Our special this weekend is actually a bit of a rarity: a production knife designed by the now-retired custom knifemaker Tim Galyean. The Junkyard Dog II from Kershaw Knives takes a great custom design and repurposes it for a super solid, USA-made production model that’s going to make a dynamite, hard-use EDC.
No point burying the lead here, the most exciting thing about this knife is the composite blade. The primary steel is a less substantial Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel, but the actual blade is an impressive CPM-D2 tool steel. Composite Blade technology gives knife users the best of both worlds by using steel known for edge retention on the edge and using steel known for strength on the spine. Adding to the cool factor is the way they’ve disguised the join with a wave-shaped copper accent. It’s a really stylish solution to this particular aesthetic problem.
The blade is a unique Galyean concoction: a modified drop point with a little bit of sheepsfoot styling. We’re looking at a 3.75″ long blade with a nice wide shape to it, so there’s some good cutting power at play here. Blade is deployed using the rounded flipper, which has a nice amount of jimping on it to give you the purchase you need for a satisfying opening. Keeping the blade locked in place is a stainless steel liner lock.
Over the stainless steel liners are some thin G10 scales with excellent texturing for an unobtrusive yet reliable grip. The handle shape is extremely ergonomic, so it fills the hand just about perfectly. There’s a bit of jimping up on top for your thumb, as well as down on the liner lock in the index finger indent.
The only minor detractor on this model is the pocket clip – which Tim has always designed with a certain flair. There’s a bit of a sharp shape to it that can poke your hand in certain handling situations. The upside is that it fulfills its intended purpose very nicely and it’s easily removable, so it does nothing to ruin the otherwise excellent impression this knife leaves you with.
While Leroy Brown may be just a little bit meaner, the Junkyard Dog is still one bad flipper. In the best way possible. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week’s steal is a selection from Spyderco’s beloved Military line of folders. Spyderco owner Sal Glesser designed the Military when asked what knife he’d want his son to have in his arsenal were he sent off to war, and it’s exactly as rugged as that implies. Today we’re looking specifically at the Ti-Mil fluted variation on the classic design. The series has lent itself incredibly well to design modifications over the years, and this version is no exception.
As one of the Ti-Mil variants on the Military, the handle scales here are titanium. What sets this one apart from its brethren is the more artistic fluted styling of the handle. This milled texture is not only really attractive to look at, but it lends the handle a grip that is superior the flat titanium Ti-Mils. At 5.5″ this is an absolutely massive handle, and contoured to facilitate multiple grip styles. For those large-handed gentlemen in the market for a folder this is an absolute savior.
Blade is deployed very easily via the Spyderco round hole. It’s an ultra smooth and snappy action, so this knife really lends itself to your alternate opening styles, such as a middle finger open or the Spidey drop. The blade is 4″ of S30V stainless steel, in a drop point with a full flat grind. This is a big blade with a lot of cutting power, featuring jimping at the base of the spine and a slight choil to enable confident, precise cuts. In contrast to the liner lock on the Military, the Ti-Mil features a very sturdy framelock.
The pocket clip is super smooth and the knife just about disappears in the pocket thanks to its slim profile. The clip is affixed in the right-hand, tip-down carry position.
Over here at KnifeCenter we’re big fans of Spyderco’s Ti-Mil knives, and the unique styling here makes for a welcome variation on the classic theme. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week on Spotlight Series we’re going Roy Batty for the new Replicant bali-song from Bladrunners Systems. While BRS hasn’t been around for all that long, they’ve already managed to stir up some serious hype around their knives, and are building a reputation as the purveyor of some of the finest bali-songs on the market.
It’s going to be really hard to find a butterfly knife with a more refined design than this one. The Replicant is built with a heavy emphasis on functionality and ergonomics. Unlike BRS’ Alpha Beast , this model features G10 handle scales, making for the surest grip yet. These scales have been rounded to ensure an ultra comfortable handling experience, and to facilitate some of your more elaborate tricks. In the interest of a totally complete tactile experience, the ubiquitous BRS chevron has been machined into the G10 to let you feel your place on the handle at all times.
The real beauty of a BRS bali-song is the smooth pivot and unparalleled balance which enable very fluid opening and closing motions and open the way for some seriously slick tricks.
Everything has been engineered with performance in mind, even the latch is designed with a stop to keep it from getting in between the handles and marring the blade. The blade itself is a 4.55″ clip point tanto with a 4.25″ cutting edge and a stonewash finish.
Build quality here is phenomenal, with the blade being manufactured from 154CM stainless steel. Beneath the G10 scales the handles feature full titanium liners, and the pivots use T10 Torx screws. No question here, this is definitely a knife that’s been built to last.
While perhaps a little robust for beginners, any bali-song enthusiast would be hard-pressed to find a better butterfly knife than the BRS Replicant. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This weekend our special comes from Gerber Knives’ Paraframe line of folders. The Paraframe line has been a Gerber mainstay for years, with numerous blade shapes and styles, sizes, and deployment methods available. This weekend we’re taking a look at the Paraframe I, which we’ve got on close-out for less than ten dollars.
This knife is about four inches in the closed position and has a full stainless steel construction with a spiffy bead blast finish. The handle boasts the distinctive Paraframe skeletonized style that keeps the weight down to just 2.6 ounces. Handling on this one is pretty comfortable, especially for people with medium-sized hands. It has a nice ergonomic curve and the chamfering around the edges has removed any potential hotspots. There’s no jimping, but the index finger indent leaves you with a feeling of control in your precision cutting tasks.
Typically with the Paraframe line you’ll see dual thumb studs, but in this case they’ve been replaced by a fingernail nick to broaden the number of localities in which the knife can be carried. The nick provides solid traction and the action is smooth and easy, for a basic but satisfying two-handed deployment. The blade is a 3″ clip point, held securely in place by a sturdy frame lock.
The pocket clip on this model enables a right side, tip-down carry. The knife’s slim profile lets it ride very comfortably, and the lack of thumb studs means the draw is a lot smoother than is typical for a Paraframe.
Overall, this is a solidly built utilitarian EDC, and at this price you don’t have to feel bad about the years of abuse you’ll put it through – in fact, why don’t you buy several? To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week on Spotlight Series we’re going to check out the new A2 folder from Böker Plus. This design was originally a custom collaboration between South African knifemakers André van Heerden and André Thorburn, and Böker has now licensed the design for a production model.
This knife has an elegant simplicity to its design, with a no-frills ergonomic handle and a drop point blade shape. For their part, Böker has complemented the design with some excellent materials, most notably the eye-popping blue anodized titanium liners. Handle scales are a 3D milled G10, as are the backspacer and pocket clip, and the blade is VG10 stainless steel with a horizontal satin finish. Considering the price point this is a very solid build.
The handle is quite thick, which lets it fill the palm and contributes to a comfortable overall hand feel. The way the shape sits in the hand allows for a really nice cutting angle. There’s some jimping at the base of the blade’s spine to provide purchase for your thumb, and the backspacer features some subtle, wider jimping that facilitates alternate grip styles.
As mentioned earlier, the pocket clip is 3D milled G10, and allows for right-hand, tip-up carry. Due to the thickness of the handle this knife is pretty noticeable in the pocket, but the smooth lines prevent it from being an uncomfortable carry.
These two versions are functionally identical with the notable exception of their deployment method. The easiest and fastest action is going to be the model with the front flipper, which you can snag with either your thumb or the side of your forefinger. I personally find it easier to use my thumb, but your own mileage may vary. Either way you get a lightning quick deployment. The other model doesn’t have the flipper but instead features a fingernail nick, making it a two-handed opener and thus legal to carry in many more localities. Opening is not as quick but is equally smooth, as both knives feature the same IKBS pivot system. They also sport identical liner locks to keep the blade firmly in place.
Thanks to the refined design from our two Andres and a high-quality build from Böker, this is a sleek gentleman’s folder with a tactical spin. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com
Winter has fallen and we’ve only just managed to dig ourselves out, so this week on Warehouse Hunts we’re going to take a look at a few products that will help you survive the snow until spring thaw.
First up, this wintry weather is going to mean working outside in the wet and cold, and probably cutting open a bag or two of road salt. These conditions can make for a very corrosive environment on your favorite EDC, which is why Spyderco devised the Salt series. The blade on this line of folders and fixed blades uses the highly rust resistant H1 stainless steel, and all other steel components have been treated to weatherproof them. The handle is a heavily textured FRN that enables a very secure no-slip grip. The Spyderco round hole has even been enlarged to allow for easier use with clumsy gloved hands.
Next up we’ve got a product you’ll really dig… with. Because it’s a shovel. The 5000 model by Condor Tool & Knife is only 27” long and weighs just three pounds, so it’s about as small as a shovel can get while still remaining useful. Its diminutive size and sturdy build make it ideal for stowing in your trunk – a perfect backup to get you out of a jam. The paint coating the shovel’s blade is rust-resistant for maximum durability.
Finally, no matter how much you dig, salt, or hide away in bed, sometimes you just have to get out and walk on the ice or snow. For many of us this can be a tricky proposition at best, which is where our next item comes in. The Yaktrax ice and snow traction device is a harness of coils that strap over your shoe, which dig into the ice and give you the purchase you need to avoid slipping. They come in small, medium, and large to accommodate all shoe sizes, and you can get them with different levels of traction. They’re really easy to attach and comfortable to wear, even for extended periods of time.
This time of year Jack Frost may be nipping at your nose, but now you’re at least equipped to nip back. To learn more about all these products, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week on Spotlight Series we’re going to be checking out something pretty weird and wild, the QTRM5TR QTR-11 General Lee 2. This radical Hawk Knives design meets your expectations by subverting your expectations in the way that only Grant and Gavin Hawk can.
In the open or closed positions this looks like a pretty basic flipper, with a beefy, robotic design that fits within QTRM5TR’s established aesthetic. But check out this action. I’ll give you another look in slow motion. The whole chassis rocks with the opening and closing of the knife, taking on a different shape in each position.
The two easiest deployment options are going to be either the flipper or the external toggle version 3.0 at the rear. Both methods are super smooth thanks to the ORB pivot system. There are thumb studs present, but given all the moving parts at play they’re difficult to get safe use out of. While this is a one-handed opener it’s a two-handed closer, using the external toggle. When opening and closing you want to make sure to grip only this solid piece on the spine. Anything else is going to get you pinched. It takes a bit of getting used to on the first few opens, but it will soon become second nature.
Beyond the innovative design, QTRM5TR has not skimped on the overall construction of the knife. Handle is full titanium, and the blade is made from S35VN stainless steel, with all of it given a nice stonewash finish. The blade is a 3.5″ tanto with a healthy blood groove. Hand feel is pretty comfortable thanks to the large handle, and there’s plenty of jimping to support secure forward or reverse grips. Rounding out the features is a reversible, deep-carry titanium pocket clip.
All-in-all, the General Lee 2 from QTRM5TR is a really unique flipper, with a top-notch build quality making it much more than just a novelty. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week’s steal is a very sleek and affordable folding knife from Kershaw and custom knifemaker Todd Rexford. The Kershaw Injection is a no-nonsense, functional folder with the kind of streamlined, elegant design Rexford is known for.
The action is surprisingly snappy and responsive. The dual thumb studs have been milled to allow for a solid purchase that makes opening this knife a pleasure. The blade is a 3.5″ drop point with a subtle hollow grind and lovely bead blast finish, my personal favorite. With a three and a half inch cutting edge and a good bit of belly, there’s some great cutting power at play here.
The heavy stainless steel liners make for a sturdy frame, and the liner lock holds the blade in place very securely. The handle sports 3D machined G10 scales that feel really smooth in the palm while still providing satisfactory grip. The hand feel is quite ergonomic, with the flare on the butt of the handle filling the palm nicely.
One of the cool features here is the gap in the chamfered G10 backspacer that makes room for an inset lanyard pin. The pocket clip on this model is reversible, allowing for a left or right side, tip up carry. The knife clips onto your pocket a little awkwardly due to the size of the thumb studs, but draws very easily.
Overall, the Kershaw Injection is a stylish, functional folder, and the low price makes it an excellent option for an everyday carry. You can use it, abuse it, or even lose it without worry and it would make an excellent gift for anybody – whether they’re into knives or not. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
Today on Spotlight Series we’re going to check out this year’s new Native 5 model from Spyderco. The Native 5 has proven to be one of the staples of Spyderco’s selection of American-made knives, so let’s see how this one stands up.
First thing you’ll notice is the striking dark blue color of the FRN handle. This is full FRN with no liners, making for a super lightweight build at just under two and a half ounces. Despite this lightweight construction the knife still feels substantial in the hand. Grip is amplified by the bi-directional texturing here, and the hearty choil and ample jimping enable a precise, confident style of handling.
The handle has four sets of threaded inserts which allow for four-way positioning of the pocket clip. The clip itself slides on easily and holds tightly for a comfortable, secure carry. The butt of the knife also sports a healthy lanyard hole, so there are a lot of customization options with this model.
One of the other exciting things about this year’s version is the use of S110V stainless steel, as opposed to the S35VN of models past. S110V is the premium steel Spyderco has started to use in models like the Manix 2 and Paramilitary 2. Blade deployment via the Spyderco round hole is as smooth and satisfying as you’ve come to expect from the brand. The blade is the typical spear point shape with a flat grind and satin finish, held in place by the requisite lockback mechanism.
With an incredibly lightweight frame and top-quality steel, the new Native 5 is a worthy addition to the beloved American-manufactured line of folders. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
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