The Cutting Edge: Toolbox Tomahawks

Since Paleolithic times and into the Bronze Age, small axes were one of the most valued tools. A hafted tool stores energy as it is swung, and if it has an edge, that energy transfers to a concentrated spot on the work-piece and can accomplish a lot. As we are wont to do, man usually

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The Cutting Edge: Pro-Tech Autos

I had planned to write this column on Pro-Tech Knives six months ago, but decided to give one of my Pro-Techs another half-year of testing to see if I could overcome one of my prejudices first. I have always felt that Pro-Tech makes quality automatic knives, however, their knives do not have a secondary lock.

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The Cutting Edge: Lone Wolf Knives Paul Defender

Lone Wolf Knives® Paul Defender™ was the winner of the prestigious “Overall Knife of the Year” award at the 2009 Blade Show. The design of the Paul Defender is the result of collaboration between Lone Wolf designers and Paul Poehlmann, inventor of the patented Paul “Axial Locking Mechanism.” The semi-custom Defender combines a stunning appearance,

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The Cutting Edge: TOPS Knives MIL-SPIE

Very high-quality, custom-made knifes are excellent examples of craftsmanship and, often, design. However, they are generally expensive. That is a problem for military personnel or street cops who need a knife that can stand up to hard usage but will not require a title loan to replace if it gets lost or destroyed. TOPS Knives

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The Cutting Edge: Spyderco Warrior

Throughout history, certain weapons have risen beyond the status of simple tools of war to become true icons—instantly recognizable symbols of the people who wielded them. In the realm of edged weapons, knives such as the Fairbairn-Sykes dagger, the Nepalese kukri, and the venerable Ka-Bar immediately come to mind. One less prominent, yet still highly

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Against All Odds: A.R.S. Dog Tag Survival Knife

Escape and Evasion (E&E) is probably one of the oldest survival skills known to man. In fact, it would be safe to say that as long as man has inhabited the Earth, there have been other men trying to shackle and hold him prisoner for some reason. Due to this, E&E tools were improvised and

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The Cutting Edge: Triple Eight Professional CopTool

The Triple Eight Professional CopTool™ is a new everyday carry tool designed by retired police officer and editor of American Handgunner, Roy Huntington. According to the manufacturer, the CopTool was designed to put big-tool cutting power in a tiny package. It joins the S.O.L. Knife™ and WrightKnife™ in the Triple Eight Professional lineup. The Triple

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The Cutting Edge: Extrema Ratio Fulcrum K9

One reason I’ve always been a big fan of Extrema Ratio knives is the company’s responsiveness to the needs of military and law enforcement users. Extrema works closely with Italian military and law enforcement agencies to develop knives that fit their special requirements. Of course, these knives also fit the needs of military and law

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The Cutting Edge: Ek Fairbairn-Sykes Mk II Fighting Knife

“In close-quarter fighting there is no more deadly weapon than the knife.” W.E. Fairbairn, 1942. Get Tough (New Ed.), Paladin Press. Ek® Commando Knife Company has a long and distinguished history. Since the company was founded by John Ek in 1941, Ek knives have been battle-tested and proven by American military personnel in six wars:

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Cutting Edge: Extrema Ratio Ultramarine Diver’s Knife

One indicator of the high quality and functionality of a knife is the number of special operations units around the world that use them. An Italian company called Extrema Ratio offers a very well-designed knife for special operations, even to include special ops helicopter pilots. One type of special ops unit that has traditionally made

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