Wilson Combat C.U.B.

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Wilson Combat’s legendary quality comes to the knife community with the Combat Utility Blade (C.U.B.), a knife crafted to work as hard and professionally as you do. If you’re in the market for a knife built to last a lifetime that can do it all, the C.U.B. is it. This versatile knife is made with CPM154 steel, with a 3D-machined G10 handle available in black, black and green, or black and gray. (wilsoncombat.com; 800-955-4856)


Blade Length: 4 inches •  OA Length:  9 inches • Weight: 8.4 ounces   

Blade Steel: CPM154 stainless •  Rockwell Hardness: 57-59

Edge Type: Plain • MSRP: $349.95

Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife

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Survival knives earn their keep when they can do more than skin a rabbit. This knife can help keep you warm and cook your food with its fire-starter, and the emergency whistle just might be the ticket to get you home; it also includes a diamond knife sharpener and a survival guide. The rubber handle and hard, military-grade rubber sheath make it durable and keep it protected in the field. (gerbergear.com; 800-950-6161)

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Blade Length: 4.8 inches •  OA Length: 10 inches • Weight: 11.2 ounces

Blade Steel:  7Cr17Mov stainless  •  Rockwell Hardness: 54-56

Edge Type: Fine  •  MSRP: $51.99

Maxpedition LLCP

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The Maxpedition Large Long Clip Point (LLCP) is the knife you get when you simply need the right tool to cut, hold its edge and last through the job. Durable D2 tool steel serves as the foundation for this very practical knife, which is double tempered with a cryogenic treatment, chrome plated and covered with a matte bead-blasted finish. The LLCP also features a nylon grip and a Kydex sheath. (maxpedition.com; 310-768-0098)

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Blade Length: 6.25 inches  • OA Length: 11 inches  •  Weight: 8.7 ounces

Blade Steel: D2  •  Rockwell Hardness: 58-60

Edge Type: Flat  •  MSRP: $119.99

Puma SGB Bigcat 10 Clip Black

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This is a solid knife for anybody to have in their bug-out bag or on their belt for a variety of survival uses. If you need a knife to do a little bit of everything on the go, this is the one. This German-designed fixed-blade knife made from 440A stainless steel features a full-tang design and comes with a Kydex sheath. (pumaknifecompanyusa.com; 913-888-5524)


Blade Length: 4.7 inches  •  OA Length: 10.2 inches  •  Weight: 12.1 ounces

Blade Steel: 440A stainless  •  Rockwell Hardness: 55-57

Edge Type: Fine  •  MSRP: $79.96

SOG Force

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SOG knives are well made, durable and seem to always stay sharp. If you only have enough money for one knife, get the SOG Force. The use of AUS-8 stainless steel helps separate this clip-point knife from other high-quality knives because of the improved characteristics of the stainless steel when mixed with vanadium. AUS-8 stainless steel tends to be more durable, easier to sharpen and last longer than 440 series stainless steel knives.  (sogknives.com; 888-405-6433)


Blade Length: 3.75 inches  •  OA Length: 11.25 inches  •   Weight: 10.5 ounces

Blade Steel: AUS-8  •  Rockwell Hardness: 57-58

Edge Type: Straight  •  MSRP: $180

TOPS Green Badger

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TOPS Knives’ Green Badger is a well-made, quick-handling, sharp knife ready to respond to an emergency or self-defense situation. This all-business blade comes in two models: one with a handle wrapped in paracord and the other with a durable G10 handle. The 6-ounce, 3.75-inch-bladed Green Badger also comes with a Kydex sheath for easy field carry. (topsknives.com; 208-542-0113)

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Blade Length: 3.75 inches  •  OA Length: 8.12 inches  •  Weight: 6 ounces

Blade Steel: 1095 carbon  •  Rockwell Hardness: 56-58

Edge Type: Plain  •   MSRP: Starting at $159.95

Vulture Equipment Works Cholera

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The Vulture Equipment Works Cholera fixed blade is one of the best choices for anyone who needs a knife ready to work at home, on the job or in the backwoods. This high-quality knife has a Micarta handle and comes equipped to handle a variety of survival situations through its durable 1095 stainless design and its included magnesium fire-starter and sparker and 550 cord. The Vulture Cholera knife also comes with a MOLLE-compatible sheath for versatile carry options. (vultureequipmentworks.com; 630-804-9600)


Blade Length: 5.5 inches  •   OA Length: 9.5 inches  •   Weight: 8.84 ounces

Blade Steel: 1095 high-carbon alloy  •   Rockwell Hardness: 58-60

Edge Type: Plain  •   MSRP: Starting at $189.99

Spartan Blades Ares

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Spartan Blades offers an extraordinary knife in its Ares model, which you can customize on the company’s website. What is unique about Spartan Knives’ Ares is the use of S35VN stainless steel, making it one of the hardest and most durable blades in the industry. The Ares features a Micarta handle, a drop-point blade design and SpartaCoat finish on the blade in either flat black or Flat Dark Earth. (spartanbladesusa.com; 910-757-0035)

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Blade Length: 3.75 inches  •  OA Length: 11.25 inches  •  Weight: 10.5 ounces

Blade Steel: AUS-8  •  Rockwell Hardness: 57-58

Edge Type: Straight  •  MSRP: Starting at $328

This article was originally published in SURVIVOR’S EDGE ™ Winter 2015 magazine. Print and Digital Subscriptions available here

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