This week our Steal is the Cayuga, a terrific basic fixed blade from the Ontario Knife Company. The Cayuga is designed by and for hunters, and is one of the highest quality American-made fixed blades you’re going to find in this price range.
Handle is mold injected with a propylene under mold and a Kraton over mold, making it extremely durable. Shape is ergonomic and comfortable, and feels really solid in the hand. The flare at the butt of the handle and the friction provided by the Kraton make for an assured grip.
Blade is a 4.75″ drop point made from 420 stainless steel, with a brushed satin finish. At about a fifth of an inch, this is a pretty thick, rugged blade. There’s a nice long cutting edge with a lot of belly, meaning good cutting power on this model.
Included in the package is a hand-stitched, genuine leather sheath with belt loop. The handle snaps in to make for a very secure carry in any conditions.
If you’re looking for a reliable fixed blade to use and abuse in your outdoor excursions, you can’t beat the Ontario Cayuga. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week the spotlight falls on the new Intrepid flipper from Kizer Cutlery. This knife was designed in collaboration with custom knifemaker Ray Laconico, based off his original Skinny Bear flipper.
Right off the bat this is an attractive knife, with a really slick matte silver finish on the handle and eye-popping blue anodized accents on the hardware. Deployment via the flipper is smooth and certain, there’s a really satisfying action to this knife. The hollow ground, drop point blade is just over 3.5″ long, giving the Intrepid a lot of cutting power. The blade’s stonewash finish rounds out the gorgeous presentation with style.
Beyond the aesthetic appeal, this is a really well-built knife. Blade is held securely in place by a sturdy titanium framelock. There’s even a steel lockbar insert and overtravel prevention mechanism. The Intrepid is made from top-quality materials, with an S35VN stainless steel blade and a titanium handle. The handle has been carefully machined and contoured to make this one of the most comfortable knives I’ve held in a while. At over 4.5 ” long, this handle has a great feel for those of us with larger hands.
This model features a blue anodized pocketclip, allowing for tip-up carry. It slides on easily and holds tightly, with the knife’s slim profile making for an extremely comfortable ride.
The Intrepid flipper is an absolutely gorgeous Ray Laconico design constructed to Kizer Cutlery’s high standard of quality. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This weekend our special is this Kershaw-Emerson CQC-4K BW folding knife. Designed by Emerson Knives and built by Kershaw, this knife represents the perfect way to get a high-quality Emerson design at a much lower cost than usual.
Blade deployment option number one is the ambidextrous thumb disc, and the action is smooth and easy. Instantly this knife bears all the hallmarks of an Emerson Design, right down to the patented wave opening feature, which is deployment option two. Opening using this method is really smooth and super quick, one of the more assured wave opening models I’ve handled. The blade and the 410 stainless steel frame lock both sport a really attractive black oxide coating that gives the knife a sleek appearance.
The shape of the handle means a very comfortable hold, with no hotspots on this model. The presentation side here has a textured G10 scale to provide just the right amount of grip. The index finger indent and jimping on the thumb ramp give you that sense of control for fine detail work. Pocketclip is reversible, allow allowing for a secure right or left side tip-up carry. A sturdy frame lock keeps the blade locked in place, though it’s a little stiff to disengage.
We offer this knife as part of a tactical kit that also includes a Kershaw Tactical Pen. This pen has a nice, simple twist action to it, and also has that black oxide coating. Because it’s nice when your discreet tactical weapons match.
The CQC-4K BW folding knife offers exactly the kind of quality you’d expect from a collaboration between Kershaw and Emerson Knives, and the added bonus of the tactical pen makes this kit a terrific value. To learn more about this knife and pen kit, click here. To see our entire inventory, click here.
This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re taking a look at our LifeHammer line of products. LifeHammer launched twenty five years ago with the original safety hammer, and they’ve been putting out vehicle safety products ever since.
First up we have the classic LifeHammer in a glow in the dark orange. The primary feature on this is of course the double-sided steel-tipped hammerhead. Striking the hammer into the corner of a car window will shatter it, aiding escape in a vehicle entrapment scenario. Built into the handle is a seatbelt cutter, as it’s advised that you free yourself from your seat before attempting to shatter the window or perform any other tasks. The classic LifeHammer comes with a holder featuring four retractable pins to insert into your carpet, letting you make sure the tool is always safely in reach.
Next up we have the revamped LifeHammer PLUS. The PLUS has the same steel-tipped hammer and integrated seatbelt cutter, now with a more durable and ergonomic handle than ever before. The non-slip grip and conical shape of the handle make this the most reliable version of the LifeHammer yet. This model also comes with a mount, which clamps onto a narrow surface in your car. The hammer then simply and quickly clips in, making this a good deal easier to draw in an emergency situation than the Classic.
Despite the company name, LifeHammer makes more than just, well… the LifeHammer. They also manufacture general vehicular safety products. This reflective safety vest was designed to lie flat under the carpet of a car, to be taken out and worn to aid visibility in an emergency. The Safety Belt solution lets children and adults alike ride more comfortably by directing the seatbelt away from the neck, while still maintaining the seatbelt’s integrity as a safety device. Look how much happier this cartoon child looks with his.
While these are primarily products that you hope you never need, you’ll definitely be glad you have them if the time comes. To learn more about the full line of LifeHammer products, click here. To see our full line of products, visit knifecenter.com
This week our steal is the Gerber Counterpart folding knife. This mid-size folder has a really rugged, sturdy construction that makes this knife a great value for the money, and it is of course backed by Gerber’s lifetime warranty.
The handle is where this model shines the most. The deeply textured G-10 provides a more than ample grip that isn’t going to slip, even in wet conditions. The shape lends itself to a very comfortable hold, even in the way the pocketclip rests against the hand. The integrated finger guard and light jimping on the spine of the blade give you solid control when performing finer tasks.
This knife doesn’t have a very strong detent, so deployment via the flipper is going to require a little wrist action. The blade is a 3″ fine edge drop point that’s going to enable very clean cuts. The matte black finish and low profile design lend the knife an all-around tactical appearance. A hefty liner lock keeps the blade locked in place.
Pocketclip on this model is removable but not reversible. It’s smooth and strong, enabling an easy tip-down carry.
Overall, the Gerber Counterpart is a good bet for anybody in the market for a basic folder they can put through its paces. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week on Spotlight Series we’re taking a look at the new Sniper line of flippers from Brous Blades. This is a tremendously capable knife with that sleek, modern Jason Brous styling, and represents one of the most affordable flippers Brous has ever put out.
Deployment on this model is super smooth and quick, thanks to the proprietary Brous Bearing System. This is a very satisfying action. Blade is a hollow ground trailing point style that’s a lengthy three and three quarter inches, most of which has a cutting edge. Blade is held in place by the stainless steel liner lock.
To facilitate covering the blade in the closed position, the handle has a gentle curve to it. This lends itself to really comfortable handling, as this curve nestles perfectly in your palm. The careful machining and the chamfering mean there’s nothing in the way of hotspots. There’s some nice jimping up on the top of the handle and the spine of the blade to provide that extra bit of control.
This is a remarkably thin model at less than a half inch think. The aircraft grade 6061 aluminum makes for a really lightweight knife, but it still feels solid and confident. The Sniper series is available with a pretty wide variety of handle colors, most of which are available with either a satin finish or black acid stonewash blade.
The only real drawback on this model is possibly the pocketclip. It’s actually one piece with the stainless steel insert for the liner lock, so you’re locked into the right-hand, tip-up carry. That said, it’s a really solid clip that rides very nicely.
The Brous Sniper line is a terrific everyday carry option if you’re looking for something light and slim with a lot of style. To learn more about this knives and all the available colors, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This weekend our special is this J1 assisted opening folder from Guardian, Gerber’s economy line of knives. At KnifeCenter we’ve been selling Gerber knives online longer than anybody, even Gerber themselves, and they’ve always put out a quality product.
There’s no point burying the lead, what makes this knife one to own is the unbelievable price point. For well under $15, this is a perfect rugged folder to use and abuse.
It takes a good bit of force on the dual thumb studs to activate the assisted action, but once you do deployment is quick and snappy. This is a great medium sized knife with a three inch blade and a nice slim profile. Blade is durable, sharp, and made from 420HC stainless steel. To close it back down just push the plunge lock up here on the handle.
Handle is a heavily textured G-10, making for an excellent grip. It’s got a good shape to it with zero hotspots, so the hold is really comfortable. An index finger indent and some light jimping on the spine of the blade let you feel like you have precise control.
The J1 features a really sturdy, deep pocketclip that makes for a super confident tip-down carry. The lanyard hole at the back lets you tailor this to your personal carry style.
Overall, the J1 folder from Guardian is a really well made basic EDC at an absolutely unbeatable price. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re taking an Unexpected Journey into Middle Earth to check out some of our collectible weapon replicas from The Hobbit. These replicas come from the folks at United Cutlery and are beautiful, completely faithful recreations of your favorite swords from the films.
If you’re feeling light and fast, we’ve got the fighting knives used by everybody’s favorite pretty elf, Legolas. With knives like these you could command all manner of CGI beast in increasingly absurd ways, or shoehorn yourself into a film you have no business being a part of. For liability’s sake it’s worth noting that all of these products are strictly display items, and not intended for actual combat. As such they are not sharpened, and most include decorative plaques to facilitate wall hanging.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum from our tiny elf daggers is the unbelievably massive mace of Azog the Defiler, the bloodthirsty Orc who relentlessly pursued the company of dwarves. There are a lot of really great tiny details on this one, making for a VERY cool presentation piece. However this heavy sucker does NOT come with a wall-hanging plaque, because trust me your drywall can’t take it.
Finally, you shall not pass on these totally wizard Gandalf props. First up we’ve got ol’ Mithrandir’s troll-lair-appropriated sword Glamdring, the Foehammer. While not actually forged by the high Elves of the West, United Cutlery has offered up as close a facsimile as you can reasonably expect. We even have Gandalf the Grey’s staff, lovingly recreated right down to a slot to hide the included pipe. Unfortunately we do not stock Old Toby or Longbottom Leaf.
These are just a few quick highlights from the vast dragon’s horde of Hobbit replicas we have available from United Cutlery. We’ve also got plenty of Lord of the Rings leftovers, like Aragorn’s sword Andúril, forged from the shards of Narsil. To learn more about the whole line, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
For this week’s steal we’re taking a look at the Kershaw RJ II folder. Designed by RJ Martin, the RJ II offers all the same features as the original Kershaw RJ, just scaled down in size.
Blade is deployed one of two ways, either via the dual thumb studs or the flipper. Given that this knife features Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted technology, the flipper’s really going to be the way to go. Deployment is fast and solid.
Blade is just over 3″ and is a stout tanto shape with a lot of slicing power. There are partial serrations for your more aggressive cuts, and the flat ground tip is substantially thicker than comparable tantos, meaning this holds up really well to all piercing tasks. Blade is held securely in place by the stainless steel liner lock.
Handle has a nice ergonomic shape that fills the palm quite nicely, with two finger indents to contribute to really comfortable handling. The G-10 scales are machined with a 3D texture to provide a good grip. This is one of those knives that feels unbelievably solid in the hand.
The RJ II features a sturdy pocketclip that rides really securely, and is adjustable for your choice of tip up or tip down carry, though only for right-handers.
Overall, the RJ II by Kershaw is a really rugged everyday carry option with a lot of cutting power. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our full inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week we’re spotlighting the new Roc folder from Spyderco and custom knifemaker Serge Panchenko. The Roc was Panchenko’s first ever collaboration with Spyderco and the pairing has yielded a pretty exciting, unique result.
Blade is deployed of course via the trademark Spyderco round hole, and you see instantly upon deployment what really sets this model apart from its Spyderco compatriots. The unique cleaver style blade comes in just over three inches and is made of VG-10 stainless steel. I’m always a fan of steel with a bead-blast finish like we have here. Blade is held securely in place via Spyderco’s Walker liner-lock mechanism.
Handle sports a graceful curve that makes for great handling ergonomics. The full stainless steel liners are skeletonized, and that in combination with the open spine handle construction makes this really nice and lightweight. Finally, the textured G-10 scales provide an assured grip.
This model features a deep-carry style wire pocketclip. It’s reversible, allowing for your choice of left or right side, tip-up carry. This is one of our favorite pocketclips for its strength and low-profile design.
The Spyderco Roc is a great workhorse of a folder with the build quality you expect from Spyderco and that outside-the-box Panchenko design flair. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our full inventory, visit knifecenter.com
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