Designed by the survival experts over at ESEE Knives, Mike Perrin and Jeff Randall, and produced by Blue Ridge Knives, the Avispa is a hybrid between the Ontario RAT handle combined with the blade style of the Zancudo folder. Compared to the Zancudo, it features a larger, more capable 3.5″ blade for better cutting power. Features a nice, slim design with a full-size blade in stonewash or black. Handles are textured FRN (Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon) in the front with a stainless steel back. The framelock lockup feels solid and the blade easily glides open using the dual-thumb stubs. The Avispa will surely appeal to many with its 4-way pocket clip making it 100% ambidextrous. Overall, this is a great choice for an EDC for anyone looking for a high quality, full-size folder not looking to break the bank. See all models at www.knifecenter.com.
I was pleasantly surprised when unboxing the new Bad Blood Cross Fire Tanto. This reminds me alot of some other knives by popular manufacturers for a fraction of the price. The fit and finish done on the textured G10 handles are just exceptional. The grooved handles feel formed-fitted and feel very natural and secure while the flipper makes it very easy to quickly deploy your blade. Most of the knives I carry are set tip-down (personal preference) so may take a little getting used to the tip-up only pocket clip. However, with the design and value of this knife, it’s definitely not a deal breaker. This is a knife you can count on day in and day out. For more info to www.knifecenter.com.
The design on the handle of the Kizer Ki4423 is a work of art…literally. The designer (Kim Ning) incorporated two important Ancient Chinese Symbols: “Ling Zi (Pheasant Tail)” and “Hui ZhuanLun (Gyroscopewheel)” inspired by a treasured Chinese sword. It has probably the smoothest opening action of any knife I’ve ever seen, probably because it is made entirely by hand. The fit, finish, buttery smooth action, razor sharpness, and materials are exactly what you look for in a knife twice this price. The new 4423 from Kizer is a knife you must handle to appreciate just how nice it really is, check it out at www.knifecenter.com.
If you need a knife for hunting, fishing, camping or sporting, the Camillus HT-7 fixed blade is a perfect choice. With a 3.5″ titanium bonded stainless steel blade with plenty belly, large lanyard hole, and great jimping – what is it missing? The handle is solid G10 and removable with Hex screws should that need ever arise. The sheath is the simple nylon variety which leaves some room for improvement but for $30, is definitely sufficient for most anyone’s needs. The HT-7 is a full tang design for maximum strength and the handle is extremely comfortable if you have small to medium sized hands. Want more information, go to www.knifecenter.com.
The Fallkniven PC is a perfect everyday carry knife. It’s lightweight, durable, slim, ergonomic, and quality. With a fiberglass reinforced Grilon handle and a blade is made of Cobalt Special Steel, you get a lot of knife for the money. The blade has nail notches on both sides of the blade for use by right and left handers and can be classified as a two-handed opening knife. No lanyard hole or jimping whatsoever on this guy but it does have a nice, easy to manipulate liner lock for safety. See more at www.knifecenter.com.
This is a very nice folder with a top-of-the-line stonewashed S35VN stainless steel blade. The blue anodized titanium handle has a sturdy frame-lock and a custom finished surface texture which provides better than adequate grip. The design is set up with a tip-up carry pocket clip and comes with nylon belt sheath to protect it. The blade is very well balanced and I have found it to be extremely easy to open with one hand using the thumb stud. It’s a classic folding design with superb ergonomics and even better fit and finish. Pro-Tech really give Chris Reeve a run for his money when it comes to manufacturing quality – each knife is absolutely superb. Check them out at www.knifecenter.com.
All of these Maxpedition fixed blade knives are extremely durable and would be a perfect addition to any pack. If you are hunting, fishing, camping, or just breaking down cardboard, these knives can do the job. At Maxpedition, they believe that the best knife is the knife you have on you and these fixed blades are very easy to carry with their lightweight designs and excellent Kydex sheaths. Maxpedition founder Tim Tang draws upon his passion for tactical knives and a decade of collaborations with the industry’s top custom knife makers to debut this design. They look like Mad Dog Knives and hopefully perform like them. See all 12 models at www.knifecenter.com.
This multi-tool from Jason Brous packs a lot of great features into such a compact, good looking package. Useful tools such as key ring to attach, strap cutter, bottle opener, hex wrench (multiple sizes), flat head screwdriver and mini pry bar along with a thoughtful user design. Measuring 2.75″ overall, it is made from 1/8″ thick heat treated D2 steel so you know it’s tough as nails. Check out the next evolution of the keychain multi-tool at www.knifecenter.com.
Darrel Ralph is one of our favorite designers for his truly unique designs and the new Skull Push Rod is definitely something different. It’s to be carried tucked in a pocket like a knife and can be used to punch holes in soft material, break brittle mediums like ice and glass, and even be used as a push dagger in a self defense situation. Each skull is hand ground and features a 3.5″ titanium rod that is replaceable if ever damaged. Get yours before they’re gone for good, available at the www.knifecenter