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Holiday Gift Guide

KnifeUp Holiday Gift Guide Around this time each year, millions of us share the same struggle; what should we buy for our family and friends this year for Christmas? It is a tradition as old as the holiday itself. While generations before us gave mostly handmade gifts, and many still do today, the majority struggle with picking out the perfect …

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How Good is CPM S35VN Knife Steel?

CPM S35VN Steel  Introduction When I research knife steels for KnifeUp Magazine, I always make it a deep dive and I look at no less than two dozen websites, articles, and product pages. One interesting thing that I’ve found while doing this research is the back and forth conversations that I see on some of the forums. It’s fun to …

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Benchmade 496 Vector Review

Benchmade 496 Vector – Assisted Opening EDC Knife Anyone that is a military member or veteran, outdoorsman, first responder, or knife collector will tell you that Benchmade makes some of the very best knives in the world. Known for their precision craftsmanship, attention to detail, and their use of only the best materials, Benchmade sets the bar for what a knife …

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What is L6 Steel?

While steel might look all the same to the untrained eye, there are a number of significant differences between the various types of steel used to make tough implements. How they are used in knives, swords and other tools will greatly impact the tool’s performance and reliability. For companies that want to create long-lasting blades that will get the job …

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Work Sharp Ken Onion Edition Knife Sharpener and Blade Grinding Attachment

Check out the latest prices for the Work Sharp here:  |   he Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener, Ken Onion Edition is an advanced sharpening system that entered the market in 2013. The original system was the first consumer-grade sharpening system featuring flexible belts like those used in the knife making industry. It quickly gained popularity and was an …

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Fenix E18R Rechargeable LED Flashlight

Whoever said big things come in small packages just might have been referencing the new E18R by best Fenix edc flashlight. This pint-sized wonder was released in October 2018 and we’ve put it through its paces.  The E18R Rechargeable fenix LED flashlight features wireless charging, powerful lumens, built-in intelligence and it weighs less than a Zippo.  But does it have …

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440C Knife Steel Overview

Stainless Steel vs. High Carbon Steel here are two broad categories of steel: stainless and high-carbon. Stainless steel resists rust very well but it can dull easily. High-Carbon steel keeps an edge really well but it rusts easily.  Another comparison would be that stainless would have a tendency for sharp edges to curl, bend or warp under pressure, while high-carbon …

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154CM Steel Guide

What is 154CM Steel? ith dozens of excellent steels being manufactured worldwide for use in cutlery, the question of what is the “best” steel for a knife is really not a fair question or a question that should be asked.  The question to ask is more like “which steel is best for what purpose and price point?”  For our purposes, …

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CPM 154 Knife Steel Overview

Introduction 154CM stainless steel has long been a sought-after metal for knife makers. The addition of molybdenum over 440C steel gave 154CM far superior edge holding, while still maintaining the same corrosion resistance. 154CM and its twin, ATS-34, were not without their own drawbacks, however. Knifemaker John Barlow earlier this year sat down with Blade Magazine and explained why he …

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CPM-3V Knife Steel Overview

Overview Perfect knife steels are like opinions… You were expecting a joke, right? Well, the fact is, there is no “perfect” knife steel. It all depends on what your intended use for the knife will be, where you expect to use the knife, and the conditions in which it will be used. Many throw around the term “perfect,” and CPM-3V …