Kizer Cutlery Ki4448 GTi Flipper

This week on Spotlight Series we’re taking a look at the new collaboration between Kizer Cutlery and Justin Gingrich, the Ki4448 GTi flipper. This is a really well-constructed assisted opening knife that ably balances a functional build with an appealing design.

Personally, I find this model much nicer to look at than Gingrich’s other designs for Kizer. The sleek shape, gray TiCN coating, and unique radial pattern in the G10 all combine to make a pretty attractive piece. While its appearance isn’t as utilitarian as his other models, it’s still designed primarily with functionality in mind.

Handle is super sturdy thanks to the thick titanium liners under the hardy G10 scales. It’s a very stout shape that feels formidable in the hand. There’s some wide jimping up top leading into the spine of the blade, as well as some towards the butt of the handle to assist with your reverse grip. The pronounced finger indent and overall curve made for a comfortable general hold, though you do feel the bump of the pocket clip pressing into your palm. Pocket clip boasts a sturdy titanium construction and allows for a left or right side, tip-up carry. The butt of the handle has been outfitted with both a lanyard hole and a glassbreaker tip.

There are two options for blade deployment here, either the dual thumb studs or the flipper. Both are perfectly feasible, but given the low profile of the thumb studs I think the flipper is easily the best option. The assisted action is fast and solid, making for a super confident deployment. Blade is a 3″ hollow ground drop point made from S35VN stainless steel. It sports just a hint of a recurve, enabling a great slicing performance. Blade is held in place by a very sturdy liner lock thanks to the thickness of those titanium liners.

When it comes down to it, Kizer Cutlery’s Ki4448 GTi flipper is a super solid everyday carry option with sharp looks. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our full inventory, visit

Maxpedition Fixed Blades

This week’s steal is an incredibly varied line of fixed blade knives from Maxpedition. Founded in 2003 by Tim Tang, Maxpedition quickly established themselves as one of the top purveyors of outdoor and survival gear, and these knives admirably follow in that tradition.

Design-wise these are about as simple as fixed blades get, but the basic, no-frills appearance belies a high-quality construction. Blade is made from D2 tool steel and double tempered with a cryogenic treatment. The hidden full tang nests inside the durable overmolded nylon grip. These guys were constructed to handle just about anything you can throw at them.

What really sets this line apart is the variety of styles available. There’s a selection of four different blade types, a standard clip-point, a long clip-point, a fish-belly, and finally a tanto with smooth transition. On top of that, each blade style is available in small, medium, and large sizes. It’s really appreciated when a company presents this many options.

Handle has a pleasant ergonomic shape that feels quite natural in the hand. These blades also have some nice pronounced choils to aid you in your precision cutting tasks. The nylon has some light EDM texturing to provide a pretty reliable no-slip grip. I personally prefer the handling on the largest size, but your own mileage may vary.

Each of these knives comes with a sturdy Kydex sheath, with dual retention lips to enable a very secure carry. There are several lashing holes present – designed to accommodate 550 paracord. Similarly, the handles of the knives sport a lanyard hole to give you that extra safety option.

Overall, these Maxpedition fixed blades are simple designs built well, and the number of choices available are pretty staggering. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit

Arthur Rosenfeld Book Yin: A Love Story by Yunrou

NNL11215_8Whether you love martial arts, tactical knives, swords, machetes, bolos, camp knives, khukris, or even a shaving-sharp kitchen knife, your enthusiasm and technique owe a debt to the early philosophical traditions of Asia, which still teaches millions of us how to appreciate how to move beautifully with steel, and, of course, how to cut.

KnifeCenter is delighted to announce that our friend, Taoist Monk Yunrou (AKA Arthur Rosenfeld) has just released a new book that reveals secret after secret about the natural world and our place in it. It’s a love story, of all things, and because it’s such a quick and easy read full of twists and turns and unforgettable characters, we don’t even realize we’re learning while being entertained. Order a copy today, and one for a friend too. You’ll find yourself thinking about new ideas and places, and yes, blades, in a way you can’t imagine.

Todd Begg Steelcraft Kwaiken

This week on Spotlight Series we’re taking look at a mid-tech version of Todd Begg’s custom creation, the Kwaiken. Begg’s first ever production knife inaugurates his new Steelcraft line by offering up the same sleek design that made the Kwaiken such a popular custom, now manufactured with precision by Reate Knives.

Visually, this is a very faithful reproduction of the original Kwaiken. It bears all the hallmarks of the original design, from the straight lines of the handle, to the milled fluting pattern down the middle, to the slender upswept blade. The build quality is exactly what you’ve come to expect from Reate, with high quality materials and an excellent fit and finish.

Blade deployment is ultra smooth and easy thanks to the IKBS ceramic pivot system. The blade is a healthy 4″ of S35VN stainless steel with a long, powerful cutting edge. The base of the blade functions as a double finger guard, preventing you from sliding forward onto the cutting edge when using the knife. With practice the finger guard can also be used to assist in opening the knife upon drawing in a style similar to the Emerson Wave feature. Blade is held in place by a sturdy framelock.

Handle is titanium with a lot of milled texture providing ample grip. The straight shape is going to take a little getting used to, but after a while it feels quite comfortable. No jimping in the forward grip, but the backspacer features some quite pronounced jimping to allow for a very secure reverse grip.

The Kwaiken features a milled titanium pocket clip with Todd Begg’s ceramic ball detent. The ball helps the clip slide on really smoothly and hold tightly, enabling a confident right-side, tip-up carry. A lanyard hole integrated into the backspacer rounds out the features on this model.

The Kwaiken may be Todd Begg’s first ever full production knife, but with Reate’s assistance he has kicked off his Steelcraft series with some serious style. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit

Zero Tolerance Emerson 0620 & 0630

This weekend we’re going to take a look at a couple of collaborations between Ernest Emerson and Zero Tolerance, the 0620 and the 0630. Emerson’s functional, utilitarian design paired with ZT’s top-notch American craftsmanship has produced a couple of admirably rugged folding knives.

Aesthetically speaking, both models look exactly like what you’d expect from an Emerson design. The G10 face scale on the handle and the patented wave opening feature on the blade instantly scream Emerson. These are precisely the kind of stout, sturdy workhorse folders Emerson is known for.

The first collaboration, the 0620, sports a razor-sharp tanto blade made from Elmax stainless steel with a black powder coating. Handle is large and comfortable, with the G10 scale and a long stretch of jimping providing really secure grip. Back frame is titanium with a bead-blast finish, and the sturdy framelock keeps the blade safely locked in place. The 0620 also comes in a variant with carbon fiber face scales and a two-tone stonewash/satin blade, made from Carpenter steel.

The next collaboration, the 0630, is functionally identical to the 0620, with the same titanium handle construction, G10 face scale, and the same 3.6″ blade length. The only difference is the S35VN stainless steel blade in the clip point style, enabling better slicing performance.

Deployment on all three is handled by either the ambidextrous thumb disc or the wave feature. The benefit of ZT’s American construction is a much smoother action than is typical with an Emerson. All three models have a large, deep carry pocket clip that allows for left or right side, tip-up carry.

Emerson and ZT are two of the finest knife makers in the game right now, and the 0620 and 0630 have admirably pulled together the best traits of each. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit

Costume Props & Accessories

This week on Warehouse Hunts it’s pistols at dawn! Or approximately 3:45 PM, but whatever. With Halloween less than a week away we know plenty of people are going to be looking to accessorize their costumes, and we’ve got you covered with all kinds of cool props.

First up, I spy… quite a bit better with this telescope than with just my little eye. This leather-wrapped, brass three-sleeve telescope not only looks authentically sea-faring, but it actually works. Adjust the length of the telescope to focus up your image and you can see quite a fair distance. This is a really fun accessory for kids and adults alike.

Next up we’ve got an accessory that is also technically functional, if in a slightly less exciting way: this reproduction powder horn. Made of wood and genuine steer horn, this thing really adds that air of authenticity to any period gunslinger get-up. The plug is actually removable too, so you could store anything you want in there, from gunpowder to Sweet & Low.

When it comes to gun-related accessories it doesn’t end there. This Civil War era leather holster with belt loop and genuine antique closure style boasts a very high quality construction. We’ve also got dummy shells for western pistols. This set of six is a great-looking recreation, just don’t try to fire them out of anything or you’re not going to have a great time.

Now I know you were worried we were just teasing you with all these firearm related accessories, but don’t you worry. Next up we have guns… lots of guns. Collector’s Armory makes a lot of super cool period pistol replicas. These are all really high quality for the price point, each one manufactured in Spain. They’ve got a ton of variety in flintlocks, with a Pirate pistol, 1700’s German style, English dueling Flintlock, and an elegant 18th Century Belgian design. All of these can be cocked and fired. Just don’t expect sparks or, y’know… a bullet. There are plenty of other varieties too, like this double-barreled Derringer. This pistol also mock-fires, and you can flip the barrels up to make a show of loading your weapon. These are all a lot of fun to play with, just ask anybody who’s walked past my desk today.

If you feel some of the more realistic props are inappropriate for your child’s trick-or-treating purposes, we’ve got a couple of simple wooden swords that should fill the bill. We have two varieties on hand, an Excalibur broad sword and a pirate’s cutlass. Not suitable for actual swashbuckling, but they’ll derring-do for your costuming needs.

For our last item let’s shake things up a little bit with this Z-Hunter Zombie face-mask. This gruesome ghoul is made from a cream resin, which makes it a little heavy to wear for those of us who skip neck day at the gym, but it can be done. Fortunately it comes with hardware for wall-mounting, lending any room that undead flare.

Overall, what we’ve looked at here is just a small selection of the costume props and accessories we have available. To see the full variety of products available, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit


This week’s steal is the SOG AU03 SEAL, from their Aura line of fixed blades. The Aura line is SOG’s take on the original 1838 Bowie knife, redesigned with everyday and tactical uses in mind.

The first thing you notice when you pick up this knife is the weight. It’s remarkably light and has a really great balance, especially for a blade this long. This clip point comes in just a bit under 7″, packing in a razor sharp edge with a healthy belly, as well as partial serrations allowing for a ton of cut versatility. Like Cold Steel, SOG knives come with some of the best factory edges we carry. Up on the spine of the blade is some really aggressive jimping that’s going to keep you locked right in.

The handle is Zytel with an overmolded, pliable rubber that provides solid no-slip grip. That in combination with the healthy finger guard makes for pretty safe use. It’s a big, comfortable handle that enables prolonged use without any fatigue. There’s a lanyard hole built into the butt of the handle to allow you that extra degree of safety in handling should you so desire.

The SEAL of course includes the requisite sheath with belt loop. This is a durable Nylon construction with a Velcro strap to keep the knife securely strapped in. The really cool extra with this model is the included carbide field sharpener. The tool actually docks inside the handle, enabling you to sharpen your blade no matter where the need arises.

With a solid design and an affordable price point, the SOG AU03 SEAL is a terrific tactical fixed blade from a premier maker in the industry. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit

New Custom Factory Knives

This week the spotlight falls on two brand-new mid-techs from Custom Knife Factory. While both these knives boast the kind of quality build you’ve come to expect from CKF, stylistically they couldn’t be further apart.

On the more elegant end of the spectrum is the Gratch flipper, designed by custom knifemaker Anton Malyshev. It’s not hard to notice the similarities between this and another Malyshev design, the Sukhoi. Anybody who saw our Spotlight on that will remember that the only thing found lacking in the model was a flipper, a common complaint that has been addressed with the Gratch. This knife has a healthy flipper on it, and the action is lightning fast. Blade is a 3.75″ drop point made from M390 stainless steel, and sporting a super fine tip.

Handle is milled carbon fiber over titanium liners, with a swooping shape that makes for very ergonomic handling. This is a really comfortable hold, and while there’s no jimping and not a lot in the way of grip, this clearly isn’t designed to be a workhorse knife. There’s a lot of great craftsmanship in the construction though, with a custom pivot, milled titanium pocket clip, anodized titanium liners and backspacer, and a replaceable stainless steel lockbar insert.

The slim, sleek Gratch stands in stark contrast to the bulky, dangerous T90, named after the most modern of the Russian battle tanks. Designed by Alexey Konygin, this knife bears more than a few design similarities to another Konygin design, the Decepticon. The T90 is a thinner and lighter knife than the Decepticon, and the black stonewashed finish gives it a very tactical appearance.

The milled titanium handle is very large, with plenty of room for big hands. Its shape is quite ergonomic, though not quite as comfortable as the 3D machined handle of the Gratch. I do like the substantial framelock, which I much prefer to the Gratch’s titanium liner lock. Blade deployment via the flipper is fast and certain, and with over 4″ of M390 stainless steel you’re going to get some serious cutting done.

These two Custom Knife Factory flippers may be about as different as day and night, but you really can’t go wrong with either one. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory visit

Kershaw 1555G10BW Cryo

This weekend our special comes from the ever-popular Cryo line of assisted opening folders, the first collaboration between Kershaw Knives and custom knifemaker Rick Hinderer. This is one of Kershaw’s better import knives, and probably about the best price you’re ever going to get on a genuine Hinderer design. Its overall value and medium size makes it a perfect EDC. Like the Ontario Rat 2 and the Spyderco Persistence, this is one of those knives that everybody should have in their collection.

The two most frequent modification requests Kershaw received for the Cryo were for G10 handles and a blackwash finish. With this new 1555G10BW, Kershaw has happily obliged. The handle is a blackwash stainless steel with a G10 face scale, giving this a much more substantial grip and lighter weight than previous iterations. The ergonomic shape feels pretty comfortable to hold, and doesn’t get as lost in large hands as some other mid-size knives. A bit of light jimping at the top gives your thumb pretty solid purchase. A sturdy framelock rounds out the rugged construction of the handle.

Blade is deployed via the flipper, and opens swiftly and solidly thanks to the Ken Onion SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism. This model also sports dual thumb studs as an alternate opening mechanism, but the flipper works the smoothest. You can see some of Rick Hinderer’s aesthetic hallmarks in the 2.75″ drop-point blade. Steel is the 8Cr13MoV typical to Kershaw knives in this tier. The new blackwash finish gives the whole package a stylish yet tactical look that wears well over time.
The pocketclip on this Cryo boasts four way positioning, allowing for left or right side carry in either tip up or tip down. This is a smooth deep-carry pocketclip that slides on easily and lets the knife ride comfortably and discreetly.

Overall, the Kershaw Cryo 1555G10BW is a terrific upgrade to what was already an excellent design, and a great option for a beater EDC. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit

Mantis Bottleneck Bali-Song Style Keychain Knife

Our steal this week is a something a little different from Mantis Knives. Ever been at a party and needed to open a beer, and also cut open a box, all while looking very cool? Well then this Bottleneck Bali-Song style keychain knife is going to fill a very specific void in your life.

This unique gadget was Mantis Knives’ first ever collaboration with Gavin and Grant Hawk of Hawk Designs, and they really went out there on this one. In the closed position you’ve got a nice, sturdy bottle opener with a handy pocket clip on the side. Squeeze to compress the integrated handle springs, unlatch, and flip it open like a Bali-Song to reveal the blade.

Blade on this guy is just a hair under 2″ and made of 400 series stainless steel. We’ve never seen a blade quite like this one, with its double cutting edge and what Mantis calls a wicked dual tip. We have two color options on this model, one that was bead-blasted then stonewashed to give it a little bit of that worn-in look, as well as a simple tactical black.

In addition to the pocket clip, the handles have a slot machined into them, allowing you to clip the tool on your key-ring when not in use. The two options give you a nice degree of carry versatility with this gizmo.

As crazy as it seems at first glance, the Mantis Bottleneck Key-Chain Knife is a pretty handy device to have on you for when the party breaks out. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit