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Miller Knives – Forging A Karambit From A Drill Bit

Friday, June 1st, 2018

YouTube channel Miller Knives has released this video detailing a (fast forward) process for forging a karambit knife from an old drill bit. A bit of a warning: there’s a very sudden ad from about one minute in to about 1 minute, 45 seconds.

You can check out more of Miller Knives’ creations via their YouTube channel here.

StatGear’s Ausus EDC Knife On Kickstarter

Monday, November 13th, 2017


The Ausus is a “Luxury EDC Knife without the Luxury Pricetag” by StatGear, currently up as a Kickstarter campaign. A folding-style knife, the Ausus features a 3.5″ drop point blade with a taper grind, made of D2 Steel, and a canvas Micarta handle. Dual oversized thumb studs and ball bearing deployment allow for a smooth, easy opening, while the liner lock mechanism ensures the blade stays in place when deployed. Additional features include a reversible pocket clip, and lanyard hole.

This project is fully funded (over ten times its goal at the time of writing), however if you want one for yourself in time for the early December ship date range, you can check out the campaign at the link below.


KA-BAR Zombie Knives – SHOT 2013

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013



KA-BAR has expanded their line of Zombie knives to include the “Zomstro” and “Swabbie” style blades. Both blades are constructed from SK5 1095 Cro-Van steel and come with nylon sheaths with a front stuff sack. The handles comes standard green, although a replacement set in black comes with the knives. Made in the USA.

Carhartt Knives By Case Collection

Monday, January 14th, 2013




The 2013 SHOT Show will see the release of a collaborative effort between Carhartt and W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. on a new collection of knives: the Carhartt Knives by Case Collection. Made up of 22 individual models, the knives are divided into three separate categories: the G-10 knives which features 7 knives with an ultra-tough handle material with an earthy color and rugged texture inspired by Carhartt’s signature Duck Canvas, the Molasses Bone family with 9 knives that feature a dark brown and bone-colored handle, and the 6 knives in the Rough Black-over-Cream family which are manufactured using a high-quality, durable resin. Examples of each family of knives can be see in the images above. In addition, each knife in the Carhartt Knives by Case Collection will feature Tru-Sharp™ surgical steel blades with a strong shoulder grind and a Scotch-Brite™ brushed finish, which is also found on each knife’s Lazy Duck-shaped bolster inspired by the traditional back pocket stitching style found on Carhartt clothing.

TACWRK Zombie Apocalypse 2012 Survival Kit

Friday, November 30th, 2012

German company TACWRK has put together a zombie survival kit for the year 2012. Included with the kit: Stanley Fatmax crowbar, SOG Voodoo tomahawk, replica Panzerfaust, baseball bat, Mission Archery MXB-360 crossbow, Oakley M-Frame 3.0, replica hand grenade, replica H&K G36, ‘The Zombie Survival Guide’ by Max Brooks, Hanwag Alaska GTX boots, Fenix ​​TK70 flashlight, Böker machete, Stihl MS880 chainsaw, compass, ‘Rambo: First Blood Part II’ replica survival knife, replica Walther SG68 RAM shotgun, United Cutlery Expendables Kunai 3 piece thrower set, Tasmanian Tactical TT Vest Base, ‘Zombie Hunter’ patch, and ‘Zombie Hunting Club Berlin eV’ patch. The Price? € 8,999.00, plus shipping.

TACWRK – Zombie Apokalypse 2012 Survival Kit

Camillus Les Stroud “Survivorman” Machete

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

This is the Les Stroud Camillus SK Jungle Machete. Designed specifically for survival purposes, the SK Jungle features an 11 3/4 inch long, 2/10 inch thick 440-stainless steel blade which is treated with Carbonitride Titanium, a proprietary process that bonds formulated titanium and chromium nitride to the steel, giving it a surface up to three times harder than the base steel in addition to a more corrosive resistant finish and friction free cutting surface. The blade has a slight inward sweep for better capturing whatever needs to be cut, and the flat tip is sharpened for use with digging and smaller cutting chores.

The 5 1/2 inch handle is constructed from polypropylene with high traction TRP rubber inserts for added grip traction, even in cold weather, and features a lanyard hole. The pommel is checkered hard steel for non-slip hammering which makes it safer from slipping off a stuck object. The SK Jungle comes with a ballistic nylon sheath with built-in fire starter and a nylon mesh pocket.


Camouflage Swiss Army Knives

Friday, October 5th, 2012

It looks like the classic Victorinox Swiss Army Knife got an update with a design closely resembling Woodland-style camouflage. It contains 7 tools: knife, nail file w/ nail cleaner, screwdriver, scissors, toothpick, tweezers, and key ring, although models with an expanded combination of tools and camouflage options, including the huntsman in digital camo, are also available.

Victorinox Swiss Army Knives – Camouflage Swiss Army Knives

SOG Knives – Blade Light Folder (BLT50-N)

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Soon to be joining SOG’s Blade Light Fixed is the Blade Light Folder (BLT50-N). Featuring a 9Cr18MoV stainless steel 3.9″ blade and a rubberized glass-reinforced Nylon handle, the BLT50-N has 6 LEDs molded into the handle, providing up to 37 lumens of light with a 4.5 hour runtime off two AAA batteries. The blade folds into the handle with a liner lock design, which also allows the Blade Light folder to be used as a flashlight. Available this October.


Victor Lee VL-03B Fantasy Folding Knife

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

This impressive bladed implement the Victor Lee VL-03B Fantasy Folding Knife. It features three 3″ curved black stainless steel blades that can fold into the knife body. The handle is anodized aluminum and has a belt clip. It kind of reminds me of the Glaive, minus two blades, of course; based on some reviews I’ve read I also wouldn’t suggest throwing it.

You can get it off Amazon.


Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

This knife by Tom Anderson Cutlery can best be described as brass knuckles times insanity. Machined from stainless steel with a handle made from Spanish micarta, it’s pretty damn intimating, by virtue of its 4 sharp edges. Also, it kind of looks like the Batman logo, but only when put on its mantle… while you squint… in a dark room… maybe.

Available from knife-depot.com – $55.49

Hat Tip: Gizmodo

BK-3B Bottleneck

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

The BK-3B Bottleneck is a collaborative effort between Mantis Knives and Hawk Designs of Idaho City, ID. This unique butterfly-style knife features a 2″ modified tanto edge blade machined from 400 series stainless steel. The handle, also machined from 400 series stainless steel, has a latch lock with integrated handle springs. The Bottleneck also includes a functioning bottle opener when folded and a pocket clip for easy carry.

Mantis Knives – BK-3B Bottleneck

LaserLyte Zombie Killer Pistol Bayonet

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Featuring a 2.75″ steel blade by Ka-Bar, this LaserLyte pistol bayonet has a radioactive green handle, constructed from 30% glass-filled nylon, to easily identify its status as a high-caliber, zombie-slaying tool of destruction. It attaches to any medium or large sized pistol with a rail, easily sliding on or off with a press of two buttons. A custom polymer sheath is also included.

LaserLyte – ZK PB Serrated

TacHacker – How To Throw A Knife Like Bill The Butcher

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

One of my most frequented internet destinations, Art of Manliness, has just put up an article and video on the always cool, but fairly impractical, art of knife throwing. Proper technique and the three primary types of knives are all covered, so you can start learning how to effectively chuck that pocket folder at any hunks of wood or would-be assailants in your path.

Art of Manliness – How To Throw A Knife Like Bill The Butcher

Apocalypse – Gerber Gear

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

A number of Gerber blades have shown up on ‘The Walking Dead’, everybody’s favorite Zombie-comic-book-turned-tv-show. I was too absorbed in the story (and Zombie killin’) to notice most of them, which is perfectly fine by me. Of course, now if anyone decides to purchase any of these tools, they’ll surely have ‘As Seen On The Walking Dead’ prominently displayed on the packaging. After that, who knows how long before Gerber does their own line of specialized anti-Zombie blades.


SOG Double Axe – Overstock Sale

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Looking to add something a bit more Medieval to your blade collection? Then now’s a really good time, since LA Police Gear is currently having an overstock sale on the SOG Double Axe. The double-bladed head is constructed of 420 stainless steel and features a ballistic polymer handle with a hardcased black coating. It’s the perfect tool for harvesting wood, breaching, extraction, and fighting off the crowds at your local renaissance faire*. At the current price, these axes are sure to go fast, so get yours while you can!


*For best results, pair with a set of full-body plate armor.

CardSharp 2

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011


A while ago I wrote about the CardSharp, a knife by Iain Sinclair that folds into a credit card shape, hence the name. This year, Iain Sinclair has released an improved model, dubbed the CardSharp 2. Although the CardSharp 2 shares many similarities with its predecessor, it now also includes a stiffer, non-slip armor rubber coated body and unique safety lock. Even with the enhancements, its still not effective for undead killing, but as a basic utility knife it’s pretty damn nifty.


Ka-Bar ZK Pestilence Chopper

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Ka-Bar has developed a series of knives under the ‘ZK’ designation, which stands for ‘Zombie Killer’. One of these knives, the Pestilence Chopper, features a 10-1/4″ blade made from SK5 high-carbon steel, with an overall length of 15-3/4″. The handle is made of “radioactive” green textured GFN-PA66, although a replacement black handle of the same material is included. Each Pestilence Chopper also comes with a black nylon sheath and a back-up 5Cr13 stainless steel skeleton knife. Considering you can get a hold of a good military-grade Golok machete for a lower price, this knife is purely a novelty item in my book. In the Chopper’s defense, I’ve read its sharp blade is pretty good at clearing small vegetation.

Ka-Bar ZK Pestilence Chopper

A Brief History Of The Ancient Science Of Sword Making

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

This i09 article details a brief history of sword making, from bronze to iron, including the ever-elusive ‘Damascus Steel’. A decent read, and a great reminder that humanity’s had no problem with killing each other before the invention of gunpowder.

Cas Hanwei 1918 Mark 1 Letter Opener

Thursday, August 18th, 2011


First used during WWI, the 1918 Mark 1 Trench Knife is among one of the most iconic knife designs in history, a lot having to do with its brass knuckles-esque ‘knuckle duster’ grip. Now, Cas Hanwei offers a replica version of the Mark 1 for use as a letter opener. The piece features a steel blade and a blackened bronze grip and authentic detail. You’d be hard-pressed to find a cooler way to open your incoming snail mail then with one of these.

You can buy it here.

Going The Extra Length For Your Cosplay At SDCC

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Many people put a lot of time and dedication into making a kick-ass costume for the San Diego Comic Con, but is it possible that going that extra mile is actually going too far? Surprisingly, it can be, since on the very first day someone was caught using an actual AR-15 as a costume accessory. Although that’s fairly shocking news, I’m more interested in what costume the individual was wearing that they felt necessitated the use of a real firearm. My money’s on Rambo.

After the first day’s AR-15 incident, everything went smoothly. The second day, however, saw the confiscation of two machetes, a dagger, a KA-BAR knife and a lead pipe. Either they were dealing with some extremely dedicated cosplayers, or prevented the happenings of a Marvel vs. DC fan turf war. Maybe both.

Hat Tip: Destructoid

Coming Soon From SureFire Pt. 3

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

X300 Compact

– 110 lumens output
– Weapon mounted light
– Powered by a single 123A battery

Hellfighter 4

– 3000 lumens output
– Rechargable lithium-ion battery
– Dual fuel capability (lithium-ion, 123A, other battery types)
– Strobe function

MVG 1 WeaponLight

– 2000 lumen output
– Vertical foregrip weapon light
– Rechargable lithium-ion battery
– Dual Fuel capability (lithium-ion, 123A, other battery types)
– Strobe function

Jekyll Folding Knife

– Spear-point blade
– Titanium/aluminum frame

Dart Folding Knife

– Portable carry-folder
– Titanium/aluminum frame

These products and more will be available later this year from SureFire, LLC.


WIKUS Competition Chopper – BLADE Show

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Mantis Knives had some great-looking blades on display, but the one that really caught my eye was the WIKUS. With a total weight of 24 oz. and an overall length of 15″ with a 10″ blade made from M-4 tool steel, it doesn’t seem all that different from most knives, aside from the rather large size. However, it’s been billed as the ‘world’s first “smart” knife’ due to a unique feature: it’s laser guided.

By pushing a button on the handle, the WIKUS projects a red laser beam downward, showing exactly where you’ll make your cut. At the very least it’s an interesting concept, but I’ll let you make your own conclusions about the usefulness of that feature. I also saw nothing about availability and pricing, but I’ll release that information as it surfaces.

Mantis Knives

Bawidamann Pögn – BLADE Show

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Bawidamann was in full force at BLADE show, displaying both awesome pin-up art and awesome blades. Although I was practically drooling over the Randgridr they had on display (it’s a modern-day trench knife; what’s not to love?), I went with the cord wrapped Pögn you see above. Made from S35-VN steel with a “154 cm “V” gound or chisel ground” grind, this knife features an overall length of 7.25″ with a blade length of 3 3/8″, and uses paracord as a handle material. It’s light-weight, concealable, and comes with its own Kydex sheath. Simply put, its one bad-ass blade.

Bawidamann Blades

BLADE Show – Final Reminder

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

The 30th annual BLADE Show will be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia this year from June 10th to 12th. Hosted by BLADE magazine, BLADE Show is the largest combined show of handmade, factory, and antique knives, with over 700 tables and around 175 factory booths and products. Also available is the first ever Tactical Gear Expo, which features manufactures, dealers and suppliers of tactical firearms, tactical knives, and tactical gear. The best part is you get access to both shows with a single ticket. Combine this with special guest appearances and events and you have the makings of the best BLADE show yet!

I’ll be walking the show tomorrow, so if you’re attending, be on the lookout. Hope to see a few readers there!

Visit bladeshow.com for more information on the upcoming expos, including the event schedule and list of exhibitors.

BLADE Show – Second Reminder

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

The 30th annual BLADE Show will be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia this year from June 10th to 12th. Hosted by BLADE magazine, BLADE Show is the largest combined show of handmade, factory, and antique knives, with over 700 tables and around 175 factory booths and products. Also available is the first ever Tactical Gear Expo, which features manufactures, dealers and suppliers of tactical firearms, tactical knives, and tactical gear. The best part is you get access to both shows with a single ticket. Combine this with special guest appearances and events and you have the makings of the best BLADE show yet!

Visit bladeshow.com for more information on the upcoming expos, including the event schedule and list of exhibitors.