Popular Knife Variations Infographic

Ever wonder if serrated or plain edge is more popular? well we’ve put together our sales data to make an infographic with just that information. We found 68% of people buy plain edge knives over 32% of people who buy serrated/combo. We also calculated the average cost of a knife based on it’s blade steel. On the cheaper side the average cost of 8CR13MOV knives was $30, while the average cost of a Damascus knife was $353. In the Fixed vs Folding realm folding won with 6 out of 10 people buying folders. Knives made in the USA were most popular while China made knives were second. Liner lock was nearly 50%  of all sales based on lock type. We hope this information helps you make a buying decision on your next knife.

Buck Parallex 2-Piece Set

This weekend our special comes from Buck Knives, a repackage of two of their Parallex models in a single convenient kit. If you’re looking for something on the rugged side with a super affordable price point, maybe for a gift, these two knives definitely fit the bill.

Aesthetically speaking these are functionally identical, with skeletonized handles that resemble the Gerber Paraframe, built from titanium coated stainless steel. Obviously the single biggest difference between the two is the size. The larger one has a 2.75″ blade and 4″ handle, while the smaller has a 2.25″ blade with 3.75″ handle. The other major difference is in the blade style. While both are hollow ground drop points, the larger knife features partial serrations, while the smaller just has a plain edge.

When it comes to the handling my personal preference is the larger model, which feels really ergonomic. The index finger indent and curved shape let it fill the hand really well, and there’s a pretty pronounced thumb ramp up at the top. All-in-all it’s a nice secure feeling in the hand. The smaller one doesn’t feel quite as confident in larger hands, but it’s still perfectly manageable. Their slim profile keeps the knives comfortable in the pocket, with the clips enabling a tight, tip-down carry.

Blade deployment on both is handled via the dual thumb studs. It’s not a swift action, and they’re a little difficult to flick out with the thumb, but it’s solid and easy nevertheless. The smaller knife has a slightly more responsive action, making it perfect for a quick middle finger open. The frame locks are a little difficult to disengage, but they at least keep the blades securely locked in place.

Overall, this Buck Parallex two pack offers some great functionality at a pretty unbeatable price, making these knives ideal candidates for a hard-use, utilitarian EDC. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

New Kizer Cutlery Vanguard Models

This week on Spotlight Series we’re going to be looking at the new Vanguard folding knives from Kizer Cutlery. The Vanguard line places emphasis on value, taking some of the best-liked Kizer designs and reproducing them with more affordable materials. The designs are identical and the fit & finish is every bit as nice as their more expensive counterparts, but the Vanguard line repurposes them for everyday carry with prices that you won’t feel bad about using, abusing, or god-forbid losing.

The smallest of our three models, and the only one without a flipper, is the V3 Vigor, the knife that sort of made Kizer’s name in the knife world. It’s a really nicely designed folder that doesn’t have any frills or extras, but excels at what it does do. The dual thumb studs provide great purchase and there’s a quick, confident action that makes deployment clean and simple. The blade is a three inch drop point with a hollow grind, reinforced tip, and a hint of a recurve for great slicing performance.

Despite having a smaller handle, the hand feel is quite nice. The shape has an indent for the index finger and nests comfortably in the palm for some secure, comfortable handling. The handles are smooth G10 scales over sturdy stainless steel liners. Rounding out the features are a lanyard hole large enough to accommodate 550 paracord and a reversible pocket clip, allowing for left or right side, tip-up carry.

Next up is the Kyre flipper, a collaboration between Kizer Cutlery and Czech custom knifemaking team TK Knives, who always strive to balance form with function. The Kyre is a large, vicious-looking knife with a remarkably sturdy build that feels just about perfect in the hand, in either a forward or reverse grip. The deployment action is lightning fast, whether you use the flipper or the large thumb slot. Really snappy and authoritative. The blade is 3.4″ in a drop point with brushed satin finish, and held in place with a sturdy liner lock.

The cool thing about the stainless steel liners on this model is that they’re actually inset into the G10 scales, letting the handle be both sturdy and slender and keeping this one unobtrusive in the pocket despite the large size. This pocket clip is also reversible for ambidextrous tip-up carry.

Our final knife, the Kane flipper, is the largest and heaviest of these three new models. This one is a design from custom knifemaker Matt Degnan, and with the streamlined blade shape and large bolster it really boasts that custom appearance. The handle is large and thick, so it fills the hand nicely and feels like a hard-use tool, despite the more elegant appearance. Liners and bolsters are stainless steel surrounding smooth G10 scales for maximum comfort.

The Kane only has the flipper, no thumb alternatives, but they got the flipper very right. It offers probably the smoothest, easiest deployment of the three, which is no small feat given the competition the others offer. Blade is 3.5″ in a hollow ground drop point, which is brushed satin like the others, and this model also features a liner lock and reversible, tip-up pocket clip.

While the Vanguard series may be offering the more affordable versions of these designs, they’re still manufactured to exacting standards using high quality materials. Each of the blades here is VG10, as opposed to a cheap steel, and yet Kizer has still managed to keep these in the affordable EDC price-range. Add in the fact that each is available with the G10 in either a black or OD green, and this line is offering a nice selection of quality models. To see all six new Vanguard knives, click here. To view our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

Combative Edge Legacy Balisongs


This week on Spotlight Series we’re checking out the Legacy line of USA-made balisongs from Combative Edge. This is a brand new line from Combative Edge and you can’t find these guys too many places, so we’re pretty excited to have them.

In contrast to something like a BRS, the Legacy balis aren’t tailored specifically for high energy flipping. This is the working man’s EDC bali-song, if such a thing can exist. The acid washed S90V stainless steel blades are 4.5″ long, designed for hard use cutting, and can be put through their paces while still retaining a sharp edge. The line features three different blade styles – a bowie, a tanto, and a spear point. The spear point is the coolest looking thanks to its two-tone styling, but the false second edge is sharp enough that you really don’t want to whap yourself with it. Cool as hell, but definitely not advisable for beginners.

Handles are rugged G10 scales over thick titanium liners granting a very sturdy hand feel. The texture of the G10, as well as the size and thickness of the handle make this really comfortable to hold and offer a pretty stellar grip. The lock-up is remarkably solid, more so than a lot of other balisongs I’ve handled, letting it feel secure and stable when you’re using it as a knife. The pivots enable a smooth, fluid movement for some nice opening and closing action. If you know what you’re doing with a bali you can have a lot of fun with one of these.

If you’re looking for a butterfly knife that puts the emphasis on knife and will stand up to hard use and abuse, you can’t go wrong with the Combative Edge Legacy line. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

SOG Micron Tanto Keychain Knife

This time on Steal of the Week we’ve got something a little special for you – emphasis on the “little.” We’re looking at the SOG Micron Tanto keychain knife, a rugged little sucker that’s just about as low-profile as it gets.

If you’ve been on the look-out for the perfect knife for your newborn, look no further as the Micron’s small size makes it a perfect baby’s first knife. In the closed position this knife just under 2″ long, so you could easily stash it in the small pocket of your jeans without any discomfort. Just don’t forget it’s there come laundry day. The Micron is outfitted with a large lanyard hole so you can attach a key-ring or small lanyard and clip the knife to your keys.

Blade deployment is handled using a fingernail nick, because there really isn’t room for much else. It’s a slip-joint lock, so reasonably secure when extended, and to close it down you just apply some pressure, and the blade will lock at the half-stop to make sure you have time to get your fingers out of the way. The blade is a 1.5″ tanto that is fairly sharp out of the box, enabling some solid slicing and stabbing performance.

Handling with knives like this always tends to be a little on the awkward side for me, but SOG has managed to mitigate that with some smart design work. The comfortable shape nests securely in the index and middle fingers, and the jimping on the spine of the blade gives your thumb ample purchase. The handle size also makes this a great knife for outfitting GI JOE with before you send him out into the field.

While the SOG Micron Tanto is not going to replace your pocket knife, it’s a fun gift and actually a functional back-up for those occasions when you can’t have your EDC on you. To learn more about this keychain knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

Spyderco Lil’ Lum & Pattada

This week on Spotlight Series we’re looking at a pair of new Spyderco folders that just came in. When put next to each other our two selections, the Lil’ Lum and the Pattada, could hardly be more different, but they both share Spyderco’s expert craftsmanship and elegant styling.

The late Bob Lum was a custom knifemaker whose specialty lied in adapting classic Asian blade styles into modern knives. One of his most popular collaborations with Spyderco was the Lum Chinese folder, based on the classic Shilin Cutter folding knife. This new model, the Lil’ Lum, brings back that design in a more pocket-size profile than its predecessors. The Lil’ Lum was manufactured in Seki Japan, boasting a VG-10 stainless steel blade and textured G10 handle scales over stainless steel liners. The pocket clip, also stainless steel, is reversible for left or right side tip-up carry.

Despite the diminutive size, the Lil’ Lum offers a really comfortable hand feel thanks to the extremely curved shape of the handle. There’s some nice chamfering along the top of the blade, letting you comfortably rest your thumb anywhere you want, which contributes to a nice overall sense of control. Blade deployment via the Spyderco round hole is as smooth as you’ve come to expect from the brand, but too stiff to flick open with any speed. The blade is 2.38″ inches long with a flat grind and a cutting edge a little under two and a quarter inches. The leaf shape gives you a good bit of belly for some nice cutting power.

Our second knife is an all-new Italian-made model, from Spyderco’s series of knives inspired by popular international styles. This knife, the Pattada, is based on the traditional folding knife of Sardinia, the largest island in the Mediterranean. The long, slender design and distinctive blade shape recall the regional styling while putting a Spyderco twist on it. The G10 handle scales have been 3D machined for a smooth, slick finish. The handle is built over stainless steel liners, and the gentle curve and indent near the back make this extremely comfortable in either a forward or reverse grip. With a 4.77″ length, this is a perfect handle for folks with larger hands.

Action on this one is much snappier than the Lil’ Lum, making it great for a quick middle finger deployment. Blade is manufactured from N690Co stainless steel, coming in just a hair under 4″ and sporting a full flat grind. Like the Lum, this blade is locked in place with a stainless steel liner lock.

Living on opposite ends of the spectrum, these two knives ably demonstrate the wide range of products Spyderco is putting out, and both would be a welcome addition to any knife collection. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com