Gerber Mark II$75
If you want to talk about a quality blade then you really need to talk about the Mark II. This little bad boy measures in at 6.5″ long blade, making it a force to be reckoned with. If you are in any self-defense situation, merely the act of pulling this knife out should have your attacker running away with his tail between his legs. The Mark II is made out of razor sharp 420HC steel which is really good at keeping a sharp edge. However, out of the box, I did have to give it a little sharpen in order to get it to face shaving sharp. Furthermore, this jewel has a layer of black oxide which not only ensures that it doesn’t reflect any light but also adds an extra layer of rust and corrosion protection to ensure that this knife is going to last you an incredibly long time.
Another beautiful feature about this knife is that it is serrated on both sides allowing you not only slice with the fine edge, but also perform cutting tasks with the serrated one.
The Gerber Mark II features a really solid handle that provides a really nice grip. Frankly, a knife doesn’t get as popular as the Mark II for the last 40 years without having a really nice handle. The handle is an aluminum handle which allows you to get a nice tight and secure grip perfect for both the forward and reverse hand positions. You will also notice that the Mk II features a very prominent finger guard on both sides which is there to protect your hand from slipping down the blade and effectively slicing your hand to pieces.
The bell shape of the handle makes it really comfortable to hold, even for long periods of time without getting an aching hand.
Overall, the Gerber Mark II is a really top notch military knife. However, that is the main point I want to make with this knife, is that it is more of a fighting weapon than a utility knife. If you are planning on using it as a utility knife you will find your self-running into all sorts of problems due to its weight and size. However, if you are in any of the armed forces, then this is definitely a knife I would recommend taking over with you if you want to make sure you will always have the upper hand in hand to hand combat.