This newest edition of the popular 0630 collaboration between Emerson and Zero Tolerance features the same stout build and swift action — now with a carbon fiber face scale and wear-resistant M390 blade.
The Endura and Delica are two classic Spyderco folders that surely need no introduction. Now their FRN handles have been styled using the traditional Japanese craft of zome – a methodology of dyeing textile materials with natural sources. Japanese artisans individually dyed each knife in the style of hiki-zome, resulting in a truly one-of-a-kind pattern on every handle. Click here to check them out!
Where is the knife industry headed? At the 2016 BLADE Show seven knifemakers gave us their candid thoughts about the future of knives.
If you weren’t planning on buying a new pocket knife today… Ken Onion may have just put a Wrinkle in your plans. The CRKT Wrinkle is a stout, sturdy flipper with an aluminum handle and AUS-8 stainless steel blade, leaving it perfectly poised to perform as a hard-use EDC.
This weekend our special is something, well… pretty special. Last year custom knifemaker Brad Southard teamed with Spyderco for the second time to bring us the Positron flipper. We’re very excited to have just received an all new sprint run of the Positron – a KnifeCenter exclusive in orange G10.
Brad Southard’s intent with this knife was to create a gentleman’s folder that was lightweight and easy-to-carry for people like office workers who want a pocket knife but can’t carry something bulky and overbuilt. As such it’s just a hair under 4″ in the closed position, with a flow-through handle, skeletonized stainless steel liners, and a G10 backspacer helping keep down the weight. The handle scales are smooth, polished G10 in vibrant orange, which grants the knife an appearance that is simultaneously elegant and playful. The Positron is outfitted with Spyderco’s typical wire pocket clip, which is nice because it’s not going to cause wear on your pants. The smooth G10 slides really nicely into the pocket, and makes for a super comfortable carry.
Blade deployment is handled via the minimalist flipper tab, and thanks to the special ball bearing washers it’s a swift and snappy action. It’s worth noting though that you’ll want to activate it like a push-button rather than a light switch if you want to get the most satisfying action. The blade is 3″ long, with a satin finish and flat grind, in true Spyderco tradition. The blade steel gets an upgrade from the S30V of the original Positron, with this sprint run featuring S35VN stainless steel. The blade is held in place by a sturdy, secure liner lock.
Despite the small size of this model, the shape of the handle is ergonomic and comfortable to hold. There’s a pronounced indent for your index finger and a run of jimping up on the spine of the blade so you really feel in control of the knife. There are no hotspots to speak of, and personally I’m a huge fan of the way the polished G10 feels against the hand.
All-in-all, the Spyderco Positron is a sweet collaboration between a top-notch custom knifemaker and one of the best manufacturers in the business, and this sprint run is a fun and functional update of the design that you can only get at KnifeCenter. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week on Spotlight Series we’ve got a brand new tactical spin on ESEE’s best-selling IZULA knife, the Tertiary push dagger. A little bit of a departure from their usual output of outdoor-oriented knives, The Tertiary was developed by SWAT officer Lee Smith to serve as a law-enforcement or military defense tool.
Tertiary means third in order or level, which refers to an edged weapon’s place in the chain of personal weapons. Traditionally a closed-quarters weapon like a knife comes after the primary firearm and back-up firearm. As such, the Tertiary was designed to be easily concealed in the waistband and drawn quickly and efficiently, offering that final defense for when all else fails.
A quick glance over the knife reveals many of the aesthetic hallmarks of the IZULA, from the overall blade shape to the size and styling of the handle. This offers up one of the more comfortable push dagger grips I’ve handled, especially if you opt for the model with the included G10 scales. It’s a wonderfully ergonomic grip which means is does not require substantial training or effort to generate tremendous cutting power with punch, jab, or hammer fist strikes.
The blade on this model is just abou t3″ long, with a 2.5″ cutting edge on the bottom and about 1.25″ on top. The benefit of ESEE’s rugged IZULA build and drop point blade shape is that this a more practical knife for utilitarian applications than your typical push dagger. Other welcome features are the traditional ESEE friendliness towards paracording and MOLLE compatibility, not to mention the fact that everything here, knife to sheath, is completely ambidextrous.
All-in-all, the Tertiary is a terrific package for military or law enforcement officers, as well as anybody who’s drawn to the push dagger style but needs a knife they can actually use on a day-to-day basis. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This time on Spotlight Series we’re highlighting a little something for our military and law enforcement friends: Gerber’s 10th anniversary edition of their 06 Auto folder. This beefy, rugged knife was built in the USA, right out in Portland, Oregon, and celebrates the design’s anniversary in style with exclusive OD green handle scales.
As with all versions of the 06, the first thing you notice on this model is the unique shape and of the large handle. You’ve got a couple of large finger guards and two very pronounced finger indents, which contribute to ergonomic, safe handling. The top guard doubles as a thumb ramp, with a stretch of jimping providing that sense of control in precision cutting. At the pommel is a large striker or glass breaker, which features a lanyard hole large enough for 550 cord or webbing. It also sports a reversible pocket clip, enabling left or right side, tip up carry, and designed to let the knife sit high in the pocket for a quick, easy draw.
The blade is deployed with a push of the oversized release button, which is easy to find and activate even with gloved hands. The deployment is not the fastest auto action I’ve ever seen, but it’s responsive and quick nevertheless, launching the blade out with a satisfying thunk that gives the whole package a really formidable feeling. The 06 features your basic safety switch, red means it’s ready to fire, the other way means you’re safely locked up.
The blade on this model is a solid 3.8″ drop point made from S30V stainless steel. Typically you see the 06 in a combo edge, but this one is a basic plain edge. The stonewash finish looks very nice in combination with the OD green handle scales, and there are some markings on the side to denote the tenth anniversary this model celebrates.
All-in-all, Gerber Knives has commemorated their beloved 06 Auto in the best possible way – by offering up a sturdy and stylish new version of the knife that will serve you in the field for years to come. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This time on Steal of the Week we’re going to check out the SOG XV71 X-Ray Vision, a capable folding knife with a few unique features. SOG’s guiding principle in the design of this one was “tactical and practical,” which is really apparent when you look at the knife’s clean lines and easy functionality.
The best thing about this model is the totally ambidextrous build. The blade is deployed by dual thumb studs, it’s got an ambidextrous version of the ARC lock, and the pocket clip is reversible, allowing for left or right side, tip up carry. The pocket clip is SOG’s deep-carry bayonet style, which lets it sit nice and low in the pocket for an unobtrusive, comfortable carry. It’s still pretty rare to see a knife that is completely ambidextrous without any features excluded for the lefties, so that’s a welcome design feature for sure.
Ergonomically speaking this is a very sound design, as well. The taper of the handle not only feels comfortable, but it also gives you a pretty ideal cutting angle. Combine that with the pronounced thumb ramp and this is a super solid knife for your serious cutting tasks. The handle is manufactured from glass reinforced nylon, making it both lightweight and durable.
Being a righty the ambidextrous elements don’t appeal all that much to me, but as a serial fidgeter I really appreciate the variety of opening methods offered by this model. You’ve got the aforementioned dual thumb studs, which you can activate with either your thumb or middle finger for a quick and easy deployment. A secondary option is to pull down the ARC lock, and snap the blade in or out with a flick of the wrist. When it comes to opening this knife you’re almost spoiled for choice.
The blade here is a full 3.75″ of bead-blasted VG-10 stainless steel, though there is also a 3″ variant available. It’s a combo edge with some really heavy-duty serrations, and a tanto tip, making it excellent both for slicing and for piercing.
All-in-all, SOG has taken a terrific basic design, made it super friendly for lefties, and built it out to the nines with some solid materials and great Japanese manufacturing. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This weekend our special is an awesome collaboration between Ernest Emerson and Zero Tolerance, the 0620 folder. Emerson’s utilitarian, tactical design paired with ZT’s top-notch American craftsmanship has produced an admirably rugged folding knife, so let’s check it out.
Design-wise this looks exactly like what you’d expect from an Emerson design, especially the G10 version. That G10 face scale and the patented wave opening feature on the blade instantly scream Emerson. These are precisely the kind of stout, sturdy workhorse folders Emerson is known for.
This knife sports a razor-sharp tanto blade made from Elmax stainless steel with a black powder coating. Handle is large and comfortable, with the G10 scale and a long stretch of jimping providing a really secure grip. The back frame is titanium with a bead-blast finish, and the sturdy frame lock keeps the blade safely locked in place. As nice as the G10 version is, I prefer the carbon fiber variant with its two-stone stonewash/satin blade, which is manufactured from a premium grade Carpenter steel.
Deployment is handled by either the ambidextrous thumb stud or the wave feature. The benefit of ZT’s construction is a much smoother action than is typical with an Emerson. The large, deep-carry pocket clip enables both a secure hold and a smooth draw, and can be positioned for either left or right side, tip-up carry.
All-in-all, Emerson and ZT are two of the finest knife makers in the game right now, and the 0620 admirably pulls together their best traits to make a knife that is well worth carrying. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This time on Steal of the Week we’ve got another one of Kershaw’s Starter Series Packs, this time with a little bit of a fun twist. Typically these kits are bundles of two knives or a knife with some kind of tool, but in this case the knife is accompanied by a set of Kershaw playing cards.
Obviously the main attraction here is the knife, which is worth the price on its own. As is typical for the Starter Series this is an all stainless steel construction with a nifty blackwash finish. The full steel build puts this one on the heavy side for its size, but that gives it a hefty, secure feeling in the hand. The handle shape is very ergonomic and fits the contours of the hand nicely, the only downside I can maybe see is that you feel the pocket clip against your palm a little bit, but it isn’t all that noticeable. The clip is equipped in the right-side tip down position, with the bayonet style enabling a deep, secure carry.
The blade is deployed by way of the flipper, which is very easy to snag thanks to its ample size. This knife features Kershaw’s proprietary Speedsafe assisted opening mechanism, so you know exactly what kind of snappy, responsive action you’re going to be getting. The blade is a 3.25″ drop point with a hollow grind, held ably in place by the sturdy stainless steel frame lock.
The playing cards in the kit are pretty standard, with a minimalistic scratched steel pattern and the red Kershaw logo on the back. It’s a pretty attractive set, and a nice change of pace from the kinds of things you usually see bundled with knives. If you’ve been putting off your dreams of being a street magician or card shark this may be just the kick in the pants you need.
All-in-all, this Kershaw kit offers up a perfect everyday carry flipper and the cards are a fun bonus, so for under $20 you really can’t go wrong. To learn more about this kit, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com