We've seen some fancy knife handles in our day, but none more interesting than the ones you'll find on the ends of these Pearce Knives ($20-$75). Surprisingly affordable, these unique knives are made by a second-generation craftsman in the traditional manner of heating metal to high temperatures in a fire and then beating it with a hammer. The handles are made from all sorts of everyday objects, including horseshoes, bolts, rebar, railroad spikes, and even rasps, making them a nice mix of the old and new.
Looking for an all-purpose knife to carry on you pretty much everywhere? The Gerber Outrigger Knife ($35) should do just fine. Taking design cues from at least three prior models, the Outrigger features a fine edge blade, the company's Assisted Opening 2.0 technology for quick access, dual thumbstuds for one-handed operation, a pocket clip for keeping it handy, an open frame design to reduce the weight, a plunge lock for carefree closure, and a rubberized overmold for comfort. Also available in mini and XL versions.
Most knives are made for cutting, but few are designed for cutting attackers. The Manticuda Knife ($275) is designed to aid in weapon retention, and as such offers a pistol grip for a secure hold and added power and a multi-faceted edge design that provides more cutting angles. Its wide design serves to produce larger wounds, while cutouts reduce weight and perform various utility functions, and an included nylon sheath keeps things safely tucked away when not in use.