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Knives

Making Damascus from a Chain

Making Damascus from a Chain

Metalsmith Dmitry Shevchenko (aka “Shurap“) continues to crank out knives using unconventional materials. After showing us how to make damascus steel from screws, washers, and cable, he’s back to craft the patterned metal from a car’s timing chain.

Making a Wooden Knife

Making a Wooden Knife

While most knives are made from steel, they can certainly be made from other materials. Here, blademaker Kiwami Japan shows us how to transform a sheet of super-hard lignum vitae wood into a razor-sharp kitchen utensil, capable of slicing veggies just like a metal blade.

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StatGear Ausus Folding Knife

StatGear Ausus Folding Knife
$50  Buy Comment

A no-nonsense modern pocket knife featuring a clean, industrial look. It features a canvas-textured Micarta handle, a 3.5″ D2 steel drop-point blade, a reversible pocket clip, a stainless liner lock, a smooth ball bearing mechanism, and a hole for attaching to a lanyard.

CRKT Largo Knife

CRKT Largo Knife
$33  Buy Link Comment

A beautifully-designed compact everyday folder knife that’s small enough to pack in your pocket, and super easy to open, thanks to its spring-loaded assist mechanism – which also secures it when closed. Features a satin metal finish and a built-in bottle opener too.

10 Great Cleaver Knives

10 Great Cleaver Knives

In the market for a knife for frequent slicing and chopping tasks? An everyday pocket knife may not be your best choice. Everyday Carry shares their picks for 10 cleaver-style knives which are ideal for more heavy-duty cutting tasks than typical pocket knives.

M-Custa Take Damascus Folder

M-Custa Take Damascus Folder
$150  Buy Comment

This elegant Japanese knife features a 3.5″ VG-10 core blade forged with 33-layer nickel damascus steel. Plus, its sculpted handle is also made from the beautifully-patterned metal. Comes with a decorative woven nishijin pouch.

B-2 Nano Blade

B-2 Nano Blade
$20  Buy Comment

Bomber & Company’s compact pocket knife offers a fully-locking blade with smooth and serrated edges, and is small enough to carry on a keychain. Both its blade and body are made from heat-treated 440C stainless steel, anodized in jet black.

SOG Cash Card Knife

SOG Cash Card Knife
$34  Buy Link Comment

SOG’s compact liner-lock folding knife doubles as a money clip. It features a sturdy, stainless steel handle with perforations to reduce weight, and a 2.75″ straight blade that’s great for everyday cutting tasks.

CRKT Homefront Tactical Knife

CRKT Homefront Tactical Knife
$70  Buy Link Comment

Inspired by classic WWII army folders, this Ken Onion-designed knife features “Field Strip” technology, which allows for easy disassembly and cleaning without tools, while still maintaining rigidity. Has a 3.5″ steel drop-point blade, and a 6061 aluminum handle.

Katsu Damascus Folding Knife

Katsu Damascus Folding Knife
$63  Buy Comment

You can’t go wrong with this elegant Japanese Higonokami knife. It’s got a sweet damascus-patterned steel blade, and an elegant wood handle carved from a single block of ebony wood. Measures 3.9″ closed and 6.7″ open, and comes with a genuine leather sheath.

Gerber GDC Money Clip

Gerber GDC Money Clip
$18  Buy Link Comment

This money clip is designed to hold cash and up to five cards, and packs a secret – a 1.75″ fine-edge stainless steel blade for everyday cutting or emergency needs. Its body is made from rust-proof titanium-coated steel with a G-10 front plate. Measures 3.6″ long when closed.

Making a Forbidden Dagger

Making a Forbidden Dagger

Not every knife has to have a single continuous edge, does it? Watch as blademaker Miller Knives cuts out and sculpts a truly unusual knife with a crazy staggered edge. It looks like something out of a video game or a comic book, and also like it would be really deadly.

Leatherman Skeletool Damasteel

Leatherman Skeletool Damasteel
$150  Buy Comment

A limited-edition of Leatherman’s versatile 7-in-1 multitool, featuring a beautiful, durable, and razor-sharp 2.6″ blade made with a damascus pattern. In addition, it packs needlenose and regular pliers, hard-wire cutters, wire cutters, a bottle opener, bit driver, and a carabiner clip.

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EDC: Best of 2017

EDC: Best of 2017

Another year is behind us, and it’s time to reflect back on the best gear the year had to offer. Our friends at Everyday Carry picked 10 great items that belong in every backpack, from knives to multitools to watches. We love that Trayvax Element wallet.

AVIS Titanium Tool

AVIS Titanium Tool
$60-65  Buy Comment

This compact tool combines a utility blade, bottle opener, 1/4″ hex bit driver, flathead screwdriver, and pry tip in one. Its body is made of grade 5 titanium, and comes with scales made from carbon fiber, copper, or camo green G10. They also make larger pry area version.

Best Made Japanese Higo Knife

Best Made Japanese Higo Knife
$72  Buy Link Comment

An elegant hand-hammered white steel knife with traditional Japanese styling, embellished with Best Made’s minimal logo and the word “COURAGE” on the opposite side. Produced by Japan’s Miyamoto Manufacturing Co., who has been making Higo knives for nearly a century.

Five Great EDC Knives

Five Great EDC Knives

Be prepared for everything with one of these folding pocket knives suggested by readers at Everyday Carry. We love the ergonomics of the service-specialized Gerber 06 Auto Tanto, but we have a thing for carbon fiber, so the Zero Tolerance 0804CF wins out for us.

High-tech Knifemaking

High-tech Knifemaking

We’ve seen knives being made using classic blacksmithing techniques, but Gough Custom, shows off how they make their Resolute MkIII knives using modern materials and CNC technology. Machines or not, there’s still a ton of labor and craftsmanship in each knife.

iQ Flipper Knives

iQ Flipper Knives
$125+  Pledge Comment

Quietcarry’s latest tool features is all about minimalism. This pocket flipper borrows inspiration from the traditional Japanese Higo knife, updated with modern materials like titanium and carbon fiber. Weighs just 2.2 ounces, and has a 2.9″ VG-10 stainless blade.

3COIL Puna Multi-tool Knife

3COIL Puna Multi-tool Knife
~$27+  Pledge Comment

A razor-sharp scalpel knife masquerading as a mini rifle. It packs a micro screwdriver, which can also be used for changing blades, a bottle opener, and two screwdriver bits. Comes with a sweet mini aluminum display briefcase. Be sure to check out their Crane folding scalpel too.

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Grinding a Knife from Stone

Grinding a Knife from Stone

Knives are typically made from tool steel. But the guys at Ollari’s show us how with the proper cutting blades and an angle grinder, a block of granite can be transformed into a sharp-edged cutting tool as well. We’re betting Primitive Technology would do the same with only a rock.

Kershaw Leek Blackwash Knife

Kershaw Leek Blackwash Knife
$72  Buy Comment

We love the weathered look of Kershaw’s Ken Onion designed black-oxide washed knife. It has a composite steel blade featuring a Sandvik 14C28N spine with a sharpened D2 cutting edge, which meet in an undulating curve. Has a 3″ blade and measures 7″ when opened.

Making a Knife from Batteries

Making a Knife from Batteries

Ripping apart old batteries can be dangerous, but that didn’t stop shurap from tearing into a bunch of them in search of usable metal. He then fused the bits together with some steel blades, and crafted a sweet damascus knife with a handle made from a MagLite.

Gerber One Flip Knife

Gerber One Flip Knife
$37-$42  Buy Link Comment

A sweet looking and comfortable to use pocket flipper knife, with grippy, textured blade scales made from anodized aluminum, an elongated finger guard, and an easy opening and closing mechanism. Available in blue or green.

Veteran-Made EDC Gear

Veteran-Made EDC Gear

There are tons of great items that we recommend for your daily load out, but we have to give an extra special shout out to Everyday Carry’s latest list – which celebrates gear made by companies owned or operated by the brave men and women who defend our great nation.

The Birth of a Weapon Pt. II

The Birth of a Weapon Pt. II

A look at how the Northmen Guild make their White Wolf Bowie knife. The blade is mainly made of stainless steel, carbon and chromium. The handle is made from walnut while the guard and pommel are made of silver. The knife also comes with a custom made leather sheath.

Spyderco One-Eyed Jack Folder

Spyderco One-Eyed Jack Folder
$273  Buy Comment

You’ll always win the game with Spyderco’s awesome playing card-themed pocket knife. Designed by custom knifemaker A.T. Barr, it features ivory texture G-10 scales with black spade and red heart inlays, and a liner-lock 2.5-inch CPM S30V stainless steel blade.

The Best Large Folding Knives

The Best Large Folding Knives

Small pocket knives are great, but sometimes you need a tool with a longer blade when working on bigger cutting tasks. Our pals over at Everyday Carry picked 10 of their favorite folding knives which feature 3″ or longer blades, but are still compact enough to carry.

The Minimalist Knife

The Minimalist Knife
$99-$119  Buy Comment

The super clean yet satisfyingly proteinaceous Grovemade Minimalist Knife is custom machined from a solid block of metal, and has a curved blade that nestles flush in the handle with no wasted space. Simply elegant, in your choice of aluminum, black or brass.

Giant Pocket Knife

Giant Pocket Knife

That’s not a knife. THIS is a knife! The exaggerations in the video for this giant “pocket” knife make it sound like an April Fools’ gag, but it turns out that the 32.25″ long Giant Microtech Halo V 3X really was available a few years back for just under $10,000.

Rocket Knife Nighttime Chaos

Rocket Knife Nighttime Chaos

David Windestal has been entertaining us for a while with his rocket knife-powered destructive antics for a while. This time he and his pals pulled out all the stops, with a nighttime run with LEDs, sparklers, spray paints, and an enormous fireball… all to create modern art.

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