As always, the SHOT Show – that is the Shooting Hunting Outdoors Trade show, in Las Vegas was a great get together of industry and retail players and this year didn’t disappoint. Here are the trends we have seen most clearly. Upgraded steel is really the major theme. Cold Steel is upgrading their whole line and that is the major reason at we have so many of the older ones at such great prices so please don’t delay in getting any models you want at the ridiculously low prices they are at. Quartermaster has a smaller Roper model that is lighter and smaller and really a usable version of a great knife. It has lots of great new features. Then they have some new models titled after the Back to the Future movies. More details later.
Folders with replaceable blades were all over either using the same standard staple blades that Havelon uses or a proprietary one like Outdoor Edge. Cast hatchets were popular from many vendors including SOG Gerber and others. Kershaw has some really extraordinary models all made in the USA. they are priced right too and we will eagerly await their arrival. ZT models coming out are really smaller than they have been and really will fill the niche for people who want a carry knife for their pants pocket. Benchmade is solidifying their hunting products with more fixed blades as well as a new lock system. Look for all the new items at the KnifeCenter first! You can preorder from us and be the first to get them yourselves.
Based on Mike Read’s popular non-locking folder, the PITS (Pie in the Sky) Slipjoint Folder was designed to comply with British knife laws. It’s a heavy duty, hard use folder that you can count on in a tactical encounter. It features a broad clip-point blade, flat ground from Bohler N690Co stainless steel. The ergonomic handle scales are precision machined from solid titanium and skeletonized to reduce weight and increase grip texture. All around a great every day carry knife without the hassle of a lock or legality concerns. Get your today at www.knifecenter.com.
This Gustavo Cecchini design is the best knife I have ever seen from Boker Plus, bar none. Gustavo, the genius behind GTC Knives, has a style different from every other manufacturer and his knives are some of the most sought after in the industry, regularly selling for $3,000 and up. The Federal is a true GTC design with absolutely superb fit and finish. The blade profile, handle shape, flipper profile, and even the carbon fiber inlays are done in true GTC fashion. It features a very unique pocket clip design, kind of like a frame lock mechanism, where the clip lays perfectly in line with the handle scales when not being used. Truly unlike any other production piece, check out this amazing knife at www.knifecenter.com.
The Foundry is a truly unique collaborative effort between Spyderco and Carpenter Technology Corporation. With a 465 stainless steel handle, a refined Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.), and the awesome wire clip – it’s an ideal everyday carry user. The Foundry’s broad clip-point blade features a full-flat grind for strength and superior edge geometry and the trademark Spyderco round hole for convenient one handed opening. Check it out now at www.knifecenter.com.
The Quartermaster QTR-3f has gone through some changes and come out on the other size an improved folding design. It is nearly 40% lighter and features a nearly 30% slimmer profile. The locking mechanism has been upgraded to the highest caliber Titanium Framelock with a dual-purpose steel lock bar insert. This prevents overtravel when disengaging the lock and also keeps the face properly aligned under the blade face during use. The knife features the ORB Pivot System, textured G10 scales, and a reversible tip-up pocket clip. See more info on the knife at www.knifecenter.com.
Colonel Rex Applegate’s legacy lives on in this intricate, superiorly manufactured Boker Applegate 6″ Commemorative Fighting Knife. With its beautiful rosewood handle, mirror polished 154CM steel blade, individual serialization and certificate of authenticity, this would be a great knife for your collection. There is only 199 pieces available in the U.S. market so get one today at www.knifecenter.com.
The Boker Special Run Gorski is a treat for any Damascus collector. It features a “Sramble Damascus” steel blade, handle, and safety slide lock made by none other than Chad Nichols. He is without a doubt one of the best and most telented Damascus manufacturers in the world today. This is a limited production piece of only 199 available in the USA and Europe, so if this is a knife you have to have you better get it now at www.knifechenter.com.