Adventure Knives: From Fieldcraft to Kitchen | SHOT 2017


Adventure Knives: From Fieldcraft to Kitchen | SHOT 2017

I have had contact and hands-on experience with products from International Supplies, provided by a number of their other holdings (like Explorer Cases and Steadify).

This year, they have added Adventure Knives into their fold. Adventure Knives sources knives from companies that you may not otherwise know about. They stock everything from utility knives for the working man to high-end custom knives to even one-of-a-kind cutlery sets.

Kovacek AMZ3. It has a light, ferro rod, glass breaker and belt cutter. And, oh yeah, a knife.
Kovacek AMZ3. It has a light with a magnet, ferro rod, glass breaker, and belt cutter. And, oh yeah, a knife.

Every knife that I handled at the booth had a good feel in my hand. All folders appeared to be machined well, and some possessed components for additional utility (like the Kovacek AMZ3, which has a small light and ferro rod in the handle as well as a webbing cutter and glass breaker. I think it would be an excellent item to hang on your car visor–which is clearly the intent).

The Nakota Rancheria.
The Nakota Rancheria. Simple and clean.

They had several Damascus patterned fixed-blade knives that really stood out in comparison to those from other knife dealers I passed by. The one that really caught my eye was the Nakota Rancheria, which has a 3.5″ VG-10 blade (full tang), polished ox-horn handle, and abalone inlay. They only made 300 of these, and I may have to get one. Before seeing it, I didn’t know I needed it. 🙂

They even had a really amazing cutlery set (also Damascus), hand-hammered to resist sticking, that I may have to get if I can find a way to justify it. It was definitely on the high end (around $1600 for the set with a block). My old Cold Steel set is approaching end of life after years of abuse.

You can see more of their offerings at:

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Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Before that, he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie,” and assaults 14er in his sandals, and engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming copious water. To fund these adventures, he writes all manner of content (having also held editor positions at several publications) and teaches wilderness medicine and off-road skills. He hopes that his posts will help you find the gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it (and the training to use it). Learn from his mistakes--he is known (in certain circles) for his curse...ahem, find the breaking point of anything. You can follow him at

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