Knives are part of our EDC (everyday carry) gear and the choices in the knives we carry are just as personal and varied as the guns we carry. Like guns, we base our knife purchases on what function the blade is going to serve, its durability, its reliability, and what fits into our budget.
Knives serve multiple purposes. Obviously, cutting, but also serving as backup self-defense and as life-saving tools. Even when you don’t carry your gun, I bet your knife is still in your pocket. After all, knives can go places legally where your gun cannot.
If you are anything like me, your collection of knives is similar to your collection of guns—there are many different types and they all serve different functions. Pocket knives for small tasks, tactical folders to fixed blades for camping and skinning are all in my collection.
Here are six new knives that serve a wide variety of function available at Cheaper Than Dirt!
Ka-Bar TDI/Hinderer Hell Fire
The Ka-Bar TDI/Hinderer Hell Fire has a 3.56-inch plain fixed blade made for emergencies and tactical situations.
Ka-Bar’s line of TDI knives are some of the top-selling knives at Cheaper Than Dirt! Its newest design, the Hinderer Hell Fire, is the collaborative result of the Tactical Defense Institute’s president and chief instructor John Benner and custom knife maker Rick Hinderer to produce a knife for those who depend on their equipment to save lives. The fixed 3.66-inch blade is plain with a recurve Tanto shape made of 1095 Cro-Van steel. The Zytel handle provides a secure grip. Overall, the Ka-Bar Hell Fire is 7.25 inches long. Made for EMS, law enforcement, EMT and fire fighters, many choose the TDI knives for EDC. Made in the USA, the TDI/Hinderer Hell Fire includes a locking sheath with TDI belt clip. The Ka-Bar TDI/Hinderer Hell Fire is $69.75.
Kershaw Secret Agent
The Kershaw Secret Agent is a fixed 4.4-inch plain blade, double-edged boot knife made for self-defense.
Designed for backup self-defense, the Kershaw Secret Agent boot knife is slim and easy to conceal, and has a fixed 4.4-inch double-edged plain blade. The heat-treated steel blade has a protective non-reflective black-oxide finish. A 4.3-inch glass-filled nylon handle with a textured rubber over-mold grip area keeps the knife secure in your hand. The Kershaw Secret Agent comes with a lanyard hole, molded sheath with clip and slots to carry the knife in a variety of ways. Overall, the Kershaw is 8.7 inches long and weighs 3.5 ounces in the sheath. The Kershaw Secret Agent is $22.75.
Gerber The Order
Gerber’s The Order is a 3.1-inch partially serrated folding blade designed for law enforcement and military applications.
As one of Gerber’s lowest-priced tactical knives, The Order has a 3.1-inch partially serrated blade with 2.6 inches of sharp cutting edge. The 420 high-carbon steel blade has a black, rust-resistant ceramic matte coating. The ergonomic handle, with finger choil is glass-filled nylon with a textured rubberized overmolding for a secure, non-slip grip. A wide thumbhole on top of the blade makes flipping open the knife easy with one thumb. Closing is safe and intuitive with the knife’s lock back design. Though made for law enforcement and military, The Order makes an excellent EDC, survival, hiking, camping and backpacking knife. When closed, it is 4.5 inches long and fits in a pocket with the integral clip. Made in the United States, Gerber’s The Order comes with a lifetime warranty. Gerber’s The Order is $33.25.
SOG Knives and Tools Zoom
The SOG Zoom has a 3.6-inch plain blade, fast spring-assisted opening and ships free!
For a lightweight, slim and compact everyday carry tactical knife, the SOG Knive’s Zoom is nothing fancy; it is sturdy, ergonomic and still big enough to handle any task. The ergonomic, contoured black anodized handle combined with the deep and textured thumb ramp gives you a secure grip on the knife when cutting or slicing. The favored feature though, is the speed of opening. With the Zoom’s spring-assisted opening, it takes very little pressure on the thumb stud for the knife to spring all the way open. Deploying the 3.6-inch plain blade is certainly speedy. The drop-point, satin-polished blade is AUS-8 stainless steel. For safety, the blade does lock closed with the push of a small, non-obtrusive button. Overall, the SOG Zoom tactical knife is 8.3 inches open and 4.7 inches closed. The knife incorporates SOG’s new redesigned rounded pocket clip that is more durable and reversible. The SOG Zoom weighs 4.4 ounces and comes with a lifetime warranty from SOG Knives. The best news? This $89.95 knife ships free!
Real Avid Hogzilla
The Real Avid Hogzilla has a 9-inch extreme Tanto fixed blade made for close quarters sticking.
With a 9-inch extreme Tanto fixed blade, the Real Avid Hogzilla hunting knife is made for when you must get up close and personal with a wild boar. Made to stick and kill quickly with its razor-sharp edges, Hogzilla has a non-slip handle with a steel protective handguard. When wet, you will retain a secure grip on the knife. Included is a ballistic nylon sheath. The Real Avid Hogzilla is $25.52.
Ontario Knife Company Bushcraft Machete
Ontario Knife Company’s Bushcraft machete has a 16-inch plain blade and walnut handle designed for wilderness survival.
For camping, hiking, hunting or wilderness survival, chopping wood or clearing a path, you need the strong, large blade of a machete to get the job done right. Ontario Knife Company’s Bushcraft machete has a 16-inch 5160 steel blade. The traditional American walnut hardwood handle makes this machete look like a classic. Made in the USA, this simple but sharp machete comes with a DeSantis sheath. The Ontario Knife, Co. Bushcraft machete is $87.76.
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