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Welcome to Kniferating.com! We currently have 1195 knives listed and 1920 knife reviews! The purpose of this site is to provide a venue for knife reviews that is free from the bias of any one person. Whether you are a backpacker looking for the best survival knife, an LEO looking for a good tactical knife, a boy scout trying to choose the best folding knife or multitool, or just an average joe looking for the best pocket knife for every day carry, we have you covered. In addition, we also discuss fixed blade knives, hunting knives, combat knives, machetes, self defense knives and a whole lot more! Please take a few minutes and help your fellow knife enthusiasts by writing a review of one or all of your knives!

Below is a chart showing the best knives on the site as reviewed by users. Each of the following knives is absolutely top quality and gets our highest recommendation. Keep in mind that there are many more great knives out there, but if you can't decide on a knife after searching the site, choose one off this list and we promise you'll be happy!

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Recent Knife Reviews



Buck 119 Special

Buck 119 Special Reviews
Overall
0
Quality
5
Ergonomics
5
Value
0

-Price Paid: $60.00
-Used for Light Duty/General
-Owned for 1 year

Comments:

This knife is the worst knife i have ever owned, you cannot sharpen it and it has NEVER held a sharp edge! !!!

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Byrd by Spyderco Tern

Byrd by Spyderco Tern Reviews
Overall
9
Quality
10
Ergonomics
9
Value
10

-Price Paid: $29.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 3 months

Comments:

Over the course of time, I have owned most of the compact knives offered by Spyderco and Byrd. However, all of these "office friendly folders" have been traded away due to excess weight, lack of thumb jimping or the inability to be operated with one hand.

Then, by happenstance, I came across the Byrd "Tern". It differs from the "Cat" or the "Robin" in that it is not a back-lock, but rather a non-traditional slip-joint knife. Initially, this was a sticking point with me until I actually handled this folder. What I found is that the front finger choil, in conjunction with a stout back-spring and and excellent jimping, allows for an almost "locked" blade when in use. The 8Cr13Mov blade is large and thick enough for general EDC use, and comes razor sharp from the factory. While this alloy is not a super steel, it is more than adequate for any task that would be asked of this compact knife. As far as the weight goes, well, it seems lighter than my "go-to" Ka-Bar "Dozier". The G10 scales are ergonomically shaped with good traction. Also, I would be remiss in not mentioning the outstanding quality of this pocket knife. In short, the overall workmanship of the "Tern" rivals folders I own which cost six times as much. As a pertinent aside, a black wire pocket clip can be order directly from Spyderco, which I did. In my opinion, this extra measure of discretion is the perfect addition to an already great "office friendly folder". Finally, there is the Spyderco thumb hole versus the Byrd thumb hole debate. Well, in this case, the Byrd thumb hole wins out. With a bit of practice, it actually allows the user to close the knife with one hand.

All in all, the Byrd "Tern" is a must have where warranted by local laws...or for aficionados of smaller EDC knives!

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Victorinox Soldier Knife

Victorinox Soldier Knife Reviews
Overall
9
Quality
9
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: $40.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 6 months

Comments:

Pleasantly surprised with this one. I like it same as the older alox model. Excellent ergonomics, i only would preferred plain edge, but i don't mind serrations much because those are easy to sharpen, and the tool combination is excellent. Maybe it is a more bulky for pocket carry, but with belt pouch it is perfect.

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Victorinox Camper

Victorinox Camper Reviews
Overall
9
Quality
10
Ergonomics
8
Value
9

-Price Paid: $11.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

I really like this knife. I take it with me when I go camping. The large blade is perfect for food prep and is like having a foldable paring knife. The screwdrivers come in handy for fixing other gear that I carry. The can opener is top grade. The corkscrew is good for untying jammed knots, picking and getting old gaskets out of my stoves, and uncorking. The awl drills holes, sparks my fire steel and mends straps. Most everything on this knife is useful to me. The saw on this knife is very useful and safe to use. Swinging sharp blades in the woods far away from medical help is a trip destroyer for sure. Its nice having a tool that very comfortably and effectively takes care of alot of the chores I have to deal with on the trail. The quality is top notch.

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Helle Viking

Helle Viking Reviews
Overall
8
Quality
8
Ergonomics
9
Value
8

-Price Paid: $100.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for 6 months

Comments:

A very well build and sturdy knife. Very sharp and easy to resharpen. The sheet is nice but the leather is to thin. I have made another leather sheet to replace the original one.

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SOG Flash II

SOG Flash II Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: $35.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

Love this knife. I have owned one for years. I like the straight edge drop point model. The flat ground blade is easy to sharpen and holds an edge fairly well. The handle is comfortable in the hand and tougher than it feels. The pocket clip is set up for deep pocket point up carrying and can be switched for right or left pocket. My only complaint is about the blade closed lock. It is in an awkward position for quickly unlocking but blocked it into the unlocked position with some glue and never had a problem. Overall this knife is affordable and reliable and a great choice for every day carry

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Benchmade 556 Mini Griptilian

Benchmade 556 Mini Griptilian  Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
9
Ergonomics
9
Value
10

-Price Paid: $65.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

This is pretty much the perfect knife. It is very light weight and the axis lock is extremely strong. I have spent a lot of time and money looking for the perfect EDC and I always come back to this one. Also so Benchmade has the best CS in the industry in my opinion.

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Chris Reeve Green Beret 5.5in

Chris Reeve Green Beret 5.5in Reviews
Overall
8
Quality
9
Ergonomics
8
Value
8

-Price Paid: $275.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for 6 months

Comments:

I love this knife ! its real calling is outdoor survival type work camping , hunting- don't let the battle look fool you its great outdoor knife. I would recommend the 5.5"over the 7" unless your in a military battle situation ! Expensive knife but worth every penny ! Just don't go out an try to chop a tree down with it, theres axes and saws for that kind of work ! branches are fine, cutting para cord, small wood work , food..exc.

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Kershaw Roughneck

Kershaw Roughneck Reviews
Overall
7
Quality
0
Ergonomics
7
Value
10

-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

I have had my knife for 22 years now, it has had limited use over this time, however i opted to break it out of storage and use it to its potential. It has been well maintained with minimal wear and no exposure to adverse conditions or stress. Whilst dispatching an animal in the weekend past, the knife blade snapped in two. The knife was inserted into flesh and made no contact with bone ... disappointing and bad timing.

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Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight

Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight Reviews
Overall
9
Quality
8
Ergonomics
9
Value
9

-Price Paid: $110.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 3 months

Comments:

I have the CPM S110V version. I use it every day for eating, food preparation, fileting, cardboard cutting, cutting vegetables, etc. I can't feel when i am using: light and comfortable. CPM S110V edge retention is extremly long, but take care the brittles. Not for hard plastic, hard wood, cutting bones, etc.
I think the CTS BD1 version is tougher.
Tha lock mechanism is stable, no blade play.
The FRCP handle is stiff, only a little flex, if I hold hard (other spyderco frn handle is more flexible). Like a work knife, the a build quality not high end (mechanism, edge etc. ok, but not fine work). Made in USA, but nowdays spyderco top quality came from the Taiwan factory.
Light, soft material cutter workhorse.

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Zero Tolerance 0200

Zero Tolerance 0200 Reviews
Overall
9
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: $130.00
-Used for Light Duty/General
-Owned for 3 months

Comments:

Cons: Too heavy for easy EDC. Grip chews up pockets. WAAAAY more knife than I ever need.

Pros: Beautifully made. Excellent materials. Solid overbuilt construction. Locks up like a bank vault. Shaving sharp out of the box. Action puts a big stupid grin on my face every time.

Overall: I don't care if it's overbuilt, heavy, scary-looking or overkill. It's my favorite knife ever.

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TOPS Knives Legion 6.0

TOPS Knives Legion 6.0 Reviews
Overall
8
Quality
10
Ergonomics
8
Value
8

-Price Paid: $136.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for 3 months

Comments:

This knife is design as a true combat/utility knife. It is very light in the hand, huge clip point for stabbing. The thin blade make for a knife designed to pierce. The kydex sheath is well done. It is a very well thought out design.


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