CRKT Folding Knives – Kommer Free Range Folding Knife Review

In Knives and Blades by Jesse Mathewson

From the many manuals I have collected over the years, a truly solid hunting knife/ skinning knife is many things. Here are a few quotes from some of my favorites. “Use a knife with a blade at least four inches long, a guard, and a large handle. A small knife can turn sideways in your hand when it hits bone. …

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Morakniv Companion Review – It’s A Great Knife For A Great Price!

In Knives and Blades by Jesse Mathewson

Choosing a knife for purposes of survival, bushcrafting or simple camping is a bit of a chore. The Morakniv Companion is an amazing choice regardless of your location on this ball of dirt and water which we live. It comes in stainless steel and carbon steel versions, this review and article are using the carbon steel version! (Disclaimer, I do use the HD (heavy-duty) …

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Best Folding Knives For Self-Defense

In Knives and Blades by Jesse Mathewson

Using a knife for self-defense is difficult at best and deadly to the wielder in the worse case. Training is essential, and not your friendly TKO/Americanized karate instructor either. I firmly recommend if you decide to carry a knife for self-defense get training from someone who has experience using one. Personally, the recommendation for bladed defense will always be the …

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Kephart by Condor Knife and Tool Review

In Gear Reviews, Knives and Blades by Jesse Mathewson

It should be common knowledge by now, I have a serious steel addiction. My dad has built knives for most of my life, I also built a few and own several dozen at any given moment. When it comes to useful tools I am a firm believer in having a good knife around always! The Kephart by Condor Knife & Tool is one of my personal favorites when it comes to daily use. Originally it was designed by Horace Kephart author of Camping and Woodcraft one of the amazing books I own in print (and will be reviewing for you all soon).

It was during his time spent in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina that he wrote Camping and Woodcraft and designed the Kephart blade. Around 3 years ago I read an article on this particular blade type and being an avid collector and user of good steel, decided to do some searching for one. Now it should be noted that I firmly believe in the value of a good blade, specifically the Morakniv line of knives. However, I am always looking for other blades that may fit different or similar roles and the Kephart is a blade that can do that!