If you’re looking for a decently made, economical all around camp knife that’s rugged, well built, as well as visually appealing – look no further than the Garuda by Condor Tool & Knife. Designed by Joe Flowers, an outdoorsman from North Carolina, this knife is tough enough to do it all. This is an economically priced, large fixed blade. Don’t look for perfection in every curve, but it is well made and sturdy. The 5″ 1075 high carbon steel blade is epoxy powder coated to assist in corrosion resistance and full tang for added strength. The Micarta handles are oversized for use with gloves or for those with larger hands and it is nicely curved and contoured to fit the hand excellently. It comes with a very sharp convex grind and ballistic nylon sheath that can be attached to your belt or MOLLE gear no problem. Check out this awesome new camp knife from Condor at www.knifecenter.com.
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This is a very well designed, high quality new combat knife from Jesper Voxnaes and Boker. It’s constructed from one solid piece of N690BO stainless steel with a beautiful stonewashed finish. The handle is contoured canvas Micarta with holes drilled through it allowing for the knife to be easily attached to a stick for a homemade spear. The clip point blade is an excellent tactical design that can also be pressed into hunting tasks with ease. Part of what makes a good fixed blade knife is having a good sheath and that’s definitely the case for the Boker JTN. The black leather sheath is extremely well made, visually appealing, and durable. It’s got a pouch on the front for extra survival gear and has Velcro and button attachments on the belt loop so the sheath can be put on and removed without having to undo your belt. A very nice knife from Boker that’s built like a tank and available at www.knifecenter.com.
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The latest addition to the Spyderco line is the folding Puukko design by Pekka Tuominen, the Nilakka, and what a cool knife this is. Based off the successful Spydero FB28WDP Puukko and adapted for the folding knife enthusiast, the Nilakka is unlike any other knife in your collection. The squared off G10 handle is robust, comfortable in the hand and will not rip up your pockets. The knife buries deeply, opens smoothly and locks up tightly – as with all Spydercos. What makes the Nilakka unique is the zero grind it incorporates all the way down the blade to the cutting edge. There is not a separate bevel on the edge, which makes resharpening the knife more difficult but this kind of grind is unparalleled in slicing performance. You can find this unique folding knife at www.knifecenter.com.
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Introducing a new brand of overbuilt, well made, tactically designed edged tools – Quartermaster Knives – also known as QTRM5TR. Taking Mantis Knives to the next level with all USA-made products (and components), they’re doing it right and they’re doing only a limited number of each model. Every knife is individually serialized and hand checked to make sure only the finest combat cutlery is leaving their shop and hitting our shelves. Utilizing CPM154 for their first production runs, every knife incorporates QTRM5TR’s proprietary ORB® pivot system which is a smooth as any available on the market today. It makes actuating the large and small blades QTRM5TR uses a breeze and can be adjusted with the same Torx bit as all the rest of the screws on the knife. Check out these awesome new blades at www.knifecenter.com.
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Wicked…The best single word to describe the new Exodus tactical fixed blade model from Boker Plus. It’s robust, it’s ergonomic, it’s cool, it’s functional, and best of all it’s affordable. With a wide 4.5mm thick blade, curved ergonomic G10 handle, and high quality Kydex sheath with included Tek-Lok, this is one awesome and well designed package. Andy Fitz and Boker Plus have a winner here with the Exodus tactical fixed blade, which can be seen at www.knifecenter.com.
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Very reminiscent of the Benchmade Adamas series, these stout tactical knives from Heckler & Koch give you tons of functionality at a very reasonable price point. The 5mm thick 9Cr13 stainless steel blades will sharpen up to a great edge and with the coating are very unlikely to corrode or rust. Available in a folding model with titanium frame lock and 3.6″ drop point blade or a fixed 4.8″ tanto model, both sport highly textured G10 handle scales, a large index finger choil, and good functional jimping. The fixed model comes with a friction fit polymer sheath and a skull crusher handle with lanyard hole. The H&K Conspiracy knives are excellent duty use tools with their tactical features and for a price that you won’t feel bad using and abusing them. Check these out at www.knifecenter.com.
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Blackjack Knives aren’t as well known as ESEE or Ontario but they should be with the high quality, excellent designs they are producing right here in the USA. The newest knives from Blackjack to come through our door were the Tac Ops Ranger Series featuring convex ground 1095 carbon steel blades with a powder coating to match the handle color. Made from lightly textured Micarta, the handles are ergonomic, durable, and available in a variety of colors. The included black Kydex sheath secures the knife tightly and comes with a premolded belt loop that can be switched for vertical or horizontal carry. A good looking and feeling knife with a lot of survival and tactical function, Blackjack Knives have got a winner with the Tac Ops Ranger Series of knives. Get yours at www.knifecenter.com.
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Just in at the KnifeCenter is the really cool, high-value Survival Edge from Cold Steel. It’s a light duty bushcrafting design excellent for any utility task performed around the camp site. If you’re familiar with Mora of Sweden Knives, the Survival Edge is a very similar design with many more capabilities. The Secure-Ex sheath clips easily onto your belt and comes attached with a Ferrocerium fire steel to match the handle color. The 5″ mirror polished blade is made from German 4116 Stainless Steel which, according to Cold Steel, performs better than 420 and 440 series steels while providing improved corrosion resistance. What sets the Survival Edge apart is the extremely rigid, hollow handle design. With an internal length of three inches and diameter of one inch, there’s ample storage space for any small fishing, safety, or survival items. With a reasonably ergonomic handle, dual finger guard, and rubber O-rings for a secure grip, the Survival Edge is one useful tool and can be found at www.knifecenter.com.
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AITOR is a Spanish knife manufacturer produced under the brand Pielcu and they’re producing some fine quality, excellent designs at reasonable prices. They gravitate toward supplying the true survivalist but AITOR also makes one of the coolest tactical blades we’ve seen in the Oso Negro. It’s reminiscent of a Rambo style bowie knife but with a generous re-curve to the blade and extremely functional saw teeth on the spine. In fact all the survival designs with these same saw teeth are extremely sharp and bite really well for improved cutting performance. Sheaths on the AITOR survival knives are equipped with a small survival pack in a hidden compartment which generally include fishing and sewing kits, scalpel, compass, latex tubes (which can also attach to legs on the sheath to be used as a slingshot for hunting), and many other items depending on the particular model. They make camping utensils and other utility folding knives that are simple designs and good values for their overall quality. Check out the all the AITOR models 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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