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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



Benchmade 550HG Griptilian

Benchmade 550HG Griptilian  Reviews
Overall
7
Quality
7
Ergonomics
6
Value
5

-Price Paid: $90.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

Some blade play when originally purchased but most of my Benchmade axis locks came with a little play. Blade design is really nice, the modified sheepsfoot has good cutting ability while being different from other blades. steel is good (154CM). handle scales are plastic but Ok, a little short for larger hands. A good light weight knife but too expensive for what you get.

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Ontario SP50

Ontario SP50 Reviews
Overall
9
Quality
9
Ergonomics
8
Value
10

-Price Paid: $85.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

I have owned two Ontario SP50 knives. I still own one and gave the other to a friend. Both have arrived with very sharp blades and excellent fit and finish. The steel used is 5160, which is a tough, carbon, non-stainless steel. It is the type of steel that should be used in a large knife meant for outdoors use, and I should mention that Ontario has an excellent heat treat on these knives for the hard use intended. I have used the SP50 extensively in the woods and it has held up well to batoning, chopping, and other camp type chores. The blades are ¼” thick which provides plenty of strength while the full flat grind allows for thinner edge geometry to allow for deep bites into wood when chopping and allows you to make feather sticks and perform other relatively fine cutting chores, keeping in mind the thick blade stock. The knife is moderately blade heavy. The handles are relatively thick but well designed and the kraton construction provides some cushioning during impacts and a good non-slip grip. The kraton also insulates the hands from temperature extremes and I find these types of handles are much better in the cold then exposed metal tang handles are. Edge retention is good for the type of steel used and heat treat. When it comes time to resharpen the knife it is easy to put an edge on 5160, especially when comparing it to steels like Elmax, s30v, CTS-XHP or other high end stainless steels, although 5160 will not hold its edge as long. If you are comparing it to low end stainless steels such as 420 then you may find it a little more difficult to sharpen, but then 5160 is a much better steel all around than 420. Overall, if you are looking for a quality, reasonably priced, large outdoor knife that can hold up under some tough use this one is definitely worth a look.

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Condor Village Parang

Condor Village Parang Reviews
Overall
6
Quality
2
Ergonomics
7
Value
5

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

Comments:

I did some light chopping and was pleased overall until I tried chopping a deer leg bone. Major blade damage as a result of this. Blade was not hardened properly. Too bad wanted to like it.

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Gerber Propel

Gerber Propel Reviews
Overall
9
Quality
10
Ergonomics
9
Value
8

-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

I use this knife as EDC. No comfort problems with the finger studs or grip unless wearing light/thin pants and certainly don't need gloves as I have used this knife extended periods while camping for both fire and food prep. Had it for 2 years and only sharpened once as it keeps a great edge. Deployment is solid just needed to keep it clean and added "Getsome1000" after use in marine environment as it was exposed to salt water. Never let me down once.

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Case Yellow TrapperLock

Case Yellow TrapperLock Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
9
Value
10

-Price Paid: $67.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Less than 1 Month

Comments:

I own several Case folding knives, and every one I have is a well made, smooth and solid knife...The Trapperlock is the smoothest and most easily opened one hander I have had, and I'm 69 years old and carried a pocket knife since late grade school... Great to handle, great to look at...a LITTLE to thin to be 100% comfortable in my hand (personal)....but it became my favorite...I just ordered a second one today.

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Kershaw Turbulence

Kershaw Turbulence Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: $50.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

This knife has proven it's self time and time again in heavy daily carry. I've owned and used one almost daily for well over a yr. I bought for less than many name brand Chinese line of knifes. This knife out does them all in fit finish and materials used in it and it's USA made.

The ergonomics are spot on and fit my hand perfectly.Made from 14c28mn stainless is another plus. I rank it over 8A, vg-10 any day of the week in its being one of the very best general purpose steel ever made.Never had it chip,stain or rust and easily can be sharpened to mirror edge perfection.

If you're looking for a excellent EDC buy one of these you would be disappointed at all I think.

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Kershaw Dimension

Kershaw Dimension Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: $32.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 3 months

Comments:

I love this knife. It carries as well as any Kershaw I have owned, but shows like a gentleman's knife. From afar it has a Sebenza type look to it with the pattern machined Ti scales. 8Cr13MoV is nothing to write home to your mom about, but holds an ok edge and only takes a few quick passes on my sharpmaker to clean up the edge.

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Boker Rescom

Boker Rescom Reviews
Overall
7
Quality
8
Ergonomics
7
Value
8

-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Other
-Owned for 6 months

Comments:

Bought this used a few months ago, and I like it a lot. I keep it in my glove box in case of emergency as it really is a seat belt cutter. I wouldn't call it a knife really. I have only cut rope with it so far, but the edge is serrated so it did a real nice job. Good seat belt cutter, worth having in your car in case you find yourself in an emergency situation.

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Boker Edit

Boker Edit Reviews
Overall
8
Quality
8
Ergonomics
8
Value
8

-Price Paid: $40.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for 1 year

Comments:

Cheap but usable fixed blade, small which is good for the weight conscious. Carry it on my hikes sometimes instead of a folder. 440C so the steel is nothing too special but it works and is easy to sharpen. Comfortable in hand for its size, worth the 40 bucks I paid.

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Spyderco Lava

Spyderco Lava Reviews
Overall
8
Quality
10
Ergonomics
7
Value
6

-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Light Duty/General
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

Great knife, innovative design, excellent materials. I think they are discontinued for the most part now, although if I recall correctly Spyderco still occasionally does a sprint run. The ergos take some getting used to but once you "get it" this knife feels and cuts nice.

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Spyderco Enuff Clip Point

Spyderco Enuff Clip Point Reviews
Overall
5
Quality
7
Ergonomics
4
Value
6

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

Comments:

Spyderco's take on a budget fixed blade, although it's not so budget. Was given to me as a gift, and it's ok. For the money I'd get an ESEE though since you get Micarta over the FRN and 1095 over the VG-10 (VG-10 is great no doubt but carbon steel is superior for this knife style).

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Spyderco Assist I

Spyderco Assist I Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: $90.00
-Used for Other
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

This is an extremely useful rescue knife that I keep on me at all times when out in the wilderness. The blunt tip is perfect as it doesn't compromise cutting edge. The straight edge is awesome as well as it makes cutting predictable and slip free. The blade is mostly serrated, which is what I'd want in a rescue knife...great for cutting clothes, straps, ropes, etc. Visible orange FRN, lockback, spyderhole deployment and VG-10 are all great. Another feature that's interesting (although admittedly I don't use it all too often) are the finger grooves on the spine of the blade which allows you to squeeze the handle and the blade together to cut rope. Overall top notch for a rescue knife and the price is right for a VG-10 knife.

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