RJ Martin has a knack for functional blade shapes and comfortable, ergonomic handles. Many of his custom and limited production knives sell for $500 and up, so to get one of his designs at this price is remarkable. Kershaw, as well as Boker and some other manufacturers, is very adept at taking high end custom designs and turning them into production pieces. No corners were cut designing, engineering, and manufacturing the 3890 Scrambler. The assisted opening blade can only be opened with the flipper mechanism since it lacks conventional thumbstuds. The SpeedSafe mechanism is quick, strong, durable, and proven. It can be found on countless different Kershaw designs.
The best way to describe the Scrambler is that it is an extremely sleek looking and functioning knife. There’s no jimping on the blade spine which I can live without, but some people might call it a crime that they left out this important part of ergonomics. However, the shape of the handle locks this knife into your hand just fine. The machining work on the backspacer, as well as the G10 handle with stainless steel bolsters, adds to the aesthetics of the knife making it a folder you will be proud to carry every day. The frame lock mechanism, ultra stout pocket clip, and coating on the steel parts of the knife add to the design’s strength and wearability. This is a knife you should have in your collection and it can be found at www.knifecenter.com.
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After the overwhelming success of our first run of Exclusive M390 Gunhammers, the KnifeCenter is extremely excited to see the new batch of these awesome tactical knives come in with the Torpedo style blade shapes. Available in either serrated or honed, spring-assisted or manual opening, you now have the choice between a tactical black DLC coated blade or an attractive Stonewashed finish. If you choose to go with a manual opening knife but are not familiar with the Maxx Glide Pivot System these knives utilize, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. This ball bearing design is exclusive to knives by Darrel Ralph and it really does close the speed gap between assisted and manual knives. With little to no wrist action, the blade flies open using the thumb studs or flipper mechanism and locks up solidly with the overly-thick titanium lockbar. M390 Steel from Bohler is an excellent performance steel balancing corrosion resistance and extremely high hardness (62HRC) which provides superb wear resistance during hard use cutting. You can check out these new M390 Gunhammer models exclusively at www.knifecenter.com.
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Hogue EX03 Folders!
The tactical folding knives from Hogue are high quality, beautiful production models of custom designs from Allen Elishewitz. Following the success of the EX01 and EX-F01 models, and the first liner locking model from Hogue; the EX02 we now have the more economical EX3 series of folders. This series has polymer handles and the button lock system found on the EX01 series. Available in two different sizes and blade configurations, you have a choice between the drop point model and the wicked sharp tanto design. This is a Hogue knife designed by Elishewitz that we all can afford! They can be found 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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Hand Tech Made (HTM) Knives are production versions of custom designs from some of the most well known knife designers in the industry. They feature work by Dirk Pinkerton, Randall King, Kirby Lambert, Greg Lightfoot, and Darrel Ralph. The Gunhammer, with three very different yet capable blade styles, is one of the most successful tactical designs we’ve come across at the KnifeCenter. Available in your choice of serrated or honed, coated or bead blasted, you now have a choice between the spring-assisted opening or the manual version featuring the Maxx Glide system. If you’re not familiar with the Maxx Glide Pivot System, it’s exclusive to designs by Darrel Ralph and it really does close the speed gap between assisted and manual knives. With absolutely no wrist action, the blade flies open using the thumb studs or flipper mechanism and boy does it lock up solidly with the over-thick titanium lockbar. All these great features are available on all Gunhammer models but what makes this Exclusive is the M390 Super Steel we got the folks at HTM to use for this run of knives only. Balancing excellent corrosion resistance and extremely high hardness (62HRC), M390 Steel from Bohler provides superb wear resistance during hard use cutting. Limited to only 30 production pieces per model, pick up your Exclusive M390 Gunhammer today at www.knifecenter.com.
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Todd Begg is a custom knife maker and former NBC Recon team member. His inspiration is drawn from his vast life experience and knife designers Edmund Davidson and TM Dowel. The Field Marshal is Boker Plus‘ production version of a custom design by Begg. The handle is the first thing you notice when pulling the knife from it’s packaging and then it’s the excellent quality. The 5-1/8″ G10 handle is extremely thick with solid liners and is very nicely shaped for hard use cutting. The 3-3/4″ 440C blade can be opened with the milled thumb slots or the flipper and it’s excellently shaped to stab, slice, or for roll cuts. An excellent design with a superb lifetime warranty, see this knife right now at www.knifecenter.com.
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William Scagel, rest his soul, can be considered the father of modern custom knifemaking as many of his designs and techniques are still copied and used to this day. Scagel’s style of using stacked leather and stag, paired with a drop point hunting blade became popular for it’s quality, elegance, and high degree of function. Scagel Knives were always 100% handmade, as William preferred it, making original Scagel models extremely hard to come by. Today, a new company has begun remaking Scagel knives to the same exacting standards in Michigan and they come in two different fixed blade models, the Bowie and the Hunter. Whether you prefer stag or leather, a maneuverable 5-3/8″ blade or a larger 8″ size for more serious tasks, there’s a Scagel configuration for you. Get one in your hand and you’ll be able to tell the absolute quality of every William Scagel knife, available at www.knifecenter.com.
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New Spyderco Red Coral Folders
We carry some amazing and elegant products here at the KnifeCenter and these new items from Santa Fe Stoneworks are downright beautiful. These one-of-a-kind pieces use red coral and mother of pearl to make a beautiful sunburst pattern on three of Spyderco’s most popular and iconic folders; the Endura, Delica, and Dragonfly. These particular models are mainstays in Spyderco’s production line and for good reason. Each has a plain edge VG-10 stainless steel blade, an easy to use lockback mechanism, great lockup, and awesome ergonomics. There are a large number of these three Spyderco models floating around out there but none like this. Make your Spyderco your own with these custom onlay designs and see them while they last at www.knifecenter.com.
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The Boker Plus Whale is the next excellently designed, over built knife to come from Boker. Modeled after renowned knife maker Jens Anso’s custom CATO design, the Whale is a stout G10 version at an affordable price point. Featuring an upswept 3″ blade made from 440C Stainless Steel and superior ergonomics, it can be used continuously without creating hotspots or sore areas of the hand. With a confidence inspiring titanium liner lock and Boker’s high tolerances and great attention to detail, the Whale truly has the feel of a custom knife. You can see this at www.knifecenter.com.
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Introducing the production version of Darrel Ralph’s custom Gun Hammer folding knife, the Torpedo. This knife is an absolute tank, featuring a lightning fast assisted-opening mechanism and a wicked 3-1/2″ S30V bowie style blade. The handle is made from thick 3D-machined aluminum and features a .09″ thick titanium liner lock. It is an overbuilt knife that will stand up to torture, hard use, and anything else you can throw at it. A superb design using top quality materials, the Torpedo makes an excellent combat, tactical, or camp knife and we will be receiving additional variations of this knife soon. You can see them at www.knifecenter.com. Continue Reading