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

Kershaw KS3830 Injection

This week’s steal is a very sleek and affordable folding knife from Kershaw and custom knifemaker Todd Rexford. The Kershaw Injection is a no-nonsense, functional folder with the kind of streamlined, elegant design Rexford is known for.

The action is surprisingly snappy and responsive. The dual thumb studs have been milled to allow for a solid purchase that makes opening this knife a pleasure. The blade is a 3.5″ drop point with a subtle hollow grind and lovely bead blast finish, my personal favorite. With a three and a half inch cutting edge and a good bit of belly, there’s some great cutting power at play here.

The heavy stainless steel liners make for a sturdy frame, and the liner lock holds the blade in place very securely. The handle sports 3D machined G10 scales that feel really smooth in the palm while still providing satisfactory grip. The hand feel is quite ergonomic, with the flare on the butt of the handle filling the palm nicely.

One of the cool features here is the gap in the chamfered G10 backspacer that makes room for an inset lanyard pin. The pocket clip on this model is reversible, allowing for a left or right side, tip up carry. The knife clips onto your pocket a little awkwardly due to the size of the thumb studs, but draws very easily.

Overall, the Kershaw Injection is a stylish, functional folder, and the low price makes it an excellent option for an everyday carry. You can use it, abuse it, or even lose it without worry and it would make an excellent gift for anybody – whether they’re into knives or not. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

Spyderco C41PDBL5 Native 5

Today on Spotlight Series we’re going to check out this year’s new Native 5 model from Spyderco. The Native 5 has proven to be one of the staples of Spyderco’s selection of American-made knives, so let’s see how this one stands up.

First thing you’ll notice is the striking dark blue color of the FRN handle. This is full FRN with no liners, making for a super lightweight build at just under two and a half ounces. Despite this lightweight construction the knife still feels substantial in the hand. Grip is amplified by the bi-directional texturing here, and the hearty choil and ample jimping enable a precise, confident style of handling.

The handle has four sets of threaded inserts which allow for four-way positioning of the pocket clip. The clip itself slides on easily and holds tightly for a comfortable, secure carry. The butt of the knife also sports a healthy lanyard hole, so there are a lot of customization options with this model.

One of the other exciting things about this year’s version is the use of S110V stainless steel, as opposed to the S35VN of models past. S110V is the premium steel Spyderco has started to use in models like the Manix 2 and Paramilitary 2. Blade deployment via the Spyderco round hole is as smooth and satisfying as you’ve come to expect from the brand. The blade is the typical spear point shape with a flat grind and satin finish, held in place by the requisite lockback mechanism.

With an incredibly lightweight frame and top-quality steel, the new Native 5 is a worthy addition to the beloved American-manufactured line of folders. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

Buck 503ELK

This weekend our special is something a little different and very exciting: a vault find from Buck knives. This knife, the 503ELK, was made in 2003, back when Buck was still in their old factory in El Cajon, California.

There’s a really simple elegance to the handle design that makes for an attractive aesthetic, with the hand matched and hand polished elk antler handles nicely offset by the nickel silver bolsters. But possibly the coolest feature here is when you open the knife, the blade has been hand-engraved with Chuck Buck’s signature and dated for 2003. No two signatures are alike, no two handles are alike, so despite being a production model every single one of these is a totally unique piece. In the Buck tradition this is a really nice, functional gentleman’s folder that you’re going to be able to get a lot of use out of.

Blade opens easily using the fingernail nick and is held securely in place by the lockback mechanism. It’s the classic drop point shape and comes in at 2.375”. While the handle is only 3.375” long, its shape allows for a quite comfortable three-finger grip style. This low profile size also makes it a really unobtrusive everyday carry option.

Overall, the Buck 503ELK is a solid gentleman’s folder with some serious history behind it. It’s not often we see truly one-of-a-kind variety in a production knife, and we’ll definitely never get more of these in stock. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

QTRM5TR QTR-5FTT Theodore “T.C.” Calvin

This week on Spotlight Series we’re going to check out the QTR-5FTT folding karambit from QTRM5TR knives. With a vicious design and overbuilt frame, the Theodore, “T.C.” Calvin is a great tactical addition to anybody’s collection of folders.

The QTR-5F is only QTRM5TR’s second karambit design, after the QTR-2F, or B.A. Baracus. This model improves on that one in a number of ways, most noticeably the easier one-handed opening and more thumb-friendly frame lock. You get a nice deployment using the thumb slot, thanks to QTRM5TR’s sealed ORB pivot system. The blade is a 2″ hawkbill made from BD-4P stainless steel, and is held in place quite securely by the beefy frame lock.

Both the blade and the back side of the handle sport QTRM5TR’s Texas Tea black stonewash finish for a slick tactical appearance. The presentation side is outfitted with a G10 face scale to enhance your overall grip. Hand feel on this model is very comfortable, in either a forward or reverse grip. There’s some heavy jimping on both ends, and the finger hole is large enough to accommodate hands of most sizes, even in gloves. The low profile on the pocket clip ensures there are no hotspots to speak of.

Pocket clip is reversible, enabling a left or right side, tip-up carry. It errs a little on the side of too tight, but as such rides very securely. The finger hole sits above the line of the pocket, making for a swift, simple draw.

Overall, QTRM5TR has started to refine their sensibilities when it comes to a folding karambit, resulting in the stylish, functional QTR-5F in Texas Tea. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

New Benchmade Griptilian

This week on Spotlight Series, allow me to introduce some knives that basically need no introduction: the new Benchmade Griptilian models. The Griptilians are one of Benchmade’s best loved knives, and this latest iteration admirably carries that torch.

While you may feel like you know the Griptilian backwards and forwards by this point, Benchmade has thrown in some nice new features to make these ones worth the upgrade. Chief among these is the first-ever use of G10 handles in a production Griptilian. These are predominantly smooth to the touch, with a patch of pronounced diamond texture to enhance grip. The classic handle shape and size are maintained, so handling is as comfortable as you expect from this model, with ample jimping on the spine to allow for extra purchase.

The G10 is a matte gray with really stylish blue accents, which pair perfectly with the blue barrel spacers for an attractive overall appearance. The drop point blade is available in two finishes, a satin or a matte black. The black is my personal favorite for the way it contrasts with the lighter grey handle. You can get both finishes in a plain blade or with partial serrations.

Blade is deployed via the ambidextrous thumb studs, with an ultra smooth, easy action. An alternate method is to depress the Benchmade-patented AXIS lock and give a flick of the wrist to send the blade snapping out. The blade steel also gets an upgrade this time around, with a CPM-20CV stainless steel construction. The blade is held securely in place by the AXIS lock, which is totally ambidextrous.

The deep-carry pocket clip is reversible, allowing for left or right side, tip-up carry. On the whole this knife is very friendly for left hand users in a way you don’t often see with production models.

Overall, these new Griptilian models do an excellent job of taking the Benchmade design you know and love and adding sufficient value to make this one really worth your time. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

Yaxell Dragon Series

This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re taking a look at the new Dragon line of kitchen knives from Yaxell. Yaxell has been one of the leading knife manufacturers since 1932, and they’ve carefully handcrafted the Dragon series in Seki-City Japan.

These nine knives are all sold separately so you can build your kitchen set however you see fit. The real main-stays you’re going to want are of course the paring knife, utility knife, and chef’s knife. The paring knife in this line has a 3.5′ blade, useful for peeling, trimming, and other finer tasks where you need a lot of control.

The Chef’s knife is available in two sizes, an eight inch or a ten inch. These are going to be your real workhorse kitchen knives, perfect for larger cutting tasks, and the curved shape of the blade lets you rock the knife to make for really easy chopping. The utility knife hits that Goldilocks sweet spot, handling jobs that are a little too big for the paring knife, but too small for the full might of the chef’s knife.

Besides the must-haves, the Dragon line has five other, more exotic blade shapes for those of you who get serious with your cooking. There’s a 6.5′ Panini knife and a 9′ bread knife, which both sport scallop serrations, and the Panini knife has a nice rounded tip making it perfect for spreading condiments. There’s also an 8.5′ Nakiri for chopping herbs and vegetables, a seven and a half inch santoku, and a 9′ slicing knife.

This whole line is drop-forged, using BD1N stainless steel, which has a Rockwell hardness of 63 for really terrific edge retention. There’s a very attractive satin finish to the blade, which is nicely offset by the polished black micarta handles. The FDA-approved micarta is extremely heat-resistant, and non-shrink to maintain that seamless hygienic fit and finish, with a sturdy triple-rivet construction. The straight back and curved belly of the handle enable a really comfortable, confident hold.

There’s a lot of great variety here and a superior build-quality, making the Dragon line an excellent option to build or expand your kitchen. To learn more about these knives click here. To see our full inventory, visit knifecenter.com