The ultra durable, heavy duty Rat Model 1 has always been hindered in popularity by it’s five once carry weight and large tactical looking 3.6″ blade. For those who have long awaited a more carryable knife from Ontario with the same excellent design as the Model 1, you’ll thoroughly enjoy it’s new smaller brother – the Rat Model 2. This 7″ overall EDC folder comes in at only 2.7 ounces while boasting a 3″ AUS-8 blade available with or without serrations or a black blade coating. It’s a much thinner profile as well making for a much more easily carried knife that you can still depend on for the most serious cutting tasks. Check out the new Ontario Rat 2’s with pink or black FRN handles at www.knifecenter.com.
The first folding knife models from Maxpedition are now available at the KnifeCenter and what a good design these blades are. The ergonomic FRN handle is available in khaki, olive drab, or the standard black and it comes with a non-movable black pocket clip. You’ve got the option to use the ambidextrous thumb studs or flipper to open the blade, both work equally well with modest finger pressure. The drop point blades are all 3-1/4″, black coated, and come with nice jimping on the pronounced thumb ramp for precise, controlled cutting. This is a knife you can count on not to fall apart when you need it and it can be found at www.knifecenter.com.
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If you’re looking for a smaller hawkbill style blade, what better platform could you ask to build off of than the famed Spyderco Delica. The Lil’ Matriarch is the little brother of the new Matriarch 2 and the tiny brother to the Civilian, a specialized tactical design from the early ’90s. The serrated S-Shaped VG-10 blade is not meant for utility tasks but is perfectly designed to act like a claw and rip through anything it encounters. Featuring the exact same handle as the Delica4, all the ergonomics and functions are the same but you get a much more useful knife in emergency life threatening situations. Sharp jimping on the blade spine makes for great control and the four way positional clip, which is parkerized not painted, gives you options. The Lil’ Matriarch is only available in a serrated model but this is in no way a disadvantage as the serrations work ferociously during pull and draw cuts. Check this knife out 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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