Buying Guides

Our small team has spent countless hours researching gear and actually using quite a bit of it.  For those items we don’t actually buy, we’ve spent a crazy amount of time researching the products on Amazon, customer comments, forums, manufacturer websites and more!  We truly hope to bring you useful, actionable and easy to read product reviews.

  • Best Camping Knife of 2022: Complete Reviews With Comparisons

    Best Camping Knife of 2022: Complete Reviews With Comparisons

    In the wild, you’re only as good as your tools. Among many things, you should look for a knife for camping with no problems performing heavy-duty tasks. On the hunt for the best camping knife? If you’ve got a camping trip coming up, we’ve got the perfect versatile knife options for you. We’ll look at … Read more

  • Best Self Defense Knife

    Best Self Defense Knife

    Are you searching the internet for “best self-defense knife” or “best knife for self-defense“? If you are looking for the best self-defense knife for yourself or a loved one, this article will lead you to the best possible self-defense knife you can buy. Your life (or your loved one’s life) is important and, with the … Read more

  • Spetsnaz Machete: No. 1 Russian Survival Tool [Top 3 Choices]

    Spetsnaz Machete: No. 1 Russian Survival Tool [Top 3 Choices]

    Spetsnaz Machete, a weird Russian survival tool, has more uses than any US survival knife and can save your life in the wilderness or urban environment. It can hammer, chop, cut, pry, saw, pummel, and you can even use it as a ruler. Who are the Spetsnaz? The Spetsnaz is the Russian special forces group. … Read more

  • 6 Best Belt Grinder for Knife Making Reviewed

    6 Best Belt Grinder for Knife Making Reviewed

    When making a knife as a beginner, one of the things that might confuse you the most is the sheer number of different ways you can approach this process. For instance, some knifemakers like to start with a stock steel sheet, while others prefer to buy forged blade-shaped steel to save time. In this article, … Read more

  • 3 Best 1×30 Belts for Knife Making [Reviewed & Buyer’s Guide]

    3 Best 1×30 Belts for Knife Making [Reviewed & Buyer’s Guide]

    Whether you’re an expert or amateur knifemaker, 1×30 belts are where it’s at! Their grit range is high enough for knife making, and they’re pretty compact, allowing you a lot of precision. But my experience as a knife enthusiast, reviewer, and maker over the past 15 years has made me realize that not all 1×30″ … Read more

  • 3 Best 2X72 Belts in 2022

    3 Best 2X72 Belts in 2022

    Keeping your knife blade sharp is essential for maintaining a solid performance and preserving the blade’s outline. And 2×72 belts provide the perfect balance between heavy-duty grinding and finer detail work that most knives need. It’s the most suitable size for profiling, detailed edge sanding, sharpening, and bevel grinding. With over 15 years of experience … Read more

  • Forever Sharp Knives Review: Are They Worthy?

    Forever Sharp Knives Review: Are They Worthy?

    Forever Sharp has been in the spotlight for quite some time now. And the company has been getting attention for its kitchen knives. The blades are marketed to be “Forever Sharp” as seen by the brand’s name and their lifetime guarantee policy. Having researched multiple unbiased sources of knife reviews and considered every single aspect … Read more

  • Rat Model 1 Folding Knife Review

    Rat Model 1 Folding Knife Review

    Construction This is one of the sturdiest knives of its type (EDC with pocket clip) that I’ve tested.  For me, it seems like almost a hunting/camping knife with a bit more “substance” than a small EDC.  The size and weight of this beast would disqualify it as an EDC in my pocket.  Unfortunately, it does … Read more

  • Benchmade Griptilian 550BKHG Review

    Benchmade Griptilian 550BKHG Review

    While by no means a new knife on the market, the Benchmade Griptilian is truly an American classic!  It’s such a popular knife that it has been a mainstay of Benchmade for years, and they have lots of versions.  Not only that, but there’s a completely separate family of knives at Benchmade called “Mini Griptilian” … Read more

  • Ka-Bar USMC Review

    Ka-Bar USMC Review

    A survival knife is an essential tool for every camper, hunter, hiker, sports enthusiast, soldier, or park or forest ranger. This tool serves many purposes whenever a person is in the wilderness. Few of those uses are woodcutting, skinning, trapping, and self-defense. When everything goes wrong and an individual is stuck in a deserted location, … Read more

  • KABAR Becker BK2 Review

    KABAR Becker BK2 Review

    As one of the most versatile and popular knives in the market, the holds true to its reputation. With the KABAR name attached to it, one will know very well that it can be up to par with its legendary brother, the 1219c. In case you are planning to get one, check out the brief … Read more

  • SOG Seal Pup Elite Review

    SOG Seal Pup Elite Review

    The internet is currently filled with articles detailing this product by the company. The Seal Pup Elite is an improvement over previous models and is specifically designed for heavy use. Word is that the item follows the same design used by the US Navy SEALs which makes it top of the class. Aside from being … Read more

  • Spyderco Paramilitary 2 Review

    Spyderco Paramilitary 2 Review

    The is a foldable knife that’s ideal for military use and any other outdoor activity. Coming from Spyderco, the product has been in the market for some time and is now available online. It’s slightly longer than 8 inches when opened with the blade portion measuring around 3.4 inches.

  • Kershaw Injection 3.5 Review

    Kershaw Injection 3.5 Review

    First Thoughts The Kershaw Injection is a Todd Rexford design and it was first released to the retail market in 2013.  Because of nothing more than standard operating protocol in the industry, it was discontinued in 2016, though you can still find it online (I did!).  Kershaw is a brand of the parent company Kai … Read more

  • Buck Hood Cocobolo Hoodlum Review

    Buck Hood Cocobolo Hoodlum Review

    However, if you came to the site looking for a “HOODLUM-ESQUE” kind of knife, we have done a bit of research and found a Hoodlum alternative knife that looks very similar and offers the same features as the Cocobolo Hoodlum. Say hello to the Ontario RTAK II by the Ontario Knife Company.  The RTAK II … Read more