5 New Knives (and 1 Survival Ax) for Rugged Use

5 New Knives (and 1 Survival Ax) for Rugged Use


CRKT Snap On
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From CRKT:

As rugged as the mechanics who use it, this overbuilt pocket knife features a modified drop point blade that’s built from stainless steel. It’s tough enough to cut hose but still precise enough to strip wiring. Meanwhile a black corrosion resistant coating keeps the blade intact no matter what you put it through in the shop.

  • Blade Steel: 1.4116
  • Blade hardness: 55-57 HRC
  • Blade Thickness: 0.120” (3.0 mm)
  • Blade Finish: EDP
  • Blade Length: 2.75” (69.85 mm)
  • Closed: 4.125” (104.76 mm)
  • Open: 6.875” (174.63 mm)
  • Weight: 6.2 oz. (175 g)
  • Handle: Glass-Reinforced Polypropylene with TPR Insert
  • Style: Folding Knife w/Locking Liner
  • Designer: Ken Onion
  • Available in three colors (red, black, red/black)

More information here


Editor’s note: CRKT tell us that the H is silent in “HVAS.” It’s pronounced like “vase” with a long “a.”

From CRKT:

For a minimalist with an appetite for big adventure. Jesper Voxnaes’ Scandinavian backyard is filled with fjords, punctuated by mountains, and sliced by surging rivers. So when he sets out to design an outdoor knife, it’s crafted to perform. Everywhere.

  • Blade Length: 3.339″ (84.81 mm)
  • Blade Edge: Plain Edge
  • Blade Steel: 1.4116 SS
  • Blade Finish: Satin Finish
  • Blade Thickness: 0.126″ (3.2 mm)
  • Closed Length: 4.525″ (114.94 mm)
  • Open Length: 7.875″ (200.03 mm)
  • Weight: 3.7 oz
  • Handle: Glass Filled Nylon
  • Style: Folding Knife w/Locking Liner
  • Field Strip Technology
  • Designer: Jesper Voxnaes

More information here

Benchmade 407 Vallation

Benchmade 407 assisted opening axis knife
Benchmade images

From Benchmade:

A duty knife that can be carried every day, this tactical AXIS® Assist takes its styling cues from our legacy line of automatic knives.

  • Designer: Benchmade
  • Mechanism: AXIS® Assist
  • Action: Assisted-opening
  • Blade Steel: CPM-S30V (58-60HRC)
  • Blade Length: 3.70″ (9.40cm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.124″ (3.15mm)
  • Open Length: 8.76″ (22.25cm)
  • Closed Length: 5.09″ (12.93cm)
  • Handle Thickness: 0.70″ (17.70mm)
  • Weight: 6.38oz. (180.87g)
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Blade Finish/Color: Satin
  • Blade Style/Shape: Drop-point
  • Clip Type: Deep-Carry
  • Clip Position: Reversible Tip-Up
  • Glass Breaker: Yes
  • Handle Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum
  • MOLLE Compatible: Yes
  • Sheath Type: No Sheath

More information here

Benchmade Bugout®

Benchmade new Bugout
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From Benchmade:

Subtle, yet capable, the latest version of the Bugout® was developed to be easily carried anywhere without drawing attention to itself.

  • Designer: Benchmade
  • Mechanism: AXIS®
  • Action: Manual-opening
  • Blade Steel: CPMS30V (58-60 HRC)
  • Blade Length: 3.24″ (8.23cm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.090″ (2.29mm)
  • Open Length: 7.46″ (18.95cm)
  • Closed Length: 4.22″ (10.72cm)
  • Handle Thickness: 0.42″ (10.54mm)
  • Weight: 1.85oz. (52.45g)
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Blade Finish/Color: Gray Coated
  • Blade Style/Shape: Drop-point
  • Clip Type: Mini Deep-Carry
  • Clip Position: Reversible
  • Handle Material: Grivory
  • Lanyard Hole: Yes
  • MOLLE Compatible: No

More information here

L.T. Wright (No Name) Knife

LT Wright Handcrafted Knives
LT Wright image

Part of the Vault series. From L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives:

It is still made with 100% American steel and handcrafted here in Ohio.

  • Overall Length: 8″
  • Sharpened Edge: 3 3/4″
  • Steel: A2 Steel
  • Grind: Saber
  • Handle: Polished red G10 with coyote G10 Liners
  • Other Features: Sharpened spine, Brown leather dangler sheath with matching red thread and a fire steel loop

More information here

Off Grid Tools Survival Axe

OGT survival ax
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From Off Grid Tools:

With 31 features, the tool will fully equip you for any situation you might come across.

  • Dimensions: 11.5 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Weight: 1.7 pounds
Steel: 420 stainless steel full tang
Hatchet blade
  • Hammer head, nail claw and pry bar
  • Replaceable 6 inch thin kerf reciprocal saw blade
  • Hex sockets 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 10mm, 11mm, 13mm, 15mm
  • Hardened steel glass breaker
  • Seat belt cutter
  • Gas valve wrench and bottle opener
  • Rubberized coated glass filled nylon handle

More information here

Editor’s note: In addition to a good blade, one of the best survival tools you can carry is a .22 pistol. Check out our sister site GunDigest.com for the Top list of best .22 pistol options.

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