Stilettos are known for their fast action, thin profiles, and symmetrical spear point blades. Bear OPS has created a smaller sized Stiletto folder that will serve you as an excellent EDC utility knife. The best thing about this knife, besides the S30V blade of course, is the lightweight yet strong aluminum handles. They’re shaped eerily similar and have the same anodized feeling as the Benchmade 940/943 and comes with a reasonably deep carry pocket clip. Take the Reaper Z handles or leave them, it’s up to you. For my money they’re something different in the collection so fine by me. This knife features a liner lock, smooth fast action, and flow-through design for easy cleaning. Proudly made in Alabama, this knife is available 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 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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Zwilling J.A. Henckels is one of the premier kitchen knife manufacturers in the world and a couple times a year they do a seasonal sale of some very popular items. For the final quarter of 2012, their 7 piece block set in the TWIN Professional “S” Series is on sale for 1/3 the MSRP – a deal that cannot be overlooked. The TWIN Professional “S” knives are among the top recommended lines for both home cooks and professionals and will definitely last decades if cared for properly. Slice up things in your kitchen and make cooking way more fun with an awesome set of kitchen knives from Henckels. Available at www.knifecenter.com.
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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 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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New for 2012 in Benchmade’s Blue Class is the 483 Shori designed by Seiichi Nakamura. This joins his overwhelmingly popular 480 Shoki design, 2008 IWA Knife of the Year, and the 482 Megumi as some of the most elegant gentleman’s folders produced by Benchmade. Excellent size, weight and materials are the heart of the knife, but the ergonomics are it’s soul. For a small knife without any jimping, the knife locks into place very well with minimal fear about your fingers sliding forward onto the blade. The other aspect that sets the Nakamura series of knives apart is their use of the Nak-Lok, which acts like a cross between a lockback and frame lock but has a button you push to actuate. This design allows for ultimate strength in both the upward and downward direction of the blade and keeps your fingers clear from danger when closing the knife. The Shori is an excellent knife and you can find it at www.knifecenter.com.
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Spyderco welcomes a fourth member to the excellent Sage Series; the Al Mar inspired backlock with beautiful Arizona Ironwood and Titanium Bolsters. This knife continues the superb line Spyderco has produced to honor Knifemakers who’ve contributed major innovations to the industry. The same blade and handle shape as previous models, the ergonomics of the Sage 4 make it comfortable to use in the regular saber grip as well as choking up with your index finger in the choil. An excellent knife design, the Sage 4 will make a great user and a nice addition to any collection. You can see these at www.knifecenter.com Continue Reading