The Best Brands For Tanto Knife Lovers
So, as you all well know if you have been reading the blog for any period of time, I am a huge Cold Steel fan. With that being said, I will try to be as non-biased as I can. But, while I may from time to time act as though Cold Steel is the God of all knife manufacturers, it is your money and your choice in the long run. There are many of great knife brands out there, but which are the ones that make the best tanto knives? Well, let’s get to it.
1. Cold Steel Knives
Alright, let’s get this one out of the way right out of the gate. Cold Steel is amazing and if you don’t already own a knife by them, make your first one a tanto. Cold Steel makes some of the finest blades available to this day. The thing that I really like about Cold Steel is that they always “overbuild” all of their knives. What do I mean by this? I mean that they make their knives as beefy and strong as possibly so that there is almost no way the knife will fail on you.
I used to own quite a few knives by SOG, and the main issue that I have with SOG is that their locking systems are too weak. I have cut myself multiple times with the SOG Flash II, but other people seem to love that knife for some reason.
2. Benchmade Knives
Benchmade is a USA Quality brand. For the most part, their knives are made in the USA with quality and pride. They used to have some knives made in China, but the quality was sub-par for their price and I don’t believe they manufacture any knives overseas today.
The quality of their USA made knives is superb. Benchmade has really made a name for themselves in the knife community and some of their classic blades come with tanto tips. One of their classic best-selling knives is the Benchmade Griptilian, which looks absolutely gorgeous with a tanto edged tip.
3. Kershaw Knives
Kershaw has been really taking hold of the “budget blades” arena of knives. Most of their knives are under $50 and they really pack in a bang for your buck. While I may be a little tired of the same old beadblasted finish and black handle, they do provide excellent quality for a low price.
Kershaw also make some excellent knife designs and I do love some of their Wharncliffe style blades. However, as a tanto knife manufacturer, Kershaw makes some fine products. The Brawler is one of my personal favorites.
4. Columbia River Knife And Tool (CRKT)
CRKT is one of my personal favorite knife manufacturers. Some of the coolest blade designs I have ever seen have come out from CRKT. Microtech makes some excellently crafted blade designs, but when it comes to the tanto edge, CRKT blows Microtech out of the water.
CRKT knows what their customers want and they have been giving it to them for decades now. My favorite tanto knife made by them has to be the Tighe Tac Two.
5. Gerber Knives
So Gerber is a tad bit different than the other knife manufacturers. Gerber was bought by Fiskars and most of their knives today are pretty close to junk. However their American Made knives are fantastic. Most of their knives are made overseas and the quality has really taken a hit from the big name brand that they used to be.
The quality is still out there with this brand, but you are going to need to pay the extra price to get it. Whatever you do when you buy your next Gerber knife, just don’t buy their Chinese stuff. The blade steel is so soft that my butter knives end up sharper after a weeks worth of use.
If you liked this post, then make sure to check out my post on Tanto Blade Advantages.