If you’re looking for a blade that you’ll be both proud to show off to your friends and pass down to your children, the Hogue EX-04 series is an excellent choice for your money. They’re Allen Elishewitz designs made to handle the tough tasks and look good doing it. These EX-04 models have a highly ergonomic handle featuring the new blue and red lava G-Mascus G10 scales, which really catch the eye and provide a good, sturdy grip. The 3.5″ or 4″ black finished blades come in either an upswept or wharncliffe style that really excel in cutting with natural curves for maximum effectiveness. The button lock mechanism these knives use is a very high strength design that comes with a manual safety to lock the blade open if necessary. A superior folding EDC option, it’s also available in a tactical black configuration for military operations. Check out these cool new Hogue offerings at www.knifecenter.com.
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The very popular model 0350 has added yet another new variation to the family, this one with bright orange handles. The G10 on this model is slightly thicker than previous versions making for a more comfortable knife to hold and to use. The 3-1/4″ recurved blade is best described as a mix of bead blasted and stonewashed for a good looking and most likely very durable blade finish. The 0550BLK is the same exact knife as it was before but with a black DLC coated S35VN blade. The titanium locking side features the new more-Hinderer inspired frame lock and the same deep carry pocket clip found on the 0560 and 0561 models. Excellent ergonomics, good looks, and a real sense of toughness emanates from these two knives and there’s no doubt both would serve well in just about any application. Check out these brand new Zero Tolerance knives 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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The Tailwind Urban Tactical Stilettos are slim lightweight folders with quite a kick. They take the Stiletto design to the next level and you get an ergonomic, functional, and economical knife with a great tactical look. Available with the classic spear point blade shape or a more tactical tanto design, all are 7CR17 stainless steel blades coated in black for improved corrosion resistance. A double finder guard, deep carry bayonet clip, large lanyard hole, and solid liner lock are just a few of the many features on these knives. An excellent bang for your buck, check them out at www.knifecenter.com.
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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.
Very reminiscent of the Benchmade Adamas series, these stout tactical knives from Heckler & Koch give you tons of functionality at a very reasonable price point. The 5mm thick 9Cr13 stainless steel blades will sharpen up to a great edge and with the coating are very unlikely to corrode or rust. Available in a folding model with titanium frame lock and 3.6″ drop point blade or a fixed 4.8″ tanto model, both sport highly textured G10 handle scales, a large index finger choil, and good functional jimping. The fixed model comes with a friction fit polymer sheath and a skull crusher handle with lanyard hole. The H&K Conspiracy knives are excellent duty use tools with their tactical features and for a price that you won’t feel bad using and abusing them. Check these out 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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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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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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First and foremost, this is a wicked awesome knife. There’s no question the Urban Tac Blondie is a head turner but most people want to know how good the quality control is on these knives coming from China. The answer; very good. Paired with the 4-3/8″ Tanto blade is a deeply textured G10 handle scale providing great grip. At just over 10″ from tip to hilt, the Blondie is designed for tactical combat but can also perform many utility tasks with ease. The framelock is somewhat thin for a knife this size but the lockup is incredibly tight with no play at all in any direction. The pocket clip, though not reversible, is mounted in a very convenient location for deep, unobtrusive carry. At this price point, you will have a hard time finding a knife with comparable features that can do half the things the Blondie can. See the entire family at www.knifecenter.com.
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