The Mad Blacksmith, better known as Jared West, has a distinct style unlike any other. From his knife designs to his other far out products, you will find a cool new item you know you need but never thought would be a reality. The City Dweller Pen Lanyards are just that sort of item. The idea is to disguise the fact that you have a knife by attaching a lanyard with a 2-1/2″ piece resembling a pen. The execution is the key here and these well done products function exactly as designed. Tie the 550 paracord through the lanyard hole, clip it in the pocket and it’ll be nearly impossible to tell you’ve got a knife on you at all. The Mad Blacksmith stands up for your rights to carry a knife without unwarranted attention or accusation. Check out these bold new lanyards at www.knifecenter.com.
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A long-lasting friendship with some of the insiders at QTRM5TR Knives has allowed Knifecenter a very unique opportunity. QTRM5TR has just recently introduced it’s “second season”. This time, QTRM5TR has decided to pay homage to another pop culture favorite television show from the 80’s. Set in Hawaii, and filling our heads with images of scantily clad beach bunnies and Ferrari’s; the show has left a lasting impression with a lot of us males, aged 30-60.
At first discovery, the names seem strange, but once the overall theme is realized, it’s quite amusing and certainly a unique way to draw a kinship with their customer base. The names of the knives hardly matter at all once it’s in your hand. The angular, modern and industrial stylings of their knives are attractive and unique, but the surprisingly comfortable ergonomic-grip in the midst of all the angles and edges is remarkable.
The use of a new Carpenter Alloy in these knives is a great choice. We’ve received stellar reviews of the CTS XHP alloy and their newest air-hardened, high-carbon, chromium steel offering certainly won’t disappoint either. CTS BD4P alloy is a high-performance blade steel offering a fine, uniform carbide structure yielding excellent edge retention and grinding/polishing characteristics.
All in-line QTRM5TR Knives come equipped with the ORB® pivot system and tri-spoke pivot assembly: These two features will continue to further separate this new American brand from its competition and allow them to yield more popularity in the years to come. The folders are so smooth and lock up is so solid that you’d think they were customs that were triple the price. Get them now. We bought the entire run of pre-production examples, no one else on earth has these knives for sale.
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Manual pocket sharpeners have met their match with the new Guided Field Sharpener from Work Sharp. Previously limited to a hand held belt sharpening system, Work Sharp has branched out this year to add a variety of products to quickly get a great edge on your tools. The new field sharpener includes two diamond plates (one coarse, one fine) which are held in place by a pair of strong magnets but can easily be removed for cleaning. The large ceramic rod allows one to touch up not only knives but it has a groove cut in for fish hooks that can be accessed by rotating the red knob on the end. Another feature you don’t see on many hand held sharpeners is the leather strop opposite the ceramic rods. Stropping a readily sharp blade polishes up the edge by straightening out the burr which not only makes for a sharper edge but also a more durable one. The Guided Field Sharpener is a very easy to use tool (set up for both 20° and 25° edge angless) and can sharpen almost anything you throw on it. Check out this awesome new sharpener at www.knifecenter.com.
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The Blade Show 2013 Banquet announced the awards for the year. These are highly respected in the industry and we applaud all winners for their great work- and those nominated!
Hall of Fame: Wayne Goddard
Publishers Award: Joyce Laturi from Spyderco
Industry Achievement: Joe Keesler
Accessory of the Year: Paracord Bracelet with Saw from CRKT
Kitchen Knife of the Year: Chefworks and Ken Onion
Investor Collector: Protech
Collaboration: Microtech and Strider
Best Buy: CRKT Endorser
Manufacture Quality: Chris Reeve
Innovative Import: CRKT Ken Onion Swindle
Innovative American: Microtech DOT Killswitch
Import Knife of the Year: FOX Knives Modras
American Knife of the Year: Hogue EX04
Overall Knife of the Year: ZT0454
A good flashlight is an invaluable tool, especially when you happen to have it with you at all times. With some of these new NITECORE designs, you’d be in the minority if you didn’t carry it with you everywhere you went. NITECORE is among the cutting edge brands when it comes to compact and tactical flashlights putting out crazy high lumens. Some would even argue they are the industry leader in that category and for good reason. The new Tiny Monster lights are the most compact designs on the market that have a maximum output over 2000 lumens. The Multi-Task series of lights are awesome, general/tactical use lights with all the features you need and are also available as Hybrid models that come with a USB charging cable and rechargeable batteries from the manufacturer. The Explorer and SENS series are EDC lights meant to be with you wherever you go and the Precise P25 model is among the best all-round lights on the market. You really can’t beat a good flashlight, check out the entire line of NITECORE products at www.knifecenter.com.
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The Mantis Vuja De is finally here at the KnifeCenter and what a cool knife this is! The butterfly karambit – many people thought it couldn’t be done but the genius behind Mantis and QTRM5TR Knives, Jared West, has pulled it off and executed it well. It features a very cool and effective button that locks the knife in both the open and closed positions. It’s not really designed for practicing your flipping tricks as the lock automatically engages when the knife becomes completely open. It could flip smoother, like a Benchmade 51 or 62, and it could be a little sharper like an Emerson Karambit but it really is nothing like those other knives. It’s in a class all its own with a 2″ M-VX steel hawkbill blade and 7″ overall profile including the rear finger hole so you’ll never have the problem of guessing which one the safety handle is again. Karambits are tactical, defense specific tools and the Vuja De by Mantis Knives is no different, plus it has the cool added feature of being a Bali-Song flipper. Check it out at www.knifecenter.com.
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Case Knives and Carhartt were both founded in 1889 but have just now begun a collaborative effort to bring you some very high quality hard use traditional knives. For those who are unfamiliar with Carhartt, they started out making specialized workers clothes and are currently branching out to knives with this collaboration. With 22 different models spanning three series there is something sure to impress any Case or Carhartt fan. The three lines introduced include models with genuine dark molasses bone, rugged “duck” g-10, and jigged double-dyed synthetic handles. You can see the entire Case Carhartt series at www.knifecenter.com.
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From the Hubertus factory in Solingen come traditional yet uniquely different styles of German knives. The handcrafted knives are all geared towards hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, featuring rugged stag handles and blades of high quality German made stainless or carbon steel. Leather sheaths with secure belt loops are included with both the fixed and folding knives, protecting and securing the blade during outings. Hubertus is a family run business that has been making knives since 1930 in the old world style and we’ve brought over some models we think you’ll find as cool as we do. Check out all the new Hubertus Knives at www.knifecenter.com.
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We are constantly trying to improve our service to our customers as well as our bottom line as a business. Last year we began offering First Class mail as a domestic shipping option and it has been working out wonderfully. We are able to ship small packages at a rate of about $2.99 each. We switched to Mail Innovations recently which is a similar service cost wise, but it took a few extra days to arrive at the customer. The upside was that our processing time dropped incredibly and we could push many more packages through the system more quickly. The slowness of the delivery, though, has been causing our customers to complain and so we are now back on First Class Mail for most small domestic packages. We are also shipping First Class to Canada! This is a great service allowing track-able shipping at a really great rate. Soon, we will be able to use this service to over a dozen other countries.
We are just trying to offer the very best service possible to our customers. As many of you know- we have the best service in the industry!
’tis the season for savings and here are some of the best deals of the year from one of our favorite manufacturers. 26 newly discontinued Spydercos are on sale at close out prices while their supplies last. It’s your time to save some cash on a wide variety of excellent designs that we will be sad to see go. Check them out at www.knifecenter.com.
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