Benchmade 485 Valet Review

Benchmade 485 Valet

2013 and 2014 marked pretty quiet years for Benchmade. Not a whole lot of interesting stuff rolled off their shelves. The Volli was my favorite and has proven itself to be an excellent knife. Beyond that there wasn't a whole lot to report. Benchmade's 2015 SHOT Show releases actually looked pretty strong. The 485 Valet ...

Spyderco Pingo Review

Spyderco Pingo

I have spoken about the revival of interest in traditional slip joint knives a few times now. Today we have another slip joint review, but rather than featuring a traditional knife today's blade could not be a more progressive collaboration. Acclaimed Scandinavian custom knife makers Jens Anso and Jesper Voxnaes have joined forces with Spyderco ...

Zero Tolerance 0620 Review

Zero Tolerance 0620

I have given Zero Tolerance a lot of air time - especially over the past year. So I actually had to pause and think when my BladeHQ pre-order for the 0620 popped into my inbox. I try to feature a variety of knives from different manufacturers. Would I purchase and review this knife? I slept ...

Cold Steel Rajah III Review

Cold Steel Rajah III Review

I almost entitled this review "confessions of a mall ninja". Yup, your buddy Dan has something of a dirty secret: I'm a fan of ridiculous knives from Cold Steel. You may have guessed as much after reading reviews of the Spartan and XL Voyager. I just didn't talk openly about it. The truth is I ...

Ka-Bar Becker BK-2 Review

Becker BK-2

Down here in Florida we don't get a lot of seasonality. Case in point, I wore shorts and flip flops on Christmas. But when the air starts to turn cool I get a hankering for 2 things: cigars and fixed blade knives. I am pleased to say I have been able to indulge in both ...

Spyderco Tuff Review

Spydercu Tuff

Ed Schempp's designs are something of an acquired taste. The man isn't afraid to try new things, and his "function over form" design philosophy aligns nicely with Spyderco's credo. He has worked on a series of ethnic folders with Spyderco which have intrigued me, although never to the point of acquisition. I have always found ...