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Hydra Knives Buzzard – EDC Multitool Knife

The Buzzard is a compact fixed blade produced by Spanish knife maker Hydra Knives. This EDC knife can do more than cut. It has a number of other multitool-like features including a firesteel scraper, a hex wrench, and the ability to accept interchangable screwdriver bits.

The Buzzard is made from 5mm thick, 1.4116 steel (similar to 420HC in the US, which is a solid working steel). The overall length is 6.7″ and the blade length is 3.35″. The included kydex sheath can be mounted in variety of ways and has a clever hole that allows the screwdriver function to work while the blade is covered.

Hydra Knives is launching this knife on Kickstarter where it was fully funded within 48 hours. Check out the Buzzard on Kickstarter.

New from TOPS Knives: Rapid Strike

The new Rapid Strike, from TOPS Knives, is a slim fixed blade knife designed with concealment in mind…

Everything about the Rapid Strike makes it an excellent combatives blade. The cutting edge is long enough for good slashing cuts and thrusts. It can be single or double-edged to meet legal requirements or be even more dangerous. The G10 handle is strong and grippy and combined with the recessed jimping that goes all the way around the handle, it’s easy to keep it in your hand when you need it the most. The sheath was designed to allow for a combat grip straight out of the sheath (meaning the hand doesn’t have to be readjusted to grip the handle properly after it’s removed from the sheath). The thin blade material and narrow profile take up little space on a belt, on a vest, in a boot, or wherever else you choose to carry it. 154CM stainless steel was chosen to provide a strong blade with little maintenance needed to keep it clean and sharp.

So whether you’re deployed to one of the current hot spots around the world, serving and protecting in your neighborhood, or just a prepared citizen who wants something to help get you home safe, the Rapid Strike is perfect for you. Plus it makes a great steak knife too.

Check out the Rapid Strike at TOPSKnives.com.

New from TOPS Knives – The Quickie Knife

TOPS Knives just released their newest knife – The Quickie. Here’s what they had to say about it:

In an increasingly uncertain world, tools like the Quickie become ever more valuable. It’s a “3-finger” karambit, meaning that the 3rd finger away from the blade should be placed in the hole. The design allows the user to still have some use of his/her hand while the blade is being held. This is especially useful for first responders that may have to draw the knife before they can access their primary weapon because it removes the need to drop or re-sheath the knife (both bad options) to get to that primary weapon once it becomes available.

Pick up the Quickie from a TOPS authorized dealer or from TOPS at www.topsknives.com/quickie

Sneak Peek: WWII USGI Mess Kit Knife Homage from Heavy Cover Inc.

You likely know Heavy Cover Inc as the makers of a titanium mess kit based on the size and shape of a USGI canteen. It is a thoroughly modern homage to a classic design. Is it any wonder that, when developing a a knife to serve as a companion to that same mess kit, they took inspiration from another classic USGI mess kit item?

Heavy Cover Inc. has been working with Dauntless MFG to develop a modernized version of the USGI 1945 WW2 Mess Kit Knife. The Heavy Cover version of this knife will boast a D2 steel blade with a black nitride finish. The scales are machined from aluminum and will be hard anodized on the production knife.

This knife is still in the prototyping phase. Stay tuned for additional details.


It’s Not Just Because They are Cheap… Why Mora Knives?

I recently wrote an article about the Mora Robust and Companion Heavy Duty (click here to read), two knives that I see as some of the best values in the extensive Mora line and some of the best values on the knife market, period. I tout these two knives as a great option for those who have been hesitant to try Mora knives due to preconceived notions about the lightweight, inexpensive knives being fragile.

I received two emails after the article went live. One was from a long time reader who bought a Robust on my recommendation. The second email was less than approving. To put it nicely, reader Allen K. expressed his concern that I was going to “get someone killed” by recommending Moras and accused me of being “cheap”. He was genuinely upset.

My initial reaction was to treat this like any other of the weird emails or comments that come along with being on the internet. As I thought more about it, it seemed like a great opportunity to articulate some thoughts that I have had for a long time – thoughts about why even with all the expensive knives I own, even knives of my own design, you will probably find a Mora in my pack.

Weight – This is pretty straight forward. I am not talking about some kind of subjective balance or feel. I am talking about the measurable weight of the knife. A Mora Robust weighs 5.07 ounces and it is one of the heavier Moras thanks to it’s thicker blade stock. That is a full 2-3 ounces lighter (and in some cases a lot more) than a typical full tang knife of similar size. I am interested in saving weight for anything that have to carry on my back or belt. If you are worried about breaking one, you could carry two Moras and still weigh yourself down less than some full tang knives.

Function – I need to do two things with a knife in the outdoors – cut random things and process wood for fires. I can do both with a Mora and do them well. The Scandi grind used on Mora knives is well known for how it cuts wood. They are thin enough to cut well and they work really well for their intended purpose. In fact, they outperform many popular knives on the market in this regard. Many makers seem to have lost sight of the fact that knives should cut. Morakniv hasn’t.

Ergonomics – Mora Knives typically have excellent ergonomics. The handles tend to be comfortable and hand filling. They offer positive grip that works well with wet or gloved hands. Moras also typically have unobtrusive guards and they tend to bring the cutting edge all the way to the handle which increases leverage and efficiency (and thus safety) in power cuts. These are knives designed by people who use knives.

Quality – These are actually well made knives. They typically come with a good edge that can be easily refined further by the end user. Morakniv uses 12C27 hardened to HRC 56-58 or UHB-20C hardened to HRC 58-60 (basically 1095 carbon steel) and that is just in the lower end knives. These are high quality steels taken to hardness levels that provides very good performance.

Basically, you choose a Mora for ALL THE SAME REASONS YOU WOULD CHOOSE ANY ANOTHER KNIFE! Moras tend to be good quality, high performing knives, that also happen to be extremely inexpensive.

I understand that there is something of a mental hurdle here that takes a little bit of effort to get over. We live in a world where good things are rarely cheap. We also have a lot of romantic ideas about survival with a knife or how we think we will use a knife in the outdoors.

Mora knives are usually more than enough knife for me

Magpul® Limited Edition Frame Lock- Rigger

The Rigger is a limited edition, precision-engineered cutting tool constructed of premium materials and featuring signature Magpul form and function. This first-ever Limited Edition Frame Lock was designed by the team at Magpul and is an expression of Magpul’s design ethos and commitment to quality and innovation. The modified Wharncliffe blade is forged from Crucible Particle Metallurgy (CPM) S35VN stainless steel, considered to be one of the finest blade steels in the world, and one of the first designed specifically for knife blades. This CPM stainless steel construction provides improved strength and wear resistance which means the blade holds its edge longer than lesser steels, reducing the need for frequent sharpening.

A jimped blade flipper deploys and locks the modified Wharncliffe blade with an audible click. An innovative secondary locking feature (SLF) in the Rigger’s precision-machined frame lock can also be engaged, preventing accidental blade closure, even in the harshest of environments and during demanding use. A flick of the thumb disengages the SLF, allowing quick, controlled blade closure, with or without gloves.

The modified Wharncliffe blade edge has a distinct distal taper and slight belly that enhance ease of sharpening, maintenance, and overall utility. The primary grind / bevel decreases weight while maintaining blade strength and rigidity. The straight dull back curves slightly with an abrupt downward edge near the tip, creating an aggressive point for piercing and detailed work.

The titanium pocket clip features a hollow pocket clip screw for lanyards and can be removed or reversed with a slotted screwdriver for easy disassembly and cleaning. At 7.59 inches open and 4.52 inches closed, it is an ideal size for everyday carry, yet large enough to handle demanding field tasks.The Rigger also comes with a custom high strength, injection-molded, weather-resistant case that’s internally lined with soft foam. When not housing the Rigger, the crush-resistant case serves as a storage box for small tools, ammo, or anything else that will fit.

The Magpul Limited Edition Frame Lock will be offered in a series of short, serialized production runs, making these unique knives highly collectible. Availability of the first of these runs will be announced in spring 2019.


  • Blade Design: Modified Wharncliffe with Tapered Dual Bevel Grind
  • Blade Material: CPM S35VN
  • Secondary Locking Feature
  • Titanium Frame: 6Al4V
  • Titanium Pocket Clip: 6Al4V
  • Titanium Scales (Model dependent)
  • Limited Edition: Individually Serialized
  • Custom high strength, injection-molded, soft foam lined, weather resistant case
  • Lanyard Hole
  • Primary Frame Lock
  • Jimping along blade spine and flipper for increased grip during use

Made in the USA


  • Blade Length: 3.4” (from center of pivot)
  • Blade Thickness: 11/64”
  • Open Length: 7.59”
  • Closed Length: 4.52”
  • Handle Thickness: 7/16”
  • Weight: 4oz
  • Mechanism: Manual Opening w/ Flipper
  • Flipper Jimping Length: .235”
  • Blade Spine Jimping Length: .65”
  • Hardware Fasteners: Stainless Steel
  • Titanium Pocket Clip Position: Reversible Tip-Up
  • Bearing Type: Caged Ceramic Bearings


Mora Robust and Companion Heavy Duty – The Tough (but Still Cheap) Moras

Mora knives are no secret. Many knife users in the USA are well aware of the excellent quality and value that they offer. However, many knife users in the USA are also still hesitant about carrying them as their only knife in situations where an only knife can be very important (like backcountry travel) due to the perceived weakness of the light weight, partial tang, molded plastic handle design. This is in spite of the fact that Morakniv has moved production toward longer and wider tangs across basically all of the current Mora knives.

I feel that those fears are mostly misplaced or misinformed but I am also sympathetic to those who just want to have a bomb-proof tool they can count on. If that is you, I have good news. You don’t have to spend a lot cash to get a durable knife. You don’t have to carry 8-10 ounces of pack weight. You don’t even have to look outside of the Mora line.

Let’s take a look at why the Mora Robust and Mora Heavy Duty Companion might offer the best value in the entire Mora line.

Top: Robust, Bottom: Companion Heavy Duty

Durable But Still Affordable…

The Robust is basically just a beefed up version the the Mora Craftsman line with its hand filling grip, ample guard, and taller, more drop point blade. The Heavy Duty Companion is a beefed up version of the Companion series. Both of these knives have very similar dimensions to the other knives in their respective lines with one key difference… They have thicker, 1/8″ carbon steel blade stock. This stock is considerably thicker than most other Mora knives in their price range but still thin enough to cut very well.

These knives are more durable than other similar knives in their lines but they are still very affordable. The Robust sells for $10-15 and the Heavy Duty Companion with its longer blade and finished spine sells for $17-25. Morakniv offers other 1/8″ thick models but they all cost $40 or more. The Mora Bushcraft Black is often touted as the best value in the Mora line but these two knives together cost less than half of a Bushcraft Black while offering most of the functionality, all of the durability, and less weight.

Mora Robust

If you like the typical drop point blade shape (a very common blade shape in the US), the Mora Robust might be more your speed. It has a taller blade with a deeper belly than those we are used to seeing from Mora which will likely appeal to those of us in the US who are very used to this shape.

It weighs just 135 grams or 4.76 ounces (including the sheath and the “ranger band” I use for secondary retention) with a 3.6″ blade. Don’t let the light weight trick you into believing this knife isn’t “Robust”. The tang is very wide and extends almost the full length of the handle. There are very, very impressive torture test videos online for this knife and I am confident in saying that it is a tool you can trust.

The Robust feels great in the hand. It has a hand filling, rubberized grip and a full guard that ensure the knife stays put in your grip and is comfortable for long periods of work. If you like a pronounced guard or plan to use this for field dressing game, this might be the one for you.

Mora Companion Heavy Duty

The Companion Heavy Duty has a blade shape more like what is typically seen on Mora knives. It is shorter in height and longer in length than the Robust. The point sits lower in relation to the spine and more in line with the handle which is common among “bushcraft” knives.

The Companion Heavy Duty has a longer 4.1″ blade but weighs only a few grams more than the Robust due to the shorter height of the blade (138 grams or 4.86 ounces including the sheath and the “ranger band” I use for secondary retention).  It too has a robust, nearly full length tang.

This knife also has a slightly more hand filling handle than typically found on the Companion series. It will fit the same sheaths in most cases since the guard area is virtually identical but the rubberized portion of the grip is slightly larger in diameter. It is an extremely comfortable knife to use.

Personal Experience

I can tell you from my own use that these knives hold up to everything I need them too (then again, so have all the other modern Moras that I have tried). The most important thing I need from a knife is the ability to process wood for a fire and these knives are more than capable of that. The Robust in particular has been batoned through frozen wood on several occasion this year alone.

Wrap Up

These knives weigh about half what many similarly dimensioned full tang knives weigh and yet than can take all the same abuse (maybe more in some cases). They also cost significantly less. I mean, if you felt it was necessary, you could buy 3 of them – one to destruction test so you know the knife’s limits and two to carry just in case you still fear you might somehow break one in the field. That would still cost you less in cash and pack weight than many “survival” knives!

If the thin blade stock and perceived fragility of the standard Mora knives is what has been holding you back from trying one, check out the Robust and Companion Heavy Duty. Try to break one doing something close to a realistic knife task. I dare you.

I buy all my Moras on Amazon. Their prices are pretty hard to beat but it always pays the shop around, especially on the auction sites. The links below are affiliate links:

Mora Robust on Amazon

Mora Companion Heavy Duty on Amazon (available in “Military Green” or Orange)

Dauntless MFG UB-K

What do you get when you cross a box knife with a karabit? You get something like the UB-K from Dauntless MFG.

According to Dauntless MFG, the UB-K is:

The UB-K is a fixed blade karambit style knife that accepts all standard utility knife blades. It is designed to be just at home as a part of your everyday carry or another tool in your toolbox.

The UB-K comes with a custom kydex sheath and a wrench used to change hte blade. The UB-K comes with your choice of handle panels but Dauntless MFG also sells the panels in a variety of colors and textures so you can customize the UB-K.


Tindall Knives Ridge-Line

If you know Tindall Knives, you likely know them in part for their beautiful outdoor oriented knives with intricate handle designs. Those incredible, multi-material handles are what first caught my eye. That is what makes the new Tindall Knives Ridge-Line series such an interesting departure from their previous work.

The Ridge-Line is a no-frills line of knives that features custom quality with hard working finishes and materials. There are two designs in the line. The Teton is a do-all outdoors knives. The Lost River Bushcrafter is a “beefed up” re-imagining of the classic bushcraft knife. Both models feature 5/32″ thick 80CRV2 steel steel with a flat black coating, and bead-blasted micarta or G-10 handle slabs.

These knives also boast TKHT heat treat. Tindall Knives claims this heat treat “gives a harder hardness and better edge holding, still while retaining maximum toughness and no brittleness. It has been demonstrated by stabbing cars and cutting 1/4” steel bolts on a vise and still shaving hair.”

Ridge-Line knives come with a molded Boltaron sheath.

Check out the new Ridge-Line at Tindall Knives.

Best Tactical & Outdoor Gifts – Proven Arms & Outfitters

ABERDEEN,N.C. – (December 2018)- Proven Arms & Outfitters is excited to announce more holiday savings!  Whether you are shopping for yourself or that special tactical/outdoor someone, Proven Arms& Outfitters (PAO) has just the thing! Check out the vast assortment of AR15 parts and components from Geissele, Aero Precision, Magpul, Anderson, and many other popular manufacturers.  Tactical bags, packs, and firearm cases are always a great gift, and there are plenty in-stock from FirstTactical, 5.11 Tactical, Blue Force Gear, Pelican, and many other great brands.

Don’t miss PAO’s current special on Sig Sauer P320s!  Buy a full-size P320 and get a BlackPoint Tactical holster for $529.99 or K Rounds holster for $509.99.

Perfect stocking stuffers for the holidays are still available:

•    RE Factor Tactical Body Stacker Tees for $23.50

•    Streamlight Lights, Lanterns, and Headlamps for 45% Off

•    Thyrm Products for $17.59 to 26.39

•    Smith & Wesson M&P Mags 3 for $78.00

•    Magpul PMAGS on sale – 30 round for $8.99, 40 round for $14.99 and 60 round for $94.99

Each store location has a full assortment of ammo from Hornady, Sig Sauer, Federaland more at low prices.  Ammunition is only available in store; we do not ship ammo.

ProvenArms & Outfitters is proud to have a large variety of QualifiedProfessional Programs where law enforcement, military, first responders andmore can purchase firearms and essential gear at deep discounts.  PAO holds programs with SureFire, Smith & Wesson, Sig Sauer, FN America, Springfield Armory, Berretta, and IWI.  For more information on Proven Arms & Outfitters programs, visit ProvenOutfitters.com/Programs or call a store near you.

Check out our stores in Tacoma, WA and Woodbridge, VA or shop online here.

Stay tuned and look forward to more exciting announcements coming from Proven Arms & Outfitters soon! 

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