A sleek new design makes a great knife even better.
The 4300 CLA (Composite Lite Auto) by Benchmade is an extremely lightweight automatic folder weighing in at only 3.47 oz. Depress the button on the side of the handle and the blade fires into the open, locked position quicker than a Klay Thompson jumpshot.
The blade is made from 154CM stainless steel blade. This is an American-made premium grade stainless steel originally developed for tough industrial applications and known for its best all-around qualities. It offers great corrosion resistance with good toughness and edge quality. The drop-point blade has a slow convex-curved drop in the point which characterizes a drop-point blade. This blade format lowers the point for control but adds strength to the tip. It is a very popular blade shape and is a great all-around blade format.
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Designed by Attilio Morotti, one of the most talented custom knifemakers in all of Italy, the 389 Atti model is like a production version of one of his customs. This beautiful folder is an ideal gentlemen’s knife, though only in appearance. At the heart of this knife is a serious tool with tactical capabilities. The 2.75″ blade is made from Crucible CPM-S35VN stainless steel, which is made right here in the USA. It has a great ability to hold an edge, is one of the most corrosion resistant stainless steels available, and is easy to resharpen when it needs to be. The handle is wood with file worked stainless steel liners which gives this knife a beautiful look. It definitely has a stout feeling in the hand and provides you with the confidence you need to handle any cutting task.
New version of the SR-1 model with single-piece shell in Ergal Aluminium. The blade is D2 tool steel, available in satin or MilSpec finish, chemical black. The anodized aluminium used comes in four different colors: Black, Green, Red and Orange. The SR-1’s feature a monolithic knife and frame-lock system, designed by Molletta. The aluminium shell results in a lighter knife than its Titanium “brother”. It weighs a mere 5.57 oz. (158 g).
Overall just a stunner of a knife; it feels impossibly solid and combines function and style in a way that all knives should but few do. Definitely check it out.
This week on Spotlight Series we’re looking at a knife that some might call the perfect EDC: this is the Spyderco Native 5.
Now, I’ve got no dog in the fight in terms of brand fanboy-ism, but I was very impressed by the lightweight, serrated version of this knife just added to our inventory. It really seems to combine a lot of the great qualities people look for in an every-day option.
The three inch blade is made from S35VN steel with a nice serrated edge and jimping on both the spine and the finger choil. Deployment is via the fantastic Spyderco thumbhole and the blade moves very smooth on the Bushing Pivot System.
The lightweight version features textured FRN-scale handle rather than G10, bringing the overall weight down to a feathery two-and-a-half ounces. The lockback design feels extremely sturdy. There is also a four-way pocket clip for maximum carrying versatility.
Overall, the Spyderco Native 5 is a fantastic and accessible option for people looking for a quality EDC. There are models at a few different price levels, culminating with the drool-worthy fluted titanium version that won the award for American-Made Knife of the Year at Blade Show a few years back.
Our weekend special this week is a blade that would not seem out of place in the arsenal of a certain Gotham vigilante: this is the Boker Plus Baby Bat.
The knife is a more compact version of the original Bat, which was the brain-child of South African designers Kevin and Heather Harvey. The smaller model offers the same exciting Heavinforge design, while cutting weight and bulk.
The three-and-an-eighth inch hawkbill blade is made from 440C stainless steel and is deployed via the flipper feature or dual thumbstuds. The curved design gives the blade a rather ominous and aggressive look, despite its slimmer profile.
The handle features rugged G10 scales, and a good amount of jimping for grip, and a liner lock design. Clocking in at around four ounces, it’s a pretty easy carry option. There is also a reversible pocket clip for left or right tip-up carry.
Overall, the Boker Plus Baby Bat is a compact off-shoot of its big brother and a good pick for those who like their knives a bit more stylistic.
This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re looking at an essential, and often neglected, product for your general health and hygiene routine: a quality manicure kit.
Now, the term “manicure” is a turn-off to a lot of people, especially men, who might find the association of the word overly effeminate or self-absorbed sounding.
That view is understandable, of course, but it fails to recognize the benefits of a complete and quality set of nail care tools.
First off, your manicure kit doesn’t have to be extensive, complete with buffers and a bunch of pronged, torture cell-type devices. It can be simple and practical like this Dovo three-piece kit, which contains only the most essential tools: a pair of nail scissor, tweezers, and a file.
The Swiss-made Rubis offers another minimalist option. I was especially impressed by the brand’s quality materials and solid construction.
From there you can expand to even more specialized kits like this Wusthof four-piece case, which adds a cuticle pusher, or full sets from Dovo and WÜSTHOF and other brands, which include things like nose and ear hair trimmers and heavy-duty toenail clippers.
No matter what route you decide to take, the bottom line is that proper nail care can benefit both your personal appearance and overall health, and quality sets from respected brands like this can help you do that.
As a brand, Cold Steel has made push knives for over a quarter of a century; and those 25 years determined revisions and innovation has led to the Safe Maker’s sleek and effective design.
The knife has gained quite a following among law enforcement and military personnel for its versatility and easily concealable design.
The four-and-a-half inch blade, shaft, and “T” tang are all drop forged from a single piece of AUS 8A stainless steel, making the knife extremely solid. The more compact Safe Maker II version features a three-and-a-quarter inch blade, and both models now come with USA-made Carpenter’s steel.
Textured, shock-absorbing Kray-Ex covers the tang and allows the knife to be held comfortably between the fingers. The knife also comes with an inconspicuous Secure-Ex boot/belt sheath and a steel chain lanyard for optional neck wear.
Overall, the Cold Steel has done its homework when it comes to designing a great push knife, and the Safe Maker I and 2 are the very effective fruits of that labor.
This week on Spotlight Series we’re looking at an exciting update for two mainstays of the folding knife market: this is the Cold Steel Voyager and Recon 1.
Both have stood out over the years for their affordable price point, the variety blade shapes and range of sizes – from compact to (in my opinion) slightly excessive – that allows buyers to choose the version that best suits their lifestyle; and now that their new models feature USA-made Carpenter steel, there is just one more reason to love them.
The Voyager series features Carpenter CTS BD1 alloy steel blades, which offer a surprising level of edge retention because of their high carbon content. The Griv-Ex handles are textured and comfortable – I especially like the way my fingers sit on the curved heel of the large version. The Tri-Ad locking mechanism feels extremely solid, as always.
The Recon 1 remains very popular with police, military, and first responder crews and now comes with Carpenter CTS XHP alloy steel blades, making a good thing even better. The handles are super ergonomic and tactile G10 scales and it has the same Tri-Ad lock as the Voyager. Out of the two I’m partial to the Recon for its G10 and slightly slimmer profile.
Overall, the new Cold Steel Voyager and Recon 1 models are a great update on an established line of products.
Our Weekend Special this week is a knife built with an imminent apocalypse in mind: this is KA-BAR’s Zombie Killer Death Dagger.
It’s the most intensely-named blade I have ever come across; and while we’ll probably never know the extent of knife’s zombie-killing prowess – at least until Umbrella Corporation finally takes over – it still has a few upsides in terms of practical applications.
The dagger shaped blade is nice and slim and made from SK5 Carbon Steel – very sharp right out of the box. The textured handle has good grip and is pretty much identical to the parang-style machete we reviewed from KA-BAR a few weeks back. It includes two sets of scales – a standard black and a toxic green version.
There is also a sizable nylon sheath and an “Acheron” skeleton knife included in the box, making for a nice, versatile outdoor adventure package.
Doing it better and doing it in the USA: this is White River Knives.
This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re looking at a Michigan-based company that is churning out some of the highest quality and best value products around: this is White River Knives.
As a very early adopter of the White River brand, we’ve recently expanded our inventory to include all of their models. We’ll be taking a look at several of them today.
First up, we have the Backpacker – a versatile “cross-over” knife that is equally suited for hiking, hunting, tactical and other types of tasks. The three-and-a-quarter inch blade is made from S30V steel with either a stonewash or black ionbond coating. The handle is wrapped in black or colored paracord. It comes with a Kydex sheath that allows for multiple carrying options.
The Sendero Bush Knife is a collaboration product between White River and Master Bladesmith Jerry Fisk. The blade is S30V steel and the orange G10 handle is extremely ergonomic. It fits really well in the hand and should be up to any outdoor task you through at it. Comes with leather sheath with belt loop rung.
The eight-and-a-half inch fillet knife is a great tool for boaters and fisherman. 440C stainless steel with a cork handle that make the knife so light it will actually float, which is pretty cool. The leather sheath also has a button security feature that attaches to the butt of the knife to prevent it from falling out.
The Large Clip Point is part of White River’s classic series and comes with a high carbon blade and genuine antler handle that just feels right in the hand. It’s a great classic-looking knife.
Overall, White River Knives are built to last. Great materials, great design – they are definitely a company to check out if you get the chance.
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