With the Fourth of July approaching, it seems only fitting that I’ve been reviewing a slew of American-made knives. This time it’s the Boker Plus Patriot – A beautiful blade that, like our nation itself, has its share of both good and bad. And what better place to explore this dichotomy than the canyons and creeks of the American West?
While some knife manufacturers may fear being typecast by the market, there’s something to be said for knowing your role. Few companies have embraced this idea as well as Cold Steel, who recently offered to send me a sample of their compact tactical folder, the Mini Lawman.
To paraphrase another famous lawman, “Go ahead, Cold Steel. Make my day.”
Chinese knives have come a long way in the last few years. Many companies have gone from making cheap knockoffs to producing high quality, designer blades. One such group is WE Knives, makers of the gorgeous 706 you see here. Having little experience with the new Chinese products, I eagerly assented when they offered to send one my way.
Close your eyes and imagine a knife. It’s got a Scandi grind, a back lock, and a comfortable, green handle perfectly suited for the great outdoors. Whose maker’s mark is on this woodsman’s dream? Open your eyes – It’s Cold Steel.
The CRKT Pilar has proven to be a hot commodity. Following its debut at the 2017 SHOT Show, this little EDC knife has sold out at many of the major online retailers. Journeywind Junk wanted to know what all the fuss was about, and CRKT was kind enough to oblige. Here’s my review of the Pilar, supplied by the folks at Columbia River.
The CRKT Squid is one of the most popular knives on the EDC market. Its diminutive size, friendly appearance, and reputation for toughness have earned it a loyal following among enthusiasts of all walks. Such is CRKT’s confidence in the Squid that they graciously agreed to send one our way for testing. We wore it for a little more than a week, measuring our expectations for the knife against the reality. Here’s what we found.