LionSteel is an Italian knife company and, if you haven’t heard of them, it’s about time you did. They’re not a new company by any means but are gaining recognition throughout the knife industry for their extremely beautiful and high quality tools. LionSteel, like many companies, has a flagship model which they’re best known for; the SR-1. It’s a large, tactical/combat, frame-lock folder with a wicked 3.7″ blade and a handle made from one solid piece of machined aluminum or titanium. This makes this knife one of the stoutest on the market. LionSteel also manufactures some EDC/gentleman’s folding knives and higher end money clips but they are best known for their recent collaborations with DPx Gear for the HEST Folder and with Spyderco for the LionSpy. Everything is done in-house in Maniago, Italy from design and conception to stamping and finishing to ensure the utmost quality control. See the new LionSteel products at www.knifecenter.com.
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Tim Leatherman is the father of the modern multi-tool and has become a household name in the tactical equipment field. Leatherman started the company in 1983 with the original Pocket Survival Tool and today has over 30 different models which are considered top of the line for multi-tools. The Rebar is the newest Leatherman model for 2012 and it utilizes the same platform as their extremely popular Super Tool 300. It has 17 different tools, a high quality nylon belt sheath, unprecidented 25 year warranty, and a conveniently compact design in which all the tools are accessed from the interior of the Rebar in the open position and do lock in place. If you’re looking for a tool that can do practically everything which is comfortable and light enough to carry around all day, the Leatherman Rebar is a great choice for soldiers and civilians alike. See the Rebar and all the rest of Leatherman’s products at www.knifecenter.com.
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SureFire Flashlights are widely considered top of the line in lighting products and as the old adage goes; you get what you pay for. Not anymore! For 2012, the KnifeCenter has lowered prices on all SureFire products across the board. From folders to fixed blades, ear-plugs to pens, and every flashlight in between, the Surefire line is now available at a reduced cost. Get one of their knives, which were recently discontinued, before they’re gone for good. This change will be permanent to all items so don’t fear but you may have some competition while we have them in stock. Now the new adage is: you get more than you pay for with Surefire products from www.knifecenter.com.
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These just came in! First they had competing shows on television and now they’ve got competing product lines for your hard earned dollars. Introducing Camillus’ answer to Gerber’s Bear Grylls line; the Les Stroud series of survival tools. They’ve got all your wilderness bases covered and then some with these classic, functional, and stout designs ranging from the pocket folder to full size machete. Each knife features a carbonitride titanium 440 stainless steel blade, grippy ergonomic rubber handle, and an included fire steel. That’s right, even the small folding knife comes with a fire starter tucked away into the handle so it’s never far away from a capable striker. All the fixed blade knives come with excellent sheaths and at the price point, they will definitely be hard to beat for capability, durability, and style. Find the right knife for your particular excursion at www.knifecenter.com.
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The model 940 from Benchmade could very well be the perfect EDC knife. I honestly can’t find a single negative thing to say about it. The materials, craftsmanship, ergonomics, and attention to detail are all absolutely superior. Take all this and multiply it ten-fold for 2012, introducing the Gold Class model 940-121 by Benchmade. This knife, already near perfect, gets a true overhaul sparing no expense by using the best premium materials available on the market. The CPM-M4 super steel blade is finished in a clear protective coat called Cerakote and paired with the green titanium handle and carbon fiber bolsters, it creates a very pleasing look. If you’ve ever handled any of the 940-943 series of knives, you’ll know I saved the best part of it for last; the size. For a blade just a hair under 3.5″ and weighing in at only 3.2 oz., this knife absolutely disappears in your pocket. When closed, the knife is only 1-1/8″ wide at it’s largest point so you can slip your hand, phone, keys, or another knife into your pocket without obstruction. Gold Class knives are truly custom level production blades, see for yourself at www.knifecenter.com.
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5.11 Tactical is a well known gear and clothing supplier for law enforcement, military, and fire/rescue professionals. What’s not as well known in the tactical community is their extensive tool, flashlight, and knife offerings. New for 2012, 5.11 Tactical has introduced the Double Duty series of folding knives which are great all around utility tools. The Karambit folder is a more tactical design with a 3-3/4″ black coated main blade and 1-1/2″ utility spike, perfect for punching holes. The Rescue folder has a carbide glass breaker, a 3-3/4″ sheepsfoot blade for safer cutting, and a 1-1/2″ serrated blade for fine detail work. The FRN handles are very ergonomic in the saber and reverse grips, and both blades on each knife lock into position so they won’t close on your fingers during hard use. The 5.11 Tactical Doubly Duty series may not be your typical knife designs but they sure will get the job done again and again. See them both at www.knifecenter.com.
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Scorpion Knives are a new brand for us here at the KnifeCenter and they are some of the most well designed, overbuilt fixed blades we have ever seen. Most, well actually all the knife designers at Scorpion use their real world experiences to bring new features and uses to their particular knife designs. From Chris Caine, Anton du Plessis, and John Wiseman to Geoff Todd, John Campbell, and Bob Beasley, Scorpion Knives are specifically designed to do all the tasks expected by both the combat soldier and survival enthusiast. Using a variety of blade and handle materials, one thing remains constant; a 3/16″ (or thicker) full tang slab of hardened steel is the heart of the knife. Check one out today for yourself and you will not be disappointed. See the entire line at www.knifecenter.com.
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New for 2012, our friends over at United Cutlery have released the Colombian Panga Machete. The Panga Machete brings its 15″ AUS-6 full-tang stainless steel blade to whatever chore you can throw in front of it. You can chop, slash, and hack away at the undergrowth-the soft-feel injection-molded handle is designed not to slip, no matter how sweaty your hands get. The Panga Machete ships with a durable nylon sheath, and has an attached lanyard. Check ’em out today at www.knifecenter.com!
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The CRKT Ripple introduces a new knife to the line, an economical version with aluminum handles and a linerlock. The original Ripple models are available in two sizes, one with a 3.125″ blade, the other 2.7″ and both feature titanium nitride coated stainless steel handles and a framelock. Designed by well known knife maker Ken Onion, the Ripple integrates the IKBS internal knife ball-bearing system for super smooth and fast opening action. All the handles are CNC machined with the ripple pattern as well as over 40 small holes to lighten the weight of the knife. For a nearly 7.5″ overall knife, it’s extremely light at only 2.5 ounces. You can see this at www.knifecenter.com.
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