Ken Onion Swindle – An honestly Great Deal
Columbia River’s models that are designed by world famous knifemaker Ken Onion have a great reputation for innovation and quality. This latest release, the “Swindle” is a really innovative pocketknife. The handles are super slim and smooth allowing for easy pocket carrying. The IKBS system of blade pivot is very slick and the opening is just silky smooth. The overall shape is very unique and artsy and the hollow grind is so deep that the edge is really hair thin. We like this folder a lot. The steel is basic and we wish it was a little (or a lot!) more premium, but, as it is, this is a great every day carry knife. You can see them at www.knifecenter.com
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A Kwaiken is very simplistic Japanese style short sword with a slim, slender profile which can be easily concealed. Carried by both the samurai men and women, it was preferred when either a Katana or Wakizashi was too large or impractical to use. The Boker Plus Kwaiken is a folding interpretation of this knife designed by Lucas Burnley out of New Mexico. It features the classic Kwaiken blade shape, sleek Micarta scales, a tight pocket clip, and a very attractive stonewashed finish. The thumb disk is very difficult to actuate right out of the box but with everything in life, just a little practice and thumb pressure to the right area finds this knife flying open extremely fast. This is due to the IKBS bearing system found on a couple CRKT knives which, for the money, is the smoothest opening system on the market. This knife may not be for everyone but it is a very well constructed tactical design with all the elegance typical of Boker designs. Check this knife out at www.knifecenter.com.
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Recently anointed the Best Imported Knife of 2012 at the Blade Show in Atlanta, the CRKT Foresight has now arrived at the KnifeCenter. This truly is a robust tactical folder with a 3.5″ Titanium-Nitride coated AUS 8 blade, available with or without serrations. The handle is extremely well contoured, anodized aluminum to provide a firm hold on the knife in both the forward and reverse grips. The added finger grooves are identical on both sides so both righties and lefties can get an extremely comfortable grip for hard use cutting. Featuring the Ikoma Korth Bearing System (IKBS), you might think this knife is an assisted model as it flies open so fast. It’s just that silky-smooth. The clip is quite strong and carries deeply in the pocket but is only situated for tip down, right hand carry. This is actually a safety feature of the design to minimize the chances of the blade opening when it’s entering or exiting your pocket. An extremely stout folding knife design, the Foresight is a great tactical blade that is perfectly designed to be a large EDC folder as well. You can find this new brilliant Ken Onion knife at www.knifecenter.com.
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Columbia River Ikoma Sampa IKBS Fast Folding Knife
Columbia River Knife and Tool offers a lot of innovative pocketknife products and gadgets. Flavio Ikoma is the designer behind the hottest technology top reach the knife industry in several years- the IKBS ball bearing system that makes the pivot of the knife literally roll on ball bearings. The system has been adopted by a slew of custom knife makers and now, by one of the largest of the production knife companies. The SAMPA is the first model in mass production of this great system and it is spectacular. The knife really flies open running strictly on the ball bearings and it doesn’t need the assistance of a spring in any way.
You can see them at www.knifecenter.com
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Ken Onion’s Eros Gentleman’s Folding Knives
Ken Onion is famous for the assisted opening knives he developed for Kershaw over a ten year period. Now that he has moved on from Kershaw to Columbia River, he also seems to have moved on from assisted openers. Not to worry, fans of fast opening knives, his new CRKT Eros folder opens just as fast-if not quicker. The secret to Ken’s new speedy folders is the bearings that the blade floats on-the official name is IKBS-that allow it to open like its on roller skates! CRKT is so proud of these knives that they are serial numbering them.
See these knives at www.knifecenter.com
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Columbia River Ken Onion Ripple Series of Folding Knives
Columbia River Knife and Tool introduces the Ken Onion Ripple series of folding pocketknives.
Columbia River Ripple Series is designed by Ken Onion. This is the first production knife we have seen designed by Ken Onion that is not made by Kershaw. It is also, and more significantly, the first production knife series utilizing the amazing IKBS system of opening – these are not assisted openers. This system utilizes ball bearings in the pivot area and allows for super smooth and fast opening. These knives are AMAZING! You can see them at www.knifecenter.com
This is our favorite series since the Leek from Kershaw- also designed by Ken.
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