KnifeCenter Exclusive: Stratus Culinary Ken Onion Fillet Knife

Our special this weekend is the Ken Onion Limited Edition Fillet Knife from Stratus Culinary. Stratus typically makes products designed for kitchen use, and while this is no exception its construction has been beefed up to allow also for more strenuous outdoor use. This USA-made fixed blade is a KnifeCenter exclusive and limited to only 150 pieces.

The sleek blade shape and its black DLC finish make this a really attractive knife. Those in the knife community will instantly recognize this as being designed by Ken Onion, and the blade bears a screen printed Ken Onion signature. The blade style is perfectly complemented by the polished G10 handle. In the interest of gearing this knife towards outdoor use it comes with a stylish USA made leather sheath with belt loop. Big points for the general presentation on everything here.

Blade is 6″ long, but with a 6.25″ cutting edge thanks to the upswept fillet style. The blade is constructed from BD1N nitrogen steel and boasts a Rockwell hardness of 63, so you won’t be needing to sharpen this one very often.

Ken Onion’s signature drop handle style allows for fantastically ergonomic handling. Since the G10 is polished it doesn’t really afford any textured grip, but it’s not necessary thanks to the control bump here towards the front of the handle. This bump ensures that everybody’s going to get the same secure, precise grip with their forefinger and thumb, regardless of their hand size. The hold provided by that shape enables a very nice slicing angle.

With a limited-run Ken Onion design and a remarkably solid construction, this fillet knife is perfect for all manner of outdoor applications, and the only place you can find it is right here at KnifeCenter. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit

Kershaw Own It Blackwash Series

This time on Steal of the Week we’re going to take a look at a couple of Kershaw’s Own It Blackwash Series kits. These two affordable kits are wildly different, so let’s dive right in and take a look at what’s inside.

First up is the lower cost of the two kits, the Kuro pack, which rather unsurprisingly features the Kuro assisted opening flipper, as well as an arrowhead neck knife. The Kuro is a stout mid-size flipper with a comfortable Zytel handle. The Zytel is textured with an eye-catching pattern that not only looks cool but provides quite a solid grip.

The Speedsafe assisted action deploys the blade very quickly and easily. Blade is a 3″ Americanized tanto with drop point, sporting a slick Black Oxide finish. It’s held in place with a solid liner lock. Rounding out this model’s features is a three-way pocket clip, which can be positioned for left or right-side tip-up or right-side tip-down carry.

The neck knife featured in this kit has a solid two inch arrowhead style blade with double edges. The handle isn’t the most ergonomic neck knife I’ve ever held, but it feels reasonably comfortable and sports a lot of jimping to enable safe handling. Included is the requisite plastic sheath with bead chain for a convenient all-day carry.

Next up is the Starter Series Pack, which contains two really rugged flippers with full stainless steel construction. This of course makes them a little on the heavy side, but also makes them durable beaters for abusing in your day-to-day life. The larger of the two has a really comfortable hand feel, while the smaller one is going to get lost a bit in bigger hands.

These two are also outfitted with the Speedsafe assisted opening mechanism, and while neither open as quickly as the Kuro, it’s still a very swift action. You have your choice of flippers or thumb studs with this duo, but in my opinion opening with the studs is a little awkward, especially on the smaller knife. Both blades are drop points, in 3.5″ and 3″, each held in place with some seriously sturdy frame locks. The pocket clip on the larger knife is removable but cannot be repositioned, allowing for only right side, tip-down carry. The smaller knife’s clip allows for left or right side tip-up carry.

Overall, these two kits offer up some great variety at really affordable prices, making them perfect gifts for knife newcomers and enthusiasts alike. To learn more about these products, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit

Maxace Balance

This week on Spotlight Series we’re taking a look at the Balance line of flippers from Maxace Knives. Maxace, a division of the Stedemon company, is a pretty new brand, but if they keep turning out knives like this they’re going to definitely be one to watch.

Maxace is all about stripping away the distractions and focusing on a simple, elegant design manufactured with care. As such, the Balance isn’t anything Earth-shattering in terms of its appearance; it’s an attractive, basic folder built with some serious finesse.

The craftsmanship at play really manifests itself in the action on this piece, which is unbelievably smooth thanks to Maxace’s patented double bearing pivot design. There’s a thumb hole that lets you deploy the blade with no trouble at all, but the real winner is the flipper. This is an ultra fast and snappy action that’s super satisfying. Blade is 3.5″ of VG-10 stainless steel in a flat ground drop point with stonewash finish.

With the exception of the stainless steel liner lock on the back side, handle is full G10, even the backspacer. The Balance lives up to its name, avoiding the pitfall of feeling blade-heavy when dealing with an all-G10 handle. The balance on this model is terrific. Handle is reasonably large with a nice thin shape to it, leading to very ergonomic handling and carry. The G10 has a really heavily textured groove pattern which provides more than ample grip. There are four color options, with the G10 handles available in a standard black, desert tan, OD green, and a pretty wild translucent green.

The pocket clip is a simple design but very tight for a secure hold, but still manages to slide on and off pretty smoothly. Clip is removable but not reversible, allowing for right-side, tip-up carry only.

All things considered, the Maxace Knives Balance is a solidly constructed flipper that focuses on performance without trying to reinvent the wheel. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our full variety, visit

Leatherman Skeletool

This weekend our special is Leatherman’s Skeletool multi-tool. Owing a design debt to the Freestyle, the Skeletool manages to keep a slim profile and light weight while still packing in a solid set of tools.

Probably the most useful feature here in the day-to-day sense would be the outside accessible blade. Thanks to the thumb hole this is a one-handed opener with an easy action. Blade is a healthy 2.5″ long, made from 420HC stainless steel, and sporting partial serrations. There’s a liner lock present to keep the blade held firmly in place.

The next most obvious feature is of course the Leatherman standard pliers. This is a nice and sturdy set of needle nose pliers with built in wire cutters. With the tool open we can now access the screwdriver tip. This is pretty cool because with a press of this button we can remove the bit and flip it around for a wider Philips head. Turn the tool over and we’ll see our flathead bit nestled in the other handle.

There are two carry options here, the primary being the pocket clip. Thanks to the slim build the Skeletool is very unobtrusive in the pocket. There’s also a carabiner to let you hang it off your belt loop or a backpack or something. It also doubles as a bottle opener, though with all the other tools present could a bottle cap have REALLY stood in the way of your thirst?

At this point it goes without saying that Leatherman is the leader when it comes to quality multi-tools, and if you’re looking for a compact EDC multi-tool with a bunch of great functionality, the Skeletool is hella cool. To learn more about this product, click here. To see our full variety, visit

Gerber Gator Premium

This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re going to take a look at the Premium line of Gerber Gator knives. These USA-made fixed blades and folders are tough, high quality knives designed to perform equally well in wet or dry conditions.

The original Gator debuted in 1991 and was voted Blade Show’s most innovative knife of the year for its revolutionary design and commendable functionality. In the nearly 25 years since, the Gator and its little brother, the GatorMate, have continued to be some of the most popular and reliable American made knives in Gerber’s arsenal. The Premium Gator line uses that legacy as a springboard and takes things to the next level with a top-notch build and ultra stylish new look.

As is Gator tradition, the handles are rubberized and just a bit tacky to enable a supremely certain grip. The handles on both the folders and the fixed blades are just a hair larger than before, making for a comfortable hold with a lot of room. There’s a gentle overall curve and a super smooth index finger indent, so these feel really ergonomic.

Blades get an upgrade this time around, too. Instead of the 420HC of previous models, these are CPM-S30V stainless steel, which is going to be more resistant to corrosion and holds its edge better. The machine-polished, semi-mirrored finish gives these knives a much slicker aesthetic than their ancestors, especially on the fixed blades with the bolsters. Blade variety among the two fixed blades includes a standard drop point and a drop point with gut hook. On the folders you’re looking at a clip point and a clip point with gut hook. All of them are a solid 4″ long.

Deployment on the folders isn’t the smoothest because of the light stop in the middle of the rotation, but it’s simple and effective. That said, a two handed opening is probably going to be the preference for many users. As with the rest of the Gator folders, the blade is held in place by a sturdy lockback.

There are no pocket clips on these folders, but they come with a really handsome, durable leather pouch with belt loop. The two fixed blades of course include a sheath with the same high quality leather construction.

All in all, the Premium Gators bring Gerber’s beloved, acclaimed design into the 21st century in just about the most stylish way possible, while still maintaining their American made legacy. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our full inventory, visit

Steel Will Knives

This time on Steal of the Week we’re going to take a broad overview of the Steel Will brand. Established in 2008, Steel Will may be a newer company, but they’ve quickly impressed us with their high quality output of tactical fixed blades and folders.

We’re going to start with a look at the Sentence line of fixed blades, which boasts an impressive variety of eight different models. There are four blade styles available, a 5.33″ tanto with a flat grind, a 6″ tanto with a hollow grind plus a bit of a recurve, a 6″ clip point, and a drop point that’s about 6.75″ inches long. These are available in either a satin finish or a tactical black.

Handles are G10, in black with the black blades and an OD green with the satin finish. There are some heavy grooves machined into the G10 which provide a really solid grip, enabling an overall hand feel that is as secure as it is comfortable. The full tang tapers down into a thick glass breaker tip with lanyard hole. Each knife in this line comes with a Kydex sheath, which has a paracord wrap enabling a little extra grip and giving you some bonus emergency paracord.

Next up, we’re shifting gears from those absolutely massive blades to something more compact. The Censor is actually my favorite Steel Will fixed blade. The curved pistol grip is really ergonomic and feels great in the hand. There’s a lot of jimping along the spine, and the heavy diamond texture on the Zytel scales make for very confident handling, in forward or reverse grip.

This line just has three different blade varieties. There’s a clip point, a modified drop point, and a spear point with false top edge. All three are again full tang with glass breaker and lanyard hole, this time made of AUS-8 stainless steel. The Censor knives also include a Kydex sheath.

Now we’re going to get fancy with our next line, the Gekko. If the previous knives represent Steel Will’s more utilitarian tactical designs, the Gekko take things to a more elegant place. Made in Italy, these knives boast an upgraded steel and micarta handles. The handles have a great rounded shape, and the tang itself has been chamfered for a tremendously comfortable grip. Both of these fixed blades are drop points, in 4.33″ and just a bit over 5″. These knives include a really beautiful hand-made leather sheath with belt loop.

The Gekko line also features our first folder, which is every bit as nice as its fixed blade counterparts. Handle is nearly identical, with the same micarta scales and much the same shape. Blade deployment is handled using the dual thumb studs and it’s a really smooth action. I usually prefer a flipper on my folders, but this opens so easily I don’t mind its absence on this model. There’s a nice wide, deep-carry pocket clip, which is reversible to allow for left or right side tip-up carry.

And to round out our selection we have one more Italian-made folder, the Onrush. This is a great compact tactical knife suited for everyday use. While we have the clip point version here, a tanto is also available, both of which are three and three quarter inches long. Handles are G10 with some healthy texture, and there’s some pronounced jimping along the spine to facilitate both a forward and reverse grip. The pocket clip enables left or right side tip up carry, or if you’d rather carry it on your belt the package includes a cordura sheath.

As you can see, Steel Will offers up a lot of variety, and this is only a few of the lines they have available. To learn more about the brand, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit

Böker Plus Jesper Voxnaes F3

This week on Spotlight Series we’re taking a look at the F3 folders from Böker Plus. Designed by renowned knifemaker Jesper Voxnaes, the F3 are a collection of stout, stylish folders with some great variety available.

Handles are available in three different builds. There’s an all-titanium model, one with titanium back and carbon fiber face scales, and one with the titanium back and G10 face scales. The titanium back on the G10 model has a rugged stonewash finish, while the carbon fiber and full-titanium have a more elegant bead blasted finish. They also boast blue anodized pocket clips and backspacers, while the G10 just has the same stonewash finish there.

Blade is deployed using the thumb hole, and you can do it with either your thumb or with a quick flick of your middle finger. It’s a simple, smooth action. The clip point blade bears that signature wide Voxnaes styling with a lot of belly to it. The F3 are available with either a 3″ or a 3.5″ blade. These are the very first knives in the Böker Plus range to be made with CPM-S35VN stainless steel. The blade is held in place by a really sturdy framelock with stainless reinforcement.

The handles are 4.5″ on the larger models and 4″ on the smaller ones. This is one of the rare cases when I prefer the handling on the smaller size. The larger handle is just a hair thick for my taste, but the smaller one feels just right. The best no-slip grip is of course with the G10, but my favorite hand feel is the all titanium. No jimping on the forward grip, but there’s some present on the backspacer for your thumb in the reverse grip.

Pocket clip comes attached in the right side, tip-down position, though you can also switch it to right side tip-up. Hold is nice and tight but still draws easily, and the smooth build of the knife feels very comfortable in the pocket.

If you’re looking for a beefy, durable EDC with the design flair of a custom, the Böker Plus F3 is great choice. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit

Gerber Paraframe 2-Pack

This weekend our special is a two pack of Paraframe knives from Gerber. The Paraframe line has been a Gerber mainstay for years, and at less than twenty dollars this package represents a pretty tremendous value.

The larger knife, the Paraframe 1, is about four inches in the closed position, while the Mini is just a hair over three. They have a full stainless steel construction with a pretty slick tactical black coating. Both the knives boast the distinctive Paraframe skeletonized handle style that keeps the weight down, to 2.6 oz on the Paraframe 1 and 1.3 oz on the Mini.

Blade deployment on the Paraframe 1 is handled via the dual thumb studs. The action is a little stiff, but you’ll start to feel it loosen up as you use the knife. Blade is a 3″clip point with partial serrations, and is held securely in place by a sturdy frame lock.

Handling on this one is pretty comfortable, especially for people with medium sized hands. The shape fills the palm nicely and the chamfering around the edges has removed any potential hotspots. The Paraframe 1 has a pocket clip enabling right side, tip-down carry. The slim profile lets it ride very comfortably, though the draw can get a little hung up due to the size of the thumb studs.

The Paraframe mini is a two-handed opener with the basic fingernail nick. Again we have a clip point blade, this time just a little over 2″, also held in place by a frame lock. Although this model is quite small, handling still feels secure and safe. The Mini also has a right side, tip-up pocket clip, and given the compact design of this knife it’s an ultra discreet carry.

Overall, these are two solidly built utilitarian EDCs, and at this price you don’t have to feel bad about the years of abuse you’ll put them through. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit

Carving Sets

As an American I’ve been a huge fan of gravy since birth, which means it’s never too early to start looking ahead to Thanksgiving. This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re going to take a look at a range of carving kits that are going to make quick work of your holiday roast, and make a great gift this holiday season.

Every one of these kits comes with a carving knife and carving fork, with full-tang designs making them sturdy and durable. We’ve assembled a broad selection here that covers a wide range of prices, so we’ll be diving in at the least expensive and working our way up. First we have Messermeister’s Park Plaza kit. This German-made set features an eight inch blade on the knife, a seven inch fork, and triple-riveted polymer handles. While the fork is forged, the knife here is stamped steel which results in a blade that is lower cost but still high quality.

Next up is Wusthof’s Gourmet carving kit. This set is very similar to Messermeister’s with nearly identical handle build, though both pieces here are stamped steel. This is also an eight inch knife, but only a six inch fork.

Our next entry is something a little different from the rest of the assortment. This Mercer Genesis kit includes an eight inch carving knife, six inch curved fork, and a sturdy pair of kitchen shears. From here on out, all the knives we’ll be looking at are forged rather than stamped, resulting in a higher quality, more durable blade. This Mercer knife and fork have a nice soft rubber grip that feels really secure. They’re packaged in a professional storage roll, which I recommend strapping to your thigh and carrying with you at all times in case a turkey dinner breaks out.

Now here’s another Messermeister kit, their Meridian Elite. The seven inch carving fork is much the same as the Park Plaza, but this kit boasts a massive ten inch blade on the carving knife, which has been fully cambered. The handle on this particular knife is my favorite of the lot, as there’s a really pleasing ergonomic shape to it.

Almost as comfortable is the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Four Star Two kit. This is my second favorite of the knives as far as handling, thanks to the high-impact propylene handle and superior balance. Fork is six and a half inches long in this kit.

Our next kit comes from Claude Dozorme, one of the oldest knife-making houses in France. These ones are way too classy for any of MY family gatherings, but they’re absolutely perfect for a more elegant dinner setting. Manufactured in Thiers, France and bearing the distinctive bee on the spine, this is without question the most attractive set in the bunch. The vallernia handles have a really unique shape with a curvature that makes them extremely comfortable to use. This is an eight inch knife with an eight inch fork, and the two come in an attractive wooden gift box.

Finally we have one of Wusthof’s high end sets, the Classic Ikon. This kit has an eight inch carving knife and a six inch fork. Again a tremendous balance, and the handles on these have a nice seamless finish that makes them very hygienic.

As you can see here, we’ve got more than enough variety in carving sets to suit any conceivable Thanksgiving gathering, and what we’ve looked at today is just a small selection of what is available. To see the full range, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit

HTM Dirk Pinkerton BroadHead Neck Knife

This week our steal comes from HTM Knives, working in collaboration with custom knifemaker Dirk Pinkerton. This USA-made BroadHead neck knife is a low-profile, lightweight tool that makes for a perfect self defense back-up.

The knife is made from a single piece of 6AL4V aircraft titanium that’s just a hair over a tenth of an inch thick and weighs in at less than an ounce. The pleasing symmetrical design sports some rugged jimping on both sides as well as a skeletonized grip traction system on the handle. Between that extra purchase and the inch wide finger hole, handling on this is very secure. You have two solid grip options, either a forward grip with your index finger through the hole, or a reverse grip with your pinkie through the hole. Both are perfectly comfortable, so your preference will depend on your own training and the specific scenario.

The design tapers gently into the tip, which is razor sharp to enable excellent penetration. That said, unlike certain other push knives there is no blade here, as the sides haven’t been ground down to a sharp edge. This is strictly a puncture tool that wasn’t designed with slicing or other functionalities in mind.

Included is a Kydex sheath with a cool faux carbon fiber pattern, which the knife slots into very securely. The attached bead chain is rated to withstand 20 pounds of pressure, making this perfectly equipped if you do want to use it as a neck knife, though it’s so compact you could just as easily carry it in your pocket or basically anywhere else.

With a smartly utilitarian design and an ultra low profile, HTM’s Dirk Pinkerton broadhead neck knife is a more than capable self defense tool. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit