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The Return of Nick Allen and NWA Knives

I have been a long time fan of knife maker Nick Allen and his NWA Knives brand. His knives were characterized by flowing, organic shapes, deeply contoured handles, fine finishing, tall flat grinds, tough carbon steels, differential heat treatments, an intuitive understanding of cutting geometry, and a love for the outdoors. He has a very distinctive visual style which is something all good knife makers have. You can recognize one of his knives from across the room.

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Several years ago, he had to stop making knives due to some life changes and a lack of space. I was recently searching the web for his knives in case a good deal had popped up and I came across something that made my day. NWA Knives had a Facebook page and… It was active! I contacted Nick and, sure enough, he is making knives again. Judging by the examples on his Facebook page, it looks like he never stopped!

Check out the NWA Knives Facebook page for details on ordering.

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TOPS Knives Overlander 2

The Overlander 2 is the first of TOPS Knives’ SHOT Show debuts to be released. This general utility knife looks ready to work.

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The Overlander 2 has a 4″ blade that is ground from 3/16″ 1095 steel. The drop point blade features a half height flat grind which leaves plenty of steel through the spine and tip for strength. The scales are oiled tan canvas micarta and have subtle palm swells. It comes with an individually fit Kydex sheath with steel belt clip.

Check out the new Overlander 2 at TOPS Knives.

Ontario Knives RAT Mod Limited Edition

Ontario Knife Company is teasing us with an interesting new limited edition version of the RAT-3. The knife has features that several RAT-3 users have been clamoring for since the knife hit the market.

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The knife has had the choil and guard area of the of the original design ground away to form a smooth transition from handle to blade. The blade is slightly offset from the handle to form a sort of self guard. The handles are wood and thicker than the original handles. They also feature divets near the blade to make pinch grip cuts possible. The blade is uncoated and the sheath is leather.

Stay tuned for additional details.

Cyber Monday Special Edition TOPS BOB Knife

TOPS Knives has released a special edition BOB Knife with a bead blast finish. This is a limited release (less than 100 made) and it will go fast at the Cyber Monday sale price. Check it out at TOPS Knives.

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Coyote Tan BOB Knife from TOPS Knives

You can add another finish option to the several that are already available for TOPS Knives’ popular BOB Knife. They have announced, hot on the heels of the tumbled finish announcement, that it is now available with a Coyote Brown powder coat.

Check out the new Coyote Tan BOB Knife at TOPS Knives.

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TOPS Knives B.O.B. Knife with Tumbled Finish

The Brothers of Bushcraft designed BOB Knife has been a smash hit for TOPS Knives and for good reason – it is a great knife. I own one and it strikes a great balance between cutting performance and durability thanks to its somewhat unique modified “Scandi” edge and large, hand filling handle. There have been several iterations of the BOB Knife so far; all of them featuring a powder coat finish in various colors.brostbfMany users find that the coating reduces cutting performance and just ends up rubbing off during some common tasks like batoning. It is fairly common for people to actually strip the coating from their knives. The newest version of the BOB Knife is the first without powder coating from the factory. It features a tumbled finish that leaves the 1095 steel bare.If you don’t care for coated knives, this is the BOB Knife for you. Check out the new B.O.B. Knife with Tumbled Finish at TOPS Knives.

Riverside Forge – Affordable Bushcrafters

Riverside Forge needs to be on your radar. They make some incredibly attractive knives at incredibly attractive prices. Many of their designs are geared toward the bushcraft community and that is the case with the knife I am profiling today.

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This bushcraft knife that Riverside Forge recently posted for sale is representative of much of what they make. It is a fairly traditional bushcraft design that is ground from 1/8″ thick O1 tool steel and comes in at about 8″ overall. Its spear point blade features a scandi grind that excels in carving tasks. Its gorgeous stabilized redwood scales are set off by spacers and all brass hardware.

This knife sold for just $100. Most of their offerings come in at under $150. That should knock your socks off.

Check out Riverside Forge on Facebook.

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Making Feather Sticks with InnerBark Outdoors

InnerBark Outdoors recently released this video about feather sticks (aka fuzz sticks). It is hands down the best information that I have seen on the subject. In the video, Andy covers a refined technique for creating feather sticks safely, how to choose the right wood, and why to make them.

The ability to create quality feather sticks is one of these most single useful skills the outdoorsman can possess. It is also a test of one’s ability with a knife and the knife itself. There is a good reason you see feather sticks mentioned in nearly every survival oriented knife review.

Grizzly Outdoors Gransfors Bruks SFA Sheath

Nothing about Gransfors Bruks is inexpensive and that includes the various aftermarket items that you might want to go with your axe. Most of the axe masks that you find are very well crafted and beautiful to look at but very expensive. They are also usually made of leather which certainly works but a hard axe mask/bit cover can be a nice safety item on sharp axe that is carried in a pack. That is why I was so happy to come across Grizzly Outdoors. They offer an axe mask for the Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe that is molded from kydex and costs only $15. In that world of Gransfors Bruks, that is a bargain of the highest degree.

Check out Grizzly Outdoors.

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Wolf Creek Forge Parang

If you could only choose one knife to walk into the woods with the intent to stay a while, you could do a lot worse than a good parang. The large, traditional design excels at tasks like fire prep and shelter building. One of the nicest examples of parangs that I have seen recently was created by Wolf Creek Forge.

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Their parang features a massive 3/16″ thick O1 blade with an etched finish. The green canvas micarta handle is complimented with black liners, loveless bolts, and a lanyard tube. This was their first parang and they intend to offer a run of these eventually. That run will likely sell out quickly so get in touch with Wolf Creek Forge via their BushcraftUSA forum or their Facebook Page.

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