Cold Steel Spike Tanto Review

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Cold Steel Spike

The best survival knife probably won’t be a neck knife for very obvious reasons. But a neck knife is definitely a good backup knife to have with you. Neck knives have become more popular over the years, and it’s not surprising in the least. These little babies do have their uses. That’s why, today, we’ll be doing a Cold Steel Spike Tanto review to see how useful this particular neck knife can be.

But before I go in-depth on what our little Spike can do, I’d like to list down the specs that Cold Steel gave this knife. With an overall length of 8 inches, the Spike Tanto is a full tang blade with a zero grind. It is made of German 4116 stainless steel and is 4 inches long and 3 mm thick.

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Becker BK2 Cons

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There's no question that the Becker BK2 is a beast of a knife. Videos and testimonials have shown that this bruiser can definitely take a lot of abuse. But there are few reviews that truly discuss the Becker BK2 cons. Don't get me wrong. I like this knife, and I believe it performs pretty well. But like any responsible consumer, I like reading about a product's negative points before buying it. This way, I go in with both eyes open. With that in mind, I decided to list down the most common grievances buyers have had with this particular knife.

Let's start with one of the most popular Becker BK2 cons - the weight. Let's be honest, at one pound, this knife is heavier than some hatchets out there. And while the heaviness can be a plus to the knife's batoning capability, one pound is just an aching back or leg waiting to happen. Imagine carrying a brick on your hip or your leg for a couple of hours - that's the Becker BK2. And while some people don't mind the weight, it's something one needs to consider before buying the knife.

Another negative point for this knife is the blade length. It's amazing at batoning wood that's less than 3 to 4 inches in diameter, but it's a bit short for anything larger. For the same reason, the Becker BK2 is only a passable chopper. In short, the blade length limits the knife's ability to perform these two wood processing tasks well.

What about fine detail work? Well, the blade length isn't an issue there but the weight of the knife AND the thickness of the blade makes it difficult (read that as awkward) to use for some. To be honest, the Becker BK2 can be used for carving, slicing, whittling, and other similar tasks. But it doesn’t do an amazing job.

Like some buyers have said, “jack of all trades, master of none.” And that’s a pretty accurate description because you can’t really put this knife in the category of the heavy duty ones like the BK9 or with the small bushcraft knives like the BK16, both of which have their own “specializations.” The BK2 is in a category of its own – it can do almost everything you need a knife for but it won’t do it spectacularly.

One last thing about this knife that should be mentioned is the coating. The knife has a sandpaper-like feel to it that looks pretty great, but it adds unnecessary friction when you’re cutting or slicing. There’s no slide and glide action. Not really a big deal but it’s still something to take note of.

Now, let's talk sheaths. The Becker BK2 comes with a nicely molded sheath with excellent retention. In other words, it hugs the knife really well and you're assured that the knife won't ever fall out of your sheath. However, the button snap at the top (which holds the handle) is just a bit too flimsy for me. Button snaps can fail over time which means that your sheath will be dangling awkwardly on your leg or belt should this happen to you.

One other thing about the sheath that some people won’t like is the loud snap it makes when you’re putting the knife away. Some might like that fact because it’s an auditory assurance that the knife is securely in place. Others who are in stealth mode (a.k.a. hunters) may be a bit annoyed with that fact.

So, that’s it. Those are all the Becker BK2 cons I’ve heard and experienced, and while there are certainly a number of cons to consider, I still believe that this solid piece of steel is one knife I’d love to have around if I ever found myself lost in the wild.

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Cold Steel Survival Edge Review

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When talking about survival knives, many of us imagine a big, strong blade with a hefty handle that can withstand just about any abuse you can think of. Some of us even imagine a Rambo knife that's so huge, it could be a machete. But, of course, size is not what a survival knife is all about. At least, not JUST that. There are several other knife features that are essential to ensuring your survival. So today, we're going to take a look at Cold Steel's Survival Edge to talk about whether or not it has what it takes to be a true survival knife.

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Cold Steel Outdoorsman Review

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So I've been playing this game on PS3 for the past few days, and it's about the zombie apocalypse. Naturally, my character is some badass guy who can use various weapons to kill zombies and some very bad humans. Anyway, in the game, my character realizes that one of the best ways to kill a zombie is with a shiv or a knife because they can be killed quickly and quietly (not alerting other zombies in the vicinity) with just a quick jab in the neck. So it got me thinking. What knife would I want to have if I suddenly found myself living in a post-apocalyptic world, particularly one that featured zombies? Well, a lot of knives come to mind and I'll probably write something about my top choices later on. For now though, I thought it would be cool to review a knife on its capability of ensuring my survival in such a scenario.

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Top 6 Leather Sheath Care Tips

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Leather Sheaths

You've landed yourself a beautiful USMC 1218 with a serrated edge and a gorgeous leather sheath. This leather sheath is arguably the most important accessory for your survival knife, like all sheaths are for the blades they carry and protect. This means that taking care of your sheath is almost as important as taking care of your knife. As one of the most popular sheath materials, leather is, unfortunately, one of the most difficult to maintain, so, we'll be listing some of the best leather sheath care tips to help you keep your leather sheath in tip top shape.

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