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Tournament

A Pocket Knife Winner: CRKT Drifter

The CRKT drifter made it to the top of the list regarding pocket knives, due to the perfect blend of high quality, flawless ergonomic handle, incredible portability, and its unique low price which makes it very affordable. To be honest, I have to give credit when credit is due. I would have found this knife if it weren’t for my best mate Kyle from Plasterer Sydney.

Let us take a look at its one of a kind properties. 

Ergonomics of the handle

Simplicity always wins. That is the case with the CRKT Drifter knife, where a perfectly simple, standard handle beat up the odds and made it to the best. With absolutely no notches nor finger groves, and basic shape, this simplistic handle works perfectly well with everyone, everywhere and at all times. Besides providing the user with a comfortable grip, its practicality and simplicity aids in lowering its price in the market. 

The shape of the blade

With an all-purpose, traditional, and again, simplistic drop-point blade shape, sharpening the edge of the CRKT Drifter makes it an enjoyable experience as opposed to a painful one. Usually, for certain tasks, specific blade shapes will be more convenient than others. However, you can count on the drop-point form of this knife for an all-purpose, general use tool that is convenient for everyone. The blade is made of titanium nitride, which is a high-quality blend of metals that makes it resistant to rust.

Convenient size

The CRKT Drifter can compact itself in such a way that you can easily fit it inside your pocket without even noticing its presence. It has a length of 6.5-inches when open and 3.7-inches when closed and weighs as light as 68 grams. It also contains a tight clip in the box so you can clip the knife to your pocket. Unfortunately, the clip does not vary in size, so the user is stuck with a one size clip at all times. However, its utility far overcomes its lack of flexibility. 

Locking option

Some consider the locking option a hazard, and some consider it a safety measure. The CRKT Drifter contains a small, simple yet perfectly safe liner lock that can make the knife adequate for more demanding tasks. 

Affordability

Again, simplicity always wins. This knife is under $40.00 in cost, which makes it extremely affordable for a pocket knife. It is an essential, single blade pocket knife that beats the odds in the market regarding perfect price balance and good quality. 

Personalization

As if all the unique qualities above were not enough, the CRKT Drifter also brings in uniqueness within its simplicity. Thanks to the flat areas present in the frame or the blade, this knife can be personalized. Either by imprinting on it by silkscreen or laser, you can make it unique. Also, engraving works just as beautifully in all flat areas. 

In summary, the unique low price of the CRKT Drifter knife combined with its conveniently small size, long-lasting blade, locking options, ergonomic blade, and personalization opportunities made this knife the top one of the list. The simplicity in the materials, along with the design itself, has made it not just functional, but genuinely unique and practical. 

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Camping Gear

Camping Knives That Will Change Your Life

Leaving for your camping trip has never been more exciting. Everything is packed, you and your companions have been planning all year long for this upcoming trip. More than getting there, what truly excites you is that between your companions and yourself, you have all managed to collect the three best-camping knives there are. 

Knife #1: The Morakniv Companion

Having the perfect grip is one of the essential things in a knife, aside from the blade, of course. The rubber handle that the Morakniv Companion knife has along with the extremely sharp blade, make this knife your go-to option for slicing an apple, chopping vegetables, and dividing up portions of food. It weighs 120 grams approximately; it has a 4.1-inch blade, which is stainless steel. It is clearly not a knife made for heavy-duty work, yet its size makes it uniquely useful. Re-sharpening the edge is necessary, yet an enjoyable task to perform. 

Knife #2: The Ka-Bar Becker Companion

Trying to bring down a few trees during your camping trip will not be a problem with this state of the art, heavy-duty knife. Weighing almost half a kilogram, with a 5.25-inch chromium-vanadium steel blade that is uniquely sharp, this knife will not disappoint you when cutting through tree branches and firewood. As an added advantage, this knife has a steel extension at the handle, which makes it perfect to use on the tent stakes as a hammer. It is a completely balanced knife that will provide you with the stability you need when cutting through thick material. Although it is quite challenging to clean it due to its thickness, it is the closest knife to a machete that you could possibly have during your camping trip.

Knife #3: Schrade SCHF 36 Frontier Companion

Although not as tough as the KA-Bar Becker Companion, this knife can be used for less thick tree branches and firewood without a problem. It is definitely not designed for kitchen use during food preparation. One of the most significant advantages of this knife is the significantly friendlier price, it is not as expensive as the Ka-Bar, and it can be potentially used for the same, at a smaller scale. 

It weighs around 350 grams, has a blade length of 5-inches, and it is coated with carbon steel.  The rubber handle has a little finger notch closer to the blade for a firmer grip and more precision during handling. Even though it is not as durable and you will find some healthy scratches and wear and tear marks after a month of usage, the affordability of this product and its usefulness made it one of the top three best camping knives to have. 

For each of the three knives mentioned above, it is recommended you know their properties, maintain them as they need, and use them on the specific tasks that they can handle. By doing so, you are in for a fantastic experience during your camping trip with only the best quality camping-knives possible. 

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Knife and Law

Legalities of Camping Knives

You are touring the United States of America, walking down the streets, enjoying your time. You like fixing things; you find it exciting and stress-releasing, which is why you carry a pocketknife in your bag at all times: you never know when it might become useful. During your visit to the state of Alabama, the person right behind you is carrying a bowie knife attached to their hip. All you can think of is, is that even legal? You move on to your next state on the trip, Oklahoma; you get stopped by the local police, and during their search, they find your knife. Next thing you know, you are being arrested for possession of a weapon and taken to the police station. Vacation is over.  

It might turn out as a surprise to you, but actually, every country, estate, province, has specific knife/blade rules to which you must comply. 

Knives at The United States of America

Generally speaking, the majority of the United States allows for you to have auto-open knives with a few exceptions. In the Virginia state, it is not allowed to own any knife, whereas, in Michigan and Minnesota, all sorts of knives are entirely legal. In some other locations, such as Montana, it is not allowed to conceal blades that are over 4 inches; however, it is perfectly legal to carry them when not concealed. If you are planning to travel to the United States and you are a knife-lover, make sure you check the regulations to avoid any bad experiences or surprises. 

Knives in Australia

Australia also has variation in the law regarding knives; however, they are not as hard to keep track of like the ones in the United States of America. For instance, in general, and with a few exceptions, it is illegal to carry a knife in Australia. 

In Western Australia, if you happen to have a lawful excuse to carry a knife, you might get away with it. For example, if you are volunteering at community lunch, and you are one of the cooks, it is acceptable and understandable for you to carry a knife. In other locations such as Queensland, a utility knife such as a Swiss Army one is allowed. 

Camping Knives

Depending on the location and the law that applies during your camping trip, you might get away with a small camping knife. Usually, having a blade whose purpose is to assist you during your trip rather than to harm others is not frowned upon. The majority of the United States allows having camping-knives and auto-open knives without any problems, as opposed to Australia, where any type of knives, including camping ones, are prohibited unless you have a reasonable excuse. 

As a good recommendation, if you would like to remain on the safe side, it is better to simply not have a knife at all. However, it is doubtful that anyone can go camping without a camping knife to make their life easy. In such cases where a reasonable excuse is there, feel free to carry a camping knife with you. Nonetheless, if you like to have a knife in your bag just for the sake of doing it, it is recommended that you limit yourself to the multipurpose knives such as the Swiss Army to avoid problems.