Everyday Alternative

Kenny Teague’s KT-8 Utility makes a great case for everyday carry.

Despite the incredible number of folding knives available, several knifemakers I know prefer a fixed blade for their everyday carry—and they make a substantial case for it. From a self-defense standpoint, to access a fixed blade you simply draw the knife and it’s ready for action. You don’t have to orient your hand to the handle or open the blade, it’s already there. Secondly, a fixed blade is far less likely to fail because it has no moving parts. Finally, because it’s more solid than a folder, a fixed blade just feels more secure in the hand.

Arkansas knifemaker Kenny Teague’s all-purpose KT-8 Utility knife is the perfect size for an everyday carry. At 7.5″ in overall length and a scant 4 ounces, it won’t drag you down. The KT-8’s nicely sculpted 4″ Micarta handle is ample enough to fill the palm but not so large it feels like a brick hanging off your belt. The knife’s deeply ground 3″ D2 steel blade is made to slice whether for skinning game, performing light chores, or ridding yourself of an irritant who may be interested in your wallet.

Teague offers the KT-8 with a handmade heat-formed Kydex belt sheath configured for vertical or side mount carry, your choice. He learned his craft from Bob Dozier, one of the country’s most successful knifemakers and legend for making a heck of a knife for the money. In Kenny’s case, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. The KT-8 Utility will run you $175 in black Micarta, well in line for the price of a handmade knife and especially one you can count on to be by your side day after day!
By Pat Covert

Blade material: D2 steel
Blade length: 3″
Overall length: 7.5″
Weight: 4 ounces
Handle: Brown Micarta
Carry: Kydex sheath
Price: $175 (black)
$185 (other colors)

KT-8 Utility
Maker: Teague Knives
900 Highway 71 N.E.
Mountainburg, AR 72946
(479) 369-2374

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