The best knives are the ones designed by the people who use them and know what is required to do the job. A perfect example is Columbia River Knife & Tool’s ‘Forged By War’ series of tactical knives designed by military veterans.

The new CRKT 7050 Septimo Folding Knife ($60) was created by 7th Special Forces Group veteran Jeremy Valdez of Tampa, Florida integrating experience learned during his Afghanistan Tour of Duty in 2009. The seasoned Green Beret wanted to make a blade utilitarian for cutting purposes while still having a good defensive weapon.

The Septimo (meaning “seventh” in Spanish) has a corrosion resistant black oxide finish on the 3.6″ (92mm) 8Cr13MoV steel combo edge, tanto style blade. The handle is thermoplastic rubber with inlays and a locking stainless steel liner, while the reversible pocket clip allows either right or left hand, tip-up carry option. This is a truly solid EDC tool made by a real American soldier with a 14-year experience in the combat field.