CRKT has been pumping out the Brian Tighe designs hard and fast recently, and for good reason. Each and every model he comes up with is refreshingly different and once you get one in the hand, is hard to put down. The two newest to arrives through the KnifeCenter doors are the Tighe Coon and Tighe Dye folders. They both have flipper mechanisms, gray aluminum handles, button locks, and reasonably deep carry pocket clips. However, apart from these material similarities, they really are quite different designs. The Dye model is a single edged version of an Italian Stiletto, but the handle provides a much more stout feeling for more demanding cutting tasks. The Tighe Coon knife is ultra smooth opening with a slightly recurved drop point blade for better slicing performance. Both knives feature mirror polished AUS-8 blades and are built like tanks. Check out these Tighet new knives at www.knifecenter.com.
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5.11 Tactical is a well known gear and clothing supplier for law enforcement, military, and fire/rescue professionals. What’s not as well known in the tactical community is their extensive tool, flashlight, and knife offerings. New for 2012, 5.11 Tactical has introduced the Double Duty series of folding knives which are great all around utility tools. The Karambit folder is a more tactical design with a 3-3/4″ black coated main blade and 1-1/2″ utility spike, perfect for punching holes. The Rescue folder has a carbide glass breaker, a 3-3/4″ sheepsfoot blade for safer cutting, and a 1-1/2″ serrated blade for fine detail work. The FRN handles are very ergonomic in the saber and reverse grips, and both blades on each knife lock into position so they won’t close on your fingers during hard use. The 5.11 Tactical Doubly Duty series may not be your typical knife designs but they sure will get the job done again and again. See them both at www.knifecenter.com.
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Columbia River Knife & Tool has some of the best and highest value knife designs available on the market today. The Eraser from Liong Mah is the next combat worthy folder that you will be able to count on for your life. The knife features a 3-7/8″ blade with an extremely versatile blade shape which also happens to be a personal favorite. The reverse tanto blade is extremely strong, durable, and fit for every use from slicing to stabbing to chopping. The slight curvature in the handle is very ergonomic and locks the knife in your hand with a full four finger grip. The handle scales are contoured G10 and the blade steel is AUS8, hollow ground, with a bead blast or Titanium-Nitride finish. There are no thumbstuds on the knife but the pocket clip can be positioned in four places for complete ambidextrous carry. The Mah Eraser is a highly functional knife design which is extremely well built, check it out at www.knifecenter.com.
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