The first of the Sebenza 25 models to feature inlays is finally out and excitement doesn’t come close to describing how I’m feeling. I’ve known for some time now what the inlays would look like but wasn’t quite sure how’d they’d actually feel once I got them in hand. Well, I’m here to say that they’re a definite improvement over those on the 21, to say the very least. They’re contoured to fit the shape of your hand more precisely than those squared off ones on the 21. The benefit of inlays beside the aesthetic beauty is quite practical – they prevent much of the wear on the Titanium and not just because they cover it. Inlays are actually the only parts of the knife that will touch the table top when you place it down. Slide it across the table, the durable inlays will take the punishment, leaving your Titanium scratch free. In addition to the inlays, this Micarta model comes with dual Silver thumb lugs (won’t show wear like the blue lugs) and backspacer, which makes for a very beautiful knife. The 25 boasts improved ergonomics, larger and more durable internal parts, a redesigned thumb ramp, a new “Large Hollow” blade grind, and now you can add better inlays to the list of improvements over the 21. These are absolutely stunning knives built to the quality Chris Reeve is famous for, check out this awesome new knife at www.knifecenter.com
The Cold Steel 1917 Frontier Bowie may not be the prettiest piece in the collection but it will be one of the hardest working, that’s for sure. It’s a 1/4″ thick piece of nicely tempered 1055 carbon steel so you know it will stand up to any kind of use. The handle is beautiful rosewood and you’re prevented from sliding forward onto the 12-1/4″ blade by an over-sized “S” guard which can also be used as a place to rest your thumb during fine cutting tasks. The sheath is an excellent, quality design made of leather and it provides very adequate retention on the knife. This is a great value for such a ferocious cutter, check it out at www.knifecenter.com.
The Kershaw USA made Knockout is a real winner. But then, I like fast opening flipper framelocks with wide blades and deep pocket carry clips that are made in the USA with great materials. Then the very thin profile and lightweight construction really just cinch the deal! That along with a reasonable price, of course. The olive green handle and black blade are also appealing to my taste. This knife really is a winner in my book. Kershaw has done well on this one, that’s for certain! See them at www.knifecenter.com
Lightning fast. That’s the best way to describe these Randall designed Ontario assisted openers. Just instantaneous opening. Touch that thumb stud and the deed is done- open. The design of this folding pocket knife is well established with the non assisted models, as a great every day carry by thousands of users. Designed by Jeff Randall of ESEE knives and manufactured in Taiwan, American knife fans have voted the non- assisted models as must-have tools by buying them throughout the last 5 years they have been available. We are certain these assisted models will be at least as desirable. There is also a safety on the handle that prevents the accidental opening. Here are some more goodies about these folders. They have a flat ground blade of good quality stainless steel, AUS8. Double thumb studs trigger this lightning fast opening. The G10 handles are great and offer a good grip. Handles are lined for strength. The liner lock is solid and access to it is easy. There is some jimping on the thumb ramp on top of the blade. There are extra holes to reposition the pocket clip so you have your choice of 4 positions. The pivot adjuster is an allen wrench fitting. This is a great knife destined to be a long term standard and you should absolutely check them out at www.knifecenter.com.
Pro-Tech TR-3 Integrity Damascus Folder
is one of only a handful of manual action knives Pro-Tech
manufactures and it’s a shame there aren’t more. This is an ideal tactical and EDC choice
, though many would consider it a “Safe Queen” – meaning it will only beautify your storage collection. What a shame that would be as well. Not only is this one good looking knife
but it’s built to some extremely tight tolerances and has some very well thought-out features. A nicely contoured handle with superb jimping locks the knife into your hand and an adequate cut-out makes using the single thumb stud a breeze. I’ts a flow though design with a very cool looking frame lock. There isn’t much Titanium removed when laser-cutting the lock which makes for a better wearing, as well as better looking lock. An extremely functional drop point blade, blue anodized accents and pocket clip, and of course the Damascus blade make this knife a beautiful folder limited to only 40 pieces. Check it out at www.knifecenter.com
Benchmade 484 & 484S Nakamura
Superb balance and the awesomely fun AXIS lock – what else need we say about the new 484 Nakamuras from Benchmade. This is the 4th model in the series and even if you buy this knife strictly as a collectible piece, I feel like you might get your money’s worth because of how much you’re gonna play with it. The blade, like that of the 940 Osborne folder, has an excellent EDC/utility shape and it flips in and out of the handle with the slightest wrist movement. This knife probably has the best jimping of any Benchmade knife – great angle at which it contacts the thumb and perfectly done for maximum purchase. Finger grooves are perfect for medium sized hands and it comes with a reversible split arrow pocket clip. Check it out at www.knifecenter.com.
Kershaw Blackwash Thermite and Scrambler
The Thermite and Scrambler
were new assisted-opening flipper models introduced last year and they are here to stay! Each is designed by a powerhouse name in the industry, the Thermite by Rick Hinderer
and the Scrambler by RJ Martin
. Each is a superb EDC knife with high manufacturing quality and rocking Kershaw’s new Blackwash finish
. This black coated, then tumbled finish is quickly becoming the preferred look here at the KnifeCenter
for it’s durable and tactical properties. G10 handle scales, 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, and adequately thick frame lock mechanisms provide these knives with everything they need to be part of your EDC rotation. Best of all, at $41.95 apiece, these won’t break the bank. See these great knives at www.knifecenter.com