Knife Review: Fiddleback Forge Bushfinger



Thanks to Fiddleback Forge owner Andy Roy, I had the chance to review his signature knife, the Bushfinger. This version is part of his new Production Series of knives and although the knife is impressive, it isn’t quite perfect. Find out why in the full review, which is now online.

The Nessmuk Knife



I have a bit of a thing for Nessmuk pattern knives. Not only are they versatile, but the shape is usually quite graceful. I recently compiled a history of the knife and the various permutations that are made in modern times. You can read it here, and don’t forget to check out my review of the Condor Nessmuk as well!

Knife Review: Great Eastern Cutlery #73 Scout



The beautiful Great Eastern Cutlery knife that you see here was given to me for review by owner Derrick Bohn. It was a privilege to review it and the quality of the knife is impressive. Hands down, it is the best traditional pocket knife I have had the pleasure of using. Thank you Derrick for the knife!

The review is online now on The Truth About Knives.

Gear Review: Exotac fireSLEEVE



When the Kickstarter campaign for the Exotac fireSLEEVE was announced, I knew I had to participate. A waterproof case for the ubiquitous Bic lighter seemed like a no brainer. The Bic is dependable and can be found nearly anywhere, but the striker needs to be protected from moisture if you want it to work. So I plunked down my pledge on day one of the campaign and have been waiting eagerly for them to be completed ever since.

I’ve carried an Exotac nanoSTRIKER on my keychain for years and it has been great so I had no qualms about backing the company. Now that the product has finally arrived it is time to verify just how waterproof these little buggers are. Continue reading

BLADE Show 2015: The Nicest Folks You’ll Ever Meet



BLADE Show 2015 is in the books and I couldn’t have had a more enjoyable time! Not only was I running the Instagram account for TTAK, posting up photos of cool and new products, but I got to meet some titans in the knife world. Among them Doug Ritter, Ethan Becker, Michael Collins, Sal Glesser, and more. I walked away with some cool hardware as well. You can read my recap here.

Knife Review: L.T. Wright Knives Rogue River


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I’ve had the pleasure of putting another fine LTWK product through the wringer lately, the Rogue River. The review is now online at TTAK.

I loved this knife. It is wonderfully versatile, a workhorse in the kitchen, and a thoroughbred at camp!

I took a ton of photos, way more than I needed. Check out a photo gallery of some shots that didn’t make it into the review after the jump. Continue reading

Knife Review: ESEE Izula-II



I have owned the tiny, mighty ESEE Izula-II for almost a year now. It made a great complement to a larger fixed blade on a camping trip to West Virginia last fall. I liked it less as an EDC proposition, but as a blade for outdoor pursuits it is superlative. My full review of the knife is now online at TTAK and I think the photos turned out especially well. Read it here.

Knife Review: L.T. Wright Knives GNS



Big review of mine went live today on the L.T. Wright GNS bushcraft knife.

Back in November I met L.T. at a local show and he agreed to send me this knife. This is the first knife sent to me by a maker for review, and I can’t thank him enough.

The GNS is a fantastic piece of kit for campers, hikers, and especially practicing bushcraft folks. Read the full review on The Truth About Knives.