This week’s steal comes to us from Kizer Cutlery, the Ki3411A2 Klecker folder. Kizer has become known for providing low-cost production knives that are built using high quality materials with excellent fit and finish, and this model is no exception.
Designed in collaboration with knifemaker Glenn Klecker, this is a pretty unique-looking piece. The G-10 handles have a cool machined appearance, and the very heavy texture gives you a lot to grab onto. This knife actually has a titanium liner lock too, which is pretty remarkable for the price-point. There’s a lot of good jimping around the handle and up here on the spine, making for a really comfortable and confident all-around hold.
Blade is deployed via the thumb stud, and it swings out smoothly and easily. Again we’re looking at some impressive materials here, with an S35VN stainless steel blade that comes in at 2.5″.
The titanium pocket clip allows for a secure, comfortable carry. It comes attached in a tip-down position, but there’s a slot enabling you to switch it to tip-up if you prefer. There’s also a lanyard slot on this model.
Overall, the Ki3411A2 Klecker folder from Kizer Cutlery is a great entry-level EDC-style folder boasting some top-notch craftsmanship. To see more about this knife, click here. To see our full inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week we’re spotlighting the new and improved Ronin model, Spyderco’s Ronin 2 fixed blade. Former NSA agent, current martial artist, and all-around weapons expert Michael Janich designed this fixed blade to be the ultimate self defense tool, a feat he’s admirably achieved.
Janich popularized the wharncliffe blade shape on the original Ronin, and it’s back with a vengeance on this updated model. We’ve got a 4″ blade with a straight cutting edge and hollow grind, this time made from CTS-BD1 stainless steel, which is extremely resistant to corrosion. This thing has unbelievable cutting power.
The full tang makes for a very sturdy construction, and the understated guard ensures your hand is well protected from the blade. The thin G-10 scales provide an assured grip, and the chamfering around their edges means a total lack of hotspots. This is about as comfortable as it gets.
The package includes a custom-molded Boltaron sheath, which the knife locks into very securely. The versatile G-clip attachment clips to the belt or allows for any number of discreet inside-the-waistband carry styles.
Overall, the Ronin 2 from Spyderco is a more than worthy follow-up to the original, and the perfect choice for a self-defense EDC. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This weekend we’re taking a broad look at the Ontario Knife Company. They started in New York in 1889, and in their more than 100 years of business they’ve cultivated a reputation for top quality products manufactured with a high level of craftsmanship.
Where they really shine is their American-made fixed blade offerings. The 499 Air Force survival knife is used by several branches of the US Armed Forces, and as such is manufactured in accordance with government specifications. The 5″, 1095 carbon steel blade sports a fine-toothed sawback for making more aggressive cuts. The rough leather handle provides a really good grip, and it comes with a leather sheath and sharpening stone.
Stepping it up to a massive 9.75″ blade we have the SP-10 Spec Plus Raider Bowie. This hefty sucker was designed for military, sporting, and rescue use, which led to a really rugged full tang construction and a comfortable Kraton handle. For a knife this large this has a really nice weight and balance, and it’s one of our favorite fixed blades.
If folders are more your speed, Ontario has a great model in the Rat model 1 and model 2. This is actually one of the best reviewed folders on our site. The model 1 is the larger of the two, boasting a three and a half inch blade versus the model 2’s 3″ blade. There’s a lot of variety on this line, with the blade available with a tactical black or satin finish in standard or serrated, and there are a whole host of handle colors. Both versions of this model have a lanyard hole and four-way pocket clip position.
When it comes to Ontario, these models are just the tip of the iceberg. There are numerous other fixed blade and folding options, and they even offer products for kitchen use. To see the full range of available Ontario products, click here. To view our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re taking a break from knives to give you a brief run-down on our paracord offerings. Since we have so many varieties of actual paracord and paracord-based products we thought it was time to highlight a few.
The name paracord is a portmanteau of parachute and cord, which comes from the rope’s origins as parachute suspension lines. It came to be used by airborne units and then by military units in general for situations that required light cordage. It was first made available for civilian use after World War II, initially as military surplus before private manufacturers decided to get into the game. Since then it’s become something of a go-to for outdoorsy, survivalist types.
Paracord is what you call a kernmantle rope, which is constructed to have an interior core comprised of smaller strands that are protected from abrasion by a woven exterior sheath. The most common variety is called Type 3, or 550 cord, which contains seven to nine core yarns and is rated with a breaking strength of, you guess it, five hundred and fifty pounds. The exterior sheath on paracord is a durable nylon.
The applications are pretty much endless with this stuff. In the knife world we see it used a lot as a lanyard for neck-knives, and of course some knifemakers will wrap a skeletonized handle with paracord for a comfortable, adjustable grip. Bullwhip enthusiasts have even started using paracord to craft their whips. It’s a very sturdy material for any sort of lashing tasks, and the ability to remove and use any of the core yarns for finer needs makes this super versatile.
We offer multiple lengths of cord, with smaller spools of 49 or 100 feet, or even full rolls of 1,000 feet. These are available in a whole host of colors, so trying to survive the brutal elements doesn’t HAVE to be a joyless experience. Some of our favorite brands have started making paracord-based products, too. For example Victorinox offers a paracord survival bracelet. This is a nine foot length of paracord braided to look nice on the arm, but in a pinch it can be unraveled and used as cord. Columbia River offers a similar product designed by Ken Onion. The basic concept is the same, but this one has a carbide-coated wire saw wrapped inside.
We’ve also got a few varieties of what’s called a monkey fist, which is paracord wrapped into a ball. This can replace a lanyard as a way to quickly draw your knife, and it can be used as a non-lethal self-defense tool when the need arises. Monkey Fists generally have a marble or stainless steel ball bearing inside the paracord ball to give it an ideal weight. You use it by holding the knife or keys in your hand and swinging the ball at your assailant.
As you can see, there’s an unbelievable variety of uses for paracord, and what we’ve looked at today is just a small sample of what we have available. To see the full range of paracord products available, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week’s steal is the C40GP Jot Singh Khalsa sprint run edition from Spyderco. This collaboration between Spyderco and lauded knifemaker Jot Singh Khalsa is a very unique piece and an excellent, high quality folder.
Jot Singh Khalsa is an American convert to the Sikh religion and member of the 3HO Organization established by the late Yogi Bhajan, who brought Kundalini Yoga to the United States in the late 1960s, and whose organization is one of the oldest and most active proponents of yoga instruction in the Western Hemisphere. As a devout Sikh, many of Jot’s aesthetic trademarks draw inspiration from Kirpans – the sacred and symbolic knives of the Sikhs, which he also specializes in making.
The handle of this knife is where you’re going to see that influence most apparently in the unusual curve towards the butt. This in combination with the finger indents makes for an extremely ergonomic, comfortable hold, with the G10 scales providing a good sense of grip. There’s a pretty pronounced choil and a very healthy thumb ramp present to allow for more precise cutting.
Blade is deployed via the ubiquitous Spyderco thumb hole, and it’s a very smooth action. Once extended it’s held securely in place via the Walker LinerLock mechanism. Blade is just under 3″ long and made of VG-10 stainless steel. When closed down it can be used for self defense as a non-lethal impact device.
The reversible pocket clip slides on smoothly and holds tightly, enabling a confident tip-down carry.
Overall, Spyderco’s C40GP Jot Singh Khalsa is a comfortable, durable folder with a little Sikh flair. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our full inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week the Spotlight falls on Cold Steel’s first ever assisted opening folder, the Swift. This is an excellent knife featuring the kind of solid construction you’ve come to expect from Cold Steel, and with the kind of stylish design you expect from knifemaker Andrew Demko.
Let’s jump right in with the assisted opening action. Deployment is handled via the dual thumb studs, and it is fast and energetic. Just a little nudge is going to send this speeding out in smooth, satisfying fashion. Blade is a modified spear point with either a satin finish or a slick tactical black. A nice, strong lockback keeps the blade securely extended.
Handle is a black G10 that offers a lot of texture for grip. The shape is really ergonomic, with a perfect curve to the back letting this knife sit just right in the palm. The finger indent lets it rest very comfortably, and they’ve included some jimping and a light thumb ramp on the spine of the blade to enable finer control.
There’s a super sturdy pocket clip allowing for tip-up carry. Included in the box is an alternate clip to affix to the other side of the handle, letting you carry the knife on the left or right side.
Overall, the Swift is a robust, slim folder, and an excellent first step into the assisted genre for Cold Steel. To learn more about this model, click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com
This week on Warehouse Hunts we do things a little differently and field-test how a few of our various throwers fare in the hands of a beginner. We tried out two varieties from United Cutlery, the Black Ronin Triple Bolt Throwers and a Gil Hibben Small Competition Thrower Set, as well as the Pro-Flight Sport from Cold Steel.
The Black Ronin Triple Bolt throwers by United Cutlery were the smallest and sharpest of the throwers we tested today. They’re 6.5″ long, feel nice and light in the hand, and really sail when you let them go. These ones had a little bit of a learning curve to them, but after taking some time to find a technique we were able to stick them fairly regularly.
The United Cutlery Gil Hibben Hall of Fame throwers proved to be the most difficult for us to master as beginners. No points for guessing that these knives were designed by Gil Hibben, who is a master knife maker and avid knife thrower. He literally wrote the book on knife throwing. Despite having a great ergonomic shape and terrific balance, these ones were definitely the hardest to stick.
The Cold SteelPro-Flight were by far the easiest for our novices to get the hang of. Coming in at a solid 14″ and weighing about 11 ounces, these suckers were big, bad, and reliable. The best thing about them is that they’re balanced to stick when released from either the handle or blade. Once you get an initial feel for their weight it’s not too difficult to have success with the Pro-Flight.
We had a lot of fun trying out this small selection of throwers from the site. To see the whole selection available, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week’s steal is the Sector neck knife by Böker Plus. The Sector is an ergonomic, lightweight dagger-style design from knifemaker Michael Henninger of Karlsruhe, Germany.
We’ve got one solid piece of 440C stainless steel that comes in just over 8″. The skeletonized handle and absurdly thin profile make this so light you’ll have to look at your hand to remind yourself you’re even holding a knife. The handle has been wrapped with paracord for a comfortable, certain grip, though you could of course remove it if you had plans of your own. The tang itself adds some additional grip options, with jimping here on both sides and this hole in the center affording you multiple grip styles.
The blade is 3.75″ with a double edge. This thing is razor sharp and incredibly flat, making it a really discreet back-up option. The knife includes an equally low profile Kydex sheath, which it snaps into very securely. There are nice, big rivets around the edge to allow for the use of a paracord lanyard, and the package also comes with an attachable belt clip if you’d prefer to carry the knife around your waist.
Overall, the Sector is a slim and functional back-up style fixed blade with a surprising number of customization options available. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our full inventory visit knifecenter.com
This is the same Swiss Army knife everybody has had on their key ring at some point in the basic red, and it’s got all the standard tools that you’ve come to expect. There’s a knife, nail file with flathead screwdriver tip, scissors, tweezers, and a toothpick. All this is packed into a slender handle that’s no bigger than your pinkie.
What’s really exciting about this particular line is how the handle has been decorated. Every year Victorinox hosts a competition in search of fresh, stylish designs for their limited edition line. The hundreds of submissions from last fall’s contest have been pared down to the winning few by consumer voting, and we’re excited to be able to offer all 10 of them on knifecenter.com
The designs are really bright and vibrant with a nice clean, modern aesthetic. There’s a lot of great variety across the line, with fun and cartoony designs, bold and elegant designs, and everything in between. My personal favorite is this one called “Star Light, Star Bright,” which has a very cool constellation pattern.
Overall, the Classic limited edition line is the same reliable multi-tool Victorinox built their reputation on, but in a fun, colorful package. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This weekend our special comes from SOG’s Trident line of assisted opening folders. We’re looking at the Trident TF6 with tanto blade. This is a really ergonomic, durable knife with some dynamite functionality and seriously good action. That’s thanks to SOG’s Assisted Technology which works through the balance of opposing high-tension coil springs. When you actuate the blade using the ambidextrous thumb studs, the spring force propelling the knife open becomes greater than the spring force trying to keep it closed, and the blade thuds open. It’s smooth, fast, authoritative, yet doesn’t feel like it will go flying out of your hand.
We’ve got a 3.75″ tanto blade made from AUS8 stainless steel, sporting a brushed satin finish. The tanto shape design means this will excel at tactical stabbing and slashing tasks. You release the blade using the Arc-Actuator, which is stronger and releases easier than the previously used piston lock. The safety switch keeps the blade locked in the closed position, making this a very safe carry. Red means the safety is not engaged.
Handle is Zytel in SOG’s standard Digi-Grip, which means it’s heavily textured to allow for ample grip. Shape fills the palm quite nicely, and there are no uncomfortable hotspots. A nice extra feature on this model is the Groove here at the back of the handle. This lets you easily cut paracord, fishing line, and the like while the blade is safely closed.
Pocketclip is the expected bayonet style from SOG, allowing for a deep, secure carry that won’t draw people’s attention. It’s also easily reversible or removable for pouch carry.
Overall, the SOG Trident is a great basic folder with some excellent extra features lending it additional value. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
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