Costume Props & Accessories

This week on Warehouse Hunts it’s pistols at dawn! Or approximately 3:45 PM, but whatever. With Halloween less than a week away we know plenty of people are going to be looking to accessorize their costumes, and we’ve got you covered with all kinds of cool props.

First up, I spy… quite a bit better with this telescope than with just my little eye. This leather-wrapped, brass three-sleeve telescope not only looks authentically sea-faring, but it actually works. Adjust the length of the telescope to focus up your image and you can see quite a fair distance. This is a really fun accessory for kids and adults alike.

Next up we’ve got an accessory that is also technically functional, if in a slightly less exciting way: this reproduction powder horn. Made of wood and genuine steer horn, this thing really adds that air of authenticity to any period gunslinger get-up. The plug is actually removable too, so you could store anything you want in there, from gunpowder to Sweet & Low.

When it comes to gun-related accessories it doesn’t end there. This Civil War era leather holster with belt loop and genuine antique closure style boasts a very high quality construction. We’ve also got dummy shells for western pistols. This set of six is a great-looking recreation, just don’t try to fire them out of anything or you’re not going to have a great time.

Now I know you were worried we were just teasing you with all these firearm related accessories, but don’t you worry. Next up we have guns… lots of guns. Collector’s Armory makes a lot of super cool period pistol replicas. These are all really high quality for the price point, each one manufactured in Spain. They’ve got a ton of variety in flintlocks, with a Pirate pistol, 1700’s German style, English dueling Flintlock, and an elegant 18th Century Belgian design. All of these can be cocked and fired. Just don’t expect sparks or, y’know… a bullet. There are plenty of other varieties too, like this double-barreled Derringer. This pistol also mock-fires, and you can flip the barrels up to make a show of loading your weapon. These are all a lot of fun to play with, just ask anybody who’s walked past my desk today.

If you feel some of the more realistic props are inappropriate for your child’s trick-or-treating purposes, we’ve got a couple of simple wooden swords that should fill the bill. We have two varieties on hand, an Excalibur broad sword and a pirate’s cutlass. Not suitable for actual swashbuckling, but they’ll derring-do for your costuming needs.

For our last item let’s shake things up a little bit with this Z-Hunter Zombie face-mask. This gruesome ghoul is made from a cream resin, which makes it a little heavy to wear for those of us who skip neck day at the gym, but it can be done. Fortunately it comes with hardware for wall-mounting, lending any room that undead flare.

Overall, what we’ve looked at here is just a small selection of the costume props and accessories we have available. To see the full variety of products available, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

SOG AU03 Aura SEAL

This week’s steal is the SOG AU03 SEAL, from their Aura line of fixed blades. The Aura line is SOG’s take on the original 1838 Bowie knife, redesigned with everyday and tactical uses in mind.

The first thing you notice when you pick up this knife is the weight. It’s remarkably light and has a really great balance, especially for a blade this long. This clip point comes in just a bit under 7″, packing in a razor sharp edge with a healthy belly, as well as partial serrations allowing for a ton of cut versatility. Like Cold Steel, SOG knives come with some of the best factory edges we carry. Up on the spine of the blade is some really aggressive jimping that’s going to keep you locked right in.

The handle is Zytel with an overmolded, pliable rubber that provides solid no-slip grip. That in combination with the healthy finger guard makes for pretty safe use. It’s a big, comfortable handle that enables prolonged use without any fatigue. There’s a lanyard hole built into the butt of the handle to allow you that extra degree of safety in handling should you so desire.

The SEAL of course includes the requisite sheath with belt loop. This is a durable Nylon construction with a Velcro strap to keep the knife securely strapped in. The really cool extra with this model is the included carbide field sharpener. The tool actually docks inside the handle, enabling you to sharpen your blade no matter where the need arises.

With a solid design and an affordable price point, the SOG AU03 SEAL is a terrific tactical fixed blade from a premier maker in the industry. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

New Custom Factory Knives

This week the spotlight falls on two brand-new mid-techs from Custom Knife Factory. While both these knives boast the kind of quality build you’ve come to expect from CKF, stylistically they couldn’t be further apart.

On the more elegant end of the spectrum is the Gratch flipper, designed by custom knifemaker Anton Malyshev. It’s not hard to notice the similarities between this and another Malyshev design, the Sukhoi. Anybody who saw our Spotlight on that will remember that the only thing found lacking in the model was a flipper, a common complaint that has been addressed with the Gratch. This knife has a healthy flipper on it, and the action is lightning fast. Blade is a 3.75″ drop point made from M390 stainless steel, and sporting a super fine tip.

Handle is milled carbon fiber over titanium liners, with a swooping shape that makes for very ergonomic handling. This is a really comfortable hold, and while there’s no jimping and not a lot in the way of grip, this clearly isn’t designed to be a workhorse knife. There’s a lot of great craftsmanship in the construction though, with a custom pivot, milled titanium pocket clip, anodized titanium liners and backspacer, and a replaceable stainless steel lockbar insert.

The slim, sleek Gratch stands in stark contrast to the bulky, dangerous T90, named after the most modern of the Russian battle tanks. Designed by Alexey Konygin, this knife bears more than a few design similarities to another Konygin design, the Decepticon. The T90 is a thinner and lighter knife than the Decepticon, and the black stonewashed finish gives it a very tactical appearance.

The milled titanium handle is very large, with plenty of room for big hands. Its shape is quite ergonomic, though not quite as comfortable as the 3D machined handle of the Gratch. I do like the substantial framelock, which I much prefer to the Gratch’s titanium liner lock. Blade deployment via the flipper is fast and certain, and with over 4″ of M390 stainless steel you’re going to get some serious cutting done.

These two Custom Knife Factory flippers may be about as different as day and night, but you really can’t go wrong with either one. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com

Kershaw 1555G10BW Cryo

This weekend our special comes from the ever-popular Cryo line of assisted opening folders, the first collaboration between Kershaw Knives and custom knifemaker Rick Hinderer. This is one of Kershaw’s better import knives, and probably about the best price you’re ever going to get on a genuine Hinderer design. Its overall value and medium size makes it a perfect EDC. Like the Ontario Rat 2 and the Spyderco Persistence, this is one of those knives that everybody should have in their collection.

The two most frequent modification requests Kershaw received for the Cryo were for G10 handles and a blackwash finish. With this new 1555G10BW, Kershaw has happily obliged. The handle is a blackwash stainless steel with a G10 face scale, giving this a much more substantial grip and lighter weight than previous iterations. The ergonomic shape feels pretty comfortable to hold, and doesn’t get as lost in large hands as some other mid-size knives. A bit of light jimping at the top gives your thumb pretty solid purchase. A sturdy framelock rounds out the rugged construction of the handle.

Blade is deployed via the flipper, and opens swiftly and solidly thanks to the Ken Onion SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism. This model also sports dual thumb studs as an alternate opening mechanism, but the flipper works the smoothest. You can see some of Rick Hinderer’s aesthetic hallmarks in the 2.75″ drop-point blade. Steel is the 8Cr13MoV typical to Kershaw knives in this tier. The new blackwash finish gives the whole package a stylish yet tactical look that wears well over time.
The pocketclip on this Cryo boasts four way positioning, allowing for left or right side carry in either tip up or tip down. This is a smooth deep-carry pocketclip that slides on easily and lets the knife ride comfortably and discreetly.

Overall, the Kershaw Cryo 1555G10BW is a terrific upgrade to what was already an excellent design, and a great option for a beater EDC. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

Mantis Bottleneck Bali-Song Style Keychain Knife

Our steal this week is a something a little different from Mantis Knives. Ever been at a party and needed to open a beer, and also cut open a box, all while looking very cool? Well then this Bottleneck Bali-Song style keychain knife is going to fill a very specific void in your life.

This unique gadget was Mantis Knives’ first ever collaboration with Gavin and Grant Hawk of Hawk Designs, and they really went out there on this one. In the closed position you’ve got a nice, sturdy bottle opener with a handy pocket clip on the side. Squeeze to compress the integrated handle springs, unlatch, and flip it open like a Bali-Song to reveal the blade.

Blade on this guy is just a hair under 2″ and made of 400 series stainless steel. We’ve never seen a blade quite like this one, with its double cutting edge and what Mantis calls a wicked dual tip. We have two color options on this model, one that was bead-blasted then stonewashed to give it a little bit of that worn-in look, as well as a simple tactical black.

In addition to the pocket clip, the handles have a slot machined into them, allowing you to clip the tool on your key-ring when not in use. The two options give you a nice degree of carry versatility with this gizmo.

As crazy as it seems at first glance, the Mantis Bottleneck Key-Chain Knife is a pretty handy device to have on you for when the party breaks out. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

CRKT Outrage

This week we’re spotlighting the new Ken Onion design for Columbia River Knife & Tool. This knife is called the Outrage, but it sure as heck isn’t going to cause any. I’ve been a big fan of Onion’s designs for CRKT for some time, and this one is no exception.

It won’t come as a surprise to anybody that the deployment here is smooth and fast, thanks to the IKBS ball bearing pivot system. The flipper is a little small, but it’s got some jimping on top to help you snag it. Blade is about a 3.25″ drop point with a hollow grind and plenty of belly. That distinctive shape means you’re going to get some really solid cutting performance out of this knife. A stainless steel liner lock keeps the blade locked in place.

Handle is a 6061 aluminum in gunmetal grey, giving it an elegant, modern appearance. The ergonomic shape feels really nice to hold, and is smooth in all the right places, leaving no uncomfortable hotspots. The finish is a little slick but there is some milled texture to provide you with some grip, and there’s solid jimping in two places on the spine, enabling secure forward and reverse grips.

This model features a deep-carry pocketclip allowing for right-hand, tip up carry. The clip’s nice wide end lets you clip it on and draw it quite easily.

Overall, the CRKT Outrage by Ken Onion is another great option for a workhorse EDC with just a hint of sophistication . To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

Gerber Bear Grylls Grandfather Knife

This weekend our special comes from Gerber’s Bear Grylls line of knives, the Grandfather Knife. This take on the classic camp knife is so named because its design is based on a knife Bear’s grandfather carried in World War II, which he then passed down to Bear’s father who passed it on to him.

Those of you who know their camp knives will notice right away that this is a little slimmer than is traditional, and the handle is an overmolded rubber. There’s some nice texture on the rubber making this a pretty secure hold when the blade is extended. The attractive brass details give the appearance just a little bit of flare.

This has a solid 2.5″ blade with a fine edge, so you’ll be able to get some nice clean cuts. Besides the knife this boasts five other tools: a bottle opener, a flathead screwdriver, a file, a Philips head screwdriver, and a corkscrew. There’s also a lanyard ring on this model.

Overall, the Bear Grylls Grandfather knife manages to pack a ton of great functionality into an affordable package. Expect reasonable quality in materials and build, but keep your expectations in line with an item under $20. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

LRI Micro-Lights

This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re going to keep the Halloween trend going by looking at two lines of micro flashlights from LRI. The Freedom Micro and Photon Micro-Light II are small and easy to use, making them perfect for keeping your Trick or Treaters on the lighted path.

Both these models are about the same size as a quarter and have a keyring, so they’re unobtrusive and always at the ready. The batteries are replaceable and rated to run 18 hours, so you’re going to be able to get plenty of use out of your micro-light. They each shine 4.5 lumens which while not the brightest makes for pretty solid visibility. Both lines are available in a wide variety of beam colors that serve different purposes. The most popular colors are the white which provides full-color illumination, and the red which preserves your night vision. There’s also a purple that provides a black light effect, a night vision green, and more. In honor of the holiday we’ve opted here for a spooky Halloween orange.

The Freedom Micro-Light has a simple push button, press once and the light stays on, press again to turn it off. One of the cool things about it is the capability to vary the brightness. When it’s turned off, hold the button and the light will slowly fade up. Stop at your desired brightness and the light will stay at that level until you turn it off. Similarly, holding the button when the light is on will dim the light down. Continuing to hold the light will activate one of the various strobing modes. Pressing the button several times in rapid succession puts the light into a mode where it will only stay on for as long as you hold the button down. The Freedom also includes a lanyard for neck wear, as well as a hat clip that the light slots into to turn it into a little headlamp.

The Photon Micro-Light II doesn’t have the accessories or feature any brightness controls or strobing. Press and hold the button and the light stays on, release the button and the light turns off. Simple. What makes this one cool is the little switch on top of the button. This lets you keep the light switched on without having to constantly squeeze, and it will stay on until you deactivate the switch. In my opinion a pretty great feature, which makes it my personal favorite of the two. It’s a much more intuitive way to switch between the two illumination modes than the Freedom’s method. Now let’s go ahead and switch off the lights so I can show you how these work in total darkness.

As you can see, this is a surprisingly bright and effective beam. LRI makes multiple colors of LED, each with a different benefit to them. The good thing about an orange light is terrific visibility, like the red it won’t disrupt your night vision as much as something like the white or the yellow.

Overall, these are really nice compact lights with a lot of functionality, perfect for arming your kids with before they go tromping around the neighborhood on All Hallow’s Eve. To learn more about our range of Micro-Lights, click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com

Buck Knives 498 ErgoHunter

This week’s steal is the USA-made Buck 498 ErgoHunter fixed blade skinner. The 498 represents the top of the line from the ErgoHunter series, with the S30V stainless steel blade and Rosewood handle inlays making it one of the finest fixed blades Buck offers. Add in the genuine saddle leather sheath and this makes for a really terrific package.

As the name implies, the Ergohunter series was designed with ergonomic handling in mind, enabling comfortable prolonged use. There’s no denying this is a comfortable hold. The handle shape fills the hand quite nicely, and I really like the way the index finger sits into these grooves. It’s made primarily from Alcryn rubber for a soft overall grip. You can really lock into the three Rosewood Dymondwood inlays, with that heavy Dymondwood texture providing a great no-slip grip.

Even the actual blade was designed with safe, comfortable handling in mind. You’ve got some decent jimping up here on the spine, and then a textured patch on each side for when you need to choke up on the knife. The blade is a 4.75″ recurve drop-point, with a lot of belly and some great cutting power. The dull backbone means you can choke up even more and get some very precise cutting done. The sturdy full-tang construction makes this a very durable, reliable knife.

Included with the 498 is a small PakLite guthook to service all your gut hooking needs. Again we’ve got an ergonomic design, with the skeletonized handle and heavy jimping allowing for comfortable, secure handling. It’s a nice little extra that’s going to open up a bunch of options for you.

And what fixed blade would be complete without a sheath? Buck has provided one of the highest quality genuine leather sheaths we’ve come across. It’s a really rugged combo design that fits both the knife and the PakLite, and they each snap into place for a confident carry in one compact package.

Overall the Buck 498 ErgoHunter is a really comfortable, functional skinner with a high quality construction and some enticing extras making it a solid value. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

Spyderco Tenacious

This week we’re spotlighting the Tenacious line of folders from Spyderco. The Tenacious, along with the Resilience and others, are part of the Spyderco collection of Value Folders, that bear the name of admirable human characteristics. The Tenacious has lived up to its name and proven to be one of Spyderco’s most popular folders, and we’ve just gotten in a couple of cool color variations.

Blade is deployed of course via the trademark Spyderco round hole, and deployment is smooth and easy. The blade is just a bit under 3.5″ long, and the leaf shape makes for a long cutting edge. That combined with the full flat grind means nice cutting performance from this knife. You can get the blade with either the tactical black finish you see here or a satin finish. The blade is locked in place by the Walker liner lock.

The handle on these new variants is a brown G10, but the Tenacious is also available with a black or green handle. The G10 is textured for a sure grip, and milled specifically with prolonged use in mind. Under the G10 is a skeletonized steel liner, making this both durable and lightweight. Some robust jimping on the thumb ramp gives you that sense of control. This is overall a really comfortable hold, the only detractor for me personally being a minor hotspot where the pocketclip rests against my index finger.

Fortunately, the Tenacious has a four-way pocketclip, so you can put that sucker anywhere you want. It’s a pretty smooth clip that rides comfortably and holds securely.

Overall, the Spyderco Tenacious is a solid, affordable folder, and a really nice option for a basic EDC. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com