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The Best New Knives of 2012

The Best New Knives of 2012

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from New Age Bubba wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

What happened to Buck Knives?

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from Garrett Richie wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I think the Gayle Bradley Spyderco was a stronger knife last year, but the new Manix still looks great!

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from Fox1011 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

These selections are really a good range of choices. Safe picks with Spyderco and Gerber since they have great reputations to start with. I have more experience with those names anyway. But the shear number of offerings is confusing. Some of the knives on this list are not even available yet. The Spyderco Mantis 2 and Spyderco 150GP are in stock. Buck Knives? I see one on the F&S list but I do not see who has them yet.
Sounds like a great time for knife nuts.
foxquailityknives@aol.com

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from jimurray wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I like the big selection of brands but I haven't had a good experience with Gerber knives.

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from Trapper Vic wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I'll stick with the drop point knives. hollow ground or uneven blades like the Buck Haley would be almost impossible to sharpen wth a hand stone. With 440 stainless I don't see the need for these knives to be so thick. another sharpening issue. Forschner makes a great butcher knife but no one seems to emulate it! Spyderco Jr looks like a good pocket knife. Benchmade looks good. I've used Gerbers before and liked them, although these too look a little too techy for me.

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from SailFree wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I've been a knife freak since a kid. My Uncle Tom made custom knives after compound bows took over form the lovely laminated recurves he used to craft. I don't disagree with much of your selection, but you might have added the very useful LITTLE Al Foltz Minimalist by CRKT. Very cheap, but very handy and can do quite a lot for such a tiny blade.

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from Meerpj26 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

These are some cool knives but im still convinced that the RAPALA Filetknife is the best knife for a persons dollar and it will do every thing from filet fish to gutting and skinning game.

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from Montanagyrene wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Two problems came from viewing these photos-The first being that I'd LIKE to add 3 or 4 of them to my collection, and the SECOND, but perhaps more SERIOUS problem would be 'explaining' a new knife to Mrs Gyrene!! I can HEAR it now-"you want WHAT? And it costs HOW much?!"

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from bassman06 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

All I can say is "ooh, shiny." I wish I could have at least one.

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from MountainMan6 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

1 and 2 look perfect for strapping on your belt while playing video games or watching tv and pretending you're an outdoorsman or soldier. 3/4 of the rest of them are ugly and cheap... I respectfully disagree that any of these knives, except the Spydercos, represent the "best" of anything.

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from Gtbigsky wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

I'm not really a fan of any of these knives! Give me a buck 110 for the small to medium sized jobs and a Russel Green buffalo skinner for medium to big jobs.

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from tritonrider wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Original US made Schrade LB-7 and any of a group of old German made Solingen steel knives.
That said the LL Bean folders look gorgeous. Gonna have to work on the wife.

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from Gary Johnson wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Mora of Sweden, best knives an outdoorsman can Carry, most priced under $20.....

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from YoungHunter wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Awesome BEST NEW knives, I want to buy almost all of them!

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from Ben Blaker wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

I prefer knives with a gut hook on the top too. I have at the moment 2 folding knives with gut hook, and also a Gerber E-Z Gut hook, which although excellent, you do require a sharp pointed blade to make an access to use it.
Soon I'll get a fixed blade (Maybe two) also with gut hookm and then I'll have all the knives I need.

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from plinkster wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

I like the knives with the paracord

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from alexhuntsducks wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

I've made a few knives and i love wrapping the 550 cord around the handle! looks unique and you have an emergency supply of cord!!

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from alexhuntsducks wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

I've made a few knives like these and i love wrapping 550 cord around the handle! looks unique and you have an emergency supply of cord!!

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from hutter wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

I like old knives

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from Louzianajones wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

"A man without a knife is a man without a life."

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from Mac in Mo wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Why do so many knives come with pointless holes,grooves, ridges and other dirt and bacteria traps. I doubt that 99% of knives ever actually see any real use. The "Knife Ninjas" have taken over. And don't get me started on the worthless saw teeth and serrations.

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

I grew up with Case xx knives, most of the ones i have were handed down to me from my father & grandfather. They are simple & reliable, and one day i will hand them down to my son.
It's a shame you don't see Case much anymore.
The only foreign made knife i somewhat dig is Spyderco- I just ordered that Manix 2 xl.

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from Pig Pen wrote 2 years 8 weeks ago

When I destroy my "cheaper" knives, I'll look to get something of better quality.

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from Rob Davis wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

I think this list is missing what are easily the most exciting knives of 2012: the Becker Minis! They are gonna be amazing & sell like crazy for Ka-Bar! I like he Spydercos on the list, especially the Junior, & the Benchmades look good too. Gerbers are pure junk, though, especially that ridiculous Bear Grylls knife.

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from thenightfox wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

The new Gerber Myth line looks pretty awesome. Lover the gerbers I own thus far.
(however, that how Gryllis thing is a complete joke)

It's rather sad that a $500 knife even made the list at all. Cmon.
You can EASILY get a short Kabar or Prodigy for $50 or an LMF for $70.
Don't fall for the hype and pay the price just for a name.

Someone mentioned Rapala...their fillet knives are only $20 but are EXCELLENT.

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from mrbasskiller wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Seriously, that Bear Grylls knife is a piece of junk, people. Gerber really screwed up when they took advice from from that idiot.

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from bigz24bigbass wrote 1 year 41 weeks ago

That first knife looked pretty cool

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from Bocephus22 wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

One of the most essential tools, ever. Great knives.

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from Ian_hdsn15 wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

I like Gerber knives, however I am not a huge fan of Bear Grylls, so I dont think ill ever see myself purchasing any Gerber in that particular series.

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from skibarge1954 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I liked all the cool knives,but what do the sheaths look like ? Are the sheaths, leather or synthetic ?

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

Great variety. I liked a few of these knives. The CRKT looked good. Is there a model that doesn't have the gut hook?

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from nomadtraveler wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

I own Gerber, Buck and a couple of Randalls and some less well known brands. I have a Buck that I have had for 40 years but I have bought my last Buck. I ordered some pocket knives to give as gifts and discovered they were made in CHINA. No more Bucks for me. I have to buy enough crap made in China as it is. I will never buy anything made by Buck again!

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from stowespod wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I'm not particular about the maker as I am about the steel the blade IS MADE FROM. Stainless doesn't hold an edge as long. Carbide-steel and the like are, in my opinion, are far better for SURVIVAL knives. A little rust never hurt anyone.

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from stowespod wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Adding to my prior comment; This knife looks good and sturdy ( just what I'd want for survival) and a good edge takes time no matter the type of blade...there's too much impatience in the world today, without it you won't be a good mechanic or cook or technician or father or hunter etc...

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from New Age Bubba wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

The Texas Dept of Parks/Wildlife recommends that hunting knives be soaked for an hour in a chlorox solution, after cleaning game.

Mmmmm, this will create some really interesting designs on your fancy knife....

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from New Age Bubba wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

@Nomad: Buck knives are still made in the USA, but they do offer a line that are Chinese made.

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from New Age Bubba wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

@Nomad again:

TAKE A TOURCome by and see how Buck Knives are made. We offer tours year-round, free of charge Monday through Thursday at 10:00 a.m., 12 noon, and 2:00 p.m.
Tours last about 45 minutes. Fully closed shoes are a must (closed toe and heel). It is a knife factory, after all. Children seven-years-old and up are welcome. Please call ahead for a reservation, 800-326-2825 x172.
We are located at 660 S. Lochsa St. in Post Falls, Idaho (between Spokane and Coeur D’ Alene). Take I-90 to Exit 2 (Pleasant View Road), go south to Lochsa, turn right and follow Lochsa to the plant. Visitor parking is available.

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from James Merrill wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

since i bought my first buck i haven't bought anything else since they're reliable, sturdy, and made in the U.S.A. you can't beat that.

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from New Age Bubba wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

What happened to Buck Knives?

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from Trapper Vic wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I'll stick with the drop point knives. hollow ground or uneven blades like the Buck Haley would be almost impossible to sharpen wth a hand stone. With 440 stainless I don't see the need for these knives to be so thick. another sharpening issue. Forschner makes a great butcher knife but no one seems to emulate it! Spyderco Jr looks like a good pocket knife. Benchmade looks good. I've used Gerbers before and liked them, although these too look a little too techy for me.

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from Gtbigsky wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

I'm not really a fan of any of these knives! Give me a buck 110 for the small to medium sized jobs and a Russel Green buffalo skinner for medium to big jobs.

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from Mac in Mo wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Why do so many knives come with pointless holes,grooves, ridges and other dirt and bacteria traps. I doubt that 99% of knives ever actually see any real use. The "Knife Ninjas" have taken over. And don't get me started on the worthless saw teeth and serrations.

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from Garrett Richie wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I think the Gayle Bradley Spyderco was a stronger knife last year, but the new Manix still looks great!

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from Fox1011 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

These selections are really a good range of choices. Safe picks with Spyderco and Gerber since they have great reputations to start with. I have more experience with those names anyway. But the shear number of offerings is confusing. Some of the knives on this list are not even available yet. The Spyderco Mantis 2 and Spyderco 150GP are in stock. Buck Knives? I see one on the F&S list but I do not see who has them yet.
Sounds like a great time for knife nuts.
foxquailityknives@aol.com

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from Meerpj26 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

These are some cool knives but im still convinced that the RAPALA Filetknife is the best knife for a persons dollar and it will do every thing from filet fish to gutting and skinning game.

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from alexhuntsducks wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

I've made a few knives and i love wrapping the 550 cord around the handle! looks unique and you have an emergency supply of cord!!

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from alexhuntsducks wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

I've made a few knives like these and i love wrapping 550 cord around the handle! looks unique and you have an emergency supply of cord!!

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

I grew up with Case xx knives, most of the ones i have were handed down to me from my father & grandfather. They are simple & reliable, and one day i will hand them down to my son.
It's a shame you don't see Case much anymore.
The only foreign made knife i somewhat dig is Spyderco- I just ordered that Manix 2 xl.

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from Pig Pen wrote 2 years 8 weeks ago

When I destroy my "cheaper" knives, I'll look to get something of better quality.

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from thenightfox wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

The new Gerber Myth line looks pretty awesome. Lover the gerbers I own thus far.
(however, that how Gryllis thing is a complete joke)

It's rather sad that a $500 knife even made the list at all. Cmon.
You can EASILY get a short Kabar or Prodigy for $50 or an LMF for $70.
Don't fall for the hype and pay the price just for a name.

Someone mentioned Rapala...their fillet knives are only $20 but are EXCELLENT.

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from jimurray wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I like the big selection of brands but I haven't had a good experience with Gerber knives.

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from Montanagyrene wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Two problems came from viewing these photos-The first being that I'd LIKE to add 3 or 4 of them to my collection, and the SECOND, but perhaps more SERIOUS problem would be 'explaining' a new knife to Mrs Gyrene!! I can HEAR it now-"you want WHAT? And it costs HOW much?!"

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from bassman06 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

All I can say is "ooh, shiny." I wish I could have at least one.

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from MountainMan6 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

1 and 2 look perfect for strapping on your belt while playing video games or watching tv and pretending you're an outdoorsman or soldier. 3/4 of the rest of them are ugly and cheap... I respectfully disagree that any of these knives, except the Spydercos, represent the "best" of anything.

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from tritonrider wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Original US made Schrade LB-7 and any of a group of old German made Solingen steel knives.
That said the LL Bean folders look gorgeous. Gonna have to work on the wife.

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from YoungHunter wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Awesome BEST NEW knives, I want to buy almost all of them!

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from Ben Blaker wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

I prefer knives with a gut hook on the top too. I have at the moment 2 folding knives with gut hook, and also a Gerber E-Z Gut hook, which although excellent, you do require a sharp pointed blade to make an access to use it.
Soon I'll get a fixed blade (Maybe two) also with gut hookm and then I'll have all the knives I need.

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from plinkster wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

I like the knives with the paracord

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from hutter wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

I like old knives

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from Louzianajones wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

"A man without a knife is a man without a life."

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from Rob Davis wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

I think this list is missing what are easily the most exciting knives of 2012: the Becker Minis! They are gonna be amazing & sell like crazy for Ka-Bar! I like he Spydercos on the list, especially the Junior, & the Benchmades look good too. Gerbers are pure junk, though, especially that ridiculous Bear Grylls knife.

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from skibarge1954 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I liked all the cool knives,but what do the sheaths look like ? Are the sheaths, leather or synthetic ?

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

Great variety. I liked a few of these knives. The CRKT looked good. Is there a model that doesn't have the gut hook?

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from nomadtraveler wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

I own Gerber, Buck and a couple of Randalls and some less well known brands. I have a Buck that I have had for 40 years but I have bought my last Buck. I ordered some pocket knives to give as gifts and discovered they were made in CHINA. No more Bucks for me. I have to buy enough crap made in China as it is. I will never buy anything made by Buck again!

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from stowespod wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I'm not particular about the maker as I am about the steel the blade IS MADE FROM. Stainless doesn't hold an edge as long. Carbide-steel and the like are, in my opinion, are far better for SURVIVAL knives. A little rust never hurt anyone.

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from stowespod wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Adding to my prior comment; This knife looks good and sturdy ( just what I'd want for survival) and a good edge takes time no matter the type of blade...there's too much impatience in the world today, without it you won't be a good mechanic or cook or technician or father or hunter etc...

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from New Age Bubba wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

The Texas Dept of Parks/Wildlife recommends that hunting knives be soaked for an hour in a chlorox solution, after cleaning game.

Mmmmm, this will create some really interesting designs on your fancy knife....

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from New Age Bubba wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

@Nomad: Buck knives are still made in the USA, but they do offer a line that are Chinese made.

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from New Age Bubba wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

@Nomad again:

TAKE A TOURCome by and see how Buck Knives are made. We offer tours year-round, free of charge Monday through Thursday at 10:00 a.m., 12 noon, and 2:00 p.m.
Tours last about 45 minutes. Fully closed shoes are a must (closed toe and heel). It is a knife factory, after all. Children seven-years-old and up are welcome. Please call ahead for a reservation, 800-326-2825 x172.
We are located at 660 S. Lochsa St. in Post Falls, Idaho (between Spokane and Coeur D’ Alene). Take I-90 to Exit 2 (Pleasant View Road), go south to Lochsa, turn right and follow Lochsa to the plant. Visitor parking is available.

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from James Merrill wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

since i bought my first buck i haven't bought anything else since they're reliable, sturdy, and made in the U.S.A. you can't beat that.

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from SailFree wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I've been a knife freak since a kid. My Uncle Tom made custom knives after compound bows took over form the lovely laminated recurves he used to craft. I don't disagree with much of your selection, but you might have added the very useful LITTLE Al Foltz Minimalist by CRKT. Very cheap, but very handy and can do quite a lot for such a tiny blade.

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from mrbasskiller wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Seriously, that Bear Grylls knife is a piece of junk, people. Gerber really screwed up when they took advice from from that idiot.

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from bigz24bigbass wrote 1 year 41 weeks ago

That first knife looked pretty cool

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from Bocephus22 wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

One of the most essential tools, ever. Great knives.

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from Ian_hdsn15 wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

I like Gerber knives, however I am not a huge fan of Bear Grylls, so I dont think ill ever see myself purchasing any Gerber in that particular series.

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from Gary Johnson wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Mora of Sweden, best knives an outdoorsman can Carry, most priced under $20.....

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There were a staggering number of companies, big and small, showing off their newest knives at SHOT Show this year. We waded through the crowds and pulled out these selections as the best new knives of 2012.

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