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Steel Will Plague Doctor knife review

Steel Will Plague Doctor knife review

COVID-19 needs a cure and I got the doc! Beautiful blade from tip to rear and all the edge in between.

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Batch 28 knife steel tests with surprising results !! Amazon & AliExpress budget knives exposed !!

Batch 28 knife steel tests with surprising results !!  Amazon & AliExpress budget knives exposed !!

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1) Petrified Fish – D2 – yes (HRC 62)
2) Turen Flying Fish fixed M390 – yes (HRC 61)
3) PMP User M390 – yes (HRC 59)
4) Harnds Assassin 14C28N – yes (HRC 61)
5) Harnds Warrior D2 – yes (HRC 60.3)
6) Eafengrow EF913 – D2 – No – 8cr13mov (HRC 59.2)
7) Eafengrow EF912 – D2 – No – 8cr13mov (HRC 57.3)
8) Doom DB-SQ-0003 D2- No – 5cr15mov (HRC 56.3 & 54.9)
9) Eafengrow EF6 – 9cr18mov – No – 5cr15mov (HRC 56.5)
10) TAC NWO – S35VN – No – 5 or 7cr15mov (HRC 57.8)
11) Fat Dragon/ Nimo – 440c – No – 8cr13mov due to the low Cr. (HRC 59)
12) Bear Ops Rancor II S30V – no – somewhere between 5cr15mov and 8cr13mov (HRC 57.5)
13) Bear Ops Rancor II S30V – no – somewhere between 5cr15mov and 8cr13mov (HRC 56.7)

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Knife Review: Buck Vantage Pro

Knife Review: Buck Vantage Pro

The Buck Vantage Pro features a 3.1 inch drop point blade of S30V steel, G10 handle scales, linerlock mechanism, opening slot and index flipper. Weight is 4 ounces, made in the USA, price around $60. When someone tells me they don’t like Spyderco and want something made in the USA, this is the EDC knife I always recommend. It is a conventional no-nonsense design that uses a great steel, easy to carry, deploys as fast as an auto, and the price is very reasonable considering the steel.

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The midsize lockback pocket knife is the perfect tool for a multitude of everyday needs. Features a 440 stainless steel blade, white smooth bone handle, and nickel silver bolsters. This pocket knife is as timeless as it is useful.


Shinola Detroit Folding Knife American Made Bone Handle Bear MGC USA Bear & Son

White Smooth Bone Midsize Lockback
Bear & Son Cutlery

Bear continues to offer new models with great traditional designs, made in America at a great value, and with great materials! These Bear and Son lockback folders are no exception and they are sure to please the traditional pocket knife fans out there.

The White Smooth Bone Midsize Lockback is a beautifully designed knife from top to bottom. Starting at the 440 stainless steel blade, which is known for its rust resistance and its ability to hold an edge. The blade seamlessly transitions into the handle that is made of white smooth bone and is accompanied by nickel silver bolsters. The blade has a nail nick for two handed opening and at 2.5 oz. its weight is perfect for an everyday carry.

Bear & Son have a skilled and experienced work force capable of performing many of the extra hand operations that go into the making of their products. While some companies only assemble parts brought from various suppliers and put their names on the product, they do everything in house from building their own blanking dies to heat treating, grinding and assembly, and hand finishing their products. These steps ensure that Bear & Son Cutlery is of excellent quality and a real value for both the dealer and the consumer.
Blade Length : 2-3/4″
Closed Length : 3-1/2″
Open Length : 6-3/4″
Blade Material : 440 Stainless Steel
Blade Grind: Hollow
Locking Mechanism: Lockback
Handle Material : White Smooth Bone
Extras : Nickel Silver Bolsters, Positive Lock
Weight : 2.5 oz.
Made in USA

Shinola is an American luxury goods retailer based in Detroit, Michigan. It produces watches, bicycles, and leather goods, among other products. Founded in 2011, Shinola takes its name from the defunct Shinola shoe polish company. The company was founded by Tom Kartsotis and is owned and operated by Texas-based investment group Bedrock Brands.[1][2]

Every Shinola product is technically assembled in the United States.[7][9][10] However, many parts used in Shinola watches are manufactured in China and Thailand. These factories are owned by companies based in Switzerland.[7][11][12] At the time of the company’s founding in 2011, no American watchmaker had produced watches at scale since the late 1960s, with U.S.-based watchmaking relegated to select specialty companies such as RGM in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.[13][14] Shinola’s current tagline is “Where American is Made”,[A] and the company has actively utilized Detroit’s reputation as a worldwide manufacturing hub in its marketing of the brand.[5]

The company’s headquarters and watch factory are housed within the College for Creative Studies (CCS) on the fifth floor of the Alfred A. Taubman Building in Detroit, a former automotive research lab.[16] Shinola’s occupation of the CCS space at first occurred by accident when Bedrock officials, seeking a manufacturing site after resolving to rebuild Shinola, visited the College and the elevator unexpectedly opened on the fifth floor, which was vacant at the time. They decided to transform the 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) of vacant space into their watch factory and company headquarters.[7][9] To build out the watch factory, the company partnered with Ronda, which also brought in expert watchmaking veterans to train Shinola’s watch assemblers, all of whom had no prior experience in watchmaking. Currently, the factory has the capacity to finish the assembly of 500,000 watches a year.[17]

Most of the workers assembling watches are local Detroiters, and many of them come from the auto business.[18] Since the company’s founding in 2011, it has grown to over 400 people by 2014.[19]

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Milwaukee FASTBACK 5-in-1 Folding Knife Review

Milwaukee FASTBACK 5-in-1 Folding Knife Review

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Milwaukee FASTBACK 5-in-1 Folding Knife Review
I like all of the Milwaukee FastBack knives so when I first saw the Milwaukee FASTBACK 5-in-1 Folding Knife I felt it looked gimmicky. I’ll admit when you add a bottle opener to a tool you get me thinking you’re appealing to a DIYer on a weekend and not a PRO. Plus I drink cans – SMILE!

Ok so here is What I Like About this Knife. There are five things, I REALLY like about the Knife… let’s do this:

Tanto Tip Blade

There are quite a few styles of blades out there from Drop Point, Recurve, Hawksbill, and Reverse Tanto.

Each blade shape excels at a certain task. The Milwaukee knife has a stainless steel Tanto tipped blade that is also partially serrated. The tip is sharp and reinforced by the design placement being in front of the thickest part of the blade.

The Tanto tip is perfect for box-busting, or piercing Tyvek, drywall or fiberglass insulation

Partial Serrated Edge

The serrated edge is intended to be used much like a small saw with a back-and-forth motion. It’s great for cutting through belts and ropes, fabric and various other textured materials.

Finger Notch

All good working knives have a finger notch to prevent hand slippage toward the blade when piercing and from losing your grip when pulling, cutting or slicing.

Sturdy Liner Lock

While NOT exciting I admit, the liner lock secures the blade while open, but still lets you easily close it one-handed, when done.

When you look for a folding blade knife, always ensure that it has a reliable locking mechanism. Otherwise, your knife will be more a hazard than a tool when you try to use it.  The last thing you want is to have a knife that easily closes.

Many knives that have pushbuttons can be accidentally activated by non-intended hand placement causing the blade to collapse during cutting. …
This can be dangerous!

The folding pocket knife also includes a fold-out 1/4″ bit holder along with a..

reversible Phillips #2
slotted 1/4″ bit
This feature has proven useful more times than I thought it would and is a great feature add-on.

I still use a fixed blade utility knife and now I don’t have to use my impact to change the blade. The fold-out bit feature to me helps justify to cost of the knife.

Durable Belt Clip

The Milwaukee FASTBACK 5-in-1 Folding Knife has a durable belt clip that reduces pocket tearing. Personally, I always liked the wire clip because it was very accommodating of clipping onto various thicknesses of materials. It works fine clipping onto jeans as well as the thickened, reinforced portions of my tool bags. 

Bottle Opener and Lanyard Hole

My two least favorite features are the tether-ready lanyard hole and the bottle opener.

I’ve never in my life attached a lanyard to a pocket knife, maybe I’d consider it if I were an ironworker. As far as the bottle opener goes, ..well… you know!

Press And Flip Opening

The Milwaukee FASTBACK 5-in-1 Folding Knife features a press and flip mechanism and is advertised to be able to open one-handed.

This is an area that I think needs improvement. I’ve tested two of these knives. My knife does not open one-handed and I’m never going to contort my fingers to open a knife. A one-handed knife should open one-handed easily, and intuitively and this one doesn’t.It’s possible that the knife is still stiff – so to facilitate break-in I oiled the blade shaft, worked it back and forth repeatedly and even loosened the blade shaft nut a little.

Maybe it will take some more time to break in- but I’m not seeing it. They shouldn’t call this a FASTBACK if it’s not going to flip open. Look … In my opinion, that’s OK! I don’t want a knife that “flips” open that easy, to me that’s dangerous for a work knife. 


I’d rather keep the blade movement stiffer and use 2-hands, or add a spring assist and a finger flipper tab to make it a one-handed opening knife. But then again, I’m sure someone, somewhere will complain that the flipper catches on your pocket. Just can’t win.


The Milwaukee FASTBACK 5-in-1 Folding Knife costs approximately $24.99. To me, this knife hits a sweet spot between cost, durability, and functionality.

Overall Impression

Overall the new Milwaukee FASTBACK 5-in-1 Folding Knife is a great addition to the Fastback line, as a work knife, it provides a durable, reliable, multi-functional “beater knife with benefits.”

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Knife Thoughts Review: Chris Reeve Large Inkosi Natural Micarta; A Classic with a High Entry Cost

Knife Thoughts Review: Chris Reeve Large Inkosi Natural Micarta; A Classic with a High Entry Cost

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WE Knive Kitefin Pocket Knife Review

WE Knive Kitefin Pocket Knife Review

Thank you to WE Knives for providing this Kitefin to the pass around to take a look at. This is one that was really exciting as I had seen the pictures of the knife and it looked very good. Let me know your comments on this knife and if you disagree with the way I feel about it.


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Case Canoe knife review: Classic Pocket Knife

Case Canoe knife review: Classic Pocket Knife

The Case Canoe is a lovely example of a old style slip joint folding knife. It is a beautiful design with smooth flowing lines. The canoe gets it name from the shape of the handle being similar to the profile of a traditional native American canoe.

Case knives are well known as collectables, and we’ll discuss that aspect of the knives. I have carried one as a work EDC for a while so we’ll also look how the knife fits into the modern world as a user blade.

Case knives come in a seemingly endless range of designs, colours, jigging, shields designs, and so it goes on. In the Canoe range alone the variety is amazing, and of course limited editions appear regularly to tempt the collector.

As mentioned in the video I must thank Stefan for introducing me to these knives. His review is a must see and is linked below. Please take the time to watch it, it is one of my all time favorite knife videos;

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Whiteknuckler Knife 1 Year Review…The best knife for Truckers?

Whiteknuckler Knife 1 Year Review…The best knife for Truckers?

This is a review of the whiteknuckler convertible carry knife. I carried this knife for over a year as a OTR truck driver and this is my take on the knife..

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The Benchmade Knives Mini-Bugout Pocketknife: The Full Nick Shabazz Review

The Benchmade Knives Mini-Bugout Pocketknife: The Full Nick Shabazz Review

Today, we’ll take a look at a knife that’s proof that sometimes, less is more, and enjoy the shrunken size and improved solidity of the Benchmade Mini Bugout.