Winter Gear

Winter has fallen and we’ve only just managed to dig ourselves out, so this week on Warehouse Hunts we’re going to take a look at a few products that will help you survive the snow until spring thaw.

First up, this wintry weather is going to mean working outside in the wet and cold, and probably cutting open a bag or two of road salt. These conditions can make for a very corrosive environment on your favorite EDC, which is why Spyderco devised the Salt series. The blade on this line of folders and fixed blades uses the highly rust resistant H1 stainless steel, and all other steel components have been treated to weatherproof them. The handle is a heavily textured FRN that enables a very secure no-slip grip. The Spyderco round hole has even been enlarged to allow for easier use with clumsy gloved hands.

Next up we’ve got a product you’ll really dig… with. Because it’s a shovel. The 5000 model by Condor Tool & Knife is only 27” long and weighs just three pounds, so it’s about as small as a shovel can get while still remaining useful. Its diminutive size and sturdy build make it ideal for stowing in your trunk – a perfect backup to get you out of a jam. The paint coating the shovel’s blade is rust-resistant for maximum durability.

Finally, no matter how much you dig, salt, or hide away in bed, sometimes you just have to get out and walk on the ice or snow. For many of us this can be a tricky proposition at best, which is where our next item comes in. The Yaktrax ice and snow traction device is a harness of coils that strap over your shoe, which dig into the ice and give you the purchase you need to avoid slipping. They come in small, medium, and large to accommodate all shoe sizes, and you can get them with different levels of traction. They’re really easy to attach and comfortable to wear, even for extended periods of time.

This time of year Jack Frost may be nipping at your nose, but now you’re at least equipped to nip back. To learn more about all these products, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

QTRM5TR QTR-11 General Lee 2

This week on Spotlight Series we’re going to be checking out something pretty weird and wild, the QTRM5TR QTR-11 General Lee 2. This radical Hawk Knives design meets your expectations by subverting your expectations in the way that only Grant and Gavin Hawk can.

In the open or closed positions this looks like a pretty basic flipper, with a beefy, robotic design that fits within QTRM5TR’s established aesthetic. But check out this action. I’ll give you another look in slow motion. The whole chassis rocks with the opening and closing of the knife, taking on a different shape in each position.

The two easiest deployment options are going to be either the flipper or the external toggle version 3.0 at the rear. Both methods are super smooth thanks to the ORB pivot system. There are thumb studs present, but given all the moving parts at play they’re difficult to get safe use out of. While this is a one-handed opener it’s a two-handed closer, using the external toggle. When opening and closing you want to make sure to grip only this solid piece on the spine. Anything else is going to get you pinched. It takes a bit of getting used to on the first few opens, but it will soon become second nature.

Beyond the innovative design, QTRM5TR has not skimped on the overall construction of the knife. Handle is full titanium, and the blade is made from S35VN stainless steel, with all of it given a nice stonewash finish. The blade is a 3.5″ tanto with a healthy blood groove. Hand feel is pretty comfortable thanks to the large handle, and there’s plenty of jimping to support secure forward or reverse grips. Rounding out the features is a reversible, deep-carry titanium pocket clip.

All-in-all, the General Lee 2 from QTRM5TR is a really unique flipper, with a top-notch build quality making it much more than just a novelty. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

Kershaw KS3830 Injection

This week’s steal is a very sleek and affordable folding knife from Kershaw and custom knifemaker Todd Rexford. The Kershaw Injection is a no-nonsense, functional folder with the kind of streamlined, elegant design Rexford is known for.

The action is surprisingly snappy and responsive. The dual thumb studs have been milled to allow for a solid purchase that makes opening this knife a pleasure. The blade is a 3.5″ drop point with a subtle hollow grind and lovely bead blast finish, my personal favorite. With a three and a half inch cutting edge and a good bit of belly, there’s some great cutting power at play here.

The heavy stainless steel liners make for a sturdy frame, and the liner lock holds the blade in place very securely. The handle sports 3D machined G10 scales that feel really smooth in the palm while still providing satisfactory grip. The hand feel is quite ergonomic, with the flare on the butt of the handle filling the palm nicely.

One of the cool features here is the gap in the chamfered G10 backspacer that makes room for an inset lanyard pin. The pocket clip on this model is reversible, allowing for a left or right side, tip up carry. The knife clips onto your pocket a little awkwardly due to the size of the thumb studs, but draws very easily.

Overall, the Kershaw Injection is a stylish, functional folder, and the low price makes it an excellent option for an everyday carry. You can use it, abuse it, or even lose it without worry and it would make an excellent gift for anybody – whether they’re into knives or not. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

Spyderco C41PDBL5 Native 5

Today on Spotlight Series we’re going to check out this year’s new Native 5 model from Spyderco. The Native 5 has proven to be one of the staples of Spyderco’s selection of American-made knives, so let’s see how this one stands up.

First thing you’ll notice is the striking dark blue color of the FRN handle. This is full FRN with no liners, making for a super lightweight build at just under two and a half ounces. Despite this lightweight construction the knife still feels substantial in the hand. Grip is amplified by the bi-directional texturing here, and the hearty choil and ample jimping enable a precise, confident style of handling.

The handle has four sets of threaded inserts which allow for four-way positioning of the pocket clip. The clip itself slides on easily and holds tightly for a comfortable, secure carry. The butt of the knife also sports a healthy lanyard hole, so there are a lot of customization options with this model.

One of the other exciting things about this year’s version is the use of S110V stainless steel, as opposed to the S35VN of models past. S110V is the premium steel Spyderco has started to use in models like the Manix 2 and Paramilitary 2. Blade deployment via the Spyderco round hole is as smooth and satisfying as you’ve come to expect from the brand. The blade is the typical spear point shape with a flat grind and satin finish, held in place by the requisite lockback mechanism.

With an incredibly lightweight frame and top-quality steel, the new Native 5 is a worthy addition to the beloved American-manufactured line of folders. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

Buck 503ELK

This weekend our special is something a little different and very exciting: a vault find from Buck knives. This knife, the 503ELK, was made in 2003, back when Buck was still in their old factory in El Cajon, California.

There’s a really simple elegance to the handle design that makes for an attractive aesthetic, with the hand matched and hand polished elk antler handles nicely offset by the nickel silver bolsters. But possibly the coolest feature here is when you open the knife, the blade has been hand-engraved with Chuck Buck’s signature and dated for 2003. No two signatures are alike, no two handles are alike, so despite being a production model every single one of these is a totally unique piece. In the Buck tradition this is a really nice, functional gentleman’s folder that you’re going to be able to get a lot of use out of.

Blade opens easily using the fingernail nick and is held securely in place by the lockback mechanism. It’s the classic drop point shape and comes in at 2.375”. While the handle is only 3.375” long, its shape allows for a quite comfortable three-finger grip style. This low profile size also makes it a really unobtrusive everyday carry option.

Overall, the Buck 503ELK is a solid gentleman’s folder with some serious history behind it. It’s not often we see truly one-of-a-kind variety in a production knife, and we’ll definitely never get more of these in stock. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

QTRM5TR QTR-5FTT Theodore “T.C.” Calvin

This week on Spotlight Series we’re going to check out the QTR-5FTT folding karambit from QTRM5TR knives. With a vicious design and overbuilt frame, the Theodore, “T.C.” Calvin is a great tactical addition to anybody’s collection of folders.

The QTR-5F is only QTRM5TR’s second karambit design, after the QTR-2F, or B.A. Baracus. This model improves on that one in a number of ways, most noticeably the easier one-handed opening and more thumb-friendly frame lock. You get a nice deployment using the thumb slot, thanks to QTRM5TR’s sealed ORB pivot system. The blade is a 2″ hawkbill made from BD-4P stainless steel, and is held in place quite securely by the beefy frame lock.

Both the blade and the back side of the handle sport QTRM5TR’s Texas Tea black stonewash finish for a slick tactical appearance. The presentation side is outfitted with a G10 face scale to enhance your overall grip. Hand feel on this model is very comfortable, in either a forward or reverse grip. There’s some heavy jimping on both ends, and the finger hole is large enough to accommodate hands of most sizes, even in gloves. The low profile on the pocket clip ensures there are no hotspots to speak of.

Pocket clip is reversible, enabling a left or right side, tip-up carry. It errs a little on the side of too tight, but as such rides very securely. The finger hole sits above the line of the pocket, making for a swift, simple draw.

Overall, QTRM5TR has started to refine their sensibilities when it comes to a folding karambit, resulting in the stylish, functional QTR-5F in Texas Tea. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com