This week our steal is the Gerber Counterpart folding knife. This mid-size folder has a really rugged, sturdy construction that makes this knife a great value for the money, and it is of course backed by Gerber’s lifetime warranty.
The handle is where this model shines the most. The deeply textured G-10 provides a more than ample grip that isn’t going to slip, even in wet conditions. The shape lends itself to a very comfortable hold, even in the way the pocketclip rests against the hand. The integrated finger guard and light jimping on the spine of the blade give you solid control when performing finer tasks.
This knife doesn’t have a very strong detent, so deployment via the flipper is going to require a little wrist action. The blade is a 3″ fine edge drop point that’s going to enable very clean cuts. The matte black finish and low profile design lend the knife an all-around tactical appearance. A hefty liner lock keeps the blade locked in place.
Pocketclip on this model is removable but not reversible. It’s smooth and strong, enabling an easy tip-down carry.
Overall, the Gerber Counterpart is a good bet for anybody in the market for a basic folder they can put through its paces. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week on Spotlight Series we’re taking a look at the new Sniper line of flippers from Brous Blades. This is a tremendously capable knife with that sleek, modern Jason Brous styling, and represents one of the most affordable flippers Brous has ever put out.
Deployment on this model is super smooth and quick, thanks to the proprietary Brous Bearing System. This is a very satisfying action. Blade is a hollow ground trailing point style that’s a lengthy three and three quarter inches, most of which has a cutting edge. Blade is held in place by the stainless steel liner lock.
To facilitate covering the blade in the closed position, the handle has a gentle curve to it. This lends itself to really comfortable handling, as this curve nestles perfectly in your palm. The careful machining and the chamfering mean there’s nothing in the way of hotspots. There’s some nice jimping up on the top of the handle and the spine of the blade to provide that extra bit of control.
This is a remarkably thin model at less than a half inch think. The aircraft grade 6061 aluminum makes for a really lightweight knife, but it still feels solid and confident. The Sniper series is available with a pretty wide variety of handle colors, most of which are available with either a satin finish or black acid stonewash blade.
The only real drawback on this model is possibly the pocketclip. It’s actually one piece with the stainless steel insert for the liner lock, so you’re locked into the right-hand, tip-up carry. That said, it’s a really solid clip that rides very nicely.
The Brous Sniper line is a terrific everyday carry option if you’re looking for something light and slim with a lot of style. To learn more about this knives and all the available colors, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This weekend our special is this J1 assisted opening folder from Guardian, Gerber’s economy line of knives. At KnifeCenter we’ve been selling Gerber knives online longer than anybody, even Gerber themselves, and they’ve always put out a quality product.
There’s no point burying the lead, what makes this knife one to own is the unbelievable price point. For well under $15, this is a perfect rugged folder to use and abuse.
It takes a good bit of force on the dual thumb studs to activate the assisted action, but once you do deployment is quick and snappy. This is a great medium sized knife with a three inch blade and a nice slim profile. Blade is durable, sharp, and made from 420HC stainless steel. To close it back down just push the plunge lock up here on the handle.
Handle is a heavily textured G-10, making for an excellent grip. It’s got a good shape to it with zero hotspots, so the hold is really comfortable. An index finger indent and some light jimping on the spine of the blade let you feel like you have precise control.
The J1 features a really sturdy, deep pocketclip that makes for a super confident tip-down carry. The lanyard hole at the back lets you tailor this to your personal carry style.
Overall, the J1 folder from Guardian is a really well made basic EDC at an absolutely unbeatable price. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re taking an Unexpected Journey into Middle Earth to check out some of our collectible weapon replicas from The Hobbit. These replicas come from the folks at United Cutlery and are beautiful, completely faithful recreations of your favorite swords from the films.
If you’re feeling light and fast, we’ve got the fighting knives used by everybody’s favorite pretty elf, Legolas. With knives like these you could command all manner of CGI beast in increasingly absurd ways, or shoehorn yourself into a film you have no business being a part of. For liability’s sake it’s worth noting that all of these products are strictly display items, and not intended for actual combat. As such they are not sharpened, and most include decorative plaques to facilitate wall hanging.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum from our tiny elf daggers is the unbelievably massive mace of Azog the Defiler, the bloodthirsty Orc who relentlessly pursued the company of dwarves. There are a lot of really great tiny details on this one, making for a VERY cool presentation piece. However this heavy sucker does NOT come with a wall-hanging plaque, because trust me your drywall can’t take it.
Finally, you shall not pass on these totally wizard Gandalf props. First up we’ve got ol’ Mithrandir’s troll-lair-appropriated sword Glamdring, the Foehammer. While not actually forged by the high Elves of the West, United Cutlery has offered up as close a facsimile as you can reasonably expect. We even have Gandalf the Grey’s staff, lovingly recreated right down to a slot to hide the included pipe. Unfortunately we do not stock Old Toby or Longbottom Leaf.
These are just a few quick highlights from the vast dragon’s horde of Hobbit replicas we have available from United Cutlery. We’ve also got plenty of Lord of the Rings leftovers, like Aragorn’s sword Andúril, forged from the shards of Narsil. To learn more about the whole line, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
For this week’s steal we’re taking a look at the Kershaw RJ II folder. Designed by RJ Martin, the RJ II offers all the same features as the original Kershaw RJ, just scaled down in size.
Blade is deployed one of two ways, either via the dual thumb studs or the flipper. Given that this knife features Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted technology, the flipper’s really going to be the way to go. Deployment is fast and solid.
Blade is just over 3″ and is a stout tanto shape with a lot of slicing power. There are partial serrations for your more aggressive cuts, and the flat ground tip is substantially thicker than comparable tantos, meaning this holds up really well to all piercing tasks. Blade is held securely in place by the stainless steel liner lock.
Handle has a nice ergonomic shape that fills the palm quite nicely, with two finger indents to contribute to really comfortable handling. The G-10 scales are machined with a 3D texture to provide a good grip. This is one of those knives that feels unbelievably solid in the hand.
The RJ II features a sturdy pocketclip that rides really securely, and is adjustable for your choice of tip up or tip down carry, though only for right-handers.
Overall, the RJ II by Kershaw is a really rugged everyday carry option with a lot of cutting power. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our full inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week we’re spotlighting the new Roc folder from Spyderco and custom knifemaker Serge Panchenko. The Roc was Panchenko’s first ever collaboration with Spyderco and the pairing has yielded a pretty exciting, unique result.
Blade is deployed of course via the trademark Spyderco round hole, and you see instantly upon deployment what really sets this model apart from its Spyderco compatriots. The unique cleaver style blade comes in just over three inches and is made of VG-10 stainless steel. I’m always a fan of steel with a bead-blast finish like we have here. Blade is held securely in place via Spyderco’s Walker liner-lock mechanism.
Handle sports a graceful curve that makes for great handling ergonomics. The full stainless steel liners are skeletonized, and that in combination with the open spine handle construction makes this really nice and lightweight. Finally, the textured G-10 scales provide an assured grip.
This model features a deep-carry style wire pocketclip. It’s reversible, allowing for your choice of left or right side, tip-up carry. This is one of our favorite pocketclips for its strength and low-profile design.
The Spyderco Roc is a great workhorse of a folder with the build quality you expect from Spyderco and that outside-the-box Panchenko design flair. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our full inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This weekend our special is the Moxie from Columbia River Knife & Tool and designer Matthew Lerch. The Moxie is very aptly named, as it manages to pack a lot of functionality into a fantastic basic folder, and at a pretty unbeatable value.
This knife features CRKT’s Outburst assisted opening technology, and deployment is lightning fast. It’s also super safe, thanks to the Fire Safe release button here on the thumb stud. If you try to open it like you would with a regular thumb stud, the blade isn’t going anywhere. You have to push down and out to depress the Fire Safe release and deploy the blade.
Blade itself is a narrow modified spear point with a hollow grind, coming in at about three and a third inches long. This thing is absolutely razor sharp right out of the package. Blade is held in place by a sturdy steel liner lock.
The steel InterFrame construction offers a solid base upon which the molded Zytel handle scales are attached. There’s a harder material to provide the bulk of the handle, and then a softer textured layer to enhance grip. The overall shape is tremendously ergonomic and comfortable, making for a very sure hold.
This model has a really big, tight pocketclip that enables a very confident tip-down carry. Also present is a lanyard slot, allowing you some degree of customization.
All in all, the CRKT Moxie is about as perfect an EDC folder as you could ask for. To learn more about this knife, click here. To view our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com
This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re taking a look at the KeySmart, a handy pocket organization tool. The KeySmart is a pretty ingenious invention that lets you keep a tidy pocket without sacrificing on what you carry with you.
The way it works is so simple you’ll kick yourself for not coming up with it first. It’s basically a Swiss Army knife that you can put your keys into. Couldn’t be simpler. You unscrew the plates, slide your keys onto the posts, fill any gaps with the available spacers, and you’re good to go in no time. This is a really fantastic way to carry all your keys with you and keep them organized.
What makes it so handy that it’s much slimmer in the pocket than a large key ring. Instead of an uncomfortable jumble the keys are now stored in a slim, compact, sleek-looking tool. And the fact that they are stored on opposing sides lets you separate your keys – say work vs. home like I have here. Also provided is a piece to attach larger keys and fobs,
We’ve got two varieties, an aluminum one that holds 2-8 keys out of the box, and a titanium one that holds 2-10. Both of these are available in a variety of eye-popping colors. We also have expansion packs with posts and spacers that allow you to customize your KeySmart to hold even more, up to 100 keys.
Overall, the KeySmart is one of those modern inventions that you’ll wonder how you ever managed to live without. To learn more about this product, click here. To view our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week’s steal comes to us from Kizer Cutlery, the Ki3411A2 Klecker folder. Kizer has become known for providing low-cost production knives that are built using high quality materials with excellent fit and finish, and this model is no exception.
Designed in collaboration with knifemaker Glenn Klecker, this is a pretty unique-looking piece. The G-10 handles have a cool machined appearance, and the very heavy texture gives you a lot to grab onto. This knife actually has a titanium liner lock too, which is pretty remarkable for the price-point. There’s a lot of good jimping around the handle and up here on the spine, making for a really comfortable and confident all-around hold.
Blade is deployed via the thumb stud, and it swings out smoothly and easily. Again we’re looking at some impressive materials here, with an S35VN stainless steel blade that comes in at 2.5″.
The titanium pocket clip allows for a secure, comfortable carry. It comes attached in a tip-down position, but there’s a slot enabling you to switch it to tip-up if you prefer. There’s also a lanyard slot on this model.
Overall, the Ki3411A2 Klecker folder from Kizer Cutlery is a great entry-level EDC-style folder boasting some top-notch craftsmanship. To see more about this knife, click here. To see our full inventory, visit knifecenter.com
This week we’re spotlighting the new and improved Ronin model, Spyderco’s Ronin 2 fixed blade. Former NSA agent, current martial artist, and all-around weapons expert Michael Janich designed this fixed blade to be the ultimate self defense tool, a feat he’s admirably achieved.
Janich popularized the wharncliffe blade shape on the original Ronin, and it’s back with a vengeance on this updated model. We’ve got a 4″ blade with a straight cutting edge and hollow grind, this time made from CTS-BD1 stainless steel, which is extremely resistant to corrosion. This thing has unbelievable cutting power.
The full tang makes for a very sturdy construction, and the understated guard ensures your hand is well protected from the blade. The thin G-10 scales provide an assured grip, and the chamfering around their edges means a total lack of hotspots. This is about as comfortable as it gets.
The package includes a custom-molded Boltaron sheath, which the knife locks into very securely. The versatile G-clip attachment clips to the belt or allows for any number of discreet inside-the-waistband carry styles.
Overall, the Ronin 2 from Spyderco is a more than worthy follow-up to the original, and the perfect choice for a self-defense EDC. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com
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