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Big Ass Knives

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This is a classically styled Bowie knife from A.G. Russell with an 8 1/4 inch blade. A first-rate historical reproduction.

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This is one of the more wicked blades in my collection, an Ontario RTAK jungle knife. Everyone who grabs onto it instantly starts looking around for stuff to chop.

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This was my very first big knife. I got it at a flea market when I was about 10 years old. It is an Eyewitness Taylor British Army issue dagger from World War II or thereabouts. With its leather handle and brass furnishings it is the most sophisticated of my big knives.

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Nasty. SOG makes some of the coolest looking blades around and this is the company's new Tigershark 2.0. With the skull basher on the hilt this knife is bad news at both ends.

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Another view of the Tigershark 2.0. Punch someone with the handguard and you can leave the SOG logo on his forehead.

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Something about this knife puts a huge smile on the face of whoever holds it. This is the San Mai III Trail Master by Cold Steel and has simple, elegant lines that contrast with its undeniably formidable construction. I think it is one of the most beautiful knives I own.

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If Angelina Jolie were a knife this is what she'd look like. This two-edged Mark II dagger from Gerber is downright sexy and balances perfectly in the hand.

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Another Gerber knife. This one actually isn't mine (sadly) but belongs to Editor in Chief Todd Smith. Called the LMF II, this blade is built for serious duty. I talked to a soldier who used this style knife to hack through a 220-volt wire to cut the power to a building in Iraq during a firefight. The insulated handle kept him from getting shocked and helped to save his men. Hard core.

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I love the heft and feel of this tactical knife from Hecker & Koch- it exudes quality. This blade will not only protect you in a fight but is also fantastic for any number of knife-related chores.

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Another view of the A.G. Russell Model 1861 Pattern Bowie. This knife never looks this good when I wear it.

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One of my newest bad-ass blades. This is the Delta Fixed-Blade Combat knife from Surefire. Comes with a harness cutter, a screwdriver blade, a recess in the handle for turning hex nuts and a wire cutter that is ideal for cutting through flex-cuffs. Oh yeah, it also has a great functional knife blade.

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Our knife models, Sara and Kristen, share a laugh before cutting our photographer to ribbons.

BIG ASS KNIVES PART TWO! (by popular request)

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Sara with the A.G. Russell Model 1861 Pattern Bowie.

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The fun begins.

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Sara's favorite knife was this Ontario RTAK jungle knife.

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More fun with the Ontario RTAK jungle knife...

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Kristen with her favorite knife of the group, SOG's new Tigershark 2.0.

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This photo is amazing... so we'll let you create your own caption.

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The Gerber LMF II knife... small but deadly.

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Taking a bow...

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A close up of all the knives featured.

BIG ASS KNIVES PART ONE

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Snow's favorite big blades, modeled by the hottest hunters on OL's staff.