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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.

  • Review: Zero Tolerance 0566BW Hinderer Folder BlackWash Knife with SpeedSafe

    Review: Zero Tolerance 0566BW Hinderer Folder BlackWash Knife with SpeedSafe

    Zero Tolerance is a name that for those in the know, has a ring of ultra-high quality that is surely second to no other.  If you check out their website, you’ll see that most knives settle in around the $275 – $300 range!  That’s some major coin!  Why the fuss?  Well, there’s a reason!  Let’s…


  • The 5 Best Bowie Knives

    Quick Intro Are you looking for a great Bowie Knife? A Bowie knife is a knife that is longer than 6 inches with a sharp, wide blade. It was designed by Col. James Bowie to be a portable fighting knife. It should be longer and heavier than a dagger but shorter than a saber. Historians…


  • The Best Pocket Knives: Supreme Buying Guide & Top 10 Picks

    The Best Pocket Knives: Supreme Buying Guide & Top 10 Picks

    When looking for the best pocket knives, make sure you follow these simple yet weird tips or else you might be in for a big shock. Pocket knives can vary greatly in terms of design and, for that reason, you should pick one based on your intended usage. This guide will walk you through what…


  • Best Pink Pocket Knife for EDC [The 3 Top-Selling]

    Best Pink Pocket Knife for EDC [The 3 Top-Selling]

    Are you looking for a pink pocket knife for EDC (everyday carry)? Or just a pink knife that you can use to cut open boxes at work? I know that KnifeUp and many other survival review sites are geared for men but, for this article, I’ll focus on what many ladies are looking for.  In…


  • Camillus Carnivore Machete Review

    Camillus Carnivore Machete Review

    The is the envy of many outdoor enthusiasts. This durable machete has many features giving it a variety of uses.  The 12-inch blade sits on a comfortable, camouflage ABS handle. Is this For Me? For me personally, yes!  If you are looking for a practical machete to use in the woods, to cut through dense…


  • Best Gifts for Your Knife Lover!

    Best Gifts for Your Knife Lover!

    Okay, so I’m positive you don’t even really need me to tell you about the timeless nature of giving knives and knife-related gifts to those who matter to you in life right?  Just in case I’m wrong, here’s a brief synopsis:  Knives are a useful, enduring personal item which can be used daily or displayed…


  • Best Hunting Knives: Folding and Fixed Blade [Top 3 Picks]

    Best Hunting Knives: Folding and Fixed Blade [Top 3 Picks]

    Yes, you could go for a super-flashy, cheap knife on Amazon or Ali-Baba for about $15, but for what it’s worth, my opinion is that you would be overpaying by about $12!  Or, you could get a nice looking decent quality knife like this , and you’d probably be OK!  Some good knives are really…


  • Benchmade 496 Vector Review

    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…


  • Morakniv Clipper 840 Carbon Steel Fixed Blade

    Morakniv Clipper 840 Carbon Steel Fixed Blade

    The  Outdoor Knife with Carbon Steel Blade is one of the flagship products of Mora of Sweden. Utility knives are terrific all-purpose knives that can be used for a variety of jobs ranging from cutting meat to outdoors work such as hacking off branches from trees. Although the term was originally used to refer to fixed-blade…


  • Cold Steel SK-5 Review

    Cold Steel SK-5 Review

    The Natchez Bowie knife got its name from the small town of Natchez in Mississippi, and its fame came from the number of people who chose to use this particular style of fighting knives. Cold Steel managed to emulate the same kind of fierceness that the original Bowie knives had and added a couple of…


  • Alternative Camping Shelters : Floating, Rooftop, Inflatables!

    Alternative Camping Shelters : Floating, Rooftop, Inflatables!

    There are an overwhelming number of camping tents on the market nowadays. They vary in weight, size, and shape to accommodate a variety of camping needs and something can fit nearly everyone’s wish list.  Typically, the lighter the tent, the more expensive it is.  Also, the more extreme the camping conditions, the more cash you’ll…


  • The Best Balisong Butterfly Knife Trainer

    The Best Balisong Butterfly Knife Trainer

    Are you looking to learn how to flip Balisong knives? Well, you can go out and buy a real butterfly knife but, if you don’t know what you are doing, you can easily cut yourself. Not a fun experience, trust me. This guide will walk you through the 3 best butterfly knife trainers. It’ll teach…


  • The Best Throwing Knives

    The Best Throwing Knives

    Are you looking for the best throwing knife around? Well, wait no more because we just reviewed 3 top-selling throwing knives and our findings will shock you. (Yes, you wouldn’t believe what dirt we uncovered). I know there are lots of choices out there for throwing knives and, with this guide, you’ll find your perfect…


  • The First 10 Things I Put in My Survival “Go Bag”

    The First 10 Things I Put in My Survival “Go Bag”

    Everyone has their own list of items for a bug out bag, but few have a special bug out bag for the collapse of a civilization.  So when Russia and China combine forces and nuclear war destroys everyone except you… it’s time for the collapse of civilization bag. I would certainly change the contents of…


  • Best Survival Knife

    Best Survival Knife

    If you are shopping for the best survival knife on the market, following these simple tips will help you find the best knife and save money. Survival knives range in price, quality, and effectiveness; therefore, getting the best knife truly matters. This KnifeUp guide will walk you through what you should look for in a survival…