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Mini Holiday Gift Guide: Outdoor & Survival Gear

The season for giving is upon us, and that can mean one of two things: you spend your valuable time researching the best outdoor knives or you let your friends over here at KnifeCenter do the job for you. We’ll keep this guide short and sweet – just eight outdoor/survival essentials that would make great gifts for yourself or others.  If you have someone in your life that spends more time outdoors than indoors, the right present for them is on this list!

 

Victorinox Hunter Pro Lockback Folders

While all of the Hunter Pro models here are certainly great for backcountry EDC, our favorite from the lineup has to be the silver Alox variant with its removable pocket clip and integrated lanyard hole. The scales are ribbed, allowing for a unique grip that will provide plenty of traction in wet environments. These traditional lockback hunting knives have been field tested to ensure quality performance.

 

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More Great Combat and Tactical Knives!

Another week, another great batch of tactical knives and gear from KnifeCenter. From karambit flippers to American-made balisongs to self-defense pens, this collection features some seriously hardcore combat essentials.

 

Fox Italian-Made Karambit Flippers

No combat list feels complete without a karambit – especially a folding version that flips as well as these models from Fox Knives. These self-defense tools feature the patented Emerson Wave, a thumb slot and a flipper tab, so you’ll have your choice of deployment method. We have a great selection that includes aluminum, carbon fiber, and G10 handle options with Bohler N690 blades. We even have a trainer model with 420C steel if you need to do some practicing before handling the real deal.

 

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Which is the Best EDC – the Paramilitary 2 or Griptilian?

Nothing drives a knifemaker like a little competition, which is why great knife brands like Benchmade and Spyderco thrive off of a good-natured rivalry. They are constantly pushing themselves to create the greatest knives by using premium knife materials and the top knife manufacturing processes available, all so they can edge out the rest to take home the crown for the best knife. Two specific knife models have reached the apex of that goal: Spyderco’s Paramilitary 2 and Benchmade’s Griptilian.

While they may not have identical price tags, we chose the Griptilian and the Paramilitary 2 because they’re both American-made knives, the same general size, intended for similar tasks, and equipped with comparable locking mechanisms. Speaking of great knife locks

 

 

 

 

The Griptilian comes equipped with an AXIS locking mechanism. The lockbar extends through the frame of the knife and is completely ambidextrous, and it allows easy one-handed operation.

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Thank You, Veterans!

It’s with pride that we salute the brave veterans who have made countless sacrifices for the betterment of our great country.

“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” – Alexander Hamilton

 

 

In honor of their courage and devotion, two percent of all of our sales through Monday, 11/12/18 will be donated directly to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Thank you to all veterans for your service, fortitude, and valor.

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The Last of Spyderco’s Discontinued Knives

We’ve had a few whirlwind weeks since Spyderco announced their annual list of discontinued knives, and we’ve got only a few models left that will never be produced again. These (now super collectible) knives have been severely discounted, so check out the last of what we have to offer before they’re all gone for good!

 

 

 

Spyderco Chaparral Folding Knife 2.79” CTS-XHP Blade, Blue Stepped Titanium Handles

 

 

This model is one of three Chaparral folders we have left, and this one is particularly eye-catching because of the unique blue handles. After a complex initial machining process, the stepped titanium scales are color anodized to give them a brilliant blue hue, and then they’re machined again to make the alternating layers that create the unique pattern.

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The Latest Custom & Mid-Tech Knives at KnifeCenter

Matthew Lerch Custom Mako Flippers

Matthew Lerch Custom Mako Flippers

Extreme precision, superb action, and stunning aesthetics are just some of the features you’ll get in a custom Mako from Matthew Lerch. This former watchmaker puts in the time to refine every aspect of his work to craft these mind-numbing pieces of art that perform as good as they look.

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KnifeCenter’s Favorite ZT Knives

Zero Tolerance Knives is a relatively new brand that first debuted in 2006 with products that were specifically designed for tactical applications. They saw a need in the industry for American-made knives that were built for heavy-duty combat use and could meet the needs of military and law enforcement professionals, so they stepped up with beefy folders like the 0200 and award-winning models like the 0500. While ZT may not have as long of a history as its sister brand Kershaw, they’ve made up for lost time by racking up several awards for their collaborations with famous knifemakers like Rick Hinderer and Dmitry Sinkevich.

ZT is dedicated to the highest caliber manufacturing processes available, and they don’t shy away from taking risks with their designs. We’ve picked what we feel are some of the best knives from ZT’s lineup, starting with one of the best EDCs in their arsenal…

 

Zero Tolerance Hinderer 0562 Flipper

 

 

ZT is known to frequently collaborate with knifemaker Rick Hinderer to create some pretty incredible knives, including the 0562. This folder takes Rick’s exclusive “slicer” grind and adds all the best hallmarks of modern knife construction, easily making this one of the best titanium frame lock flippers on the market. The lockbar features a replaceable hardened steel insert that interfaces with the tang of the blade, and that steel-on-steel interaction is going to last longer than steel on titanium and help prevent lock stick as the knife is broken in. You also don’t have to worry about overextending the lockbar, as there’s a disc on the back that prevents it. The cherry on the cake is the S35VN steel, which can be sharpened to hair-popping levels.

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The Best Flashlights on the Market

Sometimes it feels like we focus so much on the bladed portion of our EDC that we take for granted all of the awesome gear that should be added to any rotation – and that includes a capable flashlight. Dropping a ton of cash on a flashlight may seem silly, but its utility can’t be debated. A flashlight is a lot like a knife, you never know when you may need one, but it’s always best to have one on hand.

But first, let’s address the obvious: what the heck is a lumen? To put it into perspective, a 60 watt incandescent light bulb is equal to about 900 lumens. While a watt is technically the amount of energy it takes to power a light, it’s the lumen count that describes how bright it shines. Here’s our ranking:

Now that we’re all much wiser about a flashlight’s lumenosity (get it?), there are many different styles of flashlights – and one size doesn’t fit all. We’ve broken these flashlights down by their specific utility so you’ll be able to find the right fit for you.

 

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Great Tactical Knives and Gear at KnifeCenter

Spyderco Para 3 Combo Edge and Plain Edge Limited Edition Folders

Spyderco Para 3 Combo Edge and Plain Edge Limited Edition Folders

 

We’ve got two limited edition variations of Spyderco’s popular Para 3 with peel-ply carbon fiber handles and 52100 carbon steel, which provides exceptional wear resistance and edge holding capability. The newest variant is now made even more versatile with a partially serrated edge. These premium materials combined with the Para 3’s open-backed construction and patented Compression Lock mechanism make this a workhorse knife ready to be used, no matter which edge you choose.

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Annual Spyderco Closeout

Annual Spyderco Closeout

That’s the Ticket!

SEE THE SALE!

This is Spyderco’s annual clearance of their discontinued knives. We have reserved as many as we could of these incredible deals from Spyderco, but we don’t know how many we will actually get. Quantities are not guaranteed, so get your order in at these super low prices!