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Editor’s note: a version of this post first appeared in 2017.
A man of the world owns many tools for many purposes, but today’s knives are mostly engineered for cooking. A classic chef’s knife will make you competent and composed in the kitchen; a carving knife will establish your role as the man of the house at Thanksgiving; and a hunting knife can help you get right to the heart of, uh, whatever it is you’re working on.
But sometimes, situations call for a knife with one clear function: combat. That’s the deadly logic behind United Cutlery’s M48 Cyclone Fixed Blade, a wicked blade meant to scare the bejesus out of your baddies.
Sure, it’s not as simple or elegant as the standard-issue Ka-Bar combat knife the Marine Corps made famous during World War II, but the Cyclone certainly lends itself to a painful, messy fate for your foe — gnarly enough to keep anyone from messing with you again. Forged from stainless steel into a fascinating spiral design, the 8-inch blade is meant for stabbing and piercing.
But as our friends at HiConsumption point out, the bottom of the fiberglass and nylon handle holds a special treat for Cyclone owners: United Cutlery’s infamous “skull crusher” pommel — an extra-wicked coup de grace for foolish close-in adversaries.
You can pick up one of these horrifying blades for just $83. As unusual as it may look, the Cyclone is the best knife to add a little intimidation to the deadly dance of combat — and the best way to make your enemy shit himself before he dies.