KA-BAR vs. SOG: Which Knife Brand is Right For You?

There are many manufacturers competing for consumers hearts in the knife industry these days. This means those looking to purchase a knife have plenty of choices. Buying a knife made by the right manufacturer will ensure that you get both quality and value.  Two of the manufacturers you can choose from are KA-BAR and SOG.

KA-BAR is one of the more well known Knife Manufacturers in the United States, with most of their wares being made in their New York Manufacturing facilities. They supply a number of well known military style knives and survival knives.

While SOG is a relative newcomer to the knife market in comparison to KA-BAR, they have a number of quality knives at a reasonable price. Let’s take a look at each manufacturer in more detail.

1. A Bit About KA-BAR

Having been in this industry since 1898, KA-BAR has a longstanding reputation and is a big name in the world of knife manufacturing. This manufacturer offers a catalog of a huge variety of knives, each of which meets high standards when it comes to quality, design, and innovation.

KA-BAR rigorously tests their knives to ensure that they offer high performance and are protected against corrosion.  KA-BAR’s knives are trusted by many members of the military and United States law enforcement.

2. KA-BAR Knives and Knife Specs

If you are thinking of buying a knife from KA-BAR you will be able to choose from a number of categories and knife options. This includes:

KA-BAR Warthog: The excellent range of fixed-blade knives covers a good chunk of KA-BAR’s collection. The Heavy Duty Warthog falls within this category and is a sturdy, flat grind knife with a blade made from 1095 Cro-Van steel. The length of the blade is 6.75” and the overall length is 12.25”

Union Razor Co. Elephant Toe: KA-BAR also offers a great choice of stylish folding-blade knives to suit a range of purposes. One of our favorites is the Union Razor Co. Elephant Toe. This knife has a mirror-polished Cro-Van steel blade measuring 3”. It is a drop-point style and has a slip-joint locking mechanism

Zombie Acheron Skeleton Knife: If you are looking for something that’s along the survival/all purpose (close to machete) type, the Zombie Acheron Skeleton Knife falls within this range. This knife has a stainless-steel blade of 3.12” and an overall length of 6.37”. It is a fixed blade knife and has a skeleton handle design

Snody Snake Charmer: Rugged and solid are essential qualities for hunting and outdoor knives. The Snody Snake Charmer provides these qualities and more besides. This is a stainless-steel knife with a blade length of 2.31”. The overall length is 6.5” and it is a drop-point style with a hollow grind

TDI Hinderance: You will find a selection of tactical knives in the law enforcement category from KA-BAR. This includes the TDI Hinderance, which has a Cro-Van blade that measures 3.5”. It is a flat grind knife in a modified tanto shape. The overall length is 7.25” and the knife weighs in at 0.35 lb.

US Navy KA-BAR: KA-BAR has become known for its superb quality military and tactical knives, one of which is the Full Size US Navy KA-BAR, Straight Edge. The blade of this knife measures 7” and is made from Cro-Van steel. The overall length is 11.87” and it comes in a clip shape with a flat grind. This is a traditional knife that is marked for Navy personnel, but many variations like these are used throughout the United States.

Buying from KA-Bar means that you can buy with confidence, as you will be purchasing your knife from a long-standing reputable manufacturer.

3. A Bit About SOG

Compared to KA-BAR, SOG is a relatively new player in the field, having been established around a quarter of a century ago. However, the manufacturer has fast gained popularity and its aim is to design and create products of great quality and value.

SOG has a focus on distinction and innovation with a good choice of knives available. They are also reasonably priced when doing a side by side cost comparison to most major knife manufacturers.

4. SOG Knives & Knife Specs

SOG has a number of quality knives, and we’ve looked at a few of them in these articles here, here, and here. You can choose knives in one of a range of categories or you can browse by type if you prefer. Some of the top options from SOG include:

Sogzilla Knife: Precision made and manufactured to high quality standards, the range of tactical knives from SOG is impressive. This range includes the Sogzilla line, which comes in a number of sizes including large. This folding knife has a blade made from high grade stainless steel with a length of 3.8”. The overall length of the large model is 9.84” when open

Quake XL: The varied range of hunting knives includes the Quake XL, which has dual tone VG10 Japanese steel blade and forged aluminum handles. The length of the blade is 4.5” and it has a button lock mechanism. It is a straight-edge knife with a clip point blade shape

The Targa: If you are looking for an everyday carry knife you will have plenty of options from SOG. The Targa is one of the knives in this range and is a compact but solid folder. The blade is made from premium Japanese stainless steel and its measurement is 3.5”. The handle is also stainless steel and the knife has a tanto-blade shape

Sideswipe: If you are looking for a basic, well rounded outdoor knife, the Sideswipe, is a dependable knife. It has a stainless steel blade and contoured anodized aluminum handles. The blade measures 3.4” and it is a straight edge, clip-point knife.

Cash Card: SOG also offers a choice of knives that are ideal for industrial use, one of which is the Cash Card. This uniquely styled knife comprises and easy opening blade and a money clip. The stainless-steel blade measures 2.75” and the knife has a satin finish

You’ll get both quality and value when you purchase a knife from SOG, and you’ll get it at a pretty reasonable price.

5. Picking Between the Two

There are various factors to consider when choosing between KA-BAR and SOG. This includes choice, quality, price points, and knife steel among other things. In terms of experience and longevity, KA-BAR takes the edge among the two.  But you won’t go wrong with a SOG knife either.  They are modern and produce some very reputable knives at an affordable cost.

Both manufacturers pride themselves on excellent quality and high performance. It’s virtually impossible to make a wrong choice when picking between the two and we happily recommend both.

Benchmade VS Buck: Two Classic Knife Makers Go Head to Head

The knife manufacturing industry has become increasingly competitive, but Benchmade and Buck are two of the most well known manufacturers in the industry, and both have continued to improve on an already impressive catalog of knives.

Benchmade and Buck cater to slightly different crowds. Buck tends to be on the more affordable end when it comes to price point, while Benchmade truly focuses their efforts on premium steel and premium knives.

Buck is synonymous with reliable outdoor/camping knives that any boy scout can rely on, while Benchmade really hones in on quality and caters not only to the gentleman needing a high quality every day carry blade, but knife collectors as well.

1. More About Benchmade

Founded in 1988, Benchmade makes a wide variety of different knives.  They are most popular for their high quality folding pocket knives, but have also added a number of fixed blade options to their catalog.  The steel quality of all Benchmade knives is some of the highest quality steel you can purchase in a knife.

It’s hard to make a bad choice with any of the knives available from Benchmade. In addition, many of their high quality folding knives (similar to Spyderco) hold up extremely well to stress tests.  Their knives are also some of the sharpest you can buy, right out of the box.

2. Knives and Specifications

Here are some of our Benchmade favorites:

The Benchmade Bushcrafter: This field knife is a fixed blade knife made from CPMS30V steel. The blade is 4.40 inches in length and the overall length of the knife is 9.15 inches. The knife has a plain blade edge and a satin finish.

Steep County: This knife offers a wide variety of handle colors and blade styles. This fixed blade knife is 7.65 inches overall with a blade of 3.50 inches. The blade is made from CPMS30V steel with a Santoprene handle. You can choose from a drop point blade or a drop point with hook.

Triage: These rescue knives are tough, high performing, and well designed. The Triage is a versatile triple utility tool that has been field tested by rescue professionals. The blade is made from N680 steel and you can choose from two different blade styles to suit your needs.

3300BK-1701 Infidel: The 3300BK-1701 Infidel is a 10-year anniversary edition knife. Sleek and stylish, this assisted opening knife comes with a 3.91 inch blade made from CPMS30V steel. The open length of the knife is 8.91 inches and it has a plain edge with a spear point blade style.

570SBK: If you want a lightweight knife that you can carry with ease, the 570SBK, is a folding knife that opens manufally. The CPMS30V steel blade measures 3.72 inches while the overall length when open comes in at 8.72 inches. The knife has a serrated blade edge and a drop point style.

Foray: The Foray is tough, versatile and is a beautifully styled folding knife that opens manually. The blade is 3.24 inches and made from CPM20CV steel. It has a black contoured G10 handle and an overall open length of 7.32 inches.

3. More About Buck

Buck was established in 1902.  They have long standing history of making quality knives, similarly to other manufacturers like KA-BAR. With well over a century in this industry, Buck has been known as the first knife given to many young men over the last century, especially Boy Scouts.

Buck does manufacture some of their knives overseas in an effort to keep costs down, but they still back it with their “forever warranty” even if one of their knives was made overseas.  Buck has some knives that definitely fall into the “budget range” on quality, but they also have some higher end offerings as well.

4. Knives and Specifications

Like Benchmade, Buck categorizes has many choices when it comes to knives.  Here are some of our favorites:

113 Ranger Skinner: This knife has a blade of just over 3 inches in length, and this is made from 420HC stainless steel with a satin finish. It has an American Walnut handle and a weight of 5.2 ounces. It comes with an ergonomic handle for ease of use along with a leather sheath.

The Selkirk: The Selkirk has a blade made from 420HC stainless steel and is measures 9.9.cm. It also has a Micarta handle and an injected molded nylon sheath. The contoured handle provides a comfortable hold and grip.

Matt Would Go: This tactical knife has a blade made from 5160 carbon steel and a drop point shape. The blade measured 4 inches and the knife has a Micarta handle. It comes with a Textured Kydex belt clip and weighs 6.3 ounces.  It hangs in there with many other top end service-ready options.

Abyss Fillet Knife: If you need a solid fishing knife, this is a great option if you are on a budget. It’s an attractive knife with a blade made from 420HC steel. The blade measurement is 6 inches and it has a Kryptek Pontus camo handle. Weighing 3 ounces, this is a lightweight fillet knife with a unique design.

Thorn: The Thorn has a 420HC stainless steel blade measuring 3.25 inches. The G10 handle provides easy grip and the knife is versatile and lightweight, weighing in at 1.7 ounces. It comes with a black leather sheath.

Buck does have a custom design service when you buy directly through Buck, which is ideal if you are looking for something more personalized.

5. Picking Between Buck & Benchmade

Picking between these two manufacturers really means picking between cost & quality.  Benchmade is on the higher end quality wise, but like any consumer good – you often get what you pay for.  Benchmade knives are premium knives that are extremely sharp, right out of the box.

You can’t go wrong with a Buck knife, especially if you are on a budget.  While they do have some higher end options, Buck mostly carves a name for themselves as manufacturers that also respect that most Americans have a budget.

Bottom Line: If you are tight on cash, Buck is a perfect choice.  If money doesn’t matter, few knives have the same quality as a Benchmade knife.

Benchmade VS ESEE: A High Performance Knife Brand Standoff

In the world of knife manufacturing, there are a number of manufacturers that have really made their mark with high quality, high performing products. Two companies that are well known within this sector for the production of innovative and stylish products are Benchmade and ESEE.

Benchmade known for its tactical, and everyday use knives has been a pioneer in the successful knife industry, like its competitor ESSE which has been successful making high quality knives  since 1997.

While both knife brands are great, and both brands have a number of excellent styles, making the right choice usually comes down to experience, quality and price.  Let’s look at both brands in more detail below.

1. More about Benchmade

Benchmade has been creating high-quality knives for close to three decades. The company was founded in 1988 and is situated in Oregon City.  Many of their knives are manufactured in the United States.

Benchmade has amassed a following from all over the globe, because of their premium build quality, although they have a premium price tag to go with it. Benchmade creates knives with some of the highest standards and uses the latest technology to ensure top performance.

2. Products and Specifications

Benchmade carries a huge selection of different knives, depending on your budget.

Benchmade Freek: If you want an everyday carry knife that is easy to carry but powerful, the Freek is an excellent option among the many knives in Benchmade’s folding knife collection. The blade of the knife is made from CPMS30V steel and is 3.60 inches in length. The overall length of the knife when open is 8.46 inches.

Saddle Mountain Hunter: If you are looking for a hunting knife, this robust knife has a satin steel blade that measures 4.05 inches and the overall length of the knife is 8.59 inches.  It makes a great hunting companion on any excursion.

Benchmade Triage: The Triage has a blade made from N680 steel and a blade length of 3.40-3.50 inches. This is a multi-functional knife, which also has a safety hook and glass breaker, making it a perfect knife for any rescue situation.

The Foray: With a 3.24 inch satin steel blade, this is a powerful yet versatile knife that is perfect for any and all outdoor activities.  It has a drop point style and an open length of 7.32 inches.

The Azeria: Performance is key when you are looking for a good tactical knife, and the Azeria has an Austrian steel blade measuring 2.90 inches and an overall length of 5.64 inches. This is a knife that combines stylish design with a tough build for any tactical circumstance.

Benchmade Bushcrafter: Tough and sturdy, Benchmade’s Bushcrafter is one of the best field knives that money can buy. The knife has a blade measuring 4.40 inches and an overall length of 9.15 inches, and is perfect for just about any situation that calls for a fixed blade knife.

3. More About ESEE

ESEE has been making great quality knives since 1997.  They were previously known as RAT Cutlery, which stood for “Randall Adventure Training” before splintering off to become ESEE.

Since ESEE was formed, their knives have become a fixture of many hardcore survivalists. While they specialize in fixed blade survival knives, their product selection has a variety of knives that you can choose from to fit just about any budget or situation.

4. Products and Specifications

While ESEE fans typically flock to their fixed blade knives, they have a variety of different categories of excellent quality knives.  Here are some of our favorite choices:

The ESEE Laser Strike: This fixed blade knife has a 4.75 inch blade made from carbon steel. The knife measures 10 inches overall and comes with removal handles. The weight of this knife is 9.5 ounces and it has a study built but with stylish design enabling you to enjoy the best of both worlds.

The ESEE Candiru: This is a utility knife that combines lightweight design with powerful performance. Weighing just 1.7 ounces, it has a skeleton handle and the 2 inch blade is made from carbon steel. Overall, the length of the knife is 5.13 inches and it comes in a drop point design.

The ESEE Junglas: This knife is the perfect companion for camping and other outdoor activities. It combines a fixed blade knife and a machete and its name comes from the police force in Columbia. The blade length is an impressive 10.38 inches and is made from carbon steel. The overall length of the knife is 16.5 inches.

The ESEE Izula: With its skeleton handle and sleek design, this is a stylish knife that is compact and lightweight. The blade length is 2.63 inches and you can choose from stainless steel or carbon steel. The knife measures 6.25 inches overall and the weight comes in at 2 ounces.

The ESEE Tertiary: Designed by a SWAT officer, this product combines a push dagger and knife making it very versatile. Many law enforcement agencies and military units use this product. It has a 2.5 inch blade with an overall length of 5 inches.

5. Which Manufacturer is Best?

Choosing between these two manufacturers isn’t easy, as both offer great quality and great choices. Benchmade is on the upper end when it comes to price point, so if that’s a big factor for you, then ESEE may be a better bet without sacrificing too much quality.  If you can afford the best, Benchmade is tough to beat.

It’s impossible to really go wrong with either manufacturer though, and both offer an excellent selection of knives that are manufactured to the highest standards.

Spyderco VS Cold Steel: Head to Head

Over recent decades, the knife manufacturing industry has become increasingly competitive with a number of companies vying for top spot. Two manufacturers in this industry are Spyderco and Cold Steel.

Both have gained a solid reputation and are able to provide access to great quality knives suited to various purposes.  While it’s tough to directly compare Spyderco vs Cold Steel because their knives are somewhat different, they both do have several knives that fall into the same realm & use categories.

Both manufacturers make knives in a variety of categories, and both of them make knives at the higher quality levels compared to some of their competitors.  Let’s learn a little bit more about each and then take a look at some of their knives.

1. More About Spyderco

Dating back to 1981, Spyderco has now been in the knife manufacturing industry for over three decades. During that time, the manufacturer has gained huge popularity and developed a great range of innovative, high performance knives in various styles. It has gone on to become one of the industry leaders in this field.

While Spyderco has made a large following out of their pocket knives (like the ones featured here), they also have a number of knives that fall into the fieldcraft knife category as well as tactical knives and survival knives.

2. Popular Products & Specifications

You will find a number of different product ranges when you shop through Spyderco. There are knives available to suit a variety of activities and purposes. The categories you can choose from include:

The Junction Knife: You can choose from a range of fixed-blade knives from this manufacturer. This includes the Junction, which is a versatile blade ideal for a wide variety of purposes. The PSF27 steel blade measures 4.15” with an overall length of 8.45”. The knife has a full flat grind and weighs 4.1 oz.

Salt Lightweight Assist: When you buy from Spyderco you can choose from locking and non-locking folding blades. One of the knives you can opt for is the Assist Salt Lightweight, which comes in a range of handle colors. Designed for use in emergencies and fire rescue, this knife is made from VG10 steel with a 3.68” blade. It is a hollow-grind knife with a back lock. The overall length is 8.37” when open

The DICE EDC: An excellent choice of quality knives can be found within their EDC category, one of which is the Dice. This plain edge knife has a 2.52” blade made from CTS XHP steel. Its overall length is 6.57” and it has a full-flat grind

The Harpy: If you are keen on fishing and hunting, you will benefit from the quality and performance of the knives in this range. One of the products you will find here is the Harpy, which is a stylish and versatile knife. The knife is made from VG-10 steel and the blade is 2.75” in length. Overall, the knife is 6.5” and has a hollow grind and stainless steel handle

The Jumpmaster: Survival knives need to be tough, durable, and easy to handle. You won’t be disappointed with the options in the survival range from Spyderco, which includes the Jumpmaster 2. A high-performing and versatile knife, this comes with an H-1 steel blade measuring 4.48”. Its overall length is 9.36” and the knife has a hollow grind.

The Lightweight Saver Salt: The knives in this category are designed for a variety of rescue situations. Amongst the choice available in this range is the Saver Salt Lightweight, which offers a choice of handle colors. The H-1 steel blade measures 3.09” and the overall length of the knife is 7.18”. It is a hollow-grind folding knife with a back-lock mechanism

Delica 4 Lightweight: Designed for tactical use and training, these knives are tough, solid, and easy to handle. One of the tactical training knives you can opt for is the Delica 4 Lightweight Trainer, which is a purpose designed product with a blunted blade for training. It is made from AUS-6 steel and the blade is 2.75” in length. The overall length is 7” and the product has all the same mechanisms as the live version for use in real life tactical situations.

These are some of the key categories and products that you will find available from Spyderco. All these boast high quality and versatility, making them great value.

3. More About Cold Steel

Cold Steel was also founded at the beginning of the 1980s, and like Spyderco, it has more than 30 years of experience in this field. The company prides itself on being at the forefront of innovative knife designs that have had a real impact on the industry as a whole.

You can choose from various categories from this manufacturer and a good selection of knives within each one.  Cold Steel has a variety of knives to choose from, whether you spend time out in the bush or if you are just looking to throw some knives at a stationary target at the family cabin on a lazy weekend away.

4. Popular Products & Specifications

The product range from Cold Steel is extensive, so you should be able to find exactly what you are looking for. The categories available include:

Cold Steel Trail Master: You can benefit from versatility and quality with one of the fixed-blade knives from Cold Steel. One of the models in this range is the Trail Master, which is made from O-1 High Carbon steel. The blade is 9.5” long the knife weighs 17.4 oz. It also comes with a 5” long Kray-Ex handle

Tuff Lite Plain Edge Folding Knife: You will find some great, compact folding knives available from Cold Steel including the Tuff Lite Plain Edge. This knife offers superior grip with its Griv-Ex handle. The blade measures 2.5” and is made from Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel. Weighting just 2.5 oz., this is a lightweight folder with an overall open length of 6”

Black Bear Bowie Machete: There are over 30 options within this category, with machetes available in a choice of styles and sizes. One of the products is the Black Bear Bowie Machete, which comes with a 1055 carbon steel blade and an anti-rust matte finish. It has a 12” blade and is 17.75” overall. This machete weighs in at 18.1 oz.

Steve Austin & Steven Seagal Collaborations: You will also find a selection of knives that have been designed in collaboration with celebrities to create unique signature products. This includes collections that have been designed with input from Steve Austin and Steven Seagal

Perfect Balance Thrower: Cold Steel offers a choice of throwing knives, one of which is the Perfect Balance Thrower. This boasts 1055 carbon steel construction and a rust resistant finish. It weighs 15.4 oz. and the blade length is 9”

Finding the right knife for your needs should be simple and fast with Cold Steel. These products offer versatility and affordability in addition to quality and performance.

5. Which Manufacturer Should You Pick?

With both companies having roughly the same amount of experience in the field, it can be a challenge deciding which one to go with. Spyderco does offer an extensive range of categories and knife options.

Cold Steel has fewer categories but still offers an impressive choice of knives as well as machetes, swords, celebrity-designed knives, and more. Both manufacturers are committed to innovative design, high-quality construction, and excellence in terms of performance.

Spyderco VS Kershaw: Head to Head

Choosing the right knife manufacturer is important if you want to benefit from high quality and great performance. There are a number of major players in this field that you can choose from. Two well known knife manufacturers that offer quality and great choice include Spyderco and Kershaw.

We’ve taken a look at Spyderco & S.O.G. together in this article here, now we tackle Spyderco versus another one of our favorites.  Kershaw is a reputable brand and is a well known knife manufacturer that’s been around for a long time.

Both offer options in similar price points, so let’s take a look at some of the top options as well as some details around each of the manufacturers themselves.

1. More About Spyderco

 Founded in the mid-1970s, Spyderco has decades of experience when it comes to manufacturing high quality knives. It has now become one of the leading names within this industry and offers consumers and agencies access to a huge range of products.

You can rely on quality and reliability with all Spyderco knives, which makes them ideal for agencies such as the military and law enforcement as well as for a range of other purposes.  They offer a wide variety of knives, but are most well known for their folders and military style tactical offerings.

2. Knife Options and Specs

 Spyderco offers knives in a wide range of categories and for a variety of uses. Some of the key categories and models you can choose from include:

Bradley Folder 2: The wide range of folding knives from Spyderco includes locking and non-locking varieties. One of the models in the range is the Bradley Folder 2, which has a CPM M4 steel blade measuring 3.66 inches. The overall length when open is 8.48 inches and it weighs 4.5 ounces. It is a hollow grind knife with an Ambi clip position.

Aqua Salt Black: You can enjoy an excellent choice of fixed blade knives from Spyderco, which includes the stylish Spyderco Aqua Salt Black. Made from H-1 steel, this robust knife has a 4.70 inch blade and an overall length of 9.28 inches. It comes with an FRN handle and weighs in at 4.6 ounces.

Bug Stainless Steel Knife: The range of everyday carry knives offers versatility and style as well as great performances. Included within this category is the Bug Stainless Steel, which is a compact folder made from 3Cr steel. The overall length of the knife is just 2.9 inches and the blade length is 1.27 inches. It is lightweight with a weight of 0.4 ounces and has a slip-joint locking mechanism.

Milakka Knife: You can look forward to quality and reliability with Spyderco’s fishing and hunting knives. This includes the Milakka, which comes with a 3.51 inch blade made from CPM S30V steel. It has a G-10 handle and a total length of 8.13 inches. This folding knife has a Scandi grind and weighs 5 ounces.

LionSpy Titanium: If you want a sturdy, tough field knife that is ideal for a variety of activities, Spyderco will have just the thing within this category. One of the knives that you can opt for is the LionSpy Titanium, which is a really stylish folding knife with an Elmax steel blade. The blade measurement is 3.62 inches and the overall length when open is 8.43 inches. It has a full-flat grind and a G10/titanium handle.

Rescue 3: Quality is essential in a knife that is for use in rescue and emergency situations. One knife in this category that is ideal as a rescue knife is the Rescue 3 Lightweight, which is made from VG-10 steel with a blade measuring 3.57 inches. Its total open length is 8.29 inches and it weighs in at 3.8 ounces.

The great choice of knives and categories from Spyderco helps to ensure that there is a product available for all needs and purposes.

3. More About Kershaw

Established in 1974, Kershaw has become known for high tech design, quality materials, and superb standards when it comes to knife manufacturing.

You can choose from a great variety of knife models from this manufacturer and you also get to benefit from great value products.

While there are some Kershaw knives that are manufactured overseas, they do have a US based manufacturing facility making a good portion of their knives as US Made.

4. Knife Options And Specs:

Some of the knife models you can choose from include:

Fraxion: This is a really stylish knife that comes with KVT manual opening and a G-10 handle with carbon fiber overlay. The blade is made from 8Cr13MoV steel with a black oxide finish. The blade measures 2.75 inches and the overall length of the knife is 6.75 inches. Weighing in at 1.9 ounces, this is a lightweight but robust knife.

AM-6: Small, compact yet very tough, the unique style of the AM-6 makes it ideal for an everyday carry knife. The blade is only 1.5 inches in length and the overall length is 3.25 inches. It is made from 8Cr13MoV steel with a stonewashed finish and the handle is made from glass filled nylon. It comes with a molded sheath to ensure that you can k
eep it protected.

The Kershaw Shuffle: A popular choice thanks to its great design and performance, the Kershaw Shuffle is a multifunctional knife with a range of features. It is a manual opening folding knife with an 8Cr13MoV steel blade with a black oxide coating. The blade is 2.4 inches in length and the total length of the knife is 5.75 inches. It comes with features such as a bottle opener, Philips screwdriver bits and bit driver, and a keychain ring.

Showtime: This is a gentleman’s knife that is beautifully designed. It has assisted opening and a reversible deep-carry pocketclip. The blade is made from 8Cr133MoV steel and has a satin and black oxide coating. The handle is also steel with a black oxide coating. The knife has a blade length of 3 inches and an overall length of 6.75 inches when open.

Dune: The Dune is a high end neck knife that has a great design and can be used for a variety of purposes. The blade is extremely sharp and made from 3Cr13 steel with a black oxide finish and it measures 3.8 inches. The total length of the knife is 7.7 inches and it weighs 2.5 ounces. It also comes with and injection molded handle, full tang construction, and a molded sheath for protection.

While the Kershaw website does not categorize its knives, it does offer incredible choice and value as well as great quality.

5. Making your decision

You need to take a range of factors into consideration when choosing which manufacturer to buy from. Both have roughly the same amount of experience in the field and both are committed to quality and innovation.

Shopping with Spyderco is a little easier due to the categorization of its knives. However, Kershaw does offer excellent choice and great value on its products.

Spyderco VS SOG: Comparing Two Titans

The knife manufacturing sector has a number of big name companies offering a great variety of quality knives. If you are looking for a manufacturer that offers high performance and great value knives, two options to consider including Spyderco and SOG.

Both companies are reputable and are well known for putting out very high quality knives.  It doesn’t matter if you are after a tactical style blade or just something to carry, both manufacturers can deliver what you need.

While each manufacturer has a number of different knives to choose from specifically, we are going to take a bigger overall look holistically at each knife manufacturer.

1. More About Spyderco

Spyderco was established back in 1981 and over the decades has built up a great reputation thanks to its high quality knives. You can benefit from a wide choice of knives in a range of different categories from this manufacturer. Dealing with customers on a global basis, Spyderco focuses not only on providing great value and quality but also innovative design and robust performance.

You can choose from knives that are suitable for both professional use and personal use from this company, so finding the right one for your needs should be quick and simple.  Spyderco is notorious for manufacturing knives that are sharp right out of the box, making them a manufacturer that you really can’t go wrong with.

2. Knives and Specifications

 Spyderco offers knives in a range of different categories to suit a variety of needs. You will find a good choice of products in each of these categories. This includes:

Survival knives: Spyderco offers a great choice of survival knives, with products suitable for a variety of needs and budgets. One of the options is the Jumpmaster 2, which is both versatile and robust. The knife has an H-1 steel blade that measures 4.48 inches. The overall length of the knife is 9.36 inches and it has a hollow grind.

Everyday carry knives: If you want a good, versatile everyday carry knife there are plenty to choose from here. The Dice is one of the products in this range, and this has a CTS XHP steel blade measuring 2.52 inches. Overall, the knife is 6.57 inches and is easy to carry around as well as comfortable to use.

Fixed blade knives: You can look forward to a good choice of high quality fixed blade knives from Spyderco. One of these is the Junction, which has a 4.15 inch blade made from PSF27 steel. The knife overall measures 8.45 inches and comes with a full flat grind. This is a stylish and versatile knife that offers easy handling and a comfortable grip.

Hunting/fishing knives: Robust, high performance and versatility are all qualities that you want from knives in this category. One of these is the Harpy, which is perfect for activities such as these. The blade measures 2.75 inches and is made from VG-10 steel while the overall length of the knife is 6.5 inches. This is a hollow grind knife and has a handle made from stainless steel.

Rescue knives: You will benefit from access to a range of high quality rescue knives from Spyderco. One of the options available is the Saver Salt Lightweight, which has an H-1 steel blade that measures 3.09 inches. This is a folding knife that comes with a hollow grind and measures 7.18 inches overall when open.

Folding knives: If you like the portability and style of folding knives, you can also benefit from excellent choice from Spyderco. One of the folder options available is the Assist Salt Lightweight, which has a blade made from VG10 steel. The blade length is 3.68 inches and it has a back lock mechanism.

With such a great choice of products available, Spyderco makes it simple to find the ideal knife. You can also shop with ease by simply browsing through the most relevant category.

3. More About SOG

SOG has developed an excellent reputation in the knife manufacturing industry over the past few decades. The company has a strong focus on innovation, quality and value, which is a combination that most people will be keen to benefit from. You can choose knives that are grouped into various categories.  We’ve actually reviewed a few knives that SOG produces.  You can see a few of those reviews here, and here.

In addition, the SOG website offers access to customer reviews, which makes it easier to make a more informed decision with regards to your choice.

4. Knives and Specifications

 With a good choice of knives in each category, you can find a product that has the perfect specs for your needs. Some of the choices include:

Everyday carry knives: SOG offers a wide range of everyday carry knives to suit different budgets and requirements. One of the models is the Targa, which has a premium Japanese stainless steel blade that measures 3.5 inches. This is a folding knife with a stainless steel handle and a tanto blade shape.

Industrial knives: If you are looking for a solid industrial knife, this is the category to go for. The Cash Card is one of the innovative products in this range. This knife is unique in terms of design, as it combines a knife and a money clip. It has a stainless steel blade that measures 2.75 inches.

Hunting knives: A solid, high quality knife is essential for hunting, and that’s exactly what you will get with SOG. One of the knives you can choose is the Quake XL, which is a powerful and versatile knife. Its VG10 Japanese steel blade measures 4.5 inches and the dual tone of the blade gives it a unique finish.

Outdoor knives: If you need a knife for outdoor activities, you can look forward to plenty of choice from SOG. This includes the Sideswipe, which has a blade measuring 3.4 inches and made from stainless steel. The handle is made from contoured anodized aluminum and the knife is both robust and versatile.

Tactical knives: There are plenty of knife options available in this category, one of which is the Sogzilla. If you opt for the large Sogzilla, you can benefit from a high quality knife with a 3.8 inch blade made from stainless steel. This is a folding knife that measures 9.84 inches when open.

Whatever your needs, you should find the perfect product from amongst the knives available from SOG. You can also benefit from the reassurance that you are purchasing from a reputable and experience manufacturer.

5. Choosing Between the Two

 With both of these manufacturers offering plenty of choice as well as high quality, it can be difficult to choose between the two. The specifications of the knives will vary from one company to the other, so it is advisable to check out the knives in the most appropriate category with both manufacturers.

You should always look at pricing as well, which for you may be the determining factor between which company earns your business.  From a quality perspective, you can’t go wrong with either.

Benchmade VS KA-BAR: Two Giants of the Knife Business

When it comes to Quality Knives, Two of the top manufacturers in the field include KA-BAR and Benchmade.  It’s impossible to find any knife aficionado that doesn’t have at least one of their knife models somewhere in their arsenal.

Benchmade is frankly a quality powerhouse.  Their steel quality, machine work and craftsmanship are practically a work of art.  Their price tags match their ambitions though, making KA-BAR a very capable competitor.

KA-BAR has a sterling reputation when it comes to their knives, many of which are used by the US armed forces and other members in service (Police, Firefighters & More) across the entire United States.

1. More about Benchmade 

Benchmade has been in this industry for close to four decades and only pushes out high quality steel knives. They produce a range of models, each of which comes with skilled craftsmanship and great performance.

As mentioned prior, the only thing that most people complain about is the price tag.  That is easily solved when you consider the shelf life of most Benchmade knives is many years, making the investment definitely worth the payoff – IF you can afford the cost of entry.

2. Knife Models & Specs

Benchmade has knives in just about every category. Some popular models include:

The Hidden Canyon: This compact hunting knife has a CPM-S30V steel blade of 2.67 inches in length. The knife comes in at 6.32 inches in overall length and has a choice of handle materials. It is a plain edge knife with a satin blade finish.

The Foray 698:  The Foray 698 comes with a blade made from CPM-2-CV steel. This is a manual opening folder that weighs 3.58 ounces. It has a satin finish blade and comes in a drop point style.  It’s a great knife to use outdoors and for everyday carry.

The Arvensis: An impressive knife designed by Shane Sibert, this fixed blade knife is 11.72 inches long overall with a blade measuring 6.44 inches. The steel for the blade is 154CM and it comes in a clip point style.

The New Boost:  The new Boost comes with a dual durometer handle to enhance grip performance. It has a CPM-S30V 3.70 inch blade. This is a folding knife with an overall open length of 8.52 inches.

Benchmade 4600: The 4600 model offers both high performance and stylish design. This folder has a 3.45 inch blade made from CPM-S30V steel. It weighs 3.01 ounces and has a plain blade edge.  This makes for a great buy if you are comparing other options in the tactical knife category.

H20 Fixed Blade: The H20 Fixed was originally designed for military use as a rescue knife. With a serrated blade edge that measures 3.50 inches, this is a sturdy knife that is perfect for any rescue scenario. It is made from N680 steel and has a rubberized over mold handle in a choice of colors. The weight of the knife is 3.20 inches.

3. More about KA-BAR

KA-BAR is a huge name in the knife manufacturing industry, which is little wonder given that the company has been making knives for well over one hundred years.  They have a storied history, and have some of the most popular knives on the market when it comes to finding a good knife in a decent price range.

Today, you can choose from a huge range of knives manufactured by KA-BAR, and almost all of them are solid picks. These knives are popular the world over and are used by military, huntsmen, law enforcement agencies, emergency service, and many others.

4. Knife Models & Specs

KA-BAR has knives that fit just about every scenario you can think of.  Here are some of our favorites:

TDI Law Enforcement Tanto: The Large TDI Law Enforcement Tanto is perfect for any Law Enforcement personnel.  The knife has a serrated edge and a 3.68 inch fixed blade. It is made from AUS 8A stainless steel and the overall length is 7.56 inches.

Becker Magnum Camp: The Becker Magnum Camp is a fixed blade tactical knife. This fixed blade knife has a blade measuring 8 inches and an overall length of 13.5 inches. The blade is made from 1095 Cro-Van steel and comes with a Hylon handle.

Gila Folder:  The Gila Folder, which is made from 420 stainless steel and has an open length of 8.87 inches. The blade measures 3.87 inches and it comes in a clip shape with hollow grind.  The Gila Folder is a high quality multi-purpose knife that functions well as an everyday carrier.

Johnson Adventure Piggyback: Solid and reliable are two of the qualities needed with hunting and outdoor knives.  The Johnson Adventure Piggyback has both. This skeleton knife weighs just 0.05lb and has a stainless steel blade measuring 2.62 inches. It is a flat grind fixed blade knife with a recurve shape.

Union Razor Co. Elephant Toe: This is a stunning knife with antique brown worm grooved bone handles and a 1095 Cro-Van blade. The blade length is 3 inches and it is a drop point shape.  It’s classic and trendy at the same time, while providing the utility that you’d expect from any knives made by KA-BAR.

Zombie Famine Tanto: An excellent fixed blade option, the Zombie Famine Tanto, which has an impressive 7.5 inch blade and an overall length of 13 inches. Made from 1095 Cro-Van steel, this is a flat grind knife with a Tanto shape.

5. Which Knife Brand is Better?

Both of these leading knife manufacturers offer great choice, quality, and value. KA-BAR does have far more experience in this industry but Benchmade has also built up a solid reputation over the last few decades.

Bottom line is this.  If you have the budget, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a steel that’s better quality than what Benchmade produces.  It’s not just “buying a knife.”  It’s an investment.

If you are on a tighter budget, KA-BAR will still give you the quality that’s afforded to members of the United States MIlitary, and many service branches in the United States.  That combination is tough to beat.

Benchmade VS Spyderco: Comparing The Folding Knife Specialists

Benchmade and Spyderco are pretty much the cream of the crop when it comes to folding knives. While you can find other premium brands, these two manufacturers are two of the biggest and most well known companies that produce quality pocket knives that are good for EDC as well as outdoor or tactical tasks.

Benchmade has invested in manufacturing by using some of the highest quality steels on the market.  The SV30 is one of our favorites, and the Benchmade 940 will stand the test of time (and already has).

Spyderco has been making high quality steel knives since the 70’s, and makes some excellent options for folding knives as well as fixed blade options.  While many of Spyderco’s knives are pretty budget friendly, they do have some that are higher quality and have a more expensive price tag to match.

1. About Benchmade

Benchmade started back at the end of the 1970s, which is when the company was first established. They have grown and molded themselves to become one of the most well respected premium knife manufacturers in the United States.

Make no mistake, buying a Benchmade knife is an investment.  You can see the steel quality in some of our pictures here in our 940 McHenry review, and you can tell by the quality that their knives are built to last.

2. Benchmade Specs

There are so many options to choose from with Benchmade, that it can get confusing.  We want to help alleviate that confusion by breaking down some of our favorites:

Fixed Contego: The fixed blade Contego has a blade made from CPM-S30V steel. The blade length is 4.97 inches and the overall length of the knife is 10.18 inches. This is a tough, high performance knife with a great design.

Auto Triage: The Auto Triage comes with a 3.58 inch blade that is made from N680 steel. The handle is made from G10 and aluminum and the knife has a drop point style.  It’s an excellent choice for any rescue situation.

Mini Barrage: The Mini-Barrage is a folding knife with a 2.91 inch blade. The blade is made from 154CM steel and overall the knife measures 6.91 inches when open. It has an assisted opening mechanism for ease of use.

Bedlam: The Bedlam comes with a 4 inch blade made from 154CM satin steel. This is a folding knife with manual opening and its overall length when open is 9.76 inches.  It’s another high performance premium folder that’s slightly longer than other folding knives, which provides additional leverage when needed for difficult tasks.

Saddle Mountain Skinner: A hunting knife needs to be able to perform well, and the Saddle Mountain Skinner exceeds in just about every category.  It comes equipped with a 4.17 inch blade made out of CPM-S30V steel. You can choose from two different options when it comes to the handle.

3. Spyderco Knives

The first Spyderco folding knife was made back in 1981. This was a knife that had unique features at the time and helped to change the face of knife manufacturing across the board. Today, this company has become known for its high-quality knives that are manufactured with precision and the latest technology.

Spyderco has knives that cross all budget spectrums, so if you find something that looks too expensive at first, you may find a similar model made by them that’s easier on your wallet.

4. Spyderco Specs

There are hundreds of knives in Spyderco’s catalog, which can make picking one a daunting task.  We help you out by highlighting some of our Spyderco Favorites:

The Advocate: The Advocate is a flipper style folder. The 3.49 inch blade is made from CPM M4 steel and the knife measures 8.04 inches overall when it is open. It comes with a durable and stylish titanium handle and a full flat grind.

Proficient Carbon Fiber Knife: The Proficient Carbon Fiber has a 4 inch blade made from CPM S90V steel. The handle is made from carbon fiber and provides comfortable handling and easy grip. It measures 8.75 inches overall and has a full flat grind.

The Manix: The Manix is great for fishing, EDC and outdoor use.  It’s a stylish folding knife with a blade that measures 3.37 inches. It comes with a G-10 handle and the blade is made from CPM S30V steel.

CHaparral Stepped Titanium: If you are looking for a stylish and affordable gentleman’s knife, the Chaparral Stepped Titanium is worth a look. This is a stunning knife that has 2.75 inch blade made from  CTS XHP steel. It comes with a full flat grind and an overall open length of 6.35 inches. The titanium handle is robust and adds a beautiful finish to the knife.

Karahawk G-10: The Karahawk G-10 is a tactical beast and is made with VG-10 steel and comes equipped with a G-10 handle. Stylish and unique, this knife measures 6.50 inches when open and has a Saber grind.

5. Making the Right Pick

Picking a knife isn’t a life or death decision, but you still want to get the most value for your dollar. The good news is that both of these manufacturers produce excellent quality knives, and it’s hard to go wrong with either one of them.

Spyderco has great options, Benchmade has great options.  Benchmade probably has more “premium” options than Spyderco, but they will also hit your wallet harder.

Bottom Line: Both are fantastic manufacturers.  If budget is an issue, go with Spyderco.  If you can cough up the cash, you’ll never regret owning a Benchmade knife.

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