The Cricket has been produced by Spyderco since 1994 but only recently has it begun to receive the recognition it really deserves. It’s an excellent utility knife with a small re-curved hawkbill blade that absolutely tears through material with ease. New for 2012, the beautiful Nishijin Glass Fiber Handled Cricket transforms this knife from a nice back-up EDC blade to a full on, sweet Gentlemen’s knife. The width of the handle design and a nice finger choil really give you a positive three finger grip for easy pull cuts. The thin framelock provides solid lock-up and keeps the profile slim in your pocket. The Cricket is fully adjustable with torx screws and for many doubles as a more funactional money clip due to the robust pocket clip it has set up for tip down carry. It’s an extremely functional little knife and for it’s size, is unmatched in cutting power. You can find this excellent design from Spyderco at www.knifecenter.com.
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If you’ve ever wondered what the ideal tactical “go-to-war” combat knife may be, the Harsey family from Spartan Blades might just be the answer. The Hunter and Model II are classic, functional designs with some hi-tech, new-age features. The full-tang S35VN blades are 3/16″ thick which provides excellent torsional strength and are available in your choice of color. The canvas micarta scales are 3D machined and contoured to give you a firm grip while also offering superb ergonomics in the forward and reverse grips. Many people believe a fixed knife is only as good as it’s sheath and if that’s the case, this is where the Spartan Harsey blades excel. You have the choice between a MOLLE compatible Cordura sheath or one made from Kydex, both lock in the knife extra securely and provide an ample array of carry options. These knives are based loosely off “The Yarborough” fixed blade designed by William Harsey, which is the knife presented to each cadet of the US Army Special Forces Qualification Course upon their graduation. You can see these works of edged art at www.knifecenter.com.
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Spartan Blades are some of the finest fixed blade tactical and combat knives produced within the United States. Their designs are simplistic, elegant, and most importantly ultra-functional. Spartan Blades use the highest quality components, materials, and steels to produce a product second to none. Every detail is scrutinized thoroughly from blade grind and swedge shape, to sheath material and even the included or excluded lanyard. Military professionals, combat personnel, and collectors around the world turn to Spartan Blades for the utmost functionality in a beautifully designed package. You can see their new designs at www.knifecenter.com.
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