New Knife From Bear OPS

There is more to building a complete kit – especially one meant for self-defense and/or survival – than just guns and ammo. Finding the right knife or more accurately, knives, is an important part of having everything you need (and not just for the proverbial SHTF situation but for the everyday stuff as well). If you’ve ever tried to find the perfect knife you know just how hard it is, though. For that matter, I imagine I am not the only person with a rather large crate of unwanted knives taking up a corner of their gun room. Now there’s a new option from Bear OPS: the Bear Swipe III.

The Bear OPS Bear Swipe III is an assisted-opening knife designed as the newest addition to the company’s tactical line. It features a 2 3/4″ modified drop-point blade made with 14C28N steel. According to the company the steel is made to hold an edge and is also resistant to corrosion. The blade has a Rockwell hardness of 58-60. The new knife’s handle is 4 1/4″ long and is described by Bear OPS as being made of Genuine India Stag Bone. The total length of the knife when fully opened is 7″ and it weighs 2.6 ounces. It comes with a metal pocket clip placed for tip-down carry.

Just like all the company’s knives the new Bear Swipe III is made in the United States at the Bear OPS factory in Jacksonville, Alabama. This knife is backed by a lifetime warranty.

MSRP $119.99. Take a look at the company’s full line of knives at

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  • daniel

    120$ for 14C28N? I can get a mora with the same steel for under 15$. Methinks this knife is overpriced when you could get a spyderco manix 2 for the same price, if the manix is made in USA, has an S110V blade which is FAR superior, and a spydie hole which is almost as fast as assisted opening. I just don’t see the justification.

    • Emel

      I agree 100% that’s chinese steel, S110V is 10x better steel which holds an edge forever, however you can’t sharpen so easily in the field.

      • Emel

        Correction it’s Sandvik steel but not even remotely close to S110V.

        • daniel

          Yep, you’d have to be an idiot to buy this knife. S110V is just so much better it isn’t even an argument

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I like my SOG Flash II

    • I carry the same knife. Good, reasonably priced blade.

  • iksnilol

    Bear operations:

    “Take drugs. Kill bear.”

  • iksnilol

    Bear operations:

  • Darhar M.

    I consider a good knife to be as up to the task as the firearm I carry and then some.
    I carry two knives on a daily basis. An Swiss Army Ranger that sees heavy use and a
    seldom used but cleaned and sharpened Cold Steel Recon 1 Tanto.

    Not much needs said about the Swiss Army knife. This knife is made for daily chores
    and in a pinch could be used for defense but only if it was all I had. Hence the second
    knife I carry a Cold Steel Recon 1 Tanto edge.

    I consider the Recon 1 to be the knife I want on me if things go South and a firearm
    is not right for the condition.

    My opinion only so take it or leave it.