HOW TO CHOOSE
THE BEST KNIFE FOR YOU
THE BEST KNIFE FOR YOU
“Which knife do you recommend?”
We sort our knives into categories like Hunting, Backpacking + Survival and EDC (Everyday Carry) to give you a jumping-off point on your knife-selecting adventure. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of overlap, where one knife might be just as good an EDC as it is a small game knife, or another knife be just as good a camp knife as it is for dressing out deer. Some people swear by a smaller blade even for large game, while others are more comfortable with a longer blade as their go-to, all-around outdoors knife. Personal preference and individual needs play a huge role in this decision, and there’s really no wrong answer.
As my grandpa used to say, “Ain’t no accountin’ for taste.”
Powder steels like CPM-MagnaCut are one of the latter. The CPM line of steels in particular are American made, the product of highly refined, premium components and a meticulous manufacturing process. D2 is another excellent blade steel, as is M2. Do your research, and invest in the best steel you can afford.
A quality heat treat is more than important; it will elevate a good steel into the best blade it can be.
Then there’s something called differential hardening. The basic idea behind this heat treat is that the edge and ground portion of the blade is harder than the back or “spine” of the blade. This heat treat method was developed by Japanese sword-makers hundreds of years ago, and it allows a skilled maker to harden a blade’s edge several Rockwell C points more, taking a “hard enough” edge to a razor sharp edge. Then, to avoid making the blade brittle as a result, the spine is tempered several points softer, which creates a blade that is tough, shock resistant and has some flex. A quality heat treat is more than important; it will elevate a good steel into the best blade that it can be.
How will I use my knife?
How much weight do I want to add to my gear?
And finally, don't sweat it.
Nobody takes knives more seriously than a professional knifemaker, but at the end of the day, I just love knives. They’re fun to make, use, collect and talk about. So relax and enjoy the ride. We'll make an expert of you yet.