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Welcome to Kniferating.com! We currently have 1195 knives listed and 1916 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



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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ESEE RB3 Camp Lore

ESEE RB3 Camp Lore Reviews
Overall
8
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
8

-Price Paid: $105.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for 3 months

Comments:

I am so glad ESEE Knives is starting their Camp-Lore Line of Knives, the non-coated more ergonomic designs are a joy to use. That is also true of the RB3. It is a knife of many firsts for ESEE. Their first scandi grind, and the first knife that has mind blowing egos! Now there is one thing though, the 3.5" blade length limits its capability in some ways. A 4.5" version would be great.


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Kershaw Freefall

Kershaw Freefall Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: $18.00
-Used for Light Duty/General
-Owned for 6 months

Comments:

I've owned this Kershaw for about 6 months now. It has worked perfectly the whole time I've had it in my EDC rotation.The ergonomics are spot on and fit my hand very well indeed. The fit and finish are as good as any factory knife I've ever owned smooth all over and not a rough edge to be found on it anywhere.The gimping on the top of the blade is right where it should be and very effective holding your thumb exactly where it should stay. It uses a mid-grade steel pretty much equal to AUS8 and as such will take a wicked edge mirror polished and stropped to 160k. Plus holds the edge a respectable amount of time and is easily touched up as needed. The handle scales are akin to zytel and should stand up to daily use nicely and have done just that. It comes with tip up deep carry pocket that works very good. The flipper springs the blade out very quickly with a very positive lock up with no movement at all when locked.

Kershaw gives you great value and a well made knife for the money. It both equals and exceeds a lot of their competitors with their Chinese line of knives that cost more.

I would recommend it as a solid knife it to anyone on a budget looking for the most bang for the buck . Plus people like me who collect all sorts of different well made knives.



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Kershaw Asset

Kershaw Asset Reviews
Overall
4
Quality
4
Ergonomics
6
Value
7

-Price Paid: $20.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 1 year

Comments:

I bought this Kershaw knife to replace a Kershaw O SO Sweet that I had and lost. I bought it at Academy Sports on sale. At first I didn't like the appearance of the knife but the price was too good to pass up. After some use I really got to liking my new Kershaw knife. The blade is good and sharp right out of the box and holds an edge surprisingly well. The overall grip is quite comfortable to hold. After about a year the blade would no longer open unassisted. I took the knife apart and found the tortion bar had worn down and no longer engaged properly, it infact rattled in the handle with the blade open. I contacted Kershaw via the email link on their website explaining the issue and requesting a replacement tortion bar and handle screws. They never contacted me back, I tried on two more occasions to get them to respond to no avail. Though I like the knife and appreciate the fact that Kershaw still manufactures here in the United States I will need to replace the knife and probably won't consider Kershaw simply because of the discourtesy of not responding to my repeated attempts.


Comment by Pat Gray   06/20/2016
Look on their web-site for instructions for returning the knife. They will repair/replace the knife free (except your cost to send it in).
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SOG Trident

SOG Trident Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: $85.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

Have carried my SOG trident since 2006, and it was used for everything. From being a screwdriver to field dressing deer, squirrel, and rabbit. Unfortunately I lost mine 2 weeks ago. But have had a new one for the past week. Excellent knife.

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