RJ Martin has a knack for functional blade shapes and comfortable, ergonomic handles. Many of his custom and limited production knives sell for $500 and up, so to get one of his designs at this price is remarkable. Kershaw, as well as Boker and some other manufacturers, is very adept at taking high end custom designs and turning them into production pieces. No corners were cut designing, engineering, and manufacturing the 3890 Scrambler. The assisted opening blade can only be opened with the flipper mechanism since it lacks conventional thumbstuds. The SpeedSafe mechanism is quick, strong, durable, and proven. It can be found on countless different Kershaw designs.
The best way to describe the Scrambler is that it is an extremely sleek looking and functioning knife. There’s no jimping on the blade spine which I can live without, but some people might call it a crime that they left out this important part of ergonomics. However, the shape of the handle locks this knife into your hand just fine. The machining work on the backspacer, as well as the G10 handle with stainless steel bolsters, adds to the aesthetics of the knife making it a folder you will be proud to carry every day. The frame lock mechanism, ultra stout pocket clip, and coating on the steel parts of the knife add to the design’s strength and wearability. This is a knife you should have in your collection and it can be found at www.knifecenter.com.
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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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Very rarely do we get knives in the door that we have to double, then triple check the price to make sure we got it right. That’s just the case with the new Boker Plus Colubris, an all-around fixed blade designed by DJ Urbanovsky. When you get this knife in your hand, it’s a lot like the Ontario RAT folders, you just can’t believe what you’re getting for the price. True, the blade is made from 440C steel but the way Boker heat treats and finishes these blades, you end up with a great user steel that will hold an adequate edge. Other than the knock on the steel, we wouldn’t change a single thing about the knife. The G10 handle is ergonomically contoured for a comfortable grip in multiple positions and the aesthetic dimpling/texturing provides good purchase. The modified Wharncliff blade is angled for deep, effective slicing and has enough belly for most of your utility work. I strongly feel a fixed blade knife is only as good as it’s sheath, and the friction fit Kydex sheath you get with the Colubris is right on point. It perfectly fits the knife with little to no rattling sound, and comes with a multi-position Boker belt clip, which functions exactly the same as a Spyderco G-Clip. Check out this awesome new Boker Plus knife at www.knifecenter.com.
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Finnish knives, commonly bunched all together as Puukko designs, are built solely with the user in mind. The knives are attractive, comfortable, sturdy, and best of all, sharp! EnZO designs, and most Puukkos for that matter, generally feature a Scandi grind, which is like a flat ground blade without the secondary bevel. The edge of the blade generally goes up about half way up the width of the blade, or higher, making for a sharper edge that is also easier to resharpen. EnZO knives are perfect for bushcrafting as well as everyday carry since the handles are perfectly sculpted to provide the best ergonomics possible for every hand size. EnZO knives are some of the highest quality designs we have in the Puukko category and best of all, they won’t break the bank. Check out these awesome new knives from Finland at www.knifecenter.com.
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CRKT has been pumping out the Brian Tighe designs hard and fast recently, and for good reason. Each and every model he comes up with is refreshingly different and once you get one in the hand, is hard to put down. The two newest to arrives through the KnifeCenter doors are the Tighe Coon and Tighe Dye folders. They both have flipper mechanisms, gray aluminum handles, button locks, and reasonably deep carry pocket clips. However, apart from these material similarities, they really are quite different designs. The Dye model is a single edged version of an Italian Stiletto, but the handle provides a much more stout feeling for more demanding cutting tasks. The Tighe Coon knife is ultra smooth opening with a slightly recurved drop point blade for better slicing performance. Both knives feature mirror polished AUS-8 blades and are built like tanks. Check out these Tighet new knives at www.knifecenter.com.
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Here at the KnifeCenter, we strive to offer you the best edged tools available and we believe these Akribis folders fit that bill nicely. Spartan Blades is well known in the industry for their stout, well built fixed blade designs. The fit and finish on any Spartan Blade is very Chris Reeve-esque with great attention paid to the ergonomics and cutting angle of each knife. The Akribis is their first folding knife and we are very excited about this one. It features titanium handles, with a Rick Hinderer lock bar stabilizer, available in meteorite grey or flat dark earth and your choice of G10 or carbon fiber scales. The 3-1/2″ blade is made from S35VN stainless steel and also comes in your choice of a meteorite grey or black PVC blade coating. The opening action is buttery smooth and the loud click of the lock bar engaging is one sweet sound you’ll definitely appreciate. This is a hard use, tactical folder that’s as at-home in your jeans or khakis as it is on your LBE. There’s no doubt you will be proud to show this knife off to your friends, check them all out at www.knifecenter.com.
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With two new flippers in two successive years, Spyderco must be trying to change their Trademark Hole or something fishy is going on. Flippers keep gaining popularity with knife knuts because they’re easier and are in some cases faster to open. The addition of an assist mechanism or ball bearing system gives you the peace of mind that the blade will open quickly and do so completely, every time. The Domino is just this kind of knife with buttery smooth bearings, making it very fun to play with. In use, it’s like any other Spyderco - just made to cut things! The CTS XHP steel is among the best in performance on the market due a high hardness and edge holding capability. The best thing about it though, is something you cannot see; the ease at which it can be resharpened. Hard steels like D2 and ZDP perform very well until they get dull. That’s when you either have to spend an hour working on the edge or send it out to get professionally sharpened. Not so with XHP. It’s fine particle metallurgy and high chromium content makes sharpening easier while also boosting its corrosion resistance. The Chris Reeve Integral frame lock (with replaceable lock bar insert), four-position pocket clip, and carbon fiber laminate handle are just other parts of this very well manufactured product. Check out the new Spyderco flipper at www.knifecenter.com.
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The Model 0300 was Zero Tolerance’s first ever knife, co-designed by Ken Onion and Mick Strider, and it became an immediate success in the realm of hard use folding knives. ZT has separated themselves from the competition by using only the best available materials and manufacturing stout tactical knives to some of the tightest tolerances in the industry. The handle of the 0300 is a large 5-1/4″, made from machined G10 with a titanium frame lock. It’s got great jimping for your thumb in both the forward and reverse grips, much like a Strider Knife, which is functional even with gloves on. The 3-3/4″ S30V blade features the new Blackwashed finish which is best described as a DLC (diamond-like carbon) finish that been tumbled (or stonewashed) for a non-reflective, broken-in look. The Model 0300 was such a popular design that it spawned a smaller brother, the 0350 with all G10 handles, that continues to be among the most popular knives ZT manufacturers. Blackwash is the same finish as the Acid Stonewash by Brous Blades and seems to be where manufacturers are heading for a durable, non-reflective finish on high end knives. Check out the new Zero Tolerance 0300 at www.knifecenter.com.
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The Barrage was Benchmade’s first ever AXIS lock model to incorporate an assisted opening mechanism and it’s continued to be a very popular design, even four years later. The model 581 was introduced in 2011 with the same specifications as the model 580 but with some nice material upgrades. The FRN handle was changed to G10 with stainless steel bolsters and the blade steel was upgraded to M390 super steel, providing a much better using steel while losing little of the stainless qualities 154CM steel provides. Now, in 2013 you can get the Mini Barrage with the same upgrades as the model 581 – the new 586. They’ve got 2.91″ drop point blades with either a nice stonewashed finish or the black BK2 coating. You can’t go wrong with any Benchmade design but if assisted openers are your thing, then the new model 586 is a superior EDC choice. Check it out at www.knifecenter.com.
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The Mantis Vuja De is finally here at the KnifeCenter and what a cool knife this is! The butterfly karambit – many people thought it couldn’t be done but the genius behind Mantis and QTRM5TR Knives, Jared West, has pulled it off and executed it well. It features a very cool and effective button that locks the knife in both the open and closed positions. It’s not really designed for practicing your flipping tricks as the lock automatically engages when the knife becomes completely open. It could flip smoother, like a Benchmade 51 or 62, and it could be a little sharper like an Emerson Karambit but it really is nothing like those other knives. It’s in a class all its own with a 2″ M-VX steel hawkbill blade and 7″ overall profile including the rear finger hole so you’ll never have the problem of guessing which one the safety handle is again. Karambits are tactical, defense specific tools and the Vuja De by Mantis Knives is no different, plus it has the cool added feature of being a Bali-Song flipper. Check it out at www.knifecenter.com.
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