Blades and Knives

CheaperThanDirt’s! Top Selling Knives

This is a picture of a military surplus bayonet.

The knife—in all its different forms—is one of the oldest tools people have used. Early man used the sharp edges of bones and rocks to cut and chop, some say even before they discovered fire. Today, the high-tech materials we have to create new and innovative blades means we have knives that meet any niche from skinning hides to cutting through automobiles.

A day doesn’t go by without the need of some type of sharp-edged tool. No matter the type of cutting, slashing, or carving job, be it for hiking, camping, bush-whacking, hunting, cutting a juicy steak, or repairs around the house, the best part of any edged-tool or knife is that it serves two purposes—a useful tool and back-up for self-defense. Five of our top-selling sharp-edged tools all differ in function.

This picture shows a black tactical throwing tomahawk.
Right out of the box, the tomahawk stuck in a backyard tree tightly.

United Cutlery M48 Hawk Tactical Tomahawk

Constructed of AUS-6 stainless steel, the head of the M48 Hawk tactical tomahawk has a double-edged upswept axe blade and another double-edged pointed spike at the back. From end to end, the tomahawk’s spike measures four inches long. From end to end, the entire blade is eight inches. For stealth, it is double-coated with a matte black finish.

Three holes in the axe head makes the M48 Hawk excellent balance for throwing and keeps your swing straight.

There is no need to sharpen the tomahawk. Right out of the box, the tomahawk stuck tightly in a tree.

The 15-inch long handle is 30 percent fiberglass nylon with a guard so your hand does not slip while using it. Along the bottom of the handle are non-slip grooves. The handle material keeps the tomahawk’s overall weight down for easy one-handed use.

Included is a nylon sheath with reinforced durable stitching and metal grommets. Four metal snaps keep the sheath closed tightly around the blade. On the back of the sheath is a sewn-in belt loop.

Specifications and Features

  • 8” blade
  • AUS-6 stainless steel
  • Thirty percent fiberglass reinforced nylon handle
  • Nylon belt sheath
  • 15” overall length
  • 1.5 pounds
  • Black finish

FPK Romanian AK-47 Bayonet

This is a picture of a military surplus bayonet.
For being over 30 years old it is in better shape than you would imagine.

For military surplus enthusiasts or PSL rifle owners, the Romanian real surplus FPK/PSL sniper rifle bayonet is the perfect addition to any collection. The bayonet comes with a plastic sheath, rubber guard and leather frog. Though they do show wear, for being over 30 years old it is in very good shape.

The blade is six inches long with a serrated spine. Though it has kept its edge fairly well, the bayonet will need sharpening and cleaning to remove the cosmoline. The Bakelite handle is firm and steady. A notch on the end of the plastic sheath fits tight in the blade’s cutout to create a wire-cutting tool.

Overall length of the bayonet is 11 inches.

Specifications and Features

  • 6” blade
  • Plastic sheath
  • Rubber guard
  • Leather frog
  • Bakelite handle
  • 11” overall length

Primitive Bowie Knife Replica

Reproduction of a Bowie hunting knife.

“Three weapons stand out above all the rest: the Kentucky rifle, the Colt’s revolver and the Bowie knife.” (Harold L. Peterson)

The Bowie knife is one of the most recognized knife designs in American history. Rezin P. Bowie claimed to have designed the original Bowie knife in 1838 for his Alamo-hero brother James Bowie. Story has it that James Bowie killed his enemy Norris Wright instantly with his Bowie knife on September 19, 1827 at the Sandbar Fight in Natchez, Louisiana. The Bowie knife quickly became very popular, as the design makes an excellent all-around knife.

Original Bowie knives had no guard, no clip point and looked more like a butcher knife. Our replica primitive Bowie knife features a brass guard, clip point blade and wooden handle. A notch between the blade and the brass guard provides extra leverage for gripping.

The blade is 13 inches long and measures two inches at its widest point. The stiff leather sheath features thick foam sides and stamped with a “western” motif at the top. A belt loop with a snap has the Oklahoma state seal on it.

The size of the primitive Bowie knife is impressive enough to intimidate anyone! The Bowie knife is perfect for collectors or anyone interested in owning a piece of history.

Specifications and Features

  • 13” blade
  • Stainless steel
  • Solid wood handle
  • Brass guard and backstrap
  • Leather belt sheath
  • 1/8” thick blade
  • 19” overall length

Set of Five Machetes

This picture shows a group of different types of machetes.
This set is a true grab bag of useful tools for many situations.

At around four dollars each, the set of five machetes is one of Cheap Than Dirt’s best bargains on blades. Each individual order is a grab bag of five different machetes with a variety of blade shapes and lengths with different styles of handles.


The set we reviewed included four steel blades from England and one crafted in Mexico. All but one had wooden handles. All five show wear; however, with some sharpening they still have plenty of life left. At this price, however, if one gets dull, simply ditch it for the next one.

Every machete has a full-tang blade and all but one has good weight and balance for swinging, whacking and chopping.

Due to the random packaging of the multiple manufactures making the machetes, each set is different. This set is a true grab bag of useful tools for many situations.

Ka-Bar Besh BOGA Neck Knife

Specifically made for wearing around the neck for close quarters self-defense, the Ka-Bar Besh BOGA also fits in your boot or around your arm.
Specifically made for wearing around the neck for close-quarters self-defense, the Ka-Bar Besh BOGA also fits in your boot or around your arm.

Ka-Bar’s Besh BOGA (Back Off Get Away) fixed blade knife has a solid, one-piece 3Cr13 stainless steel blade. Originally designed for women’s self-defense, Ka-Bar found demand for the knife with all customers. The knife includes a plastic sheath, gear clip and an arm strap. Specifically made for wearing around the neck for close-quarters self-defense, the Ka-Bar Besh BOGA also fits in your boot or around your arm.

The 2-3/16 inch blade is TiNicoated with a sharp copper-looking finish and has a nail file on the back of the blade. Ground diagonally, the dual-angle chisel blade has a revolutionary strong cutting edge. Overall, the Ka-Bar Besh BOGA is five and a half inches long.

Weighing only 0.10 pounds, the Ka-Bar Besh BOGA is a lightweight back-up companion to your concealed carry gun or for when you cannot carry.

Specifications and Features

  • 2-3/16” blade
  • 3Cr13 stainless steel, TiNicoated
  • Chisel grind
  • 54-56 HRC
  • Glass-filled nylon sheath
  • Includes metal gear clip and 550 cord
  • 5-1/2” overall length
  • 0.10 pounds

Do you have a favorite knife? Tell us what type in the comment section.

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Comments (5)

  1. I have the m48!!! i wouldnt have commented if i wouldnt have seen the picture. having that hawk inspired me to make a website all about them. i put it through hell and for thirty bucks a couldnt have gotten a better one.

  2. Reading this article makes one wonder just exactly why people purchase knives. The only thing useful in this collection my my perspective is the machetes.
    While I have more high end knives than I know what to do with, the reality is that the knives that I use for actual field work are essentially my Ontario Old Hickory Butcher knife and a paring knife as a neck knife. These two knives–selling for about $10.00 USD and $6.00 USD can do anything and everything a $500.00 knife can.
    The only negative with the above mentioned knives is that they are terribly profiled, and need an experienced hand to get the to the point of maximizing their potential.
    For those not experienced in sharpening and are looking for a good all around knife, The Swedish Mora knives cannot be beat in terms of value and efficiency. They have excellent steel and are the standard in the survival industry. (As a matter of fact, the use of the excellent Mora knives is about the ONLY thing Survivalists can agree upon).
    One thing I notice about Americans is they love fat knives. They equate “thickness” as somehow being “better.” Just the opposite is true. The thinner the knife, the easier it will be to sharpen and the more efficient you will be. There is absolutely no advantage to having a thicker blade on any knife 4 inches or smaller. And for a large knife, it’s only advantage is in batoning–in the sense the thicker the blade, the more efficient it becomes in splitting wood.
    It is interesting to note that after a lifetime with knives; as I get older, I am actually going back to simpler knives that are thinner. Why? Because they are 1)better and more efficient, 2) cheaper and therefore more economical to replace 3) have been tested by centuries of use and still rise to the top of the use/desirablity heap.
    If you see a man using a thin knife–that man has both knowledge and experience.

  3. favorite knives???Spartan harsey5 1/2 “..Spartan enyos.and of course the R.L.Lovelace/W.L.Marble..loveless trail knife 9”.the Spartan harsey11 @ 6 1/2″the breed daggar is ok.and there is a bolo knife in the works..bark river has a GOLOK 12″ blade with 5 tip types.BUSSE blades and hawks are not to be left out..Benchmade Hawks are tuff enuff as well.there is an unlimited supply of knifes.styles,sizes,And prices for every budget.the hand made custom bladecrafters are in abundance all over the great U.S.A.and they fit everybodies budget..Blade,Tactical KNives,Living Ready magasines all review knives almost as fast as they come out..D.P.X.Gear,Blackwater,CRKT,Cold Steel..BING knives and have a good time..

  4. In regards to the Unite Cutlery Steel tomahawk, it is no good in its present configuration. The tang of the head only goes back a little past the last bolt, and the plastic handle will break or splinter very quickly with use. This is not a strong item and needs the following easy repair to make it right:

    First wrap the handle from the head down past the last bolt with a double layer of paracord. Then not using too much, coat the paracord with Gorilla Glue. When this hardens it will still look nice, and be super strong. Once you complete this 10 minute fix, the tomahawk head will NEVER separate or break loose from the handle. I can never understand why companies make “bad ass” looking edged weapons that are essentially worthless, when with just a little more effort they can last a lifetime.

  5. as a man from the south,,like most boy’s at around age 6 we got our 1st. knife..we knew what it was for and the fact it was not a toy to play was made for working with,, your hunting,,skinning,,fishing and just general use on the farm or around the was a sign that said you where becoming a man and could be trusted with it..I now have a collection of a whole bunch of different knives from over the years and from all over all the places where I was stationed while in the army..

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