Leatherman Surge vs Wave
Leatherman are the pioneers of multitools, but when it comes to picking one of their products, the choice can become difficult. The question you need to ask yourself is – which tools do you really need, what exactly you will be using this multitool for, and will you be carrying it around in your pocket or rather in a toolbox?
The choice between the Leatherman Surge and Wave multitools is not an easy one.
The Surge is definitely the more popular model of the two, but then the Wave is more affordable than the Surge. Both have 25 year warranties. The Surge has 23 tools, which is 6 more than the Wave, which features 17. The extra tools in the Surge, include: an electrical crimper, an awl with a thread loop and a blade exchanger
The difference in the weight of the two is a crucial factor. If you are looking for a lightweight multitool to carry around in your pocket, the Wave weighs 5.6 ounces and is 4x1x1 inches when closed. The Surge weighs 1 pound and is 4.5x2x1 closed. so, if you are looking for a lighter multitool, the Wave is definitely a better pick. The Surge is a more solid multitool with more tools and added stability.
Leatherman Surge vs Charge
Leatherman Surge has 21 tools and costs less than 100$, and the Charge TTI has 19 tools and costs around 170$
The Charge has a knife made with a powder-made S30V stainless steel which has exceptional corrosion resistance created especially for knives. The S30V blades hold an edge approximately six times longer than the 420 stainless steel of the blade of the knife of the Surge multitool.
The Surge weighs 1 pound and is 4.5 x 2 x 1 when closed while the Charge is only 8.89 oz. and is 4 inches when closed. The blade length of the Surge is 3.1 inches which is bigger than the 2.9 inch blade of the Charge. Another difference is that the Charge has titanium handle scales, which makes the tool lighter and more corrosion resistant.
Leatherman Wave vs Charge
the Leatherman Wave and Charge are similar multitools. Charge comes in 2 versions – the ALX and TTI. The TTI is definitely the most desired multitool due to the titanium handle scales and the S30V main blade. The Charge ALX is the most aggressive multitool, but among the multitool fans, the top rated of the 3 is the Wave. The Wave has 17 tools, the Charge ALX has 18, and the Charge TTI has 19.
The Wave is compact and light, so it can easily be carried around in your pocket, and it can be easily used and opened with one hand. The Wave is the cheapest. The TTI has the best and strongest, anti-corrosive main blade and is titanium, which makes it the most expensive one.
The Charge ALX has handles made of T6 aluminum which is used for aircrafts. It is stronger than the other too multitools with plyers that are the strongest on the market. This one is light because aluminum is lighter than titanium, but it costs less too.
Leatherman Super Tool vs Wave
the Leatherman Wave is the most popular multitool from the Leatherman production line, but the Supertool 300 is an award winning model too. It has the strongest plyers, which can be used in very tight spaces. The Supertool has 19 tools, and the Wave has 17. The weight of the Supertool is 9.6 oz. and it is 4.5 inches long when closed. The main blade is made of 420HC stainless steel and is 3.2 inches long. The Wave also has a 420HC blade which is 4 inches long. The Wave is definitely lighter and smaller. It weighs 8.5 oz. and is 4 inches long when closed. Overall, the Supertool is much more robust, and has very strong plyers and an awl. The Wave has the advantage of having great scissors, and the outside opening of the tools which allows for easy one-handed use.
Leatherman Skeletool vs Wave
The Skeletool is a much smaller multitool produced by Leatherman than the Wave. It has only 7 tools, including: a combo knife with a 2.6 inch blade, needle nose and regular plyers, hard wire cutters, wire cutters, a carabiner and bottle opener, and a large bit driver. This allows it to weigh only 5 oz. The Wave has 17 tools and weighs 8.5 oz. If you need a very simple and light multitool, then the Skeletool is the one for you. It costs less, weighs less, but also offers less functionality.
Corrosion is the process of degradation which happens to metals and alloys as a result of influence from the environment, such as water. In some metals and alloys, only a very thin oxide level occurs which prevents the material to further corrode. One such case is Aluminum.
Does titanium corrode in saltwater?
I theory, pure titanium is absolutely resistant to corrosion in sea water. There have been experiments made, in which various items and samples of titanium were placed in the sea for 3 years, and the result was – no change at all. The resistance to corrosion is because of the formation of a very thin TiO2 film on the surface of titanium. This oxide film is often used in paints. It is resistant to various liquids which contain chlorine including sea water. Pure titanium is resistant to many corrosive gases, acids, alkalis as well as liquids, including salt water.
The thing is that titanium is rarely to be found in its pure form. If you have a titanium object you most likely own a titanium alloy object (something such as an outdoor survival knife for example) – thus it is made out of several metals. Usually, titanium is used for products which need to be light and yet strong, but some titanium alloys may corrode in sea water due to the other metals they contain.
Yes, even though titanium is a very durable metal which requires very little maintenance, it can tarnish and get scratched after a lot of use, wear and tear. Thankfully, you can clean and polish titanium objects with an easy home-made DIY solution.
Fill a bowl big enough to fit your titanium object with warm water and add some dishwashing liquid soap, Windex, or a jewelry cleaning solution. Let it soak for about 5 minutes. Rinse it thoroughly afterwards to remove all residue from the cleaning detergent. Then dry it with a soft, dry cloth. However, if your titanium object is colored, refrain from polishing or rubbing it, as you can actually rub off the color itself.
There are special titanium cleaning products available, as well as other ammonia based detergents such as Windex which you can use, but stay away from bleach and chlorine based products.
If your titanium object is scratched, you can try removing the scratches with special metal cream polish which is available in certain stores. The cream removes oxidation and tarnishes, and can be used for polishing your object.
After you are done with the polishing cream, rinse it off with some mild soap and then pure water, and then dry thoroughly.
It is quite normal that your brand new machete might need to be sharpened once you receive it. It is crucial that you get your machete properly sharpened and ground the first time around. Depending on the type of grind angle you need, you may want to use a certain kind of sharpening method. For cutting grass and soft vegetation, you need a small 20-25 degree angle for a razor sharp edge. But if you are planning on using it for cutting wood, branches and wooden vegetation, a 25-35 degree angle is recommended, because it has a blunt and thus durable edge which will not be damaged when you hit the heavier wooden vegetation. As for machetes used for heavy chopping, the best recommended angle is 25-30 degrees.
The stone can be either natural or manmade and used for “whetting” or sharpening the machete. It is called a wet stone, whetstone or water stone. Wet stones and water stones are a type of whetstones, which can also be other sharpening stones, such as diamond stones or oil stones.
Artificial stones for sharpening come with a more precise grit size, but they disintegrate easily as compared to natural stones.
Once you have the proper stone, you will need water and a beaker. It is a traditional sharpening method, so it is simple, easy and cheap. To sharpen the blade, you need to move it from the base to the tip against the stone by holding it perpendicular to it. It requires some effort and time, but this sharpening method can be done anywhere and at any time.
First off, you need to start with a machete. Even though even a cheap one would work just fine, we highly recommend getting a good machete. It will last longer and serve you better. You can sharpen it using a mill file or a hone. If you will be using a mill file, make sure it is not the roughest or smoothest kind, but rather the intermediary type called a “bastard” file. Then fix the machete in a stable still position at the correct angle in a vice. Push the mill file as many times as necessary over the blade. Remember to push and not pull the mill file, because the teeth are angled forward. If you find it easier, you can secure the file with the vice and drag the blade across it. If you are outdoors, you can stick the machete in a tree to hold it firmly while you use the mill file to sharpen it.
When you are done with one side of the blade, turn the machete over and sharpen the other side, unless you have a machete with a chisel grind blade – it is sharpened only on one side. Remove all the thin metal burrs which have been created during the sharpening.
Using a file is actually one of the safest ways for newbies to sharpen their machetes without damaging the blades.
Firtst, you need to fix the machete in a still position in a vice. Run the dremel against the blade’s edge, then turn the machete around and do the same to the other side of the blade. This method often results in an uneven edge which needs to be fixed with a file.
This is possibly the easiest method of all, and yet is the most professional way to do it. Apply little pressure when sharpening the blade and be careful not to heat up the blade too much while sharpening it.
It may seem illogical, but a sharp knife is in fact much safer than one with a dull blade. The reason is, that when the knife is sharp enough it is less likely to slip away from the object you are chopping and cutting you instead. Also, using a well sharpened knife is easier and requires less effort than trying to cut with a dull one. Although most knives are quite sharp when you first purchase them and start to use them, in time and with repeated use, the blade naturally loses some of its sharpness. This is when a knife sharpener comes in handy, and saves a lot of money for buying new knives or giving them for professional sharpening.
There are several types of sharpeners for knives available on the market, including the stone, hone and strop sharpeners. Stone sharpening actually causes the removal of part of the blade’s surface and creates a new razor sharp edge. Honing is when the blade’s edge is realigned, and stropping is the process in which the blade is finely treated with leather and rather than removing material from it, the edge becomes very sharp. Naturally, stropping is the best for the durability of the blade, since no material is removed from it during sharpening, but each technique has its pros and cons.
There is a wide variety of sharpening tools available on the market today, from the century-old sharpening stones to the modern electric sharpeners, so we have written short knife sharpener reviews on some of the best knife sharpener choices according to us.
The DMT WM8EF-WB 8-Inch DuoSharp Plus Bench Stone-Extra Fine/Fine With Base sharpening stone is perfect sharpening tool, which offers excellent precision and consistency every time it is used. It has a diamond zone for smaller tools, and no oil or other lubricant is needed for the sharpening process. It is great for knives, scissors and other tools. This product is easy to use and as efficient as ever.
Another pick for our best knife sharpener tool is the Smith’s 50008 8-Inch Diamond Tri-Hone 1. It has a 8 x 2.5 inch stone with a coarse and a fine diamond grit, complemented by the natural Arkansas stone used. This sharpener is very easy to use and allows for micro sharpening of the smallest and finest of tools. For easier use and for safety purposes, this tool has non-slip rubber feet. After getting a full treatment with this sharpener, the knives are as sharp as razors and as good as new.
Our next choice for a top sharpening stone tool is the King Medium Grain Sharpening Stone – #1000- S. The high quality stones of this sharpener are highest quality Japanese Water stones, which are traditionally used for knife sharpening. There are a wide variety of different sized grit stones, which are all suitable for different types of tools. The lower are meant for harsher sharpening, such as for beat-up axes, whilst the higher grit stones are better for a finer and higher precision sharpening.
Another sharpening tool which utilizes Japanese water stones is the Woodstock SteeleX D1130 1000 Grit and 6000 Grit Japanese Water stone. It combines a 1000 and 6000 grit combination, which allows for speedy and easy sharpening of all types of tools. Only water is needed as lubrication during the sharpening process with this tool.
It is easy to use even by users with little or no experience, and the results are stunning. You can purchase a D1091 stone holder to make the use of this tool even easier and safer.
As for the sharpening steels, one of our top picks is the Buck Knives 97082 EdgeTek® Tri-Grit Ultra Steel Diamond Knife Sharpener 10″. This tool has a 100% diamond coated surface for sharpening and three sides with different grit sizes (fine: 1200, medium: 750 and coarse: 325).
This allows for very high quality and precision sharpening of a wide variety of blades of all sizes and shapes. An extra hand guard and handle makes this tool safe and easy to use.
The next tool which we approve of in this category is the Dickoron CLASSIC Sharpening Steel, Sapphire Cut, Oval, 12 inch – #7598330 – Made in Germany. It is of very high quality and manufactured by a traditional German producer who has been making sharpening tools since 1778.
This one features a water resistant surface, and a very tough core. It allows for safe and comfortable use, and has a galvanic coating which provides quite efficient surface protection.
Another top pick in this category of knife sharpeners is the Victorinox Cutlery 9-Inch Round Sharpening Steel. Produced in England from the highest quality steel, this sharpening tool will help you restore and maintain the razor sharp edges of your knives and cutlery, by smoothing out any damage and small imperfections of the blades. Again, the handle provides safety and ergonomics.
The DMT DS2E Diamond Steel Sharpening Rod, with an extra fine grit is another of our favorite sharpening steel tools. It offers users much faster knife sharpening than with conventional ones, mainly because of its monocrystalline diamond surface. This tool is durable and will last through a lot of sharpening and many years if used correctly. No lubrication is needed for the sharpening processes which is another plus.
Using Smith’s 50264 Adjustable Manual Knife Sharpener is one of the quickest ways to get a knife from dull to razor sharp. This works by sharpening the knives in two stages – coarse or fine. It has a serrated blade and a knob for adjusting the required sharpening angle (from 14 to 24 degrees per each side). Produced by a traditional producer, this tool is very user friendly and maintain and safe to use at home. Its compact size would allow you to sharpen quickly and easily even the blade of your multi tool.
Another excellent tool in this category is the Chef’s Choice Pronto Santoku/Asian Manual Knife Sharpener. Its producers claim that it is actually the fastest knife sharpening tool currently available on the market. It has diamond abrasives for the sharpening and the honing stages. The diamond wheels of this tool will stay intact after sharpening any metal alloy. No lubrication or water is needed for sharpening with this Santoku sharpener.
The KitchenIQ 50146 Angle Adjust adjustable manual sharpener is very simple to adjust and use. Just a few pulls through this sharpener will make your knives sharp once again. The KitchenIQ sharpener is used both by professional chefs and by home cooks as well. In other words, this sharpener is easy to use and highly efficient.
Our first pick in this category of knife sharpeners is the Chef’s Choice 120 Diamond Hone 3-Stage professional knife sharpener. This is a highly efficient, easy to use sharpener, which utilizes three stages of blade sharpening and has a 100% diamond abrasive surface, which will last for a very long time.
Another one of the top electric knife sharpeners is the Kyocera Electric Diamond knife sharpener for ceramic knives, which is battery powered and very safe to use. As its name suggests, it is an excellent sharpening tool for ceramic knives, and it has an assist roller and guide slot to make the task of sharpening more precise and easy.
The Kitchen IQ 50142 Pro Ceramic Edge Gourmet Electric knife and scissors sharpener features ceramic wheels with extra fine interlocking, for extra comfort and minimum material loss of the blade’s surface during the sharpening process.
The black Mcgowan Diamondstone electric knife sharpener is a super-fast and easy to use sharpening tool which sharpens knives to perfection through only one step through the diamond sharpening unit.
The Norton IM200 -8″ Three Stone Sharpening System includes Fine India, Medium Crystolon, and Coarse Crystolon stones with different grit sizes. All three stones are used for the sharpening and restoration of damaged or dull blades. This knife sharpening system is sold with special and non-toxic oil for lubrication, as well an angle guide and detailed instructions to make the process of sharpening knives at home easy and safe.
In conclusion, as you can see, knife sharpening tools vary by type, size and functionality, so when choosing one for your specific needs, you should consider getting one which is suitable for the types of knives and cutlery you have, as well as your level of expertise you have in the art of sharpening.
By buying an efficient knife sharpener, you will ensure that your knives stay sharp and thus make cutting and chopping easier and safer. That way no matter whether you need to sharp you kitchen knives or the good old pocket knife you carry around, you will always have a reliable sharpening tool.
There is a wide variety of different sharpening tools available on the market, so the best advice for choosing the perfect one is to choose one which you find easy to use, and of course one which will meet your needs.
For the everyday carry (EDC) purpose though, we will be focusing on the traditional foldable multi-tools.
When choosing the best multi tool, you as always should consider what you will be using it for, as well as the intensity of use you are planning for it.
In general, a good quality multi-tool with all the basic tools which you may need to use from time to time will cost you about $50 tops. Of course, if you want a more professional multi-tool which you will be using for your job or every day, you may want to invest in a more expensive one. The basic multi-tool has a quality stainless steel blade or blades which are easily folded in a solid outer construction, along with the other foldable tools in the set. The good quality multi-tools have reliable locks for the blade or blades, so that they stay open while performing a task. Another thing to look for when picking the best multitool is to check if the tips of the pliers meet at one precise point. Naturally, you should consider getting a lighter and more compact model which you can easily carry around with you at all times.
We have carefully reviewed a wide variety of multi-tools being offered at the market, and we have picked our top ten favorites for EDC multi-tools.
It has a lanyard opening to hang it on a string, as well as a leather case to carry it around more comfortably.
So, if in doubt when shopping for the best multi tools, you should definitely consider getting one of these.
It comes with a 25 year limited warrantee. Probably the best feature of this multi-tool is that it is very light – it weighs only five ounces, which is possibly the lightest multi-tool in this class available on the market. This is great for those who plan to carry it around in their pockets, on their belts or in bags on a daily basis. On the other hand, in order to maintain such a light weight, the producers have removed several tools, such as a saw, the can opener, files and backup blades, which are tools that will possibly be needed when camping or in survival situations.
So, remember to consider what you are planning to use your multi-tool for before picking the best one to fit your needs.
So, if you are looking for the toughest and strongest among the EDC multi-tools, this model is one you should seriously consider buying.
So, if you are looking for a minimalist and yet useful multi-tool, this Manager pocket knife could be the perfect choice for you.
This Leatherman multi-tool has a serrated knife, hard-wire cutters, big locking pliers, wire strippers, a ¼ inch hex bit driver and three screwdrivers just to mention a few of the tools.
It is all stainless steel, and has a 25 year limited warranty. With proper maintenance and regular oiling of the mechanisms, this multi-tool will serve you well for many years.
The blades can easily be accessed and opened with one hand only, which is a great feature when your other hand is busy holding something.
This Gerber multi-tool has industrial strength and a lifetime warranty, so you needn’t worry that you will need to replace it or that it will fail you.
The final multi-tool which has made it to our top 10 is the SOG Specialty Knives & Tools S66N-CP PowerAssist Multi-Tool. This is another great everyday carry tool with a high quality 420 steel body, assisted steel blades, including one fully serrated knife, and a number of other useful and solid tools. It has extra locks for safer carrying and handling. The size of this multi-tool is 4.6 inches when closed and it weighs 9.6 oz. This multi-tool has a limited lifetime warranty, which generally means that if used and maintained appropriately could last and serve you for a lifetime.
So, as you see there is a wide variety of multi-tools being offered by a number of producers, with one of the most famous being Victorinox’s Swiss Army knife. Other multi-tool makers include: Gerber, Leatherman, Spyderco, Buck and Benchmade. There are a multitude of types of tools which are included in every multi-tool, so when picking the best multi tool for yourself, you should always keep in mind what kinds of tasks you may need to use it for.
Some of the multi-tools are produced specifically for certain professions, such as for electricians, for example. Others are produced for more general use, with commonly used tools, including: a screwdriver, a can opener, a corkscrew, and others.
While a number of these multi-tools look like the traditional Swiss Army Knives, others have no resemblance to knives at all. But which one is for you? Let us tell you ..
So, in conclusion, when shopping for the best multi tool, you should be looking for a higher quality of the build of the body and the tools, especially if you are planning this as a long-term investment. Choosing a multi-tool with anticorrosive features is best in order to keep it functioning and free from corrosion which can occur over time and with prolonged use.
The other important feature to look for when buying an EDC multi-tool is the blade(s) quality. Remember that the better the steel used for the knife blades, the longer they will remain sharp. Nobody likes a dull blade. After all the longer you can use it without using a knife sharpener, the better.
Of course, when picking a multi-tool, you should take into consideration the design and ergonomics of the product. Apart from looking good, it is important that the EDC multi-tool is designed and made in a way which allows for easy and safe use. Also, watch for the weight and size of the tool. Some may find that larger tools work better for them, while other may prefer a more compact version for themselves.
Last but not least, the price is a crucial factor, and more so the value which the product has for the money it is priced at. You may want to spend some more for a higher quality multi-tool which will last for years, rather than to buy a cheaper one which will break and corrode after several uses. Unlike a survival machete, multi-tools are compact-sized devices and can be stored and carried with you without too much hassle.
It is all up to you, but if you are still wondering whether to buy a multi-tool for yourself or as a gift for someone, our advice is – definitely get one!
There are various types of machetes. One of the best known types is the Latin or bush machete, which has a straightback normal blade and is evenly weighted, which makes it perfect for agriculture and other outdoor needs.
The Kukri is a Nepalese knife which has an inwardly curved edge with three separate sections of the blade used for stabbing, chopping or for carving. The Bowie machete is a traditional US machete, based on the Bowie knife, and is great for skinning wild animals as well as for survival in the wilderness. The Panga originates in Africa and has a 16 to 18 inch blade which broadens on the backside. It is great for chopping, slicing and piercing. The Bolo is the Filipino variant of the Panga used for agriculture, chopping and for traditional martial arts. The Parang also has a thicker blade and is commonly used in Indonesia and Malaysia for agriculture and clearing up woods.
Since there is quite a choice of machetes available on the market, our team at Perfect Blades has carefully reviewed and hand-picked our top five best machetes available, so here are our top 5 best machete reviews.
Our first pick is the Ka-Bar 2-1249-9 Kukri machete which has a strong 11.5 inch 1085 carbon steel blade, and an ergonomic and non-slip handle made of Kragon G thermoplastic elastomer. This machete has a total length of 17 inches, weighs 1.7 pounds and is very suitable for agricultural tasks, such as chopping grass and weeds. This model is made in Taiwan and is sold with a leather and cordura sheath. The Kukri is one well balanced machete which if kept dry and treated with mineral oil to keep dampness and water away from the blade could last for a very long time. Along with a good survival knife, it makes a good addition to your emergency survival kit.
The Gerber 31-002289 Bear Grylls Parang Machete is our next top pick for the best machetes currently available on the market. This particular machete has a 13.5 inch strong high carbon steel angled blade and a full tang construction for added stability and durability. The entire length of this machete is 19.5 inches and its weight is 19.4 oz.
The handle has a special ergonomic anti-slip rubber grip, and there is a lanyard cord which improved the grip security as well.
This machete is somewhat of a modern version of the traditional jungle machete used by the tribes, and can easily cut through branches, bushes and vines. So, it is very useful for agricultural and other outdoor clearing needs, it is easy to sharpen, and is very durable.
The next model in our top 5 best machete list is the Ontario 6145 Military machete. This is one powerful tool and weapon. It has an overall length of 24 inches. Its blade is 1095 Carbon steel hardened to 50-55 HRC, and it is full tang for extra durability. The handle is made of molded plastic and is riveted for added resilience. This model produced is about as close to a military machete as possible. It does need to be sharpened when first purchased, and then to be maintained and sharpened periodically, but this is normal practice for any machetes you will choose to purchase.
Another favorite of ours is the Condor Tools & Knives Warlock Machete Knife. It has a 12.5 inch 1075 high carbon steel blade with an epoxy black finish. It features a very comfortable Micarta handle covering a full tang construction. It is a sharp and durable powerful tool, great for cleaning up camp sites, chopping branches, bushes and small trees. It is a serious tool which is definitely worth the investment.
And finally, our last pick is the Cold Steel Jungle machete. With a serious 16 inch blade length and a thickness of the blade of 2.8mm, this is one very powerful tool. It is sold fully sharpened which is a plus. This is one heavy machete, so it is perfect for clearing out large areas with one slash, but it may be too heavy for some people, so our advice is to actually test it for comfort before buying it. The blade is sharp and durable, and overall it is an excellent machete which we highly recommend.
The machete is a traditional Latin American fixed blade large knife similar to a cleaver, used in agriculture as well as a weapon. The blade of a machete is typically from 10 to 28 inches long and around 0.12 inches thick, but in average, the blade is 18 inches long. The machete is a very powerful tool and weapon, which can come in handy in a wide variety of situations and for different tasks.
But, there is a wide variety of different types of machetes available on the market, so there are features which you should be looking for when choosing the best machete for your needs.
The first feature obviously is the length of the blade. When you are picking a machete you need to keep in mind whether you prefer it is more portable (thus shorter) or whether you prefer one with greater reach (thus the longer blades). You can smaller areas of grass and plants with a smaller machete but then again, carrying a smaller one around is much easier.
The other important feature to look for in machetes is the blade composition and style, or in other words – the metal it is made from. Most commonly good quality machetes have stainless steel or carbon steel blades, and some combine the advantages of both and have carbon stainless steel blades. The carbon steel blades are cheaper and will remain sharper for a longer time, but are more difficult to sharpen and are more prone to rusting than stainless steel ones. Stainless steel blades are softer than the carbon steel ones but can be sharpened easily. If you are planning to use the machete for agricultural needs, the carbon steel blade will probably be the better choice of the two. Naturally, machetes which have blades made of a high carbon stainless steel are the best option because they combine the durability and resilience of both types.
Another thing to look for is the tang of the machete you are planning to buy. Look for machetes which have a full tang which extends to the handle in order to guarantee that it is strong and durable even when used for strenuous cutting and chopping tasks.
The material of the handle is also important. Wooden handles offer a better grip, but can be damaged by water and moisture. Plastic handles will endure the wet conditions, but plastic handles can be slippery and thus be dangerous. The best choice for a machete handle material is the Micarta handle, which is made of a number of resilient layers of different materials. This type of handle is strong, durable and offers an excellent grip.
Last but not least, always make sure that the handle style is suitable for your needs. It should fit comfortably in your hand and should provide safety from the blade while in use.
There are many producers offering machetes on the market. Some of the top brands include: Condor Tool and Knife from Germany, Oregon-based Gerber, Esee and Cold Steel. Ka-Bar is one of the top producers of high quality machetes and knives, and Tramontina is the best known producer of the Brazilian bush and sugar cane machete.
You don’t necessarily need to be involved in dangerous outdoor activities in exotic places, in order to consider purchasing a survival knife. In fact, a good survival knife can come to use at any time and in any place.
First of all, it is much more superior and useful than an ordinary knife if actual survival is pursued. Whether it is used to fend off animals, to help chop wood for building a fire, or for opening cans, digging pits, passing through a densely forested area, a survival knife could literally save a persons’ life if found stranded in the wilderness, or when enjoying camping, fishing, hunting or any other outdoor activity.
The typical size of a survival knife is from four to eight inches, and it can have either a straight or a serrated blade. The forms and shapes of this type of knives differ in order to suit any needs, and to provide comfortable handling and use. The main types of survival knives are fixed and folding. The functionalities of the various survival knives differ as well, depending on the specific tasks which need to be performed and the specific needs of the user.
The Fallkniven A1 with a fixed blade is arguably the best 6-8 inch survival knife around. Its stainless steel blade is razor sharp and is durable to any humidity, rain, salt, etc. environmental conditions which normally cause other types of blades to become damaged with rust. This keeps the blade clean and sharp, and thus requires lesser maintenance than some of the coated knives normally require. The Kraton handle over the tang of this knife offers an excellent grip, even when wearing gloves or winter mittens, and in any weather conditions. This model is light and the satin finish it has is absolutely beautiful! Possibly the only negative thing about this particular model, is that it may leave an impression of having a short handle for those with bigger than average hands. Read the full review of Fallkniven A1 here OR
The next top pick for survival knives is the Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion fixed blade knife. This model is of the fixed blade type, with a blade of 5.5 inches and a total length of 10.5 inches. The Becker BK2 has a drop point shape design and a handy 20 degree edge angle. This KA-BAR survival knife is perfect for camping trips, fishing and hunting. The fixed blade is made of 1095 cro-van steel which adds extra strength to this wonderful survival knife. One possible negative feature of this knife is that it is usually offered with a nylon sheath which is not a particularly pretty or suitable sheath for this high quality and very ergonomic survival knife.
Our next choice for one of the top 12 best survival knives is the Buck Knives 65 fixed blade. Designed by famous survival instructor Ron Hood, it is suitable for any type of outdoor activities and has a 5.62 inch fixed steel blade, which has been treated with a powder coat finish. Its total length is 11 inches, but it is lightweight and offers multiple functions to its owners. This knife has a guard and finger groove sufficient for ensuring safe use. It has a removable Micarta handle and is fitted with a shock reduction system to minimize the shock and lower the necessary energy which needs to be enforced when the knife is in use. This is an original product made in America, and the producers offer a forever warranty for it.
Now, we would like to present the ESEE 6P-B fixed blade knife as another survivor knife worthy of making it to our top 12. This knife has a 6.5 inch blade made of 1095 high carbon steel and coated with black powder finish, and features a full tang covered with a Grey Micarta Scale handle.
This fixed knife also has an extra jimping to improve thumb grip when being used. The overall length of this knife is 11.75 inches, and it is definitely impressive both visually and functionally. It is a great choice for any camping or outdoor needs, and at the price range it is being offered, it could possibly be one of the best choices for this type of knife.
Another model which we have picked to represent our top 12 survival knife reviews is the Morakniv Companion fixed blade outdoor knife with 4.1-Inch Sandvik stainless steel blade.
The total length of the knife is 8.6 inches, and it has a weight of 4.1 oz, and its design and materials used for its production make it perfect for outdoor use. This knife has a patterned and high-friction grip, and a non-rusting and non-corrosive stainless steel Sandvik blade, which is why this model is one of the best survival knives for wet and damp conditions, for fishing, or for any other outdoors activity.
The United Cutlery GH5027 Fighter knife also makes it into our top 12 of best survival knives. It is designed and produced by collaboration between the famous knife maker Gil Hibben and his brother Wesley who is a custom collectible knife producer. The blades of CH5027 Combat fighter are actually each marked with the signatures of both Gil and Wesley Hibben as well as with a serial number. The full tang of this knife is wrapped by a black Micarta scales wrap handle with a raised thumb rest offering a better grip and greater precision while in use. This particular survival knife is sold with an original custom leather sheath which adds to the pros of this model.
Another excellent product worth noting is the Gerber 31-001901 Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro fixed blade survival knife. This pro fixed 4.8 inch blade is based on the original ultimate fixed Gerber’s blades, but now made of premium 9 Cr19Mov steel, and with a full tang design it definitely takes survival knives to a whole new level. It has an integrated sharpener for the blade in the sheath, which ensures that the fine edge of the blade of this fixed survival knife will always be sharp and effective for any type of outdoor survival tasks. Sure enough the built-in sharpener cannot do the job as quickly and efficiently as a good stand-alone knife sharpener, but it does its job very well. This knife also has a fire started mounted in its military-grade sheath, plus an emergency whistle. It can be latched to a long stick and become a spear, so it is a great survival tool.
The Gerber 31-001063 Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife with a fixed blade and fine edge is another one of the Bear Grylls Gerber fixed knives which we would strongly recommend to anybody interested in purchasing a cream of the crop survival knife. Similar to an ultimate knife, this fixed blade knife has a fine edge on its entire high carbon stainless steel blade. The handle of this drop point blade knife is made of texturized rubber which offers an excellent grip even in marine and wet conditions. The sheath of this knife has an integrated diamond sharpener, a survival guide and a fire starter. It is also fitted with an emergency whistle to improve survival chance when in dangerous or harsh conditions.
When looking for the best survival knife, you should definitely check out the Ontario ASEK-AircrewTM Survival Egress knife. This knife has a 5 inch carbon steel blade featuring a serrated edge and saw teeth on the spine. The handle of this very serious survival knife has a higher strength handle which is machined-aluminum and insulated for better grip and greater comfort of use. The knife is sold with a nylon sheath which is flame resistant, and also comes with a strap cutter multi-tool, has been chosen as an air warrior equipment system by the US army – a fact which speaks for itself.
The next in our line of highest ranking survival knives on the market is the Ontario SP2 Air Force with a 5 inch blade and a Parkerized finish and a serrated top edge. This knife is sold with a great leather handle and sheath, and also has a sharpening stone included in the package. The Ontario SP2 air force survival knife is GSA compliant, and as its name suggests is issued by the US Army and Air Force. This is one serious knife which will serve you well in any environmental conditions and situations.
The SOG Bowie Fixed Blade SB1T-L Knife with Straight Edge Fixed 7.5-Inch AUS-8 Steel Blade with a Satin Finish and Leather Washer Handle is another one of our favorites for the top 12 survival knives currently available. This is a limited edition knife with a fixed, impressive 7.5 inch blade made of AUS-8 steel and with a black TiNi finish. The handle of this amazing knife is made of epoxy filled leather washers and has a brown finish. The package includes a sharpening stone and a nice leather sheath which can be snapped to a belt or attached to a belt loop. A tribute to the classical American design, this knife is not only impressive visually but is also very effective in providing a great service and various survival tasks.
Last but not least in our top 12 choices for survival knives is the SOG Specialty Knives & Tools E37T-K Seal Pup Elite Knife with a partly-serrated fixed 4.85-Inch AUS-8 steel blade, a GRN Handle and black TiNi finish. The handle has an added spine rasp as well as deeper grooves for the fingers for a better and tighter grasp. The sheath is made of black Kydex with a loop attachment for the belt. This knife has been treated with the unique cryogenic treatment by SOG, which makes it water resistant and even tougher, allowing for the renowned producer to sell it with a lifetime guarantee.
Since more people are looking to purchase such a knife, and the choice on the market is very wide, we are offering you our compilation of survival knife reviews of the top 12 models currently available in stores.
When choosing a survival knife, many people are divided between picking one with a folding or another with a fixed blade. The fixed knife is always a better choice for a faster reaction in a life or death situation, and is also much more precise, comfortable and stable to use. Of course the folding knife is easier and safer for carrying around in a pocket or bag. It may take more than a moment to open this type of knife, but it has its benefits as compared to the fixed type of knives too.
The benefits of the folding blades of survival knives are that they are more easily concealed and are much safer and more comfortable to carry around in your pocket or bag at all times. The folding blade knives are generally more suitable for more mundane tasks, but usually have a longer blade than fixed blade survival knives. We have compiled an excellent list of top pocket knives currently on the market.
The benefits of the fixed blade knife is that it is available faster when needed, and its blade can handle more pressure and strength when being used. The fixed blade survival knives are better for actually surviving in dangerous and difficult conditions, and should be chosen for more difficult and strenuous tasks. They are easier to clean and maintain, and are better for chopping things.
When looking for the best survival knife, you should always pay close attention to the most important characteristics of this type of knife, including: thickness, length of the blade and the knife, edge, material and handle type. So, in general when choosing the best survival knife, you should first of all consider the tasks you will be using the knife for, and thus choose the type of blade to suit your needs.
For more strenuous tasks such as cutting and chopping wood, you should consider getting a knife with a thicker blade. In order to be able to carry and to handle it, you may want to purchase one with a mid-sized blade of 6 to 10 inches. We must say that when picking the best knife for your camping and other outdoor activities, you should definitely choose a full tang knife, which gives more strength, durability and stability for the knife.
As for the edge of the blade, you need to keep in mind that the serrated edged blade requires special sharpeners whilst the straight edge can normally be sharpened by a smooth stone. Also, be warned that a double sharped blade could be dangerous to the user, so consider getting a survival knife with one sharpened blade.
Another thing to consider is the environment in which you are planning to use it, in order to choose the best material for your blade. Stainless steel is slightly more brittle than carbon steel, but it is much more resistant to dampness, water and other liquids. The carbon steel blades are definitely stronger and easier to sharpen, but they are prone to easier rusting.
Finally, when picking your knife, make sure that the handle fits your hand well and is comfortable and safe for handling.
A pocket knife is a tool which could definitely come in handy in a variety of different situations, so don’t underestimate it. For centuries, people have been carrying and using good pocket knives, and today there are some quite complex multi-tool pocket knives around along with the simplest basic models. So, when picking the best pocket knife for your needs, you get to pick from the basic compact models to the Inspector Gadget-type knives with a wide variety of functions and tools.
You need to know that the pocket knife is not interchangeable with the survival knife, since it is smaller and not as sharp and sturdy as the knives made for coping with extreme situations in harsh environments. Still, the pocket knife can in some cases save lives too, when someone needs to be freed from being tied up in rope or cord, or stuck in a crashed car behind a seat belt. Otherwise, the it will be very useful for tasks such as opening bottles, cans and preparing food in general, as well as with opening boxes and performing other simple tasks.
Of course, if you need a heavy duty knife, the pocket knife will not do the job. This is when time calls for a good survival knife. The best pocket knives are more of an everyday task tool, rather than something to use when camping, hunting or being stuck in the wilderness.
Since we have been interested in the subject, in order to make your choice easier, we are offering our best folding knife and pocket knife reviews for our top picks in the range.
Our first pick is the Benchmade Mini Griptilian knife. This wonderful pocket knife has a 2.91 inch, stainless steel blade, with a thickness of 0.100 inches. This folding knife has an ambidextrous modified drop point blade style and a tip up lock mechanism.
The overall length of the knife with the handle is 6.78 inches, and we must say that this is one pocket knife which is great for everyday use and for carrying around at any time or place because it is compact (just 3.87 inches when closed) and yet can do the job when in need to open a package, cut a cord, or perform any other everyday task. It is comfortable to hold, offers a tight grip, and its blade is surprisingly sharp. The downside, is that it is on the higher end pricewise, but if you are willing to spend a little bit more and get one of the top-rated small pocket knives, you should definitely consider purchasing one of these. Read our full review of the Mini Griptillian here
Our next pick for the leading pocket knives on the market is the Kershaw Leek knife. This is one elegant folding knife, with a 3 inch and extremely sharp Sandvik 14C28N steel blade, and an overall length of 7 inches. It is 4 inches when closed. The knife is fitted with a Speed Safe opening system which allows for smooth and easy ambidextrous opening and closing – almost like an automatic knife. This particular model is great for everyday tasks, as well as for fishing and hunting tasks. The handle is also stainless steel and is fitted with a reversible pocket clip for easy and safe attachment. It is made in the USA, and is sold with a life-time warranty by the producer. Although some maintenance is required, such as sharpening of the blade and periodically lubricating the spring mechanism of this knife, it is definitely a sturdy pocket knife worth owning. Also, be warned that the incredible sharpness of the blade could present a danger if this knife is misused.
Another folding knife which we have chosen in our top pocket knives is the Buck Knives 110BRS folding hunter knife. With 50 years of experience in the production of the 110 Folding Hunter, the producer has definitely mastered its product.
The knife is sold with a lifetime warranty, and has a classic look and a razor sharp 3 ¾ inch steel clip blade, and a stunningly beautiful wood-grain handle fitted with brass polished bolsters. The closed length of this folding knife is 4 7/8 inches. This knife comes with an original leather sheath, and will serve you well for years to come, and is great for fine and controlled work.
Our next pick is the 556SBK Benchmade Pardue Mini-Griptilian manual folding knife with a black ComboEdge. This pocket knife has a 2.91 inch blade, and is 3.87 inches closed and 6.78 inches when unfolded. So, it is more of a compact folding knife, but it has a serious and strong stainless steel ComboEdge blade, and a molded handle plus an “AXIS” smooth locking mechanism. It is yet another one of our picks which offers a modified drop-point and has ambidextrous thumb studs. This mechanism allows for an easy and smooth unfolding of the blade. The blade itself has a special B1 coating, which adds to the anti-corrosion feature of this wonderful knife. This sturdy little knife will be indispensable in the moments when you need to perform an everyday task at home or outside.
Another great folding knife which we would highly recommend to our readers is the Spyderco Delica 4 Blk Ffg Plainedge knife. Yet another perfect everyday carry (EDC) knife, this model has a plain edge VG-10 steel blade and skeletonized steel liners and a fiber reinforced nylon handle.
It is a solid and sturdy pocket knife which is not only visually impressive, but its razor sharp blade can cut through and handle a number of materials and tasks indoors or outside. It is compact so it easily fits in the front pocket with little or no obtrusion when the person sits down or drives, for example. The steel blade is easier to be sharpened, and will withstand on some very rough conditions including dampness, salt water, etc. without showing signs of corrosion.
Another one of the top available folding every day carry knives is the Smith & Wesson SWMP4LS M&P Linerlock knife with 2nd Generation MAGIC Assisted Open and a 40% Serrated Drop Point Blade.
This knife shares some similarities visually to the famous Smith & Wesson guns and firearms, which makes it an obvious choice for fans of the brand. But the name is not the only pro of this folding knife. It has a 3.6 inch 4034 stainless steel blade and an easy spring-assisted opening mechanism for easy and fast unfolding and folding of the knife. The handle is made of aluminum, and the folding knife features an aluminum liner lock on the overall length, plus an additional safety lock to keep the owner safe when the knife is not in use. The opening mechanism though allows for easy and fast unfolding even with only one hand.
Another great folding pocket knife is the Spyderco Tenacious plain edge knife. As its name suggests, this particular knife is sturdy and will endure some serious cutting for a long time. The blade of this knife is made of 8Cr13Mov stainless steel, and has a leaf shape. The handle of the Tenacious is G-10 laminated and is designed especially for prolonged handling and use of this fine knife. The pivot tension of this folding knife is adjustable, and its nice skeletonized steel liners give the knife a steadier and more solid feel when in use, and the liner lock makes it a great tool to carry around with you at all times.
The last folding knife which we would like to place in our top 8 is the Benchmade 940 Osborne Design Knife. This is an excellent everyday carry knife, with a 3.4 inch S30V stainless steel blade and green aluminum handles. The blade has a reverse Tanto design and the knife measures 4.47 inches when folded. This knife is fitted with a rock solid Axis lock mechanism and has an overall length of 7.87 inches. This Osborne design knife has a nice and slender curve which will perfectly fit your pocket and your hand. It has a reversible pocket clip made of steel to keep it safely attached.
There are four main styles of mini knives for everyday carrying. One of them is the Jack knife, which has a hinge on one side, and two blades or more on the other. The pen knife has hinges on each end and can have more than two blades as well. The multi-purpose knife is probably best known from the famous Swiss Army knife-it is a combination of a variety of different tools, often times many of which are in excess. The last type is the One-handed opening knife, which as its name suggests is a knife which can be easily opened with one hand using the thumb to slide the knife open.
So, if you want a steady and stable knife, you better get a lock blade knife, which has a mechanism to keep the blade open when in use.
On the other hand, if you are looking for maximum functionality you should get a multi-tool, some of which have more than 85 tools of all types of tools, including USB drives, LED flashlights, wrenches, cigar cutters and a lot more of important and not so important tools in one.
For the fastest response time, the one-handed opening knife is probably the best choice, because only one gesture is needed to open this knife, which can be crucial in some situations.
Of course, depending on what you need a pocket knife for, you should always take a closer look at the most important features of an EDC knife, which are: the quality, the length of the blade, the design and number of components, the make and material of the handle, as well as the material used for the blade, and last but not least the overall style of the knife.
Naturally, if you want to purchase a pocket knife which will serve its purpose well and for a long period of time, you should consider the quality of the knife. Much like what we advised you in the previous article for Choosing the best survival knife, quality is extremely important. There are a number of very cheap pocket knives, which though wouldn’t last through one cutting session. It is important to consider paying a slightly higher price, but getting a tool which will serve you for years to come.
When picking an EDC knife, you should also consider what blade length and blade material will best suit your needs. If you are planning on using your folding knife in wet and moist conditions, then you should consider getting a rust-resistant one, whilst if you are going to use your knife for mechanics or electric work, then the anti-corrosion feature is more important.
The material of the handle is not to be ignored either when choosing the best pocket knife. The grip of the pocket knife like in any other knife is actually crucial for its safe and comfortable use. You should try a knife out before buying it if possible, in order to get a feel of the size and the texture of its handle.
Also, in order to stay safe when carrying around or handling your knife, it is important to pick a knife with a good quality mechanism, a smooth closing and opening and of course a good lock to keep the knife closed when not in use. Much like when choosing a quality multi-tool, the built quality is extremely important.
In general, it is difficult to label only one company as the best pocket knife brand. Our view is that – yes, brand matters when picking a knife, and that the EDC knives made in the USA tend to be of better quality than most other knives available on the market. Bigger brands will offer longer and even life-long warranties for their knives, which makes such an investment totally worth it.
The best folding knives are not simply good pocket knives, but a lot more. In general, these types of knives have a mechanism which closes them when pushed to hard or when attempting to perform a strenuous task with the knife. It is common sense that when picking a knife, you should always keep in mind the tasks you will be using it for. Read carefully the folding knife reviews and select accordingly. Like with any other knife, you should consider what you are planning to use this pocket knife for before purchasing the best one for yourself.