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Welcome to Kniferating.com! We currently have 1140 knives listed and 1683 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!


Top Rated Knives

Model
Type
Blade
Price
Reviews
Rating
Spyderco Sage
Spyderco Sage Reviews
Folding
76 mm
$98.75
(9)
 9.9
Kershaw Tyrade
Kershaw Tyrade Reviews
Folding
92 mm
$39.00
(7)
 9.9
Spyderco Delica FFG
Spyderco Delica FFG Reviews
Folding
73 mm
$56.15
(7)
 9.7
Spyderco Caly 3
Spyderco Caly 3 Reviews
Folding
76 mm
$112.50
(6)
 9.7
Benchmade 707 Sequel
Benchmade 707 Sequel Reviews
Folding
75 mm
$107.50
(6)
 9.7
Benchmade 940 Osborne
Benchmade 940 Osborne Reviews
Folding
86 mm
$176.00
(6)
 9.7
RAT Cutlery Izula
RAT Cutlery Izula Reviews
Fixed
73 mm
$57.50
(9)
 9.6



Recent Knife Reviews


Benchmade 746 Mini Onslaught

Benchmade 746 Mini Onslaught Reviews
Overall:
  9
Quality:
  9
Ergonomics:
  9
Value:
  9
Review by: Darren
08/26/2014
Price: $150.00
Use: Every Day Carry
Time Owned: Less than 1 Month

Comments:
The Mini Onslaught for its price is one hell of a knife, the handle design and build makes you feel like it was custom built. The blade is very thin and is made more for slicing than chopping or stabbing. It carries like a tactical knife and I'm sure would hold its own in a self defense role, similar to the ParaMilitary 2. The Axis lock is buttery smooth as is any Benchmade knife. Buy one now before it's discontinued, it is a really cool folder!

Spyderco Domino

Spyderco Domino Reviews
Overall:
  9
Quality:
  10
Ergonomics:
  10
Value:
  8
Review by: Tom
08/25/2014
Price: $180.00
Use: Every Day Carry
Time Owned: 6 months

Comments:
The knife fits well in the hand. The forward choil is useful and confortable for fine work. Razor sharp out of the box. The flipper fires easially and with authority. Excellent lockup and the stainless buffer between the titanium frame lock and the blade eliminates sticking or deterioration of the titanium. The handle scale is oddly patterned but I don't mind it. It certainly subtracts nothing from the knife's performance. An excellent knife.

Busse Team Gemini

Busse Team Gemini Reviews
Overall:
  10
Quality:
  10
Ergonomics:
  10
Value:
  10
Review by: Brooks
08/24/2014
Price: $400.00
Use: Outdoor/Survival
Time Owned: 6 months

Comments:
Best hard use knife I have ever had. A bit pricey but worth every penny ergonomics are great. Shaving sharp. If I could only have one knife this would be it.

Ghost Knives Banshee D2

Ghost Knives Banshee D2 Reviews
Overall:
  10
Quality:
  9
Ergonomics:
  10
Value:
  10
Review by: Joseph
08/24/2014
Price: $75.00
Use: Outdoor/Survival
Time Owned: 6 months

Comments:
I picked this knife up a few months ago and have been very happy with it. It's lightweight and really holds a great edge, the perfect knife for backpacking. My only quip is it looks like the sharpener got a little eager and kissed the choil removing some of the cerakote. I also recommend buying through their website as they offer far more colors combinations then are available on Amazon.

Schrade SCAXE2L Axe

Schrade SCAXE2L Axe Reviews
Overall:
  7
Quality:
  7
Ergonomics:
  9
Value:
  9
Review by: Aaron
08/23/2014
Price: $37.00
Use: Outdoor/Survival
Time Owned: 3 months

Comments:
The SCAXE2L is designed to be a medium weight axe that can do more then a small hatchet. The ergos, size, sheath design, and chopping power is all there to make this a powerful and useful tool. The 3cr13 steel is ok for the price point, but will not hold its edge as long and more expensive axes, but it is easy to field sharpen. For those of you looking for a cheap axe that can get the job done, this is worth a purchase.



Ontario RAT 7

Ontario RAT 7 Reviews
Overall:
  8
Quality:
  8
Ergonomics:
  7
Value:
  8
Review by: Miika
08/23/2014
Price: $80.00
Use: Outdoor/Survival
Time Owned: 3 months

Comments:
For me it was easy pickins between ESEE 6 and this. Since SRK I've found longer blades more comfortable to work with, hence the RAT over the other one.

I think this is the first flat ground knife I have and it feels a tad odd working with it. At first I had serious problems hacking through even the thinnest branches (tho might be b/c of the lightness of the knife and back balance).

Even flat ground blade is supposed to be a better performer while batoning, I just couldn't feel the difference between RAT 7 and SOG Force.

I'd say this knife has rather spot on value for money. Because it's on the cheaper side, you don't need to fret the idea of modifying the handle bits to suit your needs better. For me, the rounded edge of the handles were still too 'sharp' so I sanded them rounder, added some diagonal grooves and used a bit rougher sandpaper to roughen up the surface.

Last but certainly not least, the nylon sheaths with additional pocket for a sharpener and a fire starter is a strong selling point for me =).

For quality/price/size I put this right with Cold Steel SRK, another excellent all-around-knife.

Zero Tolerance 0300

Zero Tolerance 0300 Reviews
Overall:
  10
Quality:
  10
Ergonomics:
  10
Value:
  7
Review by: Ron
08/21/2014
Price: $0.00
Use: Every Day Carry
Time Owned: Greater than 1 year

Comments:
This has been my EDC knife for two years now and is simply the essence of quality. This blade is extremely tough and holds an edge very well and the lock up on this knife is nothing less than top shelf. The blade grind and the recurve edge make this knife a powerful cutting tool. The wide blade can sometimes be a little awkward when doing small fine task but can be overcome with a little experience. The knife is large and will take up a lot of real estate in your pocket so be warned, but the rugged build quality is worth the trade off. The clip can be set in all four positions so no matter your preferred carry style this knife will work for you. Overall one of the finest knives money can buy.

Cold Steel Recon 1

Cold Steel Recon 1 Reviews
Overall:
  9
Quality:
  8
Ergonomics:
  10
Value:
  10
Review by: Ron
08/21/2014
Price: $47.00
Use: Outdoor/Survival
Time Owned: 6 months

Comments:
My Recon 1 is the spear point 50/50 blade. The handle feels great in the hand especially considering how thin the knife is for a larger folder. I purchased this strictly as a hiking/outdoor knife and it stays stored in my hiking pack between trips so I have no EDC experience with it. The type of serrations on this knife are of a type that still allow the knife to perform well as a woodland knife yet provide all the cutting power that a half serrated blade provides. The AUS8 steel blade (a steel I have had great luck with over the years) holds an edge fairly well, not like the S30V on my ZT 0300 but holds a decent edge none the less and is quite rust resistant. I have been on two 5 day hiking trips with this knife cutting cordage,carving wooden utensils, cleaning fish and after 5 days of heavy use the blade would still shave hair, not like on day one but still very sharp. I have large hands and use gloves when doing woodland chores so a large folder works well for me and the grip on this knife is one of the most comfortable I have used in 40 years of outdoor experience. This knife falls into the high value category. An excellent knife at a very fair price. If you want the quality of a Zero Tolerance or a Benchmade buy a ZT or a Benchmade but for 1/5 the price the Cold Steel Recon 1 is a great value.

Chris Reeve Professional Soldier

Chris Reeve Professional Soldier Reviews
Overall:
  10
Quality:
  10
Ergonomics:
  10
Value:
  10
Review by: dave hill
08/21/2014
Price: $150.00
Use: Every Day Carry
Time Owned: 1 year

Comments:
what I like best is the steel s35v and only three ounces. it has a shakel cut out to lighten it and yet it really works to turn things. you can carry it all day and not think twice till you need it. the handle is very ergonomic your fingers will not slide off onto blade.

Kabar Short Becker Drop Point

Kabar Short Becker Drop Point Reviews
Overall:
  9
Quality:
  8
Ergonomics:
  9
Value:
  9
Review by: Aaron
08/18/2014
Price: $65.00
Use: Outdoor/Survival
Time Owned: 3 months

Comments:
The Becker BK16 for the price is one of the best companion/bushcraft knives around. The ergos are great, the steel is tough and very easy to sharpen, and the sheath is better then most on the market. With that said there are some draw backs with a cheep spray on black coating on the blade, the quality of nylon on the sheath is poor, and you don't have the best traction on the grivory handle scales. But for the price there is nothing that comes close. Check this knife out!



Browning Stone Cold Tanto Folder

Browning Stone Cold Tanto Folder Reviews
Overall:
  7
Quality:
  7
Ergonomics:
  7
Value:
  7
Review by: Rick
08/17/2014
Price: $40.00
Use: Every Day Carry
Time Owned: 1 year

Comments:
I like this knife very much. Blade is soft though and has developed small chips in the blade. Seems to sharpen very easy. Not a bad knife to carry everyday as a pocket knife.

Cold Steel TI Lite 6

Cold Steel TI Lite 6 Reviews
Overall:
  7
Quality:
  10
Ergonomics:
  5
Value:
  7
Review by: John
08/16/2014
Price: $55.00
Use: Every Day Carry
Time Owned: 1 year

Comments:
Overall I'm not impressed with this knife at all. The build of the knife is grade A but that's the only thing that is good about it. The ergonomics are TERRIBLE and the steel is far from desirable. The 'fast' opening is a joke. The design is even more of a joke. If you keep it in your pocket lint gets in every nook and cranny because of all the holes in the handle. Also, it is designed for tip up carry and it the tip LOVES to get snagged and open up on you whenever it chooses.

The blade does come out of the box very sharp but the edge retention is something from a $10 bargain box. Open a couple of boxes and you have to resharpen it. It will, however, resharpen very easily and with all that resharpening you'll get your skills at using a whet stone. To me, that's the only way to sharpen a knife.



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