Brous Blades VR-71 G10


The original VR-71, of course, came equipped with some slick carbon fiber handle scales, as opposed to the eponymous G10 scales that adorn the current version. That change resulted in a dramatically more accessible knife that costs nearly half the amount of its predecessor, which is especially good news for folks who dig Brous’ animalistic designs but don’t want the price tag to chew at their bank accounts for too long.

The other materials and design elements are similar to some other Brous models: the attractive drop point-style blade is made from D2 Tool steel with four different finish options, from satin to acid stonewash. The cut-out in the VR-71’s blade is more functional as a deployment option than, say, the Exo flipper we reviewed a few weeks back, though the handle’s finger guard does take some finessing around.

I’m also not a diehard carbon fiber fan, so the shift in materials doesn’t interest me near as much as the price-drop aspect. The G10 is still comfortable and ergonomic, and the liner lock is easy to manipulate. It would be interesting to see a frame-lock design from Brous at some point, though that might detract from his smooth, contoured aesthetic a little bit.

Overall, the new VR-71 G10 is a nice tactical folder at an intriguing price point.

You can see this knife and much, much more at our website, KnifeCenter.com!

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Every Day Carry Edition


Welcome to Warehouse Hunts everybody. For the next few weeks we’re going to be highlighting some great gift options for dad. This week we’re looking at several every-day-carry knives and tools.

spyderco

First up, we have the Spyderco Tenacious folding knife, which is one of the most frequently reviewed items on our site – and for good reason. It combines form, function, and affordability. The trademark Spyderco Round Hole is a joy to use, and the liner lock mechanism moves with certainty on deployments and closings. The blade is almost three-and-a-half inches long and made from 8CR13MOV stainless steel, and the handle is lightweight and textured black G-10 with a four-way pocket clip for nice versatility.

rat

The RAT models from Ontario Knife Company are fantastic entry-level pocket knives with a number of color schemes and carrying options. We even featured them on our YouTube channel a few weeks back.

leek

The Kershaw Leek is definitely a favorite here at the office. Most everybody has one in some form or fashion. The slim profile, frame-lock design, and Speedsafe assisted opening mechanism are welcome features for a knife in this price range. The blade is three inches long and made from Sandvik 14C28N steel, while the body is bead-blasted 410 stainless. Total weight of just three ounces.

style

On to a couple more novel EDC items, this is the Leatherman Style PS. It’s a cool little keychain multi-tool that is also TSA-compliant, so it’s a nice, compact tool for frequent travelers (According to March 2009 TSA regulations. Check www.tsa.gov for full details). Compliance, of course, comes at the cost of a blade on this thing, but with the solid pliers and seven other handy tools, you should still be prepared for most situations.

xikar

Finally, we have a unique tool for the connoisseur in your life. This pocketknife from Xikar is part blade, part cigar cutter, and part money clip, making for a very cool and compact carrying piece for cigar lovers or those looking to get into the past time. Made from 440 stainless steel with a two inch blade and weight of just two ounces.

Overall, these are a few good options for every-day-carry products that you or your dad might enjoy.

Thanks for checking out Part 1 of our Father’s Day Gift Guide. Next Friday we’ll be featuring several great shave products for the bearded patriarch in your life!

KnifeCenter’s #Sharp4Summer Giveaway

KnifeCenter.com is kicking off the warm-weather season with our Sharp for Summer giveaway on Instagram.

This year we’re giving away a great every-day-carry blade, the Benchmade 940-1 Osborne, for the most fun/creative summer blade Instagram post.

Sounds good? All you have to do to participate is:

1) Follow us on Instagram @knifecenter
2) Snap a photo of your knife in a summer scene. (Be creative!)
AND
3) Post to IG using both #sharp4summer and @knifecenter in the description.

Post as many times as you like until June 16th. We’ll choose a winner the next day and send the blade off to its new home. So what are you waiting for? Get to snappin’!

Click here to see full details!

CRKT Ken Onion Hootenanny

This Ken Onion-designed blade has gotten a lot of praise from the folks here at KnifeCenter for its great design, functionality and price point. The knife was designed to incorporate aspects of the typical hunting and bird knives into the framework of an every-day-carry offering, and the final product certainly achieves that crossover appeal.

The three-point-three-four inch blade is made from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a satin finish and a hollow ground, drop point shape. It’s an attractive design with some nice jimping on the finger choil and higher up the spine for a more precise grip. Deployment is via the small but responsive flipper feature – great action on this thing.

The handle features milled glass-reinforced nylon scales and a frame lock design. The blade moves smoothly on the IKBS bearing system. I really like how easy the frame lock is to manipulate, as well as the handle’s slim profile and all-around feel. There’s also a pocket clip for right-hand, tip-up carry.

Overall, the CRKT Hootenanny is a functional and affordable every-day-carry option that would be a solid first buy for those new to knives.

See more about the Hootenanny, or check out our entire selection of CRKT products at KnifeCenter.com!

Camping and Survival Fixed Blades

A quality fixed blade is a must-have for the serious outdoor enthusiast, so this week on Warehouse Hunts we’re looking at a few knives to help you fill out your camping and survival gear packs this summer.

Schrade

First up is the Schrade 37M Frontier – this one with the Micarta handles – which we featured a few weeks back when it was on special. The seven inch blade is made from powder-coated 8Cr13MoV high carbon steel and a finger choil for a more technical grip. It’s a solid and affordable entry-level knife that offers a sharp edge and a nice collection of accessories, including a nylon belt sheath with ferro rod and sharpening stone.

rat

The RAT-5 Survival Knife from Ontario Knife Company keeps it simple and effective. The five-and-a-quarter inch blade has nice size and is made from 1095 Carbon steel with a black powder coating. The handle is tan Micarta with a rather beefy but comfortable hand-feel. I can definitely see why it’s a favorite for outdoorsmen and military personnel around the world. Comes with a secure nylon and Kydex sheath.

ESEE

The ESEE-4 is a slightly longer, more “wilderness” version of the popular ESEE-3 model. The four inch blade is the shortest of the knives we’re going to the look at, but I actually prefer the compactness for most applications, and it’s rather pack-friendly at less than 7.5 ounces. There’s some jimping and a finger choil for more precise cuts, and the Micarta handle feels quite ergonomic in hand. The molded sheath can attach to either a MOLLE back or clip plate for carrying versatility.

fallkniven

Finally, we have the Fällkniven A1. There are a lot of great things going on with this knife. The VG-10 steel blade is just over six-and-a-quarter inches long and nearly a quarter inch thick along the spine. Very heavy-duty. I really like the shape and the satin finish on the blade. The Kraton handle is simple but textured and comfortable and features a lanyard loop. The Zytel sheath is impressively slim and inconspicuous, which is great for saving space without skimping on knife size.

Overall, these are nice camping and survival knife options to take a look at whether you are a year-round enthusiast or just starting out. You can click here to see more about these knives, or see our entire selection of survival knives at KnifeCenter.com!

Spyderco ARK (Always Ready Knife)


The ARK, or Always Ready Knife, is the brainchild of military veteran John Shirley, who conceived the knife as a go-everywhere self-defense tool for U.S. personnel in Afghanistan; and the final product certainly fits that bill.

The two-and-a-half inch blade has a deeply curved clip point shape and a hollow grind. It’s made from H-1 stainless steel, which is a nitrogen alloy that is completely immune to rust. It’s quite an intimidating design for such a compact blade, and the point and edge come extremely sharp right out of the box.

A fiberglass-reinforced nylon handle is molded onto the blade’s tang and features Spyderco’s Bi-Directional Texturing pattern for a secure grip. Very easy to hold comfortably despite its size. The polymer sheath is slim and holds the knife tightly without impeding the drawstroke. The weight of the blade and sheath combined totals a feathery two ounces, making this a truly inconspicuous tool.

See more about the Spyderco ARK, or check out all our products at KnifeCenter.com.

Weekend Special: Gerber Legendary Blades


This week’s special is a collection of Gerber products designed for easy carry and hard use.

Fast6

First up we have the 06 Fast assisted opening folder. The blade and handle shape calls to mind the Recon line from Cold Steel Knives, though the assisted opening mechanism is a nice addition for those who favor quicker deployments. The blade is three-and-three-quarters of an inch long and made from 7CR17 steel. The G-10 scales are textured but not quite as aggressively as those on the Recons, and the overall hand-feel is quite comfortable.

lst

The history of the Gerber LST goes all the way back to 1980, when Pete Gerber and designer Blackie Collins produced it as one of the first knives on the market with an all-synthetic handle. Lightweight performance was the goal then, and it continues to deliver today with a sturdy lockback design, two-and-a-half inch, 420HC steel blade, and total weight of a whopping 1.2 ounces.

guard

The Guardian Back Up is a mean little fixed blade that works nicely as a light, compact self-defense knife. The double edge spear point blade is made from high carbon stainless steel, and the handle is subtly grippy glass-filled nylon. The lightweight sheath features adjustable withdraw tension controls and can be clipped to boot or belt for easy carry.

flik

The FliK is a cool little multi-tool with some nice features, including a unique method of pliers deployment and a dedicated locking mechanism for each side of the tool. It has a bit of weight to it, but the nylon belt sheath holds it securely and it includes a solid number of tools.

Overall, these are a few lightweight carrying options from one of the biggest knife companies around.

You can see more of these featured products here, and check out the entire Gerber brand here.

Zero Tolerance 0350


The 0350 takes all the great construction and materials of the flagship ZT0300 and fits them into a package that is 10 percent smaller and three ounces lighter than its rather hefty big brother. The result is a truly fantastic every-day-carry knife.

The three-and-a-quarter inch blade is made from S30V stainless steel, which is known for its durability and corrosion resistance. The blade comes in several finishes, from stonewash to tiger stripe, and a recently released model features a great, two-tone satin/stonewash finish and M390 steel. Deployment is via the flipper or the dual thumbstuds.

The handle has nice size and hand feel, and the four-way, “quad-mount” pocket clip system epitomizes the well-built and versatile nature of the Zero Tolerance brand as a whole. Hard to find a chink in the armor with these things. The SpeedSafe assisted mechanism is great, as always, and the liner-lock – as opposed to the 0300’s frame-lock – secures the blade during use.

Overall, the Zero Tolerance 0300 is a fantastic EDC offering with a lot of room for personalization.

Stedemon SHY Folder


On first glance, these knives reminded me of some of the great LionSteel models that I have handled, with their one-piece, frame-lock handle and the minimal and pleasing milling and blade design. Everything about the knife’s presentation screams quality, right down to the neatly organized packaging.

The three-and-three-quarters inch blade is made from CPM-S35VN stainless steel with either a flat or hollow grind. Deployment is via the smooth, ambidextrous thumb disk, which I found quite effective despite my preference for milled thumbstuds.

The one-piece handle offers a nice tactile experience with its combination of texture and smoothness, and the smooth frame-lock mechanism ensures easy blade deployment and closing. The pivot can be adjusted simply in the field with a flat-head screwdriver. Comes with a lanyard loop, as well as a pocket clip for tip-up, right-hand carry.

Both models come in four different color schemes, and all versions are only available on our website.

See more about the Stedemon SHY folder here.

Memorial Day

All of us at the Knifecenter of the Internet want to express our heartfelt gratitude to the American service people who have given their life, limbs and time to protect and support all of our citizens. A society is a complex system of interrelated activities. We work hard to create an enterprise which creates jobs that support people so they can pay taxes and these go to infrastructure and a military to protect it all. While we are busy doing our part of the puzzle, it is easy to lose sight of those doing theirs but this day and weekend gives us that opportunity. So thank you, American service personnel, we are extremely grateful that our country is safe and secure so we can go about our daily business without worry. We salute you!