Original Al Mar SERE folder was designed for heavy duty and to be carried in a belt pouch.

THE CUTTING EDGE TOPS Al Mar Mini SERE Operator

Special Forces officer LTC Nick Rowe was one of the few U.S. POWs to escape from VC/NVA captivity during the Vietnam War. Based on his experiences, he helped establish the U.S. Army SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) training program in 1981 for special operations personnel as well as air crewmen who might be captured after

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Emerson CQC-7BW has its genesis in Emerson’s custom handmade CQC-6. The CQC-7 was originally licensed to Benchmade, which sold it under the model name BM970 or BM975 depending on blade length. Emerson CQC-6 (top) and Benchmade BM970. Photo: Dave Mundell

THE CUTTING EDGE: Emerson CQC-7BW Flipper

Ernest Emerson needs no introduction. He’s widely regarded as the father of the modern “tactical folder.” And there’s no more iconic tactical folder than the Emerson CQC-7. It was the genesis of the tactical knife industry and has remained a major influence in tactical knife design. The CQC-7 was designed for one purpose—as a close-quarters

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The Cutting Edge: Katz Knives Avenger

Katz Knives opened its doors in 1991, producing a range of factory knives and cutting tools from Japan, Spain, the USA, and Canada. Katz Knives currently produces and manages styles ranging from folders to tactical and hunting knives and even axes and hatchets. What stands out about the company is the high-quality fit and finish

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THE CUTTING EDGE: ColonelBlades NCO LowVZ

ColonelBlades™ has come out with a new version of its popular LowVZ™ fixed-blade knife. Distributed by Bravo Company USA, the new ColonelBlades NCO™ LowVZ has all the great design features and quality that make the Colonel LowVZ such a standout, but at a more budget-friendly price. I wrote a full review of the Colonel LowVZ

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The Cutting Edge: Gerber Covert Auto & Impromptu Tactical Pen

The Gerber Covert Auto is an evolution of the Gerber Applegate Combat Folder designed by the late Colonel Rex Applegate in conjunction with custom knife maker Bill Harsey, Jr. It’s based on the Applegate-Fairbairn Combat Knife (a variation on the famed Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife) designed by Col. Applegate, who was recognized as America’s foremost authority on close-quarters combat with and without weapons..

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The Cutting Edge: Wise Men Company Signet Ring

Spyderco® makes some of the most popular every day carry (EDC) pocket knives on the planet. They offer an extensive product line. No matter what your budget, taste, or need, you’ll find a Spyderco model that fits it. The Wise Men Company Signet Ring is an innovative new product designed to enhance select Spyderco folders

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The Cutting Edge: Gerber MP1-AR Weapons Multi-Tool

The MP1-AR™ Weapons Multi-Tool is described by Gerber as “the next evolution of the eFECT.” It’s that and more. The MP1-AR is a full-size multi-tool that has all the tools you need not only to simplify cleaning and maintenance of your weapon system, but also to handle everyday tasks.

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Long Guns: AK Bayonets

If you’re like me, you find having the correct bayonet for a military rifle adds to its appeal. In the case of the AK-47 or AK-74, most of the bayonets can be found at relatively reasonable prices. For many issued the AK-47 or AK-74, the bayonet was the highest quality blade they were likely to

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The Cutting Edge: ESEE Knives CM6

ESEE Knives has collaborated with many outdoorsmen over the past few years, creating a new era of modern cutlery with years of experience behind them. The CM6 was one of the first collaborations of this kind, with outdoorsman Terrill Hoffman.

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The Cutting Edge: 5.11 Tactical VTAC Operator Axe

A lot of tactical tomahawks and axes are on the market, but the new 5.11 Tactical® VTAC® Operator Axe stands apart from the rest. It was designed in conjunction with Sergeant Major Kyle Lamb (Retired), who brings a wealth of real-world experience to its design.

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