Round of 16 Results: (Bold Text designates winner)
Leatherman Super Tool 300 (#1) vs. Leatherman Skeletool (#4)
Victorinox SwissChamp (#2) vs. Victorinox SwissTool (#3)
Under $100 Division
Cold Steel Pocket Bushman (#1) vs. Kershaw 1660 Leek (#4)
Spyderco Dragonfly 2 (#2) vs. Benchmade 551 Griptilian (#3)
Over $100 Division
Chris Reeve Small Sebenza (#1) vs. Benchmade 940 Osborne (#4)
Spyderco ParaMilitary2 (#2) vs. Zero Tolerance 0350 (#3)
Wild Card Division
Buck 110 (#1) vs. Case Stockman 204 (#4)
Benchmade 51 Morpho Butterfly (#2) vs. 5.11 C.U.B. Master Karambit (#3)
The Story So Far: Tough match-ups all around: both multi-tool winners barely squeaked by their brethren by a matter of votes; even the Mighty Sebenza had a bit of a scare, defeating the Benchmade 940 by a 54-46 split. Biggest upset goes to the #4 seed Kershaw Leek, which toppled the #1 Cold Steel Bushman with nearly 70% of the votes. (How far can the little guy go?). My office pool pick, the ParaMilitary2, is still alive and kicking, but does it have the support to take out the expensive and exceptional Sebenza? We’ll soon find out.
Leatherman Skeletool (#4) vs. Victorinox SwissChamp (#2)
Benchmade 551 Griptilian (#3) vs. Kershaw 1660 Leek
Chris Reeve Small Sebenza (#1) vs. Spyderco ParaMilitary (#2)
Buck 110 (#1) vs. Benchmade 51 Morpho Butterfly (#2)
Let the Madness begin.
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Wanna see a MAGIC trick?
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Today we’re looking at an affordable assisted opener with quite an impressive bag of tricks: this is the Schrade A10 MAGIC.
Of course, the biggest feature of this knife is the MAGIC assist mechanism. The assisted opening function is very smooth and gives you lightning-quick deployment. There is also a safety mechanism in the handle that allows you to switch from assisted to manual opening, which is great for in-pocket carry and those times you want a bit more control when deploying. I found the dual thumbstuds to be much more useful in manual mode than the flipper feature.
The matte black drop point shaped blade is made from AUS-8 High Carbon Stainless Steel and measures just under three-and-a-half inches long. I’m a big fan of the blade shape and the non-glare coating. A combo-blade version is available as well, but personally I like the lack of serration and way the clean blade counterpoints the stylized handle.
That said, the milled aluminum handle offers tons of texture and grip, especially on the back side leading up to the jimping on the spine. The liner lock is sturdy and smooth. It has a non-reversible aluminum pocket clip for tip-up carry.
Overall, the Schrade A10 MAGIC is a feature-packed and affordable folder that would make a great Every Day Carry option.
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Built Forge Tough
This is the Fortis Flipper by Ferrum Forge Knife Works.
Specifically, this is the Model A version of the Flipper; the second, Model B, will feature the same design with more curved, organic milling compared to this one’s parallel grooves. Both feature the same high quality materials and machining of Ferrum’s custom models.
The three-and-three-quarter inch blade is made from Duratech 20CV steel with a swedged, drop-point shape. I really love the finish on this blade; it’s an interesting combination of matte stonewashing with an additional layer of shine. It’s a very cool effect.
There is a small but effective amount of jimping on the spine along with a wide space above the jimping, which complements the finger choil nicely when choking up on the blade.
The titanium handle is simple and attractive. Big fan of the Model A milled grooves. The frame-lock feels very strong and the knife deploys and closes with a satisfying certainty on the steel thrust cage bearings. It features a pocket clip and a pair of attractively machined standoffs.
Overall, the Fortis Flipper is incredibly solid in both looks and build. It should be a quality buy for knife lovers looking for an exceedingly capable mid-tech offering.
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The Doc Shiffer Field Grade Recons are midtechs with the same buttery action as the full custom models, and excellent build quality. The stonewashed blade is just begging to be used and N690 stainless steel provides excellent corrosion resistance. The handles are made from 0.15″ thick Titanium slabs and are available in a variety of colors, as is the Titanium pocket clip. You also have your choice of a lightweight flow-though design, or an anodized Titanium backspacer with a nice jimped texture. Check them out at www.knifecenter.com.
You can not beat the price and the functionality behind these Schrade Utility Liner Lock Folders. These knives are lightweight but strong enough to get the job done. They’re excellent designs and there is sure to be a model that catches your eye and fits your needs well. Give them a try, you will not be disappointed – excellent quality for the price. See them all at www.knifecenter.com.
The Deuce Redux Flipper is just downright, simply put one beautiful knife. It’s the first model run from Ferrum Forge that might be better as a safe queen than a user. The polished Titanium handles have blue anodizing on the edges and interior for a very classy look. The marble carbon fiber inlays are some of Elliot Williamson favorite material and it’s a beautiful look against the silver and blue. This knife is worth every penny, trust me when I say the Ferrum Forge Deuce Redux will not disappoint. Action, lockup, detent, fit, and finish are second to none. Find out more for yourself at www.knifecenter.com.
The Rajah II was developed by custom knifemaker Andrew Demko, one of the chief designers at Cold Steel. This knife does an excellent job taking the Kukri and adapting it to a folding version that will prove to be an instant classic. Try the Rajah today and experience for yourself the power of a Kukri that fits in your pocket. Find it at www.knifecenter.com.
A knife? A flashlight? How about both. The SOG Bladelight Minis are the best knives in low light situations, and they’re not just gimmicks. The LEDs on both sides of the blade will light up whatever you are cutting. Since these knives are water resistant, they’re the perfect knife for use on a boat, or near the water. Just remember to oil the blades regularly as salt water does major damage quickly to stainless steel. Get one today at www.knifecenter.com.