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Preview – Unusual Suspects: Fixed Blades

Sheathed blades aren’t always practical as everyday carries, but when SHTF, they’re arguably the most reliable type of knife to have. Compared to folding knives, fixed blades are quicker to deploy, stronger because the tang extends into the handle, and easier to maintain due to a lack of moving parts. Whether you’re looking for a razor-sharp knife for skinning game, a trusted tool for your next outdoor adventure, or a little backup for a job that calls for extra security, you’ll find a blade-and-sheath combo here that will meet your needs.

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Brand: Zero Tolerance Knives
Model: All-Black Fixed Blade
OAL: 10.5 inches
Blade length: 5.75 inches
Blade Material: CPM3V
Weight: 11.4 ounces
MSRP: $360
URL: www.kershawknives.com

This military knife gets our inner Rambo all giddy. The CPM3V recurve blade provides maximum resistance to breaking, chipping, and wear — while still being versatile enough for tough-cutting, precision-slicing, or deep-penetrating. The groundbreaking sheath can be carried on your thigh, belt, or MOLLE webbing.

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Brand: Spartan Blades
Model: Phrike
OAL: 8.5 inches
Blade length: 4.25 inches
Blade Material: S35VN
Weight: 3.9 ounces
MSRP: starting at $250
URL: www.spartanbladesusa.com

With its 3⁄16-inch-wide blade, skinny G10 handle, and slim Kydex sheath, the Phrike is the lightest and skinniest of this group— but its laser-like S35VN blade is all business. Named after the Greek goddess of fear, it was designed specifically for self- defense and bushcraft. It’s ideal for those looking to stay nimble in harsh conditions.

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Brand: SOG Specialty Knives and Tools
Model: SEAL Pup Elite (TigerStripe)
OAL: 9.5 inches
Blade length: 4.85 inches
Blade Material: AUS-8
Weight: 5.4 ounces
MSRP: $145
URL: www.sogknives.com

The glass-reinforced handle has an ergonomic design with deep finger grooves and a bit of girth for those with bigger hands. The versatile blade’s plain edge is great for slicing and whittling, while the serrations can saw and tear — and the spine rasp can be used for notching, fling, and thumb placement.

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