Spotlight Series: CRKT Fossil

The CRKT Fossil: Don't tell your pet dinosaur.

The CRKT Fossil: Don’t tell your pet dinosaur.

This week we’re looking at a prehistoric blade with new-age features and stylings: this is the Fossil by Columbia River Knife & Tool.

This particular knife is actually the compact version of the full-sized Fossil. Both feature the same Flavio Ikoma design, with the full-size version offering a slightly beefed up handle and blade.

The gray combo blade has a hollow grind and drop point shape with Veff serrations and is made from 8Cr13MoV steel. There is also a satin finish version of both models. It’s deployed via the flipper feature or the thumb-hole cutout.

The handle is made from hammered stainless steel with a G10 overlay on either side and a frame-lock design. There’s also a pocket clip for tip-up carry. The sheer number of features don’t detract from the overall hand feel, however. The balance of style and comfort is really the Fossil’s greatest strength.

The IKBS ball bearing system allows for silky smooth deployment and the knife opens and closes confidently with the frame-lock design.

Overall, the CRKT Fossil excels in style without skimping on functionality, a winning combination for any every-day folder.

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Böker 67 Wild Jens Ansø


I cannot emphasize enough how big of a sucker I am for Damascus steel knives. The look is second to none. That is especially the case with this Böker 67 Wild’s 250 layer “Boomerang” pattern by Chad Nichols. Just stunning.

The knife is a special edition of Jens Ansø’s popular design and features a unique carbon fiber handle that ditches the typical geometric look for something more “Wild.” The clip and titanium framelock are satin-finished. Handmade in the Boker factory in Solingen and strictly limited to 100 pieces worldwide. Check it out, for sure.

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Weekend Sale: KA-BAR Adventure Parangatang

Go ahead, go wild.

Go ahead, go wild.

This machete is part of the KA-BAR/Johnson Adventure line-up of knives. Built in the parang-style, the blade makes for a great choice for more intense chopping tasks, as the style was originally developed to deal with the woodier vegetation of South East Asia.

The 14-and-one-eighth inch blade is made from 1095 Cro-Van steel with a flat grind and an edge angle of 20 degrees. The blade comes extremely sharp right out of the box. (Trust me.)

Great balance and slim looks helps make the Parangatang a sure winner.

Great balance and slim looks helps make the Parangatang a sure winner.

The Adventuregrip handle is made up of two textured Zytel scales, which provide great grip and hand feel. The length of the handle also allows for a couple of different grips depending on your current task.

Weighing in at just less than 21 ounces, the Parangatang feels nicely balanced and should make for a comfortable item to carry and utilize in the field. I really like how the slim blade doesn’t compromise mobility with unnecessary broadness.

It also comes with a MOLLE compatible Cordura sheath and is made in the United States.

Overall, the KA-BAR Parangatang is an impressively balanced offering. It should make an ideal companion out in the field.

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Steal of the Week: Lansky Willumsen Collaboration Series

Strong and accessible at at price that's hard to beat.

Strong and accessible at at price that’s hard to beat.

Today on KnifeCenter’s Steal of the Week is an affordable series of knives which far outpace their price range. These are the Lansky and Mikkel Willumsen collaboration knives.

Borne out a partnership between Lansky and custom knifemaker Mikkel Willumsen, these knives bring Willumsen’s highly-sought Urban Tactical designs to a much more economic price range, resulting in a well-built and accessible collection of knives.


The newest item in the series, the Madrock, is part of their World Legal line of knives – called such because its traditional slip-joint technology enables you to carry it most anywhere in the world. (*Contact your local government for the most recent regulations).

The current version is shorter and lighter overall while retaining the same 2-and-three-quarters blade length. It’s definitely a two-handed opener, though, as it requires a bit of oomph to overcome the substantial pressure of the backspring.

Another popular knife in the series is the Responder Quick Action. The 3-and-a-half inch blade is made from 440C steel with a liner lock and zytel handle, and it is every-day carry version of the larger Responder X9, which boasts a Sandvik steel blade and G10 handle.

The ergonomics are very nice and all of the knives have an incredibly sturdy hand-feel, which is reassuring and impressive for such affordable items.

Overall, the Lansky Willumsen collaboration knives are extremely good values that too often get overlooked because of their low price tag. Definitely check them out if you get a chance.

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Zero Tolerance 0180 Rick Hinderer

The ZT 0180 is one mean Hinderer-inspired field knife.

The ZT 0180 is one mean Hinderer-inspired field knife.

Based on Rick Hinderer’s Fieldtac knife, the new Zero Tolerance 0180 is a smaller and lighter fixed-blade knife, yet it’s built to handle tough duty. Add to that its mean and minimal look, and we’ve got a definite winner on our hands.

The blade is made of Vanadis 4 Extra powder mettalurgical cold work steel. This steel is perfectly designed for hard use and offers good wear resistance. Its natural resistance to chipping and cracking makes it an excellent steel for hard-use applications like the 0180. It is also very suitable for coating—which ZT does with tungsten DLC non-reflective coating.

The 0180’s handle scales are G-10 for durability as well as reduced weight. The handle fits really well in the palm and balanced weight feels great. Heavy jimping on the spine further enhances grip.

A tactical nylon belt sheath comes with the blade. Both are made in the USA.

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Spotlight Series: Boker Plus

The Mojo and Zero: Two truly international blades.

The Mojo and Zero: Two truly international blades.

In this week’s Spotlight Series, we’re looking at a pair of affordable and well-crafted Italian-made EDCs: This is the Boker Plus Mojo and the Boker Plus Zero.

Designed by Danish knifemaker Jen Anso, the Mojo and the Zero are part of new series of premium Boker Plus products made completely in Italy through their partners at Fox Knives.

The Zero’s three-inch stonewashed blade is made from N690 stainless steel with a drop point shape. The spine is meaty enough to grip easily, which is good because there are not thumb studs or other features to speak of. It’s an attractive design that really flows and curves well from blade to handle.

The lock-back design feels a little like anachronism these days between the sheer number of liner locks and side locks on the market, but it’s no less effective or sturdy of an option, especially for everyday use.

The handle itself is made from textured FRN scales in a very, very slim design, which results in a incredibly compact knife that weighs under two ounces. It has a comfortable hand-feel, though it might get lost in larger hands. It also comes with a reversible pocket clip for tip up carry.

The Mojo, on the other hand, flaunts its larger size with a handle that really fills the palm well. It comes in either a G10 scale or cocobolo wood version with the same lock-back design as the Zero. No pocket clip on this model, though it does come with a lanyard loop and a leather Boker Plus belt case.

The blade is the same corrosion-resistant N690 as the Zero, but with a great deal more belly, dual thumbstuds and a bit of jimping on the spine. Very unique, very cool looking.
Overall, the Boker Plus Mojo and Zero is provide knife fans with great options at accessible prices, which is a important factor in today’s increasingly-expensive Every-day carry market.

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KnifeCenter’s 2015 Ultimate EDC: Spyderco ParaMilitary2

The King is Crowned. And he doth bring the FREE SHIPPING

The King is Crowned. And he doth bringeth the FREE SHIPPING

Well, we’ve reached the end. After a long week of close match-ups, tough decisions, and righteous indignation, we finally have our champion. Congrats to the ParaMilitary2 and its supporters for taking’s first annual Ultimate EDC title.

Sure, the PM2 might have come into the tournament with a hefty wave of support – it was our most requested knife during the week-long nomination period – but it still faced its share of challenges along the way. Let’s take a look back at the ParaMilitary2’s journey:

The Road to Victory

Round of 16

Round of 16

The Pm2’s closest match-up was actually in the very first round against a well-loved and well-rounded Zero Tolerance 0350. Both had a great chance to win it all, but they suffered the ill-fortune of being faced against one another in a loaded division. In the end the Pm2 squeaked out the win by a slim 53-47 margin.

Blade 8 - ParaMilitary 2 defeats Small Sebenza

Blade 8 – ParaMilitary 2 defeats Small Sebenza

This was the big one. No other knife had a bigger obstacle to get out of the quarterfinals than the Pm2. The Small Sebenza is a beast of a blade with almost unanimous approval and it posed a huge threat even at a less-than-accessible price tier. But voters pleasantly surprised us by weighing price and practicality just as heavily as materials and reputation, which I had hoped would be the enduring spirit of the Ultimate EDC competition.

Final Four: Paramilitary2 DESTROYS Buck 110

Final Four: Paramilitary2 DESTROYS Buck 110

No contest here. The Pm2 obliterated Grandpa’s beloved Buck 110 with nearly 90% of the vote; a victory that showcased both the building momentum behind the Pm2’s tournament as well as a possible flaw in the bracket structure: it’s hard to imagine ANY of the rather-chaoticly chosen Wild Card competitors defeating the Over $100 Division.

Championship Match-Up: ParaMilitary2 defeats Benchmade Griptilian

Championship Match-Up: ParaMilitary2 defeats Benchmade Griptilian

I was so happy that the final match-up turned out the way it did. Not because the voting was particularly close – the Pm2 won by a decisive 65-35 margin – but because the final two competitors really did exemplify the spirit of a true EDC: they were both reasonably priced with quality materials and boast an army of every day users. Many knife lovers own one or the other. Some own both. At the end of the day either is a great choice, and it was fun to watch them face off.

Thanks to everybody who participated in this year’s tournament. I really enjoyed running this campaign, and I hope we can bring it back in a bigger and better form next year. Until then, stay sharp everyone!

Ultimate EDC, Final Round: The ‘Ship

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Ultimate EDC Semifinals Results: (Bold Text designates winner)

Leatherman Skeletool (#4) vs. Benchmade 551 Griptilian (#3)

Spyderco ParaMilitary2 (#2) vs. Buck 110 (#1)

The Story So Far: Welcome to the ‘ship, everybody! It’s been a long week of triumphs and upsets to get here. I’m happy with the finalists we’ve produced: both are popular EDC offerings in a similar price range, each with dedicated followings. Gotta give the ParaMilitary the upper hand here based on steel and overall materials (and the fact that it has been absolutely throttling opponents for two straight rounds now). But you can’t count out the Griptilian’s light weight, ergonomics, and rather friendly price tag. Without futher ado:

The Championship Match-Up:

Spyderco ParaMilitary2 (#2) vs. Benchmade 551 Griptilian (#3)

Thanks so much for participating in KnifeCenter’s Ultimate EDC tournament. Keep an eye out for the final results on Monday, March 23rd, where we declare your EDC Champion!

Ultimate EDC, Semifinals: Blade 8 Recap

The Final Four

Round 2, Quarterfinal Results: (Bold Text designates winner)

MultiTool Division
Leatherman Skeletool (#4) vs. Victorinox SwissChamp (#2)

Under $100 Division
Benchmade 551 Griptilian (#3) vs. Kershaw 1660 Leek

Over $100 Division
Chris Reeve Small Sebenza (#1) vs. Spyderco ParaMilitary (#2)

Wild Card Division
Buck 110 (#1) vs. Benchmade 51 Morpho Butterfly (#2)

The Story So Far: UPSET ALERT! The king is dead! No offense to Chris Reeve fans, of course. The Small Sebenza was a beast and the #1 overall seed going into the tournament, but it couldn’t overcome the groundswell of support for Spyderco’s ParaMilitary2 and lost by a substantial 63-37 margin. Can the PM2 keep up the momentum against a surprisingly frisky Buck 110 out of the Wild Card Division? Meanwhile, the Skeletool and the Benchmade Griptilian were busy obliterating their competition on the other side of the bracket with nearly 80% of the vote. The two face off today in the semis; I’m excited to see who comes out on top.

Today’s match-ups:

Leatherman Skeletool (#4) vs. Benchmade 551 Griptilian (#3)

Spyderco ParaMilitary2 (#2) vs. Buck 110 (#1)

Ultimate EDC, Quarterfinals: Round of 16 Recap

Quarterfinals: The Blade 8

Round of 16 Results: (Bold Text designates winner)

MultiTool Division

Leatherman Super Tool 300 (#1) vs. Leatherman Skeletool (#4)

Victorinox SwissChamp (#2) vs. Victorinox SwissTool (#3)

Under $100 Division

Cold Steel Pocket Bushman (#1) vs. Kershaw 1660 Leek (#4)

Spyderco Dragonfly 2 (#2) vs. Benchmade 551 Griptilian (#3)

Over $100 Division

Chris Reeve Small Sebenza (#1) vs. Benchmade 940 Osborne (#4)

Spyderco ParaMilitary2 (#2) vs. Zero Tolerance 0350 (#3)

Wild Card Division

Buck 110 (#1) vs. Case Stockman 204 (#4)

Benchmade 51 Morpho Butterfly (#2) vs. 5.11 C.U.B. Master Karambit (#3)

The Story So Far: Tough match-ups all around: both multi-tool winners barely squeaked by their brethren by a matter of votes; even the Mighty Sebenza had a bit of a scare, defeating the Benchmade 940 by a 54-46 split. Biggest upset goes to the #4 seed Kershaw Leek, which toppled the #1 Cold Steel Bushman with nearly 70% of the votes. (How far can the little guy go?). My office pool pick, the ParaMilitary2, is still alive and kicking, but does it have the support to take out the expensive and exceptional Sebenza? We’ll soon find out.

Today’s Match-ups:

Leatherman Skeletool (#4) vs. Victorinox SwissChamp (#2)

Benchmade 551 Griptilian (#3) vs. Kershaw 1660 Leek

Chris Reeve Small Sebenza (#1) vs. Spyderco ParaMilitary (#2)

Buck 110 (#1) vs. Benchmade 51 Morpho Butterfly (#2)