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SOG Force Review

Unfortunately the SOG Force has been discontinued, but if you’d like to know our view on it (maybe you have a used one or are considering getting one), please read on! If you’d like to see our best recommendation for a SOG Force alternative, it’s the Schrade Frontier 13 inch High Carbon Steel Fixed Blade Knife with a 7 inch Drop …

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Best Leatherman Multi-tools

The multitool is todays version of the Swiss Army Knife. Equipped with sometimes dozens of blades and bits, multi-tools are useful in the widest variety of applications.  If you have a multi-tool these days, it opens up an entire world of problem-solving, peace of mind and empowerment. It’s like always having a flashlight in your pocket…in a world that’s gone …

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Camillus Carnivore Machete Review

he Camillus Carnivore 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 foliage on …

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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 Ive 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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Best Hunting Knives : Folding and Fixed Blade

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 Gerber, and you’d probably be OK!  Some good knives are really good, but prohibitively expensive.  We …

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How Sharp Should a Machete Be?

am an outdoors kind of girl who loves the wilderness, fresh air, and getting dirty. Machetes seem to me to be the kind of knife that someone would use in that sort of situation. When you think of a machete, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably Paul Bunyan whacking at trees and bushes to clear a …

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Top 5 Fixed Blade Tactical Knives

What is a Tactical Knife?  Loosely defined it could be a knife that you would expect the military to use.  The actual definition is a knife that has one or more military features, designed for extreme situations, and it may or may not include capabilities that a fighting or combat knife might have. Qualities of a Tactical Knife There are …

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How Good is 440A Steel?

440A steel is a steel in the 440 family which contains a variety of other metals with varying properties. The others include 440B, 440C, and the less common 440F. All the 440 steels are considered truly stainless, but 440A has the highest corrosion resistance of all because it contains the least amount of carbon. How 440A Compares to Other Steels …

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N690 Steel Properties

The N690 Cobalt Stainless Steel is made in Austria by a company known for making steel that can be made into sharp knives and surgical instruments. This steel is very similar to 440C steel, and it has 1.07% carbon content. N440C steel has a carbon content ranging from .95 1.07 percent. The N690 is a high-end stainless steel with …

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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 …