Low-Cost Knives for Long-Term Survival, by M.B.

like a sword than a big knife and require more skill and hand/wrist strength to be efficient defensive weapons. SWISS ARMY KNIVES No discussion of bargain knives would be complete without mentioning Swiss Army Knives. Both Victorinox and Wenger offer some basic knives in our price range. One of my favorites is the Victorinox Recruit. It is a Swiss version of the classic Boy Scout pocket knife. It is inexpensive and tremendously useful as a light-duty, multipurpose tool. Another Victorinox knife has a big following: the Farmer. Although it’s a little above our price range, it has metal scales instead of red plastic, and it features the wood saw: one of the most useful of Swiss Army tools. Victorinox and Wenger Swiss Army Knives are available from a wide variety of sources. A SHOVEL? I find myself keeping one large “chopper” around and using it frequently: the Cold Steel Special…




Knives Under $50 That I Love – Part 1, by The Novice

in a restricted area like a courthouse or psychiatric unit. I carry it between the waistband of my pants and belt, over my right rear pocket with the clip facing outward. This gives the knife good belt retention, while keeping it easily accessible to my right hand. About the only drawback is that the clip will sometimes catch in a loosely-woven sweater. One of the things I like best about this knife is its size. It is large enough to be useful, while being small enough to avoid poking me in the kidney or posterior. Another feature I like is its inconspicuous appearance. I have had people notice other knives that I have worn on my belt, but no one ever seems to take note of this one. It is also light, sturdy, and easy to open with one hand. At the time of this writing, this knife –with two…




Low Budget Knife Selection for a Novice, by S.G.

foreign manufacture. I am sure I am leaving many great manufacturers out, but here is the list I came up with. American made only: Buck Knives – All knives made in Post Falls, Idaho Benchmade – All knives made in Oregon City, Oregon Bear OPS – All knives made in Jacksonville, Alabama Case Knives – All knives made in Pennsylvania Microtech Knives – All knives made in the USA Many models American made: Cold Steel – certain knives made in Ventura, California Gerber Knives – certain knives made in Tigard, Oregon, Finnish company Ka-Bar – certain knives made in upstate New York. Kershaw Knives – certain knives made in Tualatin, Oregon, Japanese company Ontario Knife Company – certain knives made in upstate New York Once I identified some possibilities, I looked for local stores that carried these brands. This is important, because the reality of the knife may be way…




Buck Knives Model 245 MWG, by Pat Cascio

his first knife. Some claim Buck Knives didn’t start until WWII, when the call went out for folders and fixed blade knives for our troops. Some say Buck Knives started after WWI, and some say it didn’t really start until the 1960s. Look, if I started making knives 20 years ago and just today started calling myself “Cascio Custom Knives”, I would claim that even though I didn’t actually call myself a “company” I was still making knives 20 years ago. So, if Buck Knives says they started in 1902, that’s fine with me. Take the argument up with Buck and not with me. In the end, does it really matter when Buck Knives got their start? I’m sure that many SurvivalBlog readers are big fans of the original “Red Dawn” movie, where a group of teens fight in WWIII as guerrillas, but did you really catch that when the…




Pat’s Product Review: C.T. Fischer Custom Knives

Timex watch commercials, they can take a licking and keep on ticking. Okay, maybe not “tick”, but they can stand-up to just about anything you can throw at them and still do the job they were designed for. The camp knife had a nice balance just behind the brass guard. I like a knife that is slightly handle-heavy, especially if I’m doing any chopping. I didn’t bother with any knife-throwing tests, like I normally do with knives. I just couldn’t bring myself to throw it and scratch the blade or handle scales. Yeah, there is still some of that “fancy” knife mentality left in me since I couldn’t abuse this sample by throwing it. All-in-all, I was impressed with the C.T. Fischer camp knife sample. It is a working man’s knife, and one that deserves consideration as a wilderness or survival-type knife. If you don’t like this particular pattern, check…




Kershaw/Emerson CQC-8K Tactical Folder, by Pat Cascio

Under review today is the Kershaw/Emergson CQC-8K Tactical Folder. It’s one of the most popular tactical folding knives, designed by custom knife maker Ernest Emerson himself. Knives Illustrated Many years ago, I wrote for Knives Illustrated magazine, and for quite a few years I was their West Coast Field Editor. In my experience, what you see today in what is called Knives Illustrated isn’t really a staff-written cutlery magazine. Instead, it is designed to appear like a magazine, when it is nothing more than paid advertisements that look like articles but are not. Don’t be fooled. What you read there are paid advertisement “articles.” Ernest Emerson If you don’t know who Ernest Emerson is, I’d suggest you Google his name. You’ll see that he is not only a custom knife designer and maker, but he’s the real deal. He is a well-known martial artist as well. Emerson talks the talk…




Zero Tolerance 0393 Folder, by Pat Cascio

very odd that was. You paid $600 for a custom knife, and when you got it, it had a tough time slicing through a piece of paper. I guess a lot of people simply collected custom knives, and never used them. Not me! ZT is Part of Kershaw Kershaw Knives have been around a good many years, it was started right here in my home state of Oregon. I’ve toured their plant several times, and with each new visit, I’m amazed at the growth – not only in size, but in the many knives they manufacture there. A lot of folks don’t realize that, Zero Tolerance knives is a division of Kershaw Knives, and all ZT knives are made right here in the USA. The idea behind ZT knives, is that they are designed for rough use, but professionals like the military and law enforcement – the best knives, for…




Zero Tolerance 0640, by Pat Cascio

knives over the years, and that’s no lie, and I’ve lost more than my share – and what kills me is that it is usually the more expensive knives that take a hike on me. I will be replacing this folder, once I get the funds in-hand to do so – I liked it “that” much. Its not often I want to replace a knife I lost, because I always have more sitting in the wings, waiting to that the place of the AWOL knife. In this case, I need to replace this folder, it just grew on me for some reason. I won’t say this ZT is inexpensive, nor will I say it was too expensive…it retails for $248, but if you shop the ‘net you can find it at a better price… Check one out, it will be hard to put it down and walk away from it….




The Calling of the Christian Prepper: Faith and Survival, by Axgrinder

and inspired by God (Holy Spirit) in its original form. This is a key factor; yet, many who claim to be Christian do not hold this view which leaves them to arrange their idea of reality and truth as they see fit, not as God has revealed. Without a proper belief in Scripture, people, essentially, create a new belief system, a new religion. The Bible is not merely a set of Laws and fantastic stories; but, as I said above, it is a revelation from God. The Bible reveals Laws that reveal what God cares about and what His character is like. The Bible is a whole work, and bits and pieces cannot be disregarded while others are accepted without changing the whole revelation; this is removing from authority God-breathed Scripture to usurp authority for your own. There are interpretive difficulties in Scripture and disagreements regarding meaning (which we must…




Kershaw Kitchen Knives, by Pat Cascio

Survival means different things to different people. Many only think of survival in terms of surviving out in the wilderness. That isn’t the only type of survival. Today, we are looking at a set of kitchen knives from Kershaw Knives and how they will help you survive your daily kitchen chores. Ernest Emerson- The Real Deal One of the most famous tactical knife designers in the world is Ernest Emerson. When many hear his name, they immediately think of his line of custom or factory-made tactical knives. They do so with good reason; this is what made Emerson famous. However, many don’t know that Ernest Emerson is also a very accomplished martial artist in his own right, too. In the past, I’ve spent many hours on the phone with Ernest, collecting background information on the theory behind his knives, as well as his martial arts background. Having spent more than…




Pat’s Product Reviews: Cold Steel Knives

at the end of the day.   My friend, Lynn Thompson, who operates Cold Steel Knives,  isn’t just a knife designer, or simply runs a knife company. Nope, Lynn lives and breathes knives – it’s a part of his everyday life. Lynn doesn’t just make a living selling knives – he’s also heavily involved in the martial arts, and needless to say, knife fighting skills are a big part of his martial arts. I still remember when I first read about the original Cold Steel Tanto – and I couldn’t believe what I was reading. No knife could be “that” sharp or “that” tough. I had to get one for myself to prove all the hype. Sad to say, I was proven wrong! The original Cold Steel Tanto was exactly what it claimed to be, and then some.   I’ve often said, in my of my magazine articles, that I…




SOG Knives Kiku Folder by Pat Cascio

is 4.50 inches, and it weighs in at 5.60 oz, which is substantial for a folder of this size. However, when it’s inside your pants, you quickly forget the knife is there. There is a button lock in the handle. Once the blade swings fully open, the blade is locked tight. There are no worries about it closing on your fingers. The VG-10 blade comes in at Rc 59-60, which is a little bit hard. Then again, most stainless steel blades are Rockwell harder than carbon steel blades, yet the blade is not brittle. Something Special In Your Hand This particular folder has that “something” about it when you open the blade and hold it in your hand. It feels like it was designed to fit your hand only! Outstanding job! I’m a knife designer myself. I can’t make knives, but I do design them. It takes a certain “something”…




Pat’s Product Review: Cold Steel Bushman Series Knives

your car, or your bug out bag. I can’t think of any other knives, in this price range, that can stand-up to the same torture – it’s just that simple in my book.   As I stated at the beginning of this article, I’ve received more requests for me to test and evaluate the Cold Steel Bushman series of knives, than any other products. I’ve got to admit, I’m sorry I didn’t request a Bushman many years ago. I kind of put it off, since the Bushman series are  inexpensive knives, assuming that they were more of a gimmick than anything. I hate admitting I’m wrong – but I was. The Bushman series are knives that won’t let you down, and you can certainly afford them on just about any budget. Get one or two, or all three – and you’ll thank me. – SurvivalBlog Field Gear Editor Pat Cascio…




CRKT/Ruger Hollow-Point Folder, by Pat Cascio

Ruger name and logo— knowing we are getting some tough cutlery. Ken Onion Ken Onion just might be the world’s more recognized and famous plus award-winning knife designer that I know of. At one time I was the West Coast Field Editor for Knives Illustrated magazine. I was testing one of his factory-made knives for an article, and I had the opportunity to talk to Onion. He lives in Hawaii, and I live in Oregon, but we had a great visit. I learned a lot about him and his philosophy when it comes to designing knives. CRKT approached Onion and asked him to design some of the CRKT/Ruger knives, and he jumped on it. And there is one thing that I can tell about an Onion-designed knife– it just flows. There’s just “that” something about his designs that I recognize. Onion’s Hollow Point Line-up for CRKT and Ruger Onion designed…




All-American Tool Manufacturers

Tools – Drills and drive sets, including titanium drill bits, magnetic screw guides, and more. Their “4-in1” self-countersinking bit/drivers are brilliant. (Made in Ronan, Montana.) Niagara Cutter – Carbide and diamond-coated carbide cutting tools. (Headquartered in Amherst, but their tools are made in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.) Norseman Drill and Tool – JWR’s favorite brand of drill bits. RedLine Tools – Machine tools (carbide end mills, drills, thread mills, tool holders, and cutting lubricants) Scientific Cutting Tools (SCT) – Carbide and carbide-coated tools. Severance Tool Industries – High-speed steel and carbide cutting tools SGS Tool Company – Solid carbide rotary cutting tools: Burrs, drills, end mills, and router bits. (Made in Ohio.) Silvey – Electric chainsaw sharpeners. (Unlike the cheap imported chain grinders, these cut a precision square notch.) Southeast Tool – Router Bits and Drill Bits Titan USA – Carbide, high speed steel,and cobalt cutting tools. Toolco Industrial Corp. –…