Knives have been carried on the belt for ages but only recently have they become part of the actual buckle itself. These cool new pieces from Benchmark Knives are slim locking knives that don’t appear out of place when prominently attached to your torso. They’re very high quality, durable, ergonomic, and extremely sharp right out of the box. They make perfect daily carry options, available with G10 or Pakkawood handle scales, and attach to the buckle with a strong stainless steel clip. Check out these sharp new accessories at www.knifecenter.com.
Zero Tolerance has become well known in the knife community for making wide blades of quality materials and near-unbreakable toughness. People around the world have been calling for a slimmer, lighter knife built to the same stout standards and ZT responded excellently with the model 0780. Loosely based off the ZT0160 combat fixed blade, it incorporates features from different Kershaw and ZT knives to make for a useful and ergonomic design. It’s got a solid skull crusher on the end, nicely textured G10 handle scales, and a four-position deep carry pocket clip for secure carry. The 3.5″ S30V blade has sharp, functional jimping on the spine and can be opened with either the flipper mechanism or the tapered thumbstuds that Kershaw uses on the Blur models. The knife has an entirely black tactical look but at 4.0 ounces and very slim in the closed position, it is definitely the right size to have on your person at all times. Check out this new EDC combat folder from Zero Tolerance at www.knifecenter.com.
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The tactical folding knives from Hogue are extremely high quality, beautiful production models of custom designs from Allen Elishewitz. Following the success of the EX01 and EX-F01 models, new for this year is the first liner locking model from Hogue; the EX02. Available in two different sizes and blade configurations, you have a choice between the drop point model and the wicked sharp tanto design with a 3-3/8″ or 3-3/4″ blade. Two totally different opening methods are also available, one with ambidextrous thumbstuds and the other with a flipper mechanism. Every EX02 has a reversible deep carry pocket clip, cryogenically treated 154CM blade, and a skull crusher/glass breaker at the butt end of the handle. The wicked cool Damascus Pattern G10, dubbed “G-Mascus”, is only found on Hogue knives and available in a black/gray color or OD green. They don’t specify what kind of washers or pivot system is used on the knife but believe me, you’ll be hard pressed to find a smoother opening blade. A quality design from an excellent custom designer, the EX02 can be found at www.knifecenter.com.
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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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LionSteel is an Italian knife company and, if you haven’t heard of them, it’s about time you did. They’re not a new company by any means but are gaining recognition throughout the knife industry for their extremely beautiful and high quality tools. LionSteel, like many companies, has a flagship model which they’re best known for; the SR-1. It’s a large, tactical/combat, frame-lock folder with a wicked 3.7″ blade and a handle made from one solid piece of machined aluminum or titanium. This makes this knife one of the stoutest on the market. LionSteel also manufactures some EDC/gentleman’s folding knives and higher end money clips but they are best known for their recent collaborations with DPx Gear for the HEST Folder and with Spyderco for the LionSpy. Everything is done in-house in Maniago, Italy from design and conception to stamping and finishing to ensure the utmost quality control. See the new LionSteel products at www.knifecenter.com.
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Cold Steel is one of the most popular knife brands in the industry today and the Recon 1 is a main stay in their line. New for 2012, the Recon series adds two new sizes which are here for good and much more easily carried than the original 4-inch models. The Mini Recon’s are the perfect EDC size for most people packing a 3″ blade and 4-1/8″ highly textured G10 handle. The Micro Recon series is more of a keychain knife with a 2″ blade, 2-3/4″ closed length and an included keyring. Ergonomics are definitely a strong point for the Recons as all three sizes meld into your hand perfectly. All knives are or will soon be available in Tanto, Spear Point or Clip Point blade configurations except the Micro, which will only be Tanto and Spear Point. See all the variations at www.knifecenter.com.
Miltner Adams The Incredible Self Locking Clip
Miltner-Adams have designed some of the most innovative knives we have ever seen. Now they are offering their very innovative stick-on pocket clip. It’s simple and very effective. I have one on my iphone case and love it. I also use one on my key ring and it works great. The principle is that there is a flexible ridge that, by default, springs to lock the clip onto the material. By depressing the surface, that ridge disappears and you can remove the clip. It works great and we think these will become very popular. They work as knife clips, if yours doesn’t have one, and for a myriad of other applications. They’re entirely made in the USA. Yopu can see them at www.knifecenter.com
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Kershaw Knives Mini Biner Carabiner Clip with 2″ Blade
Kershaw Knives released the Carabiner knife combinations years ago and they have been steady sellers ever since. Now, Kershaw Knives releases a mini Version of the Carabiner knife combos and they’re awesome. Really inexpensive, these colorful little beauties are easy to carry and make having a knife at hand easier for many people- especially those outside with backpacks.
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