White River Justin Gingrich Signature Series

This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re highlighting a couple of rugged tactical knives from White River and designer Justin Gingrich. Justin spent 10 years as an active duty US Army Ranger, so when he made the transition to bladesmith he set his focus on creating high-quality, functional tactical knives like these. As with all White River knives, these are USA-made, manufactured in Michigan.

First up let’s take a look at the GTI 2.5. It’s a tactical dagger meant to be used like the SOCP combat dagger from Benchmade. This is a five inch piece of S35VN stainless steel with a black ionbond coating. Blade is 2.5″ long, and at 3/16″ thick is ridiculously sturdy.

The skeletonized handle feels surprisingly comfortable in the hand, thanks to the careful chamfering around the edges. The pronounced jimping on the top of the blade provides an excellent sense of control. This knife feels good in the traditional forward grip, but was of course designed to be used in a backhanded grip using the finger hole. The finger hole doubles as a bottle opener, because why wouldn’t it?

Next we’ve got the GTI 4.5. This is a really well-built fixed blade, sporting a massive 4.5″ blade and full tang. All the materials here are the same, so we’ve got an S35VN stainless steel construction with the black ionbond coating, and that same 3/16″ thickness. Both of these blades have been cryogenically tempered for added durability.

Handle is a grooved and contoured black Micarta that feels great to hold. Grip is solid and the shape fills the palm really well. There’s a nice pronounced choil as well for when you need to choke up on the blade.

Included with each knife is a sheath. In the case of the GTI 2.5 it’s a custom Kydex with a paracord lanyard. For the GTI 4.5 it’s a MOLLE compatible leather with belt loop.

These two knives from White River and designer Justin Gingrich are well-made, durable options for both tactical or survival applications. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com

Cold Steel 36LPM Pendleton Mini Hunter

This week’s steal is an unassuming fixed blade from Cold Steel, the Pendleton Mini Hunter. At this point Cold Steel is a brand that needs no introduction, and this is a really high quality, compact offering designed by custom knife-maker Lloyd Pendleton.

And when I say compact, I mean compact. Blade on this guy is 3″, with the whole knife coming in just over 6″. Blade is a flat ground drop-point made from VG-1 stainless steel, and this is one of the last Cold Steel models to be made in Japan. This is a super sharp, high quality blade.

Handle is covered in a heavily textured Kray-Ex which gives it a very satisfying amount of grip. Coming in at 3.25″ the handle is probably going to get lost a little for those of us who have larger hands, but it’s still a pretty confident hold. The size just lends the knife a high-degree of flexibility, freeing it up for numerous applications where a low profile is ideal. For example this would be a great knife to attach to the strap of a backpack on a hiking excursion.

Included in the package is a Secure-Ex sheath with nylon belt loop. The knife snaps into the sheath and can be locked in at the handle too, so it’s a very secure carry in almost any situation.

Overall, Cold Steel’s Pendleton Mini Hunter is an ideal back-up blade or low-profile EDC. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our full inventory, visit knifecenter.com

Custom Knife Factory Sukhoi 2.0

This week our spotlight falls on the Sukhoi 2.0 folding knife from the folks at Custom Knife Factory. This is a really terrific mid-tech whose quality borders on full custom, designed with care by Anton Malyshev.

The first thing you’re going to notice about this knife is the sleek, beautiful handle. Particularly eye-catching are the blue anodized accents. We’re looking at a solid titanium frame with large areas milled out for the contoured carbon fiber inlays. This has a great shape that feels pretty nice to hold, and you get a solid amount of grip out of the carbon fiber, in combination with the machined texture of the titanium.

Blade is a slender drop-point shape, coming in just over four inches long and made from S35VN stainless steel. The black stonewashed finish segues smoothly from the carbon fiber, giving this a really cohesive, elegant look. The action is absurdly smooth, with the thumb stud granting you a ridiculously fast deployment. The only thing that could make this model more perfect would be a flipper.

There’s a milled titanium pocket clip that allows for a secure tip-up carry, and the knife comes with a colorful nylon pouch.

Overall, Custom Knife Factory’s  Sukhoi 2.0 is a gorgeous, well put together mid-tech folder. For pure aesthetic appeal and functionality, you really can’t beat something like this. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com

Remington Premier Excursion 1

Our special this weekend is on these two Remington Premier Excursion 1 fixed blade knives. Remington has been making hunting gear for very nearly two hundred years, so who better to provide hunters with their new right hand?

The Premier series is manufactured in Italy and sports an injection molded black rubber handle in a no-nonsense, ergonomic shape. This fills the palm very well and feels remarkably solid in the hand. There’s a band of textured lines running around the handle that give it a really terrific grip.

Blade is four and a half inches long and made from 440A stainless steel, coated with PTFE Teflon. There are two varieties available, the standard clip point or with a gut hook.

Included in the package is a water-resistant Cordura sheath with belt loop that the knife can be fastened into for a good, secure carry.

Overall, the Remington Premier Excursion 1 knives are a functional, high quality fixed blade that are going to serve you for years, even in the harshest conditions. To learn more about the Premier Excursion 1 line, click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com

DPx Gear HEST II Assault

This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re looking taking a look at DPx Gear’s HEST II Assault fixed blade knife. This DPx Gear design was manufactured in Italy by LionSteel, so you can be certain the materials are of the finest quality.

The HEST II is a high-end, short-run version of the original HEST. The drop-point blade and the tang are made from 60HRC Sleipner tool steel. This makes it easier to sharpen, but also more prone to oxidization, so it must be taken proper care of. The handle is hollow to allow for the storage of survival materials like fire starter or water purification tablets.

HEST stands for Hostile Environment Survival Tool, and that’s exactly what this knife is. Beyond just the razor sharp blade, this knife sports a host of useful tools to help you on your wilderness escapades. There’s a pry bar, hex driver, wire strippers, and finally a bottle opener for when you give in to despair.

The handle on the original version of the HEST II has removable American G10 scales in black. This fills the hand very comfortably and feels quite solid to wield. DPx has also made it available with a paracord wrapped handle, which is an even more comfortable hold, though it feels just a little bit slicker. As a KnifeCenter exclusive we’re excited to offer the paracord in a stylish neon orange, perfect for hunting season.

Included in the package is a Cordura sheath with belt loop. All models with the paracord handle also include the G10 scales in case you ever feel compelled to swap them out.

The HEST II from DPx Gear is a fantastic fixed-blade option for those who are seeking a little additional functionality in their knife. To learn more about the models featured in this video, click here. To see all the HEST II varieties we have available, click here. To see out full inventory visit knifecenter.com

Mantis Knives: Snaggletooth

Our steal this week is the Snaggletooth line of folders from Mantis Knives. Mantis always puts out high quality, unique items and I can all but guarantee that you’ve never seen a knife like this before.

When closed, the profile is relatively unassuming. But it doesn’t take too much fiddling before you realize this is actually a Karambit. A push of the button here on the butt of the handle releases the patented spring-loaded finger ring. This is a knife that was designed with knife-fighting in mind, the blade protrusion serving double duty as a non-lethal impact device.

The handle has basically the same ergonomic curve you expect in a Karambit and fits nicely in the hand. The black G10 scales have a repeating shark tooth shape cut into them that lends a tremendous amount of additional grip. Some pretty aggressive jimping up at the top gives your thumb a real hold. There’s also jimping on the top of the blade to lend you grip when the blade is closed down.

Blade is a 2.75″ long modified drop-point, made from MvX stainless steel. We’ve got three different blade variations on this model, the standard, serrated, or a standard with a black oxide coating. Blade is meant to be deployed during combat by drawing it across your opponent, so deployment is a little awkward if you’re like me and are not a trained assassin. It’s nothing that will give karambit enthusiasts any real trouble, though. Blade is kept firmly in place via the liner lock.

The Snaggletooth has a nice sturdy pocket clip that lets the knife ride very securely, and that collapsible finger ring means this is going to sit much more comfortably than a karambit has any right to.

Overall, the Snaggletooth line from Mantis Knives is a really excellent everyday carry option if you’re looking for a concealable folding knife with serious self-defense applications. To learn more about this product, click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com

CRKT M16 Classic

This week we’re spotlighting the latest version of CRKT’s M16: the Classic. The M16 line has been a mainstay from CRKT for over fifteen years. This new model is actually a reissue of the very first M16 in order to commemorate the passing of their designer, Kit Carson.

Here today we have three variations, the 02S, the 03S, and the 04S. All these models feature blades made of AUS 8 stainless steel with a hollow grind and bead blast finish. The 02S sports a tanto blade that comes in just over 3″ long. On the 03S we’ve got just about a 3.5″ spear point, and then the 04S is back to the tanto, this time just under 4″ long.

Blade can be deployed one of two ways; either via the ambidextrous thumb stud or the Carson flipper. Very nice action on this line. Knife is closed back down using the liner lock. For that extra bit of safety the M16 classic also features CRKT’s patented LAWKS system. That means there’s a little safety slider that prevents the liner lock from being depressed, so there’s zero chance of an accidental closure.

Handles on all three models are made from 6061 aluminum and fit very nicely in the hand. The hand feel is reasonably comfortable, with the machined holes providing a decent amount of grip. There’s some light jimping towards the base of the spine that helps the hold feel good and secure.

The M16 has a nice, sturdy pocket clip that can be reassigned to your choice of four positions, allowing for tip-up or tip-down carry on either side.

Overall, the CRKT M16 Classic is a great choice for an everyday carry folder, and a fitting tribute to the memory of Kit Carson. To learn more about the M16 Classic, click here, or click here to see the wide variety of M16 folders we have available. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com

Fillet Knives

We’re here in the middle of the summer season, and I know for a lot of you that’s going to mean fishing season. This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re going to dive right in and check out a few of the different fillet knives we have in stock.

First up is the CRKT Big Eddy, designed by Russ Kommer. For being the lowest price entry of this group, this is actually a really fantastic fillet knife. As opposed to the traditional symmetrical grind you usually see on a filet knife, this one has a hollow grind on the top side and a flat grind on the bottom. Blade is made from 420J2 stainless steel, and in addition to the unique grind has triple point serrations to get through bones and gristle. Blade is 6.75″ long. The Big Eddy has an ergonomically shaped glass filled nylon handle with rubber grip injection, and also includes a sheath with belt loop.

Next up we have a nice little folding fillet knife from Case. This is a really nice looking model, with the nickel silver bolsters and watermelon bone handle, so you can look very elegant while you’re slicing up your dead fish. There are two 4.25″ blades, a traditional filet knife and a scaler with hook disgorger on the end. For a little extra functionality there’s a diamond sharpening stone built into the side of the handle.

Moving back to the fixed blade models we have the Helle Fiskekniv, made in Norway of course. This is a pretty utilitarian knife, but it’s made from great materials. The Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel blade is shaped a little differently from what we’re used to on a fillet knife, and it doesn’t have the give that you expect. That said it’s still razor sharp. Handle is a nice piece of birch that feels extremely comfortable to hold. The Fiskekniv comes with a beautiful leather sheath.

Finally, at the top of our price scale, we have the Step-Up fillet knife from White River. Blade is 6″ long and made from 440C stainless steel. The handle on this one is made of cork, which means if your slippery hands lose this guy over board it’s going to float for you. The unique stepped shape makes for a much more ergonomic cutting angle, so this is very comfortable to hold. Included is a leather sheath, with belt loop AND a strap that snaps into the end of the blade to keep it securely in place.

These are just a few of the fillet knives you can find on our site, where there’s plenty of variety to cover your specific needs. To learn more about these featured knives, click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com

Mora Heavy Duty Companion

Our steal this week is this fixed blade model from Mora, the Heavy Duty Companion in military green. For being as affordable as it is this is a pretty excellent knife, especially for hunters and fishermen who would be really putting a knife through its paces.

Mora is a Swedish manufacturer that puts out a lot of terrific fixed blade work knives that are perfect for outdoorsmen. They offer a lot of variety in functionality and style at really low prices.

The Heavy Duty Companion has a blade that comes in just over four inches long, made from high carbon steel. The handle is rubber, which gives it a really nice soft-friction grip. The large, ergonomic shape fills the hand perfectly and has absolutely nothing in the way of hotspots.

Also included is a sturdy plastic sheath with belt clip. The sheath is deceptively well designed, with a generous drip hole on the bottom and a thumb ramp up at the top to allow for a quick, silent draw.

Overall the Mora Heavy Duty Companion is a really rugged, capable fixed-blade at a pretty unbeatable price. To learn more about this knife click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com

LionSteel TRE Series

This week we’re spotlighting the LionSteel TRE series of folders. Being LionSteel the knives are of course constructed in Italy, and they’re as attractive as they are functional.  There’s definitely a reason they won Bladeshow 2015’s overall knife of the year.

TRE stands for Three Rapid Exchange, which refers to the three different ways you can customize your carry. The knife features a first-of-its-kind detachable flipper, which represents one of the three available set-ups. You can remove it with the included tool, and replace it with the ambidextrous thumb stud. The third set-up is to leave both off, making this a two-handed opener.

Blade on these guys is just under three inches long, made from M390 stainless steel. The flipper action is very smooth and satisfying thanks to the IKBS ball bearing pivot system, giving a nice, fast deployment. Blade is held secure by the titanium frame lock.

The matte gray titanium handle is available in four varieties, a complete gray, or with blue accents, bronze accents, or a carbon fiber face scale. The general shape and index finger indentation let it sit in the hand very comfortably. With the exception of the carbon fiber model there isn’t a tremendous amount of grip here, but it’s enough to make you feel in control of the knife. All four of these models feature a reversible pocket clip.

Overall, the TRE series from LionSteel is a really outstanding line, offering a terrific package with a lot of exciting personalization options. To learn more about this series of knives, click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com