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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



SOG Flash II

SOG Flash II Reviews
Overall
7
Quality
4
Ergonomics
6
Value
8

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

Comments:

Found this flash11 underneath the radio equipment in the turret of a Bradley Fighting vehicle. The nut was missing from the blade pin. I repaired it and have used it for everything. The blade has a little slop but still useful. A great every day carry. Blade almost used up now.

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Extrema Ratio BF2 CT

Extrema Ratio BF2 CT Reviews
Overall
9
Quality
9
Ergonomics
8
Value
8

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

Comments:

I own this knife now for over 2 years. I did buy it specialy because of it's intended use. I own and use about 35 diferent knives. Most designed for tactical and/or Law enforcement use. From light to real heavy duty. Due to the national law and regulation, edc'ing a folder is no problem, unless you get to certain area's. But.. back to the knife. I was searching for a razor sharp "tactical" folder that i could carry descrete with my suit during certain assignments. Small, but bigg enoug to get the job done when it is needed. I prefer N690 co steel because of the razor edge i can get on that stuff without to much problems. After a search i found what did meet up with my wishes and more. The ER BF2 ct. The quality of the design, the fit and finish, the choice of materials used, the liner lock with the extra security feature, the deep carry pocketclip. I love it. Is a tactical blade, more then capable of what i did buy it for. The edge is razor sharp from factory. I light stropping run made my personal finishing touch. It is not to heavy to carry in the pants of a suit. I think it is a solid built knife. It doesnt draw attention from your surroundings, even not when it is closed on the table of a restaurant. But opened.. wauw. The design of the handlescales is typical. Smooth and not destructive for clothing, but due to the ergonomics you will have more then enough grip. The coating of all parts is very well done and very durable. Edge retention is normal for the steel used. Resharpening is no difficulty if you know how to sharpen a tanto blade. The size is just perfect for me. All in all. A great knife usable for many tasks. From kitchen to tactical. From gentleman to lawenforcement. After 2 years of use my knife is still doing perfect with minor maintenance. Worth every cent.

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Schrade Old Timer Sharpfinger

Schrade Old Timer Sharpfinger Reviews
Overall
9
Quality
9
Ergonomics
9
Value
10

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

Comments:

I purchased my first Schrade "Old Timer" Sharpfinger in 1980. This was (and still is) the iconic knife on the belts of many hunters and campers in the woods of Northern Michigan. The knife is ergonomic in my hands and has the full tang through the handle. My Sharpfinger dressed many deer in its day. The blade is not hollow ground like Buck knife blades are. That makes it quick and easy to sharpen. I purchased a Buck 194 Alpha Hunter back in the late 1990s. It is a beautiful knife to look at, but it is a big job to clean after dressing out a deer! My old Sharpfinger was easy to clean after dressing and skinning because of it's streamlined shape and clean edges. Over the years, the blade has been stained in spots from the leather sheath, but it still keeps a razor sharp edge. The Sharpfinger's blade will dull quicker than a hollow ground edge, but quickly sharpens with a diamond sharpener, and keeps a sharp edge with an occasional stropping on leather. I wouldn't recommend it as a fillet knife; the blade is too thick and short.

The old leather sheath is no great shakes in quality, the leather is thin, but it still does the job well with good knife retention. In my opinion, this is the best hunting knife I've owned. I've been looking at purchasing another one and I was surprised at how affordable they are. Maybe because they're now made overseas; probably China.

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Kershaw Volt II

Kershaw Volt II Reviews
Overall
8
Quality
8
Ergonomics
8
Value
8

-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Less than 1 Month

Comments:

I really like this knife. It holds an edge good and sharpens pretty easy. I like the way it fits in my hand and I like the way you can easily open it with one hand. I still wish it had an notch on the blade to open with with two hands when I wanted to. I removed the clip because I prefere to carry it in my pocket and it irritated me. It's good to have thou for people who want to use the clip. I like how light it is while still being a sturdy knife. I will likely carry for a long time.

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ESEE RB3 Camp Lore

ESEE RB3 Camp Lore Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
9
Ergonomics
9
Value
7

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

Comments:

This is my first Scandi and I thought I would love it.. But, I think it's too thick. I tend to reach for my mini Bushlore to slice and carve over my Rb3. Out in the woods I feel myself wanting my Esee 6 as primary over my Rb3.. I'm gonna keep trying to love this knifefor little bit longer but I think I'm finally realizing my wants and needs in a blade... Got rid of my 3hm for $60 to get my Rb3.. I regret it

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Victorinox Soldier Knife

Victorinox Soldier Knife Reviews
Overall
4
Quality
7
Ergonomics
5
Value
5

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

Comments:

I was given this knife by a worker in the factory. The knife I habitually carry is a camper model which is much more practical than this behemoth. Aside from the unnecessary size and serrated edge, it lacks a small blade and the invaluable tooth pick and tweezers. Further, I could, in a pinch, dress a deer with the smaller knife, but the configuration of this blunt tipped and impossible to sharpen blade would make it exceedingly difficult to do so.

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Gerber River Shorty

Gerber River Shorty Reviews
Overall
9
Quality
9
Ergonomics
9
Value
10

-Price Paid: $25.00
-Used for Light Duty/General
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

Love this knife. it has a easy release plastic sheath. I have used it at work for opening boxes, cutting rope and as a screwdriver. I also take it with me on my fishing kayak for general purpose. Actually I have two now. The first was a black handle and the second with a bright green one which is much more visible if you happen to drop it.


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Leatherman Rebar

Leatherman Rebar Reviews
Overall
8
Quality
8
Ergonomics
9
Value
9

-Price Paid: $35.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

This is a great multi-tool. It has every blade need for everyday use (minus scissors). The knife blade was so sharp out of the box I could shave with it! I have not used every blade on it but the ones I have perform flawlessly. I ditched the Velcro sheath for a leather one.

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Gerber Steadfast

Gerber Steadfast Reviews
Overall
9
Quality
9
Ergonomics
10
Value
9

-Price Paid: $44.00
-Used for Other
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

Love this knife! It has become my "must take" camping/fishing trip knife along with a filet knife. It's heavy enough to use a chopper and sharp enough for most any campsite chore. The feel and "no slip"grip of the handle fits my hand just perfectly. I am a firm believer that all fixed blades should have a guard and this one fits the blade-to-handle very well, not too big or too small. I also am impressed the sheath can be used horizontally so I can carry the knife cross carry on my belt behind me so it is out of the way until needed and not hanging down on my side. I am a collector and have hundreds of knives but this one is a "user!"

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Ontario RAT 2

Ontario RAT 2 Reviews
Overall
8
Quality
9
Ergonomics
4
Value
10

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

Comments:

There's a lot to like about this knife. The blade comes very sharp. Not super important because it is very easy to sharpen (as is to be expected of AUS-8). The action works. It's not like a drop shut kinda smooth, but you can open it one handed and you can close it one handed, which at the end of the day, is all I really want.

In fact, the action does one better to my needs. You can flick it out WHA-POW and it sure does feel good.

The clip is fine. It works. A lot of people don't like that it's painted. I don't give a RAT Model II's ass though, so I'm just fine with it working. I don't plan on selling or trading this knife so I'm fine with the clip looking beat up as long as it continues to work. On the subject of the clip, I do wish there was a cheaper option at a deep carry clip. The only one I have seen is $30. I'm fiiiiine carrying my knife like this. Being a little deeper would be nice, but it's not necessary, and not worth $30 to me.

The biggest short coming of this knife is how it feels to hold in the hand when you are cutting things (and that's a pretty big short coming). I don't have the largest hands. I wear a small size glove. This knife feels cramped in my hand. I want to grip it three fingered because it's so cramped, but then it's not very comfortable because my pinky can't find anywhere to live.

There are also so minor issues ergonomically. The lock bar isn't very comfortable to use. It roughs up my thumb a little bit and I'm not a super big fan of that. The scales are also a little hard to grip when using gloves. For 90% of the tasks I do, I don't need gloves, so this ends up being fine, but my ideal knife would be able to be useable when I'm wearing gloves. I didn't ding any points because of this fact, but I definitely did over the 3-4 finger grip.

End of the day though, if you have $30 and want to buy a knife that functions well as a knife, and should last you for a while, I think this is probably the best choice. If you're not allergic to nickel, I would probably steer you towards the ESEE Zancudo. It was designed for more varied hand sizes and comes in both AUS-8 and D2 steels. The D2 requires a little bit more care, moisture wise, but requires a little bit less sharpening care. For me it's a wash. For most, the D2 is a welcome upgrade.

If you are like me though, and a stainless steel frame lock with unknown nickel content is a deal breaker, I think it's hard to do better than a RAT II for $30

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DPx Gear HEST Original

DPx Gear HEST Original Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
10
Value
10

-Price Paid: $120.00
-Used for Light Duty/General
-Owned for 1 year

Comments:

This is what knife design should be about: What works in the field? Not what looks cool this year. Robert Young Pelton knocked it out of the park with his very first patented design. Simple, tough and innovative. Made by Shon Rowen (the manufacturer behind ESEE knives) and affordable. The idea that this became the folder called the DPx Gear HEAT/F 2.0 is even cooler because it shows that DPx cares about knifes that work and are tough.

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SOG Powerlock

SOG Powerlock Reviews
Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
8
Value
10

-Price Paid: $69.00
-Used for Other
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

I work as a heavy equipment mechanic and have owned Leatherman (my first), Gerber (least liked), victornox (on par with leatherman) and Sog (most owned and used).
I have multiple iterations of the sog power plier (including a non-patented " first edition") and it has outlasted all other multitools I have owned.
The first thing that stands out is the gear mechanism, which not only compounds leverage applied to the handles but also allows the tool to be used in semi-closed position (perfect for confined spaces and applying more pressure). This gear feature also allows the tool to easily be opened one handed.
The ability to change out accessory tools is ingenious and user friendly. I am not a big fan of the "piano key" style lockback that newer versions are equipped with; prefer the solid one piece lockback.leather sheaths are not much thing, preferring the nylon as it is more favorable in my working environments. I truly favor their neoprene (not released) that allows the too to be mounted in a number of positions (vetical or horizontally).

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