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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