Now that these EX-FO3 knives from Hogue have arrived, I’m think really gonna miss the winter weather. No longer can I carry my knife hanging around my neck concealed inside my jacket – which is precisely where these blades belong. Created by one of our favorites Allen Elishewitz, this strongly built, extremely well made design is a super EDC fixed blade option. The cryogenically treated 154CM steel blades take an extremely fine edge and holds that edge for quite a while – from extensive experience with the EX01 folding model. These neck knives are comfortable in the hand, as they should be from Hogue, and the thumb ramp is perfectly placed for your thumb to provide the most cutting power with minimal effort. The best thing about these new neck knives is that the sheaths are designed to hold the knife with the edge facing either way so it’s a cinch to resheath these miniature bad boys. Check ‘em out at www.knifecenter.com.
LionSteel has shipped some of the prettiest knives we have seen. Their TiSpine series is famous as one of the most artistically conceived and artfully executed pocket knives on the market. The handle is milled in its 3 dimensions from a single piece of titanium alloy and the fit and finish are superb. Combine that with America’s Chad Nichols Damascus steel for the blade and you have an elegant and exquisitely made piece of pocket jewelry. You can see these at www.knifecenter.com
The Bladelight Camp is a very cool fixed blade by SOG. One might think that a “blade light” sounds kinda gimmicky, and it does, but the new SOG Bladelite actually “works”. I personally don’t think the blade itself (although it is adequate) is the best part of the overall offering. What makes the Bladelight is the sheath and the surprisingly powerful light. Although listed at ~ 37 Lumens, the light is emitted from 6 small bulbs making for a very powerful and focused beam. The light does not just work unsheathed, but with the sheath on as well – this is made possible by the six cutouts on the sheath and the Bladelight is equally bright with the sheath on or off. The sheath also features an indentation enabling the knife to make small wire/line cuts even when sheathed. Also there is a built-in sharpener on the sheath which is kinda handy. Now, more on the knife itself – it has a pretty good feel and the non-slip rubber handle makes it moderately grippy….and if you do drop it and it happens to break – it’s got a lifetime warranty so SOG will send ya a new one. The steel is 8Cr13MoV which is a good “value steel” with a decent balance of edge holding and corrosion resistance properties. Here at KnifeCenter, you can get this one with the satin blade and white light or with a black blade and red LED – KnifeCenter also offers a fillet knife version.
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This Ed Halligan design is light enough to carry but big enough for whatever you may need it for. A great knife for great price. It’s great the Ed Halligan has another entry in the market! His KISS knives have been some of the most successful sellers for the last decade. This new one does not disappoint with good materials and fantastic design. At this price, it’s a question of “why not” instead of why!