Knives

Knives

Creek Cutler Repurposed File Knives

The knurling on the knife handle and base of the blade isn’t just for show. It’s there because Creek Cutler’s Repurposed File Knives are, as their name indicates, reborn after serving a life in the form of a farrier or metal working file — though this patterning also conveniently serves to increase your grip on what’s an otherwise very sharp knife. The to-be-scrapped carbon steel files are forged, reheated, and custom ground to your choice of blade shape, be it chef’s, paring, Santoku, or other. This, plus the fact that each is one of a kind, certainly justifies the price.

Learn more at Creek Cutler – roughly $160+

GET IT: ~$160+

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B-2 Nano Blade

If you’ve been carrying a 3- to 4-inch bladed folding knife in your EDC rotation, you know that even titanium can’t overcome the bulk factor of such a cutter. Bomber & Company engineers have overcome that obstacle with the B-2 Nano Blade, the world’s smallest tactical pocket knife (note: it’s much smaller than it looks). Inspired by the B-2 Stealth Bomber, the Nano Blade is concealable, tough, and utilitarian meets badass. The Nano’s blade is split with serrated and sharp edges utilizing a chisel ground and flat ground respectively. At just 80mm long when opened, the 48mm long and 20mm wide closed Nano can be easily concealed in any pocket, even those otherwise useless throwback watch pockets found on many a denim trouser. It’s also ultralight, weighing in at less than 1 ounce. The 58-60HRC 440C black stainless steel blade and body are corrosion resistant to withstand any abuse that urban and outdoor operators can dish out, though each comes with a lifetime replacement warranty in the unlikely event your Nano breaks. Now if only you could find a nano wallet.

Find it at Kickstarter – $25

GET IT: $25

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Boker Plus Lancer

It’s devoid of the curves and indents of many (most?) modern knives, but the Boker Plus Lancer looks all the cleaner for it. Which is perhaps no surprise considering it’s a Serge Panchenko design, who’s best known for his Spyderco Dog Tag Knives. Still, it’s long enough to rock a solid grip that’s made of two G10 scales on either side of a titanium linerlock, so this knife is lightweight as well as handy. The 3-inch blade is made of 440C stainless steel and also boasts a big thumb hole for one-handed opening. It’s also got a clip on the other side for carry; considering it weighs just 2.4 ounces as a whole you’re not likely to leave this one at home.

Find it at Boker – $95

GET IT: $95

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Air Force Coin Knife

It’s bigger than your average coin with a diameter of 1 7/8 inches, not to mention the fact that it’s adorned with the U.S. Air Force’s logo and core values on one side and a USAF-themed montage on the other, so there’s no passing it for legal tender. But it’s got all the makings of a lucky coin that you’ll also want to bring along in your wallet for your adventures as part of your everyday carry, especially since the Air Force Coin Knife features a triad of fold out tools, Swiss Army Knife-style. Inside is one stainless steel blade, a file, and a compact pair of scissors that, while all tiny, accomplish their respective tasks better than your bare hands could. Two antiqued finishes are available and include nickel and bronze.

Find it at Amazon – $30+

GET IT: $30+

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Bartender Defender

Tops Knives’ Bartender Defender is a bit of survival kit with a unique twist, mainly designed for survival situations that involve opening tightly sealed bottles of beer to stave off death by dehydration. The mini knife couples a 0.38-inch 1095 high carbon steel blade to a bottle opener sitting at its base. Its contoured skeletonized handle and black traction coating help with its street cred, as does the included kydex sheath that lets you wear it around your neck.

Find it at Amazon or Tops Knives – $65

GET IT: $65

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BucknBear Damascus Folding Coin Knife

So it’s not as tiny or thin as a quarter. Still, the BucknBear Damascus Folding Coin Knife, made in collab with Huckberry, is pretty damn small. It’ll slip away in your wallet’s coin pocket and unfolds when needed to expose its small Damascus blade’s edge. It of course weighs next to nothing and bolsters grip using a G10 handle. Perhaps it’s not the tool for bigger jobs but it’s always there with you and looks good, too.

Find it at Huckberry – $50 [via]

GET IT: $50

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Victorinox Hunter Pro Pocket Knife

Unlike most Swiss Army Knives it doesn’t have forty, twenty, or even two functions. Instead the Victorinox Hunter Pro Pocket Knife has but one large, thick 4-inch blade made of high carbon stainless steel and outfitted with a rugged lock-back mechanism, for hunting and other scenarios where a puny knife won’t do. Swings open with one hand using the large thumb oval and grips nicely thanks to an ergonomic shape that’s got subtle indents for your fingers. Comes in rubberized black or orange as well as with handsome walnut scales, the latter at a premium.

Find it at Amazon – $70 to $105

GET IT: $70+

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Klecker Knives Trigger Knife Kit

Teaching kids proper knife handling with a real, sharp knife is too little too late. Klecker Knives’ Trigger Knife Kit is a little more their speed. With all parts molded of plastic as part of a tray not unlike model airplanes kits, the knife must first be assembled from its ten pieces and includes a locking mechanism that keeps its “blade” safely locked open. All edges are rounded for safety and the surfaces are suitable for painting, if you’d like to make it look a little less monotone. Comes in a variety of colors and makes for a cool letter opener for adults, too.

Find it at Amazon in a wide range of colors – $13

GET IT: $13

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James Brand Folsom Black + Black

Utilitarian. From its sure gripping G10 scales and steel liner-lock to the Carpenter CTS-BD1 stainless steel blade, the James Brand Folsom Black is made for a lifetime of hard use. It’s not a knife that shies away from a scratch or a little pocket wear unlike some knives claiming to be EDC. The Folsom features an ambidextrous blade opening slot and reversible clip, tip-up carry. The drop point blade with an overall length of 2.81 inches is perfect for everyday chores. And like the iconic Man in Black, who wrote of his experience with Folsom, the knife is so black that even its 416 Stainless hardware is black-oxide coated. Also available in bone (white), blue, and black with raw stainless.

Find it at The James Brand – $100

GET IT: $100

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Morakniv Eldris Fixed-Blade Knife

It’s no secret that the Morakniv Eldris Fixed-Blade Knife has a tiny blade. At 59mm long its stainless steel blade — which also features a square-edged spine for striking fire steel without dulling the blade — is way shorter than those on most comparable knives but truth be told the full length is rarely used anyway, making this compact knife not much bigger than most folders and without the safety risk of the blade folding back onto fingers. Moreover its handle, which is made from two different polymers, isn’t downsized so it’s grippy, feels good in hand, and comes in a solid range of colors. It’s also lightweight and comes with a click-locking sheath that can conveniently be worn around your neck.

Grab one at Amazon – $24+

GET IT: $24+

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Malvaux Number 1 Pocket Knife

It’s like your familiar Swiss army knife, with a twist. Or rather, a bend. A single hand-polished stainless steel blade folds into the Malvaux Number 1 Pocket Knife and it’s easier than before to open, without needing to put much strain on your fingernail. Actually it’s got no fingernail groove at all and instead can be gripped between thumb and forefinger. Its innards that hold the non-locking blade in the open position are water-jet cut just like the blade itself and its shell is made of CNC-milled aluminum — and not plastic — that’s also anodized in red (shown) or slate. And did we mention the bend also helps with grip?

Learn more at Malvaux – roughly $246

GET IT: ~$246

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CRKT Homefront Pocket Knife

Ken Onion isn’t a cartoon vegetable. He is a blade design icon. His latest design, the Homefront pocket knife is sure to raise the knife design bar yet again. The Homefront utilizes a 3.5-inch modified drop point AUS 8 Steel blade with 6061 aluminum handles with a design reminiscent of a WWI folder, complete with a bayonet lug-style flipper. But what really makes this locking liner knife unique is Onion’s “field strip” technology. It’s this feature that allows for easy disassembly of the knife anywhere, anytime without the need for a workbench or tools. The patent pending Homefront’s Disassembly/Reassembly function makes cleaning the muck and grime from a hard day in the field simple without sacrificing form or function. At 4.8 ounces and an open length of 8.3-inches the Homefront substantial feel is enhanced with tank jimping on the backstrap for a snug hold.

Learn more at Amazon – $90

GET IT: $90

Kitchen

Skid Wooden Chef Knife

Wood wouldn’t quite keep a razor-sharp edge, so the Skid Wooden Chef Knife isn’t technically 100% made of wood. Instead this remarkable knife’s composition is closer to 97% wood and 3% alloyed carbon steel, the latter very hard and used just for the blade’s edge. The Robinia wood used itself is harder than oak and boasts a high percentage of tannin which has antibacterial properties so that nothing but warm water is needed to clean the blade. Wood and metal come together seamlessly and durably, and the knife handles nicely due to its low weight. Also available in other woods including mahogany, smoked mood oak coupled to Damascus steel, and ebony.

Find it at Indiegogo – roughly $200

GET IT: ~$200