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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



Cold Steel Sisu

Cold Steel Sisu Reviews
Overall
8
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
7

-Price Paid: $200.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Less than 1 Month

Comments:

The VG-1 San Mai III seems to be a point of contest, but very little actual facts are available on the internet. I find that this knife is definately in the $250-$350 mark in terms of quality, collectability, and utility.
The quality is outstanding, and the blade is very useful because of the size and type of general purpose configuration. San Mai III is becoming very scarce as the productionin Japan is dwindling. Other cost friendly alternatives are being marketed byCS to fill this gap.

Certainly, there are other options in this price range, but please do not over look this knife. Customer support in the USA is very responsive, and dedicated to customer satisfaction. This knife is rare, and specialized. It's worth the investment, provided you are confident in the VG-1 San Mai III steel. There are other quality knives in this catagory such as the Chris Reeves line up.

The Simu San Mai III is out of production, and replaced with a cost effective version. Originals may be a good investment, and useable in between.



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Gerber StrongArm

Gerber StrongArm Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
9
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: $50.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for Less than 1 Month

Comments:

Gerber has the potential to make great USA made knives and a reasonable price. This is proven with the Strongarm. Great price at $50-$60, and lots of options in both colors and serrated or PLAIN EDGED models. I own all kinds of knives from the ESEE6, TOPS BOB, SOG Seal PUP, Ka-Bar BK2, and Mora Bushcraft Black. I love this Strongarm and would recommend it to anyone.


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Brusletto Bruslettokniven

Brusletto Bruslettokniven Reviews
Overall
6
Quality
6
Ergonomics
6
Value
7

-Price Paid: $75.00
-Used for Light Duty/General
-Owned for 1 year

Comments:

Overall it's a decent knife but nothing special. The wood handle is nice and fills the hand well, making it easy to use for long periods of time. I think I bought the knife because I enjoyed the looks more so than that I thought it had any actual functional advantage over any other knife.

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Gerber Applegate-Fairbairn Covert

Gerber Applegate-Fairbairn Covert Reviews
Overall
9
Quality
9
Ergonomics
8
Value
9

-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Self Defense
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

Other commenter bought the mini covert, it is junk. There is also a larger sized AF folder and its name escapes me but it is uncommon.
Mine is the COVERT with black blade and double bevel. It is strictly a defensive edc so I shatpened the other side. The knife is ideal for that purpose because it has a secondary lock to the liner lock and also accomodates a reverse grip. I like it a lot. It is not a general purpose knife! As an aside, Boker seems to be licensed to make fixed blade version of this design.

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Gerber Guardian

Gerber Guardian Reviews
Overall
7
Quality
9
Ergonomics
5
Value
7

-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Self Defense
-Owned for Less than 1 Month

Comments:

Dagger type. Kinda Loveless design. Not a lot of function except defense. The sheath is very funky design. It didn't impress me. It was plastic with a thumb button release and a reversible metal belt clip. I had this knife and lost it a while ago. I'm leaving comments because there weren't any.

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Opinel No 8

Opinel No 8 Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
8
Ergonomics
8
Value
10

-Price Paid: $13.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 3 months

Comments:

This knife is so classy. It takes you to a simpler time and can preform very well. At $13 it is a great knife. Lightweight, easy to resharpen, and fun to use. You will love having this in the collection.


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Ontario RAT 1

Ontario RAT 1 Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: $26.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for 6 months

Comments:

Just the optimal knife.
if your not sure which knife to take GET THIS ONE
you will love it it's the overall best knife design in my collection.

BRAVO Mr. Renderl PERFECTION!

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Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight

Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight Reviews
Overall
7
Quality
9
Ergonomics
9
Value
9

-Price Paid: $95.00
-Used for Light Duty/General
-Owned for Less than 1 Month

Comments:

The ball bearing lock ruinded this knife for me as it is far to hard do close the knife one handed. If you are used to benchmades axis lock dont let the looks fool you. This is a differnt type of lock that is very strong but also very unpractical and unsecure at the same time as i was alway either tempted to use both hands for closing or had a hard time closing it the my thumb. This is the only critique i can find on a otherwise great design but unfortunately it overshadows all plus points...i gave the knife away after a few wees.

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ESEE Izula 2

ESEE Izula 2 Reviews
Overall
2
Quality
0
Ergonomics
5
Value
2

-Price Paid: $75.00
-Used for Light Duty/General
-Owned for 3 months

Comments:

The Izula II I purchased had a very bad off center grind on the blade. The knife also had very loose scales on the handle. I kept trying to tighten them but they would keep coming loose.

After some haggling the knife was returned to the vendor.

I would not recommend an ESEE based on the overall poor quality and workmanship based on what I experienced with the Izula II.

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Schrade SCH602Ti

Schrade SCH602Ti Reviews
Overall
7
Quality
7
Ergonomics
10
Value
8

-Price Paid: $75.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Less than 1 Month

Comments:

Schrade SCH602TI is the top of the line folder that Schrade is producing for 2015. It has a D2 steel blade and Titanium handles. The design is fantastic and the materials are top notch. The two flaws are that the washers are nylon or teflon, and the frame lock tends to catch and does not disengage smoothly. Not a bad knife, just a few details that need to be addressed to take it from a good knife to an amazing knife.


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Boker Exskelibur I

Boker Exskelibur I Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
9
Value
9

-Price Paid: $60.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 6 months

Comments:

This Boker is a winner. Out of the box one of the smoothest opening knives I have ever owned. I own some two hundred plus knives,both factory and custom. Of which 25% are custom made.
I've been collecting along time and know knives very well.
Also it was undoubted the sharpest factory knife I've ever
gotten straight from the seller.They took the time to put
a near mirror final polish on the edge. So a little 9k
stropping and it's right where I like all my knives to be,,
extremely sharp. The fit and finish as excellent,no complaints there. It has a 440c blade which is my all time favorite steel
for and EDC.It is very chip and stain resistant and takes a very,very sharp edge.Plus the edge retention is also very good.
Making it the ideal general purpose steel.The lock up is rock
solid with now movement what so ever. Having a titanium liner
and clip make it an even better deal.The ergonomics of th g10
handle finish the knife off very nicely. I'm also impressed on the slick design on how you can open it so easily.They've done away with the thumb-stud by simply extending the spine just a bit. Making it a uniquely easy open way to use and get used to. I carry it as a gentleman's blade,I find it much to nicely made for anything else. I've got nothing but positive feedback from all that I've shown it too.Especially once they see how the open works.Makes an excellent conversation starter in that respect. So If you're looking for a very well
made EDC I'd recommend giving this knife a try.

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TOPS Knives Overlander 2

TOPS Knives Overlander 2 Reviews
Overall
8
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for 3 months

Comments:

The Overlander 2 is the revised version of the original Overlander. They have thinned out the handle which makes it very comfortable and given it a new look with different colored micarta and blade coating. This is a very robust little knife, if you are looking for a smaller fixed blade that has can handle a lot of abuse then this is the knife for you. It is thick and has a saber grind which does not make it an amazing slicer, but it will preform well in all the task you would ask it to do.



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