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Gerber Paraframe Review & Sharpness Test

TL;DR: The Gerber Paraframe is an interesting 3" skeletonized EDC folder. Its 314 stainless blade and handle come coated in TiN. Decent sharpness out...

14C28N Steel Composition & Review

You've probably seen Sandvik 14C28N steel listed alongside the specifications for a cheap folding knife or pocket knife. Is it a good knife steel?...

Elmax Steel Composition & Review

Elmax is a high-end stainless CPM (Crucible Particle Metallurgy) steel developed by the Austrian steel company Böhler-Uddeholm. Böhler makes specialized alloys for aerospace companies...

CJRB “Ria” Knife Review & Sharpness Test

TL;DR: At $33 to $55, the CJRB Ria isn't enough knife for the price. For such a thin, high grind, its sharpness is mediocre....

8Cr13MoV Knife Steel Composition & Review

The 8Cr13MoV alloy has been called "cheap" -- it is, after all, a Chinese stainless alloy -- but that doesn't meant it isn't a good knife steel. Let's review its composition, popular knife blades that use it, and its pros and cons.

Kershaw Link Review & Sharpness Test

The US-made Kershaw Link is a durable and compact cutter. Thanks to its CPM 20CV steel, its cutting edge has some of the best edge retention of all knives we've tested. It's also heavy. Is it worth $80? Find out here.

Is 9Cr18MoV A Good Blade Steel? Composition & Review

The 9Cr18MoV alloy is found in budget pocket knives. Is it any good? Yes. I reviewed the CIVIVI Praxis, which has a flat-ground 9Cr18MoV steel blade. It performed well in our sharpness and edge retention test.

Air Force Survival Knife: Review & History

It has many names: The "Ontario 499", the "Jet Pilot Survival Knife", the "Air Force Survival Knife". Let's take a look at one of the most famous fixed blades sanctioned by the U.S. Military.

CIVIVI Praxis Review & Sharpness Test

The CIVIVI Praxis is the bolder, bigger, shinier brother to the utilitarian Elementum. Does it provide better performance? Find out with our in-depth review and edge test.

Cold Steel Recon 1 Review

If Chris Reeve’s Sebenza is a classic Ferrari, then the Recon 1 is an armored H1 Humvee. Big, brutish, and tough as nails. The Recon 1 will chop, slash, and handle things you probably shouldn’t do with a knife. We’re reviewing the Recon Tanto.

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