Mantis Knives: Snaggletooth

Our steal this week is the Snaggletooth line of folders from Mantis Knives. Mantis always puts out high quality, unique items and I can all but guarantee that you’ve never seen a knife like this before.

When closed, the profile is relatively unassuming. But it doesn’t take too much fiddling before you realize this is actually a Karambit. A push of the button here on the butt of the handle releases the patented spring-loaded finger ring. This is a knife that was designed with knife-fighting in mind, the blade protrusion serving double duty as a non-lethal impact device.

The handle has basically the same ergonomic curve you expect in a Karambit and fits nicely in the hand. The black G10 scales have a repeating shark tooth shape cut into them that lends a tremendous amount of additional grip. Some pretty aggressive jimping up at the top gives your thumb a real hold. There’s also jimping on the top of the blade to lend you grip when the blade is closed down.

Blade is a 2.75″ long modified drop-point, made from MvX stainless steel. We’ve got three different blade variations on this model, the standard, serrated, or a standard with a black oxide coating. Blade is meant to be deployed during combat by drawing it across your opponent, so deployment is a little awkward if you’re like me and are not a trained assassin. It’s nothing that will give karambit enthusiasts any real trouble, though. Blade is kept firmly in place via the liner lock.

The Snaggletooth has a nice sturdy pocket clip that lets the knife ride very securely, and that collapsible finger ring means this is going to sit much more comfortably than a karambit has any right to.

Overall, the Snaggletooth line from Mantis Knives is a really excellent everyday carry option if you’re looking for a concealable folding knife with serious self-defense applications. To learn more about this product, click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com

CRKT M16 Classic

This week we’re spotlighting the latest version of CRKT’s M16: the Classic. The M16 line has been a mainstay from CRKT for over fifteen years. This new model is actually a reissue of the very first M16 in order to commemorate the passing of their designer, Kit Carson.

Here today we have three variations, the 02S, the 03S, and the 04S. All these models feature blades made of AUS 8 stainless steel with a hollow grind and bead blast finish. The 02S sports a tanto blade that comes in just over 3″ long. On the 03S we’ve got just about a 3.5″ spear point, and then the 04S is back to the tanto, this time just under 4″ long.

Blade can be deployed one of two ways; either via the ambidextrous thumb stud or the Carson flipper. Very nice action on this line. Knife is closed back down using the liner lock. For that extra bit of safety the M16 classic also features CRKT’s patented LAWKS system. That means there’s a little safety slider that prevents the liner lock from being depressed, so there’s zero chance of an accidental closure.

Handles on all three models are made from 6061 aluminum and fit very nicely in the hand. The hand feel is reasonably comfortable, with the machined holes providing a decent amount of grip. There’s some light jimping towards the base of the spine that helps the hold feel good and secure.

The M16 has a nice, sturdy pocket clip that can be reassigned to your choice of four positions, allowing for tip-up or tip-down carry on either side.

Overall, the CRKT M16 Classic is a great choice for an everyday carry folder, and a fitting tribute to the memory of Kit Carson. To learn more about the M16 Classic, click here, or click here to see the wide variety of M16 folders we have available. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com

Fillet Knives

We’re here in the middle of the summer season, and I know for a lot of you that’s going to mean fishing season. This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re going to dive right in and check out a few of the different fillet knives we have in stock.

First up is the CRKT Big Eddy, designed by Russ Kommer. For being the lowest price entry of this group, this is actually a really fantastic fillet knife. As opposed to the traditional symmetrical grind you usually see on a filet knife, this one has a hollow grind on the top side and a flat grind on the bottom. Blade is made from 420J2 stainless steel, and in addition to the unique grind has triple point serrations to get through bones and gristle. Blade is 6.75″ long. The Big Eddy has an ergonomically shaped glass filled nylon handle with rubber grip injection, and also includes a sheath with belt loop.

Next up we have a nice little folding fillet knife from Case. This is a really nice looking model, with the nickel silver bolsters and watermelon bone handle, so you can look very elegant while you’re slicing up your dead fish. There are two 4.25″ blades, a traditional filet knife and a scaler with hook disgorger on the end. For a little extra functionality there’s a diamond sharpening stone built into the side of the handle.

Moving back to the fixed blade models we have the Helle Fiskekniv, made in Norway of course. This is a pretty utilitarian knife, but it’s made from great materials. The Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel blade is shaped a little differently from what we’re used to on a fillet knife, and it doesn’t have the give that you expect. That said it’s still razor sharp. Handle is a nice piece of birch that feels extremely comfortable to hold. The Fiskekniv comes with a beautiful leather sheath.

Finally, at the top of our price scale, we have the Step-Up fillet knife from White River. Blade is 6″ long and made from 440C stainless steel. The handle on this one is made of cork, which means if your slippery hands lose this guy over board it’s going to float for you. The unique stepped shape makes for a much more ergonomic cutting angle, so this is very comfortable to hold. Included is a leather sheath, with belt loop AND a strap that snaps into the end of the blade to keep it securely in place.

These are just a few of the fillet knives you can find on our site, where there’s plenty of variety to cover your specific needs. To learn more about these featured knives, click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com

Mora Heavy Duty Companion

Our steal this week is this fixed blade model from Mora, the Heavy Duty Companion in military green. For being as affordable as it is this is a pretty excellent knife, especially for hunters and fishermen who would be really putting a knife through its paces.

Mora is a Swedish manufacturer that puts out a lot of terrific fixed blade work knives that are perfect for outdoorsmen. They offer a lot of variety in functionality and style at really low prices.

The Heavy Duty Companion has a blade that comes in just over four inches long, made from high carbon steel. The handle is rubber, which gives it a really nice soft-friction grip. The large, ergonomic shape fills the hand perfectly and has absolutely nothing in the way of hotspots.

Also included is a sturdy plastic sheath with belt clip. The sheath is deceptively well designed, with a generous drip hole on the bottom and a thumb ramp up at the top to allow for a quick, silent draw.

Overall the Mora Heavy Duty Companion is a really rugged, capable fixed-blade at a pretty unbeatable price. To learn more about this knife click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com

LionSteel TRE Series

This week we’re spotlighting the LionSteel TRE series of folders. Being LionSteel the knives are of course constructed in Italy, and they’re as attractive as they are functional.  There’s definitely a reason they won Bladeshow 2015’s overall knife of the year.

TRE stands for Three Rapid Exchange, which refers to the three different ways you can customize your carry. The knife features a first-of-its-kind detachable flipper, which represents one of the three available set-ups. You can remove it with the included tool, and replace it with the ambidextrous thumb stud. The third set-up is to leave both off, making this a two-handed opener.

Blade on these guys is just under three inches long, made from M390 stainless steel. The flipper action is very smooth and satisfying thanks to the IKBS ball bearing pivot system, giving a nice, fast deployment. Blade is held secure by the titanium frame lock.

The matte gray titanium handle is available in four varieties, a complete gray, or with blue accents, bronze accents, or a carbon fiber face scale. The general shape and index finger indentation let it sit in the hand very comfortably. With the exception of the carbon fiber model there isn’t a tremendous amount of grip here, but it’s enough to make you feel in control of the knife. All four of these models feature a reversible pocket clip.

Overall, the TRE series from LionSteel is a really outstanding line, offering a terrific package with a lot of exciting personalization options. To learn more about this series of knives, click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com

CRKT Tao Tactical Pens

Our special this weekend are these Tao tactical pens from CRKT, available in an olive drab or a matte black with silver accents. They come in this really nice hard nylon case with a foam cushion.

The pens are made of a hard anodized 6061 aluminum, making them remarkably sturdy. They are of course a functional writing utensil, taking a Fisher Space Pen Ballpoint cartridge, a pressurized design made by NASA to hold up in all manner of harsh environmental conditions. We’ve got plenty of Fisher refills in stock too, so this pen is going to last you a long time.

The Tao also serve a secondary function as a self-defense weapon. Designed by martial artist and award-winning knife-designer Allen Elishewtiz, they offer three levels of defensive force. The lowest is the crown on the top of the screw-off cap. This more blunt end is meant to show an attacker that you mean to seriously defend yourself while causing them minimal damage.

The second level is the more pointed butt of the pen, meant to be used in thrusts at various pressure points if your attacker is not dissuaded. Finally, the writing end was designed with the capability to pierce soft tissue should the situation get out of control.

These Tao tactical pens from CRKT are a really great writing utensil with a pretty robust self-defense application. To learn more about these bad boys, click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com

Moki Knives

This week on Warehouse Hunts we’ve dug up a selection of Moki knives. Moki is a Japanese company that puts out some really beautiful, high quality folding knives that are surprisingly affordable.

First up let’s take a look at the Kronos. This is a really sleek, absolutely gorgeous pocket knife, and probably my favorite of this lot. Blade is just over three inches and made of VG-10 stainless steel with a nice mirrored finish. As is the case with all the knives we’ll be looking at today, this is a two-handed opener. This one has a sturdy lockback to close the blade down, but I want to take a moment to draw attention to how nice the fit and finish is on this when the blade is extended. It’s virtually seamless. The handle itself is stag bone that looks great and provides a really good grip. Can’t say enough good things about this as a gentleman’s folder.

In a similar vein we have the equally elegant Serapis. This one’s got a two and a half inch blade, also VG-10 stainless steel. The handle has a genuine mother of pearl inlay with gold shell and apple coral accents. Also a lockback on this one, fitting every bit as nicely as the Kronos. This is another just beautiful knife.

And that trend is going to continue with the TS-106 mini-pendant. Blade on this is just over an inch, made from AUS8 stainless steel. The handle has a white mother of pearl and abalone inlay in this very nice checkered pattern. The knife comes with an attached black cord lanyard and sliding leather sheath.

We’ll round out this overview with another pendant knife, the TP-039K Colon. Why it’s called the Colon I have no idea, though the leather sheath looks a little like a kidney? This one is also on the black cord lanyard with sliding sheath, only it’s remarkably tiny, even when compared to the TS-106. The Colon is just an inch and a quarter when closed, and features a three quarter inch blade. Size notwithstanding this is still a well-made, nice looking little knife, sporting a lovely Cocobolo handle.

Overall, Moki’s knives represent a remarkable level of craftsmanship while still being very competitively priced. To check out the knives highlighted in this post, click here, or click here for the full run of Moki products we offer. To see out full inventory, visit knifecenter.com

SOG Aegis AE01

Our steal this week is the SOG AE01 model from their Aegis line of folders, assembled right here in the USA. The Greek word Aegis loosely translates to shield or protection, which tells you something about the intent with which these knives were built.

Blade on this one is a three and a half inch, flat-ground drop point, made from AUS8 stainless steel. The assisted opening is very responsive, needing just the slightest nudge to deploy the blade. To make sure that only happens when you want it to there’s also a safety switch which effectively keeps the blade closed. The piston lock lets you fold it back down after use.

Handle is a glass reinforced nylon Digi-Grip, making this a super lightweight everyday carry option. Shape fills the hand reasonably comfortably., and the jimping on the top of the handle and the base of the blade gives your thumb a nice place to lock in. The full handle is given a pleasant amount of textured grip by the repetition of a miniscule SOG, lest you forget whose knife this is.

And in case that print is too fine for you to read, you’ll also be reminded by their trademark bayonet reversible pocket clip. This clip works really smoothly and lets you have a nice, deep carry with easy depoloyment.

Overall, the SOG Aegis AE01 is a lightweight, capable folder with a very satisfying assisted opening action. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

Pohl Force Mike Three & Four Outdoor Folder

This week we’re spotlighting the Pohl Force Mike Three and Four Outdoor Folders. The Mike knives are the newest addition to the high-quality EOD series from Pohl Force, and meet those same precise standards. The EOD series is manufactured by LionSteel, Pohl Force’s production partner in Italy, so you know the quality is top-notch.

The 3.75″ blade sits right in between Pohl Force’s Alpha and Bravo series, making this a really excellent option for an everyday carry. Deployment action via the ambidextrous thumb stud is ridiculously smooth. Blade is constructed from 59HRC Niolox tool steel, the Mike three sporting a drop-point style blade and the Mike four a tanto. The sturdy frame lock with replaceable steel insert on this series keeps the blade very secure once extended.

The handle is made from two large pieces of black PVD aluminum, which is a first for Pohl Force. It has a curved, ergonomic shape with an indent for your index finger that helps it sit really nicely in the hand, with the milled grooves along the side making for a reliable grip. For that added bit of functionality there’s a small glass breaker tip on the butt of the handle. The only detractor I can see on this model is that you feel the pocket clip against your hand a bit, but it doesn’t create too much discomfort.

The clip slides on and off really smoothly, letting you draw this bad boy at a moment’s notice. If you’re the type to get excited by accessories there are a couple of neat extras thrown into the nylon case; a skull lanyard and Velcro Pohl Force badge.

These Mike Three and Four folders from Pohl Force are a high quality, durable option for an everyday carry blade, designed to meet the most extreme demands. To learn more about these knives click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

Cold Steel Safe Maker II

This week’s special is the simple but effective Safe Maker II from Cold Steel. Cold Steel has been making push daggers for 25 years, and those years of experience have been funneled into the Safe Maker 2, yielding a functional, comfortable self-defense tool.

The blade, shaft, and t-shaped tang are all drop-forged from one piece of AUS 8 stainless steel. This process allows for a smooth shaft that’s completely devoid of sharp edges. Between that and the shock absorbing Kray-Ex cover, this feels very comfortable in between the fingers.

Blade is 3.25″ long, which makes this thing extremely compact, especially when compared to the 4.5″ blade on the Safe Maker one. The sleek shape is inspired by traditional Japanese spearpoints, allowing for a razor sharp, efficient blade. The package includes a sheath with belt clip, as well as a steel bead chain for additional carrying options.

Overall, the Safe Maker two benefits greatly from Cold Steel’s years of experience, a satisfying combination of functionality and aesthetics. To learn more about this push dagger, click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com