Cold Steel Tanto Spike Review

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The best all-purpose survival knife probably won’t be a neck knife. 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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Our Favorites: Top 10 Best Survival Knives

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If you're going to be in a life-or-death situation, you want to have the best survival knife with you. Of course, different knives have their pros and cons that make them suitable for different situations. However, there are some features that any survival knife should have in order to be dependable and effective for the widest variety of situations.

With that in mind, here is my list of the 10 best survival knives that are available to the modern outdoorsman:

1. KA-BAR Becker Campanion BK2

This serious hunk of metal is a high quality, ergonomic survival knife that can be used to perform very demanding tasks such as batoning wood and detailed ones such as whittling a spear or filleting a fish. The Becker Campanion has, quite possibly, one of the most durable blades you'll ever see which easily makes it one of the best survival knives out in the market today. 

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2. Fallkniven S1 Forest Knife

Made of stainless laminate VG10 custom steel, the Forest S1 can handle a lot of abuse and still remain standing - a characteristic that certainly qualifies this knife as one of the best survival knives. It's razor sharp and, due to its convex ground blade, has amazing edge retention. Designed specifically for wilderness survival, you can easily perform small, detailed tasks as well as heavy duty ones such as hammering and batoning.

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Schrade SCHF3N Extreme Survival Knife

3. Schrade SCHF3N Extreme Survival Knife

This knife can best be described in three words: sturdy, sharp, and strong. It can withstand some pretty good bashing and still last for a long time. And though it is a bit heavier than other knives, the aggressive contouring on the handle and the large finger grooves provide a secure grip. All in all, it should be quite useful to anyone who needs a dependable survival knife.

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Cold Steel Leatherneck SF

4. Cold Steel Leatherneck SF

The Leatherneck SF makes it to our best survival knives list for several reasons. Aside from the excellent craftmanship, this knife is extremely durable, deadly sharp, has good wear and corrosion resistance, and is beautifully balanced. The Kraton grip fits perfectly in your hand, giving you a solid, comfortable grip. All around, this is quite an impressive knife to have when the going gets tough. 

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KA-BAR US Army Straight Edge Survival Knife

5. KA-BAR US Army Straight Edge Survival Knife

The Ka-Bar is a knife that's perfect for camping, hunting, and survival. The handle is superb, the balance is great, and it holds up really well even after a great deal of hacking, cutting, and digging. You can be sure that this knife will be around long enough for you to pass on to your grandkids. Definitely a must-have on our top 10 list.

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KA-BAR Becker Crewman BK10

6. KA-BAR Becker Crewman BK10

The BK10 gets on our list because it is the perfect compromise between size and thickness. It's plenty thick for heavy duty tasks but light enough that it feels like an extension of your hand. This all-around camp knife is a serious tool that any outdoorsman would be proud to have. Good balance, comfortable grip, and high quality material makes the BK10 easily one of the best survival knives.

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Cold Steel Bushman Bowie 95BBUSK

7. Cold Steel Bushman Bowie 95BBUSK

Just like all the other knives on our list, the Bushman Bowie is sharp, well-balanced, and sturdy. The hollow handle allows you to mount it onto a wooden stick, creating a spear. The high-carbon steel is so tough that you have no problem chopping through almost anything. This multi-functional knife comes with a fire starter which is definitely handy especially if you're going far away from civilization.

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CRKT Elishewitz FTWS Razor Edge 2060

8. CRKT Elishewitz FTWS Razor Edge 2060

This durable, highly efficient knife was made by a top-notch craftsman - Allen Elishewitz. The tip is thick and strong enough that it won't easily break but also won't hinder penetration. And though it weighs a bit heavy, it's quite easy to wield. Lastly, it has a chisel ground edge at the blade’s back for chopping so you won't dull the fine edge due to the heavy stuff.

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KA-BAR Big Brother Kraton Handle

9. KA-BAR Big Brother Kraton Handle

Though it might turn some off, the Big Brother can definitely make you feel like Rambo because it is that impressive. Fortunately, it also performs quite well and the weight isn't a hindrance at all. It keeps a nice edge even after hacking your way through several branches. Plus, the Kraton handle is just about perfect. This is one badass knife!

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SOG Field Pup

10. SOG Field Pup

This sharp, strong, versatile knife comes in a small package but sure does pack a punch. It's sharp out of the box, holds a good edge, and quite rust resistant. The flat grind on the back of the blade is a perfect fire steel striker. The jimping on the spine gives you better control when performing detailed tasks and the handle gives you a great grip. All in all, this is a great all-around camp knife.

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What are your top 10 survival knives?

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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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