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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



Microtech Ultratech

Microtech Ultratech Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: $200.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

I love my ultratech and i bought it to be used and abused. In my profession, i'm cutting, slicing, and chopping with it daily and sharpening it monthly. It has held its edge well for what i put it through. I have the bayonet grind and it allows precision cutting with primary edge while saving the seecondary edge as backup. Ive played with other brand otf's and the ultratechs feel the most solid to me. I like that the thumb button takes a little more pressure to fire, as i have two daughters and i know they wouldnt be able to open it. Best knife ive ever owned and will buy another in the future.


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Leatherman Crater C33X

Leatherman Crater C33X Reviews
Overall
8
Quality
8
Ergonomics
8
Value
10

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

Comments:

For first-responders, servicemen, tradesmen or outdoorsmen the Leatherman "Crater C33X" is an excellent and inexpensive EDC knife. And, as a bonus, it's proudly American made. The knife is well designed and very rugged, and the size is a perfect balance between not too big and not too small. The knife is set-up for dual carry via either pocket clip or carabiner, both of which are well thought out. Due to the serrations pattern, this knife is relatively easy to resharpen. Leatherman also offers factory engraving of your initials into the blade. A definite bonus for armed services personnel! If you plan on owning only one pocket knife, the "Crater C33X" would be an ideal choice.

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Schrade SCHF42

Schrade SCHF42 Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
8
Value
10

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

Comments:

It is every hard to find a knife these days that offers the features, design, and quality for under $50. Schrade is doing just that with this design from Brian Griffin. This knife has all the features of a great camp/bushcraft knife. You will love this blade.


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Cold Steel Master Hunter

Cold Steel Master Hunter Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: $95.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for 3 months

Comments:

The New Cold Steel Master Hunter in CPM-3V steel is awesome. It has a great USA made steel then it is sent to Taiwan to have the handle and sheath made. The handle and sheath are good and well designed. The blade is the perfect size for hunting or camp tasks. I would recommend this blade!


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ESEE Zancudo

ESEE Zancudo Reviews
Overall
9
Quality
8
Ergonomics
8
Value
10

-Price Paid: $28.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 3 months

Comments:

I have tended in the past to carry very small knives as part of my EDC. The usual suspects in my pockets have been blades such as the SOG Flash I, the Case Sodbuster Jr., and the Byrd Robin. I purchased the ESEE Zancudo to get a slightly larger EDC blade because I was finding that from time-to-time I was running instances when a slightly larger knife would be useful.

I've been very happy with the ESEE Zancudo so far. I've found that while it's AUS 8, and therefore one should expect to have to sharpen it from time-to-time, it takes a much sharper edge than my other AUS 8 knives. And, those other knives take very sharp edges.

I've also found that while the blade stock of the Zancudo is fairly thin, which makes it a terrific slicer, the blade has proven to be pretty durable. I'm a knife user rather than a collector. I'm also forgetful and spend a lot of time in the woods so I find myself needing to improvise quite a bit. So my knives get used for all sorts of things that they shouldn't. That being the case, my Zancudo has held up with very little obvious wear.

I've also found that the Zancudo, given how thin and light it is, is an easy knife to carry. It's really unobtrusive in my pocket, so I can wear it into the office as easily as I can wear it hiking or camping. That alone gets it a fair amount of pocket time.

There are some cons with the Zancudo though. First and foremost, as people have noted elsewhere, the lock is sort of hard to disengage. I think this has less to do with stiffness and more to do with the limited clearance from the scale on the display side and the lock bar of the framelock. Indeed, they are nearly flush. I actually can't unlock my Zancudo when I'm wearing gloves, I just can't get enough purchase on the lock bar. While having a lock bar so flush with the scale limits the risk of a hot spot, which makes the Zancudo comfortable even when you're grasping it with a death grip, it makes it a little hard to close.

The second con, which others have also commented on, is that the FRN scale on the display side is only secured with the pivot screw and three screws on the spine side. This means that edge side of the scale actually has a little play. Now this in general is something that most people probably wouldn't even notice but I do worry sometimes that I might end up breaking the scale because I'm a little hard on equipment.

In summary, I think the Zancudo is a terrific knife with a couple of minor drawbacks. I really do love carrying it and it is really close to being an ideal EDC knife.

TLDR:
Pros - great slicer, really durable, comfortable in pocket (and in hand)

Cons - lock bar on frame lock kind of hard to access (especially with gloves) and FRN scale could be better secured


Comment by Stuart H.   07/30/2015
I also found the liner lock rather hard to disengage on my Zancudo. And as such, I took the knife apart and "opened-up" the scale's finger choil approximately a 1/16 of an inch with some wet 600 grit sand paper. Which worked just fine.
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Busse Team Gemini

Busse Team Gemini Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: $450.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for 6 months

Comments:

The toughest knife I have ever owned, from the machining to finish this blade is flawless. chopping, batoning, cutting, prying, it works great in all aspects.

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Case Amber Bone Medium Stockman

Case Amber Bone Medium Stockman Reviews
Overall
9
Quality
9
Ergonomics
9
Value
8

-Price Paid: $49.00
-Used for Self Defense
-Owned for 3 months

Comments:

Slimmer than a Swiss Army, Sharper than a Gerber, this knife is the best I have ever bought. The only issue is that the name plate started to loosen. Great knife for a great price

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Fallkniven S1

Fallkniven S1 Reviews
Overall
6
Quality
10
Ergonomics
6
Value
7

-Price Paid: $114.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for 3 months

Comments:

I was expecting a lot from this blade, but I was very underwhelmed when I got it out in the woods. The problem is in the handle and sheath options. I would pass and go with the S1 model.



Comment by H.A.   07/15/2015
The review is for a Fallkniven S1 and the reviewer concludes by suggesting going for the... Fallkniven S1 instead?Some confusion there.
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Spyderco Endura 4 Emerson Opener

Spyderco Endura 4 Emerson Opener Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: $77.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Less than 1 Month

Comments:

As usual Spyderco has built another winner! I have carried many knives in my life, the Endura 4 is one of the best I have carried! Everything about it is quality!

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Mora of Sweden Robust Pro

Mora of Sweden Robust Pro Reviews
Overall
6
Quality
10
Ergonomics
6
Value
6

-Price Paid: $18.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for 3 months

Comments:

The Mora Robust Pro is a new for 2015 design based off the old Robust. The knife makes no sense to me compared to other Moras. There is nothing wrong with it, but it is as thick and expensive as the Heavy Duty Companion from Mora and do not offer anything more then the HD can. If you are interested in a polymer handled Mora go with the HD or Basic 511 both are much better options in my opinion.


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Kershaw Link

Kershaw Link Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: $35.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 3 months

Comments:

The Link comes in two handle options and two blade options, making it a great budget knife made here in the USA. One of the best features is the continuous sweep in the blade makes it a slicing machine. You will not be sorry with this blade riding in your pocket.


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TOPS Knives Tahoma Field Knife

TOPS Knives Tahoma Field Knife Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: $135.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for Less than 1 Month

Comments:

This knife is the best all around knife there is, nothin' beats it!
As far as batoning, you hit the batton on the handle side, it's different, but will work way better than hitting the sharpened top. Takes about a minute of practice, then easy.
You can also purchase the non-sharpened top version, also a serrated version.
You can even use the pinky grip, see mfg home page, for real close up work if needed. I personally carry a smaller EDC knife for small work, so this is my BRUTE FORCE KNIFE, although it will handle most of the fine stuff to with my large hands.

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