping your investment protected until it’s time to do some cutting.

Learn more at Civilware – $125


Survival Belt

It blends in on a pair of slacks or coupled to a suit. It’s when it comes off that Slide’s Survival Belt really shines. The buckle is not unlike a Swiss Army knife, revealing a bottle opener, titanium nitride coated AUS-8 stainless steel blade, and an LED flashlight. Both the nylon fiber unibody buckle and strap are durable, resisting water, frost, abrasion, and long exposure to UV light. And best of all, like all of Slides belts, there aren’t holes along the strap, granting a greater degree of adjustability thanks to their notch system which slides along and locks in wherever. Available in black, desert tan, olive drab, and brown.

Learn more at Slide Belts – $180


Grovemade Pocket Knife

Grovemade continues their expansion from the computer desk to, well, everything else with the Grovemade Pocket Knife. Refined down to a minimal no-frills form, these pocket knives are loosely based on the Japanese Higonokami design and feature a single-piece machined Elmax stainless steel blade that folds into its handle made of a coupling of 303 stainless and either Oregon Claro walnut or Eastern Hardrock maple. The 2.8-inch blade doesn’t lock and instead holds with simple friction, though, slightly limiting its uses.

Learn more at Grovemade – $170


Jettison Pocket Knife

The name Columbia River is famous for more than being one of the most dangerous bar and shoal systems in the world. It’s also the name of one of the finest manufactures of edged instruments. Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) has once again raised the bar for utilitarian blade perfection. The Jettison pocket-knife by designer Robert Carter was designed to tackle the tough jobs where a larger blade would only get in the way. Measuring at just over 5” when open, this hollow grind framelock folder sports a 2-inch modified sheepsfoot blade made of 8Cr13Mov. A stonewashed titanium handle compliments the blade and makes for a knife weighing a scant 1.3 ounces, so light your EDC won’t even realize it’s there.

Find it at CRKT – $50


Benchmade Crooked River Folding Knife

There’s more to EDC than cell phones and flashlights. If your ideal recreation involves trees, mountains and rivers, not restaurants and theaters, you need gear designed for your lifestyle. Benchmade’s Crooked River Family of knives was designed specifically for outdoor carry, pushing the preconceived notions of what a hunting knife should be. It’s a manual-opening knife constructed of S30V Steel with a blade length of 4-inches, reaching a total open length of 9.30-inches. Aesthetics weren’t a passing thought, either: the satin, clip-point blade is balanced by stabilized wood or G10 handles. Even the anodized aluminum bolsters are designed for outdoor use, and the orange G10 spacer adds to overall fit and feel. Perhaps there should be a new category for carry for sportsmen. We’ll call it ODC (Outdoor Carry).

Grab one at Amazon – $178


Swiza Swiss Pocket Knife

They’re not a newly founded company — in fact, Swiza has been making clocks and watches in Switzerland for over a century. But this is their first stab (sorry) at a Swiss Knife, and a damn good one at that. The Swiza Swiss Pocket Knife is not technically a Swiss Army Knife since they’re not being supplied to the military, but the folding knife is instantly recognizable thanks to a red grip on either side of its handle, one that’s adorned with a prominent white cross. Sure-grip soft touch handles are more ergonomic to grip than the standard, while full die-cut slots make it equally easy to open with either hand. Features include a 75mm locking blade that unlocks at the press of the cross, a bottle opener, can opener, two flatheads, a corkscrew, a reamer, a sewing awl, and a pair of tweezers. Available in bright red as well as black, white, blue, and yellow, and in a stripped down model with just the core features.

Grab one at Amazon or Swiza – $30+