Okay, if you’ve been living under a rock since 1971 you may not know this, but otherwise, you’ll be totally aware that along with cool extreme knives, there’s a culture. What does that mean? Well, it means that you are part of an international community of people that love knives for the sake of knives. It’s kinda like the Harley Davidson sub-culture. You know the kind right? The Harley dude is usually a bit hefty around the waist, often has white hair with scruff of one length or another. He’s also got a full suit of leather clothes and protective outer-gear. Bandanas, as well as visor-less helmets (usually that look like Nazi stormtrooper headgear), are typical too! I could go on, but you get the picture. They don’t wear business suits and have a clean-cut, freshly-shaved look!
Knife enthusiasts are not as easy to pick out of a crowd. They span the gamut of looks, races, and genders, but there’s no mistaking that they LOVE their knives. I happen to be one of those, but here’s my dirty, little secret; I don’t do a heck of a lot with my extreme addiction knives. I take them with me on wilderness canoe trips, but that’s about it. The reason I buy them is that I just …. LIKE THEM! I like how they feel, how they look, and even how they sound. I’m talking about the higher-end, pricier makes and models that make the un-initiated “regular person” look at me like I’m a psychotic serial killer who wants the latest killing tool. They have no idea of the reality of the situation!!
I’m a bit of a collector, and to satisfy my collector’s urges, I really like to have at least one ridiculously expensive knife in my collection. It’s often a conversation starter, and even a conversation ender (and sustainer!). To that end, here’s a look at a few of the very cool extreme knives that you could call “extreme” if only because of the extreme addiction extreme knives’ price! But cool they are my friends!
This curiosity is named after the Elite Special Op forces of Austria. The knife itself is made from solid billet, which means that it is machined out of a solid piece of high-quality steel. Microtech Jagdkommando is not cast (melted and poured into a shape), or forged (heated a smashed into a shape). It is precision-engineered by starting with a solid metal piece, and then removing any steel that does not look like the final product!
It’s crafted from either Titanium or Stainless Steel, and it has THREE blades, or “tri-blade”. I’m really hoping no one wants this knife to use offensively on any living creature, but I wouldn’t be beyond using it if necessary to defend myself or my family! The really crazy/unique/awesome/scary/illegal thing about this knife is that the tri-blade design is actually banned by the Geneva convention rules for war! The wounds would be so horrific that for survivors, it would be difficult to heal and would cause excessive suffering! Let’s keep it away from chests, shall we?
It comes with a sheath as expected, but this ain’t no normal sheath! It’s a hard-coated tube into which you actually SCREW the knife itself. The waffle-patterned handle completes the very intimidating and awe-inspiring presence of this knife.
This is not exactly a knife that you would use for the most part in any sort of survival or hunting context. In fact, more than anything, I’d suggest this is a collector’s piece that would be passed from father to son for generations. Amazon has an ALTERNATIVE “Jagdkommando” which may be much more manageable in terms of price!
For those purists out there, you’ll know that Tony Marfione not only runs Microtech, but he’s a passionate collector and knife enthusiast. I guess you kinda have to be if you own an elite knife-making company! Famed Japanese knife-maker Koji Hara is no small influencer of Tony Marfione knives. In fact, Tony is a fan of Koji’s and they’ve put their heads together to create a unique an eye-catching creation that might be the envy of nearly any and every collector.
Enter, THE WARHOUND. This knife is a work of art that’s outfitted with a titanium frame lock handle that’s ghost-finished and the blade is as well. It’s made with Bohler M390 steel and the handle has a flamed titanium backspacer. The Marfione Custom Warhound folder is the result of an evolving design born originally from the Warhound OTF automatic knife. It gives you the quality stylized Wharncliffe blade but in a pocket-friendly folder design. There’s a steel-reinforced lockbar on the handle and a lockbar stabilizer in matching color tones.
Finally, you’ll be getting a milled titanium pocket clip to round out the package.
Here’s a pricey (but oh so nice) offering from Benchmade. I won’t even tell you about Benchmade’s legendary quality right now (do you have an hour?), so I’ll get right into some of the very cool specs and features!
Of course it has world-class craftsmanship and beyond excellent materials. The blade is Damascus steel with a Loki pattern. It runs about 60 HRC which is about as high as you could ever want or need. The handle is ambidextrous marbled carbon fiber with a mother-of-pearl inlay. The AXIS locking mechanism is patented and you’ll find little details like custom anodized accents. It’s a manual opener so you won’t worry about issues of legality. Overall, when it’s open, it’s a full 7.34 inches and weighs 3.46 ounces.
The fact that it’s made in the USA is an awesome bonus and it comes with a lifetime warranty!
Extreme knives don’t always have to be offensive and aggressive-looking as though they were being worn by Sauron himself! In fact, there are lots of CHEAP knives on Amazon and at other retailers, that are made to look “cool” and mean and aggressive and intimidating, but they’re not excellent quality. Our idea of extreme knives is something different. We believe a great-quality knife made with meticulous workmanship by an actual designer who cares about more than putting out a product that looks good and colorful to a 16-year old with no job.
We like knives (even if they’re not intimidating) that are made of high-quality steel and attention to detail. Often, those knives have an “extreme” price tag. We realize that most people won’t be able to afford many of them, or they just don’t want to spend that kind of money! I get it, you Cheapskates! Get outta here!!
I’m kidding! I’m one of those cheapskates too. I have bills to pay and a family to feed. Custom extreme knives do not top my list of priorities, but my wife knows I have a few fun knives around the house I like to look at now and then, that really didn’t need to be purchased. So what? A couple of collector items are fine, and even she likes to hold my Katana every now and then with a smile on her face!
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