Kershaw 8100GRYSTX Black Funxion EMT Rescue Folder


Today on Steal of the Week we’re going to be looking at something everybody should keep in their car: a rescue folder. It’s the time of year when accidents are both more frequent and more deadly, so having one of these in your console could prove to be the difference between life and death, as melodramatic as that may sound. We’re going to use the Kershaw Funxion EMT to go over some of the basic features of a rescue folder. It’s worth noting that I have no training as an EMT and I assume most of our viewers won’t either, so we’re looking at this more from a civilian perspective.

The primary feature on all of these is obviously going to be the blade. As with a lot of rescue folders, the Funxion has an assisted opening action to launch the blade out lightning fast, because if you end up needing to use this speed is of the essence. This blade also has an aggressive 2-step serration, which is of course going to be preferred for cutting seatbelts, clothing, or cord. A heavily textured no-slip grip is common given the tendency to use these tools in wet or icy conditions.

That’s about the bare minimum you can expect, now what are some of the more specialized features of a rescue folder? Almost all of them come equipped with a carbide glassbreaker tip, perfect for smashing windows in a vehicular submersion when pressure doesn’t allow the window or door to be open. Most also include a fold out seatbelt cutter to help free yourself as quickly and efficiently as possible. There are various other commonly seen tools, like a hex bolt wrench or flathead screwdriver. While not present on the Funxion, a lot of models will even feature more elaborate features like an oxygen tank key.

One of the cool, more unique things about this particular knife is its carry options. It has the requisite pocket clip, enabling a right hand, tip-down carry, but it ALSO features a fold out carabiner to let you clip it to your belt loop or somewhere within easy reach on your console. As an interesting safety feature, when the carabiner is extended, the blade is locked in the closed position to limit the possibility of accidental engagement.

There are a lot of different rescue folders available from brands like Boker, Spyderco, Benchmade, and Smith and Wesson, but the Kershaw Funxion EMT is a great entry-level model with some solid functionality. You can click here to learn more about the Funxion, or click here to see our full range of rescue folders. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

New Zero Tolerance Flippers


This week on Spotlight Series we’re going to take a look at the first new Zero Tolerance flippers of 2016. With some recognizable names and really top-notch designs this is a solid batch of knives, so let’s dive right in and check them out.

First up is a little bit of recursion from Les George, a new design based on his popular Talos, which was a production version of his first ever custom knife, the FM-1. The 0909 is a chunky, massive flipper overbuilt in true ZT fashion. The handle has a nice ergonomic curve and a substantial index finger indent for confident handling. There are G10 handle scales and some heavy jimping on the spine of the blade to further assist with grip.

Action on this knife is smooth and simple. It’s the slowest of the knives we’re looking at today, but still effective. Blade is 3.8″ of S35VN stainless steel in a drop point that has a classic Les George shape. To finish out the features we have a thick stainless steel liner lock, a lanyard hole, and a reversible tip-up pocket clip.

While our next knife is the only one of these three without a custom knifemaker’s name attached to it, it has nevertheless become a fast favorite for folks around the office here. With a sturdy build and a super sharp design, the 095 in a slick blackwash finish is a definite winner. The blade is also S35VN stainless steel, this time with full titanium handles. The handle has been chamfered for a comfortable hold, though the only jimping present on this knife is on the flipper – making it extremely comfortable to use.

The 95 has a fast, snappy action thanks to the KVT ball bearing pivot system. The pivot’s two-tone styling is the perfect accent in the middle of all that blackwash. Blade is a 3.6″ drop point with a lot of belly, held in place by a titanium frame lock with replaceable stainless steel insert. This knife also has a reversible, tip-up pocket clip.

Finally, we have my personal favorite, the 450CF design by Dmitry Sinkevich. I don’t usually take to smaller knives, but this beautiful piece of work has completely won me over. While the handle is not as curved as the other two knives, the pronounced finger indents enable a supremely comfortable handling style. The back handle is titanium with a DLC coating, while the presentation scale is full carbon fiber, and that in combination with the smaller build and open spine makes this a very lightweight carry. The anodized backspacers here are an eye-popping emerald green to add a little flair to the overall appearance.

Blade deployment is extremely easy and unbelievably fast, snapping out with very little pressure. It’s one of the most satisfying deployments I’ve encountered in a long time. The slender drop point blade is 3.25″ long, and sports the same black DLC coating as the back handle scale. This model is also a frame lock with a reversible tip-up pocket clip, and like the 909 sports a lanyard hole.

Whether you’re looking for a beefy workhorse knife or an elegant gentleman’s folder, this latest batch of ZT knives is host to some terrific designs manufactured with the exacting craftsmanship ZT has become known for. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

Kershaw Junkyard Dog II

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

Spyderco C36TIFP Ti-Mil Military

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

Bladerunners Systems

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

Gerber Paraframe I

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

Böker Plus A2 Folders


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 Gear

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

QTRM5TR QTR-11 General Lee 2

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