Review: Allen Putman G10 Scales for Bencmhade Griptilian and Mini-Griptilian



I’ve been carrying a Benchmade Mini-Griptilian for years. I’m especially a fan of the Doug Ritter versions. They are solid knives, and Benchmade’s Axis Lock is a joy to use. Recently I got the urge to upgrade the stock plastic handles to these G10 beauties by Allen Putman Blade Scales. They are a bit pricey, but worth it, especially for the full-size knives.

My review is online now at

L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives GNS – Initial Impressions



I was fortunate enough to meet L.T. Wright at a local gun show recently. As one half of the partnership that was Blind Horse Knives, his reputation for producing a quality, handmade blade is well established. Now he heads up his own company, L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives, and the blades he had at his booth lived up to everything I have come to expect from the Blind Horse products I have owned and handled in the past.

L.T. was kind enough to send along a GNS model for me to review. My initial impressions are online now at TTAK.

[Update 2/20/2015: My full review has been completed and can be found here]

Camp The 50 States: West Virginia


It was a glorious autumn weekend when we set out for the Cranberry River Wilderness, part of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. Getting up before dawn on a Friday morning, we left the morning commuters behind and drove west from Washington, D.C.

Rather than take Interstate-81 south, we jumped over the border to West Virginia as soon as we could, where the highways quickly got smaller and smaller, until there was only a single lane of traffic in either direction. The scenery was profoundly more enjoyable because of this decision, evidenced by the photo above. Continue reading

10 Reasons You Should Carry A Spyderco Delica



Over at TTAK, I recently asked the readers to give us their “Go-To Knife Recommendations.” They came up with a lot of good options so I would encourage you follow the link and check out their suggestions. My personal recommendation is the Spyderco Delica4 FFG. It has features that both knife enthusiasts and knife newbies can appreciate, and best of all it is affordable. Here are 10 reasons the Spyderco Delica makes a great EDC knife. Continue reading

Knife Review: Condor Tool & Knife Nessmuk


Image @2014 David C. Andersen

I just finished up my review of Condor’s Nessmuk. Thanks to a friend who lent it to me for review, I was able to cut, carve, chop, split, drill, and pry through a series of tests to see whether, or not, this blade would make a good camp knife.

The results were a bit of a mixed bag. Click over to the full review on TTAK for a little history lesson, more photos, and the final results.

Have You Ever Modified an Old Hickory?


Image @2014 David C. Andersen

Here is a project I recently finished, using an Old Hickory meat cleaver. I have created a trio of tools that should complement each other in a camping food prep situation. Both of the blades have convex edges. The larger blade, with an inline point and neutral balance, should do well as a general camp knife, but can also pull off some chores where one would usually reach for a chef’s knife; the long curved edge works well at rocking motions, mincing herbs or garlic, and long slicing cuts off a roast. The smaller blade makes a good paring knife/small utility knife. The third tool started out as a simple tinder/ferrocium rod scraper, and then I added a bottle opener to one side as well.

Read the full article and discussion, with more photos, over at The Truth About Knives.

Knife Review: Victorinox Compact


Victorinox-Compact-Main-ToolsI always like to try out variations of Swiss Army Knives. I picked up the Compact with the idea that it would make a good knife to travel with. While some SAKs can go overboard with the number of tools they include, this one is refined down to a limited, but very versatile, toolset. Be sure to read my full review on TTAK. Spoiler alert: the blade rocked my socks!