We’ve had Medford products for several weeks now and I haven’t gotten around to a Blog post- because they have been coming and going out in a fast and furious fashion. These combat knives and folding knives are amazing- they are strong, well made and well designed and not inexpensive- and the public loves them. We ordered them back in January and they finally arrived in July, and this is the typical lead time on these items. They are absolutely worth the wait. The whole operation is a reflection of the creators, Greg and Amy Medford in Phoenix, AZ. These two are dynamic, high spirited, fun and creative individuals with a real passion for the product and the business. They have an amazing process for each knife that includes fully hand grinding each blade and fitting each knife together to the utmost perfection. The fit and finish on these workhorse big, honkin’ knives is superb. The materials are great and the the packaging is super professional. We see a lot of products come through the Knifecenter, but the Medfords have really raised the bar in all these respects. Look for great things in the future with a quicker production cycle, but the knives will never be better than they are now. They may have automatic grinders in their production down the road, but now everything is ground by hand. You may regret not getting these early models.
Very Spyderco Vallotton and Starmate-esque, the new Boker Plus Squail is a large tactical folder with serious style. The designer, Charles Marlowe, is known for combining function with elegance in all his designs, whether they be tactical or utility in nature. The Squail features a large 4″ 440C blade that is beautifully stonewashed and has a nice-sized thumb hole for easy actuation. The handles are linen Micarta paired with matte finished titanium bolsters for a refined looking and feeling knife. The jimping on the spine is very sharp for excellent purchase and the liner lock, though not grooved like it is in the picture, does lock the knife up with no play whatsoever. This is another awesome piece from Boker Plus and their decision to go with production versions of custom knife designs is paying off with some really excellent products. Keep your eyes peeled for more new designs and check out this handsome new tactical knife at www.knifecenter.com.
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Rockstead- The Finest Knives in the World- and the Prettiest!
We are proud to offer some of the very finest knives produced anywhere. The Rockstead knives from Japan are so perfectly made with the finest of materials and fit and finish that they are prized by collectors around the world. Availability is limited, so please consider these carefully if they are within your budget. We will have a lot more information about these after the weekend, but we wanted to get them up on the site before we went home!
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Hogue EX03 Folders!
The tactical folding knives from Hogue are high quality, beautiful production models of custom designs from Allen Elishewitz. Following the success of the EX01 and EX-F01 models, and the first liner locking model from Hogue; the EX02 we now have the more economical EX3 series of folders. This series has polymer handles and the button lock system found on the EX01 series. Available in two different sizes and blade configurations, you have a choice between the drop point model and the wicked sharp tanto design. This is a Hogue knife designed by Elishewitz that we all can afford! They can be found at www.knifecenter.com.
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Introducing the 25th year anniversary edition of the original frame lock folder – the Sebenza. The hole in the middle of the face scale is gone making for simply a better looking knife. The extra finger contour is the most noticeable difference on this model but it’s inside where all the real change has happened. The handle screws and pivot are now larger to wear better over time. The washers are absolutely gigantic and fit with extra holes for better oil distribution resulting in a smoother opening blade. The thumb ramp has been redesigned with a much larger curve so it’s actually functional now and really locks the knife in the hand. Finally, the attached blue lanyard and bead really are just a cherry on top. It’s an absolutely stunning knife built to the quality Chris Reeve is famous for. This is a Prototype, serial number 22 of 25, and is hand signed and dated by the legend himself – Chris Reeve. Check it out before it’s gone at www.knifecenter.com.
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The tactical folding knives from Hogue are extremely high quality, beautiful production models of custom designs from Allen Elishewitz. Following the success of the EX01 and EX-F01 models, new for this year is the first liner locking model from Hogue; the EX02. Available in two different sizes and blade configurations, you have a choice between the drop point model and the wicked sharp tanto design with a 3-3/8″ or 3-3/4″ blade. Two totally different opening methods are also available, one with ambidextrous thumbstuds and the other with a flipper mechanism. Every EX02 has a reversible deep carry pocket clip, cryogenically treated 154CM blade, and a skull crusher/glass breaker at the butt end of the handle. The wicked cool Damascus Pattern G10, dubbed “G-Mascus”, is only found on Hogue knives and available in a black/gray color or OD green. They don’t specify what kind of washers or pivot system is used on the knife but believe me, you’ll be hard pressed to find a smoother opening blade. A quality design from an excellent custom designer, the EX02 can be found at www.knifecenter.com.
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Hand Tech Made (HTM) Knives are production versions of custom designs from some of the most well known knife designers in the industry. They feature work by Dirk Pinkerton, Randall King, Kirby Lambert, Greg Lightfoot, and Darrel Ralph. The Gunhammer, with three very different yet capable blade styles, is one of the most successful tactical designs we’ve come across at the KnifeCenter. Available in your choice of serrated or honed, coated or bead blasted, you now have a choice between the spring-assisted opening or the manual version featuring the Maxx Glide system. If you’re not familiar with the Maxx Glide Pivot System, it’s exclusive to designs by Darrel Ralph and it really does close the speed gap between assisted and manual knives. With absolutely no wrist action, the blade flies open using the thumb studs or flipper mechanism and boy does it lock up solidly with the over-thick titanium lockbar. All these great features are available on all Gunhammer models but what makes this Exclusive is the M390 Super Steel we got the folks at HTM to use for this run of knives only. Balancing excellent corrosion resistance and extremely high hardness (62HRC), M390 Steel from Bohler provides superb wear resistance during hard use cutting. Limited to only 30 production pieces per model, pick up your Exclusive M390 Gunhammer today at www.knifecenter.com.
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New one of a kind knives from Chris Reeve! When it comes to production knives, Chris Reeve stands alone atop the mountain. He has made many innovations and collaborated on designs that have forever changed our industry. He is the father of the one-piece knife concept, with his original model MK IV, the chief innovator of the Reeve Integral Lock, commonly referred to as a Frame lock, and was even crucial to the development of S30V stainless steel. He worked alongside the Crucible Materials Company to develop the first steel specifically designed for the cutlery industry. The various inlays, CNC machined graphics on the handle scales or beautiful Devin Thomas Damascus steels can make your production knife one of a kind. If you don’t love Chris Reeve Knives, then you probably haven’t handled one – they’re that awesome. Check out all the Chris Reeve fixed and folding offerings and the new one of a kind models while they last at www.knifecenter.com.
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