New Collaboration from Lucas Burnley – The Kihon Flipper

Lucas Burnley and Boker have teamed up once again to bring you the latest addition to the Kihon seriesa modified tanto-style model with rugged D2 steel. This new flipper is a return to form for Burnley, and it brings the Kihon series back to its roots as a collection of Japanese-styled knives rather than the Americanized drop point variations we’ve seen.

My name’s Chandler Caldwell, and I’m a Product Specialist and writer for KnifeCenter. Let’s take a look at this new collaboration and see how it compares to Burnley’s famous Kwaiken.

 

Chandler Caldwell – Product Specialist, writer, and all around knife nut. 

 

Lucas Burnley works hard to show that utility shouldn’t come at the cost of beauty. This is something he’s tried to show for years and we definitely feel he’s succeeded. The Kihon shares inspirational elements with the Kwaiken, one of Burnley’s most well known knives. Both combine a traditional Japanese style with the utility of a compact knife.

 

The legendary Kwaiken, a much beloved industry favorite.

 

Like we mentioned, the new Kihon varies slightly from the Kihon family tradition of a standard drop point blade. The modified tanto on the new model really helps it stand out and showcases Burnley’s love for Japanese-style knives.

Both knives feature clean lines and unique designs. The Kihon has milling that gives it a pretty sleek look overall. While not being too aggressive, the aluminum handle keeps the knife surprisingly light for its size but maintains its strength.

 

This new Kihon is the latest addition to the Kihon family that features a modified tanto blade, a stainless steel handle with a “Rising Sun” texture, and a sizeable frame lock. 

 

Burnley’s knives share the trait of being extremely functional, but we think that the Kihon and the Kwaiken give wildly different performances. The Kwaiken is widely known as a gentleman’s folder, and as many of you know there are people that think a gentleman’s folder is too small and can’t be used well. We personally don’t agree with that sentiment at all, and think that the Kwaiken is an amazing EDC. The Kihon, on the other hand, has a slightly larger handle and a thicker, wider blade which may appeal to that audience. This is a great go-to work knife, or at least a knife that’s designed for more regular use and abuse.

The fit and finish of both is exemplary, but the Kwaiken has always deserved major recognition in particular. Burnley designed a serious masterpiece when he created this knife. It’s famous for good reason – it’s a sturdy workhorse with comfortable handling and a slim build. It fits so seamlessly in your pocket you’ll almost forget it’s there.

The Kihon may be a better choice if you’re going to be working with a knife for a long period of time, however. Compared to the Kwaiken, it has a more sizeable stainless steel frame lock and performs like a tactical EDC dream. We don’t doubt it will join the Knife Hall of Fame alongside the Kwaiken, but we want to hear your thoughts. Both are engineered to give you optimal versatility and Japanese influenced simplicity, but which would you rather have in your pocket? Let us know over on our social media networks: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Pre-BLADE Show Custom and Mid-Tech Showcase!

We’re obviously more than excited about next week’s upcoming BLADE Show, but luckily we were still sent in some pretty stellar custom and mid-tech pieces to show off before we get hit with the motherload.  Check them out below, and let us know what you’re excited to see while we’re at the show!

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New Custom and Production Pro-Tech Automatics

We just got in another shipment from Pro-Tech Knives – and we got quite a haul. From custom Strider PTs to the brand new TR-5 Tactical Response Auto, these are some of the best knives money can buy and are 100% American made.

 

Sean O’Hare Custom Flippers

Sean O’Hare makes some of the most elegant tactical and utility knives around, and he’s one of our favorite custom knifemakers to deal with. He’s genuine, quiet, and unassuming – just like his knives. These flippers will outperform your expectations, and you’ll have the satisfaction of being able to do some serious cutting.

 

Marfione Custom Knives Socom Elite Prototypes


From prototypes to the newest copper and brass inlaid pieces, we have a number of different Socom Elite models for you to choose from. This is one of the premier folding knives on the market in terms of design, function, and following…and we absolutely love it.

 

Matthew Martin Custom Handmade Pens


Matthew Martin, son of RJ, is as talented on his lathe as his father is on a grinder. These are without a doubt some of the finest handmade pens we’ve come across. They utilize top-notch materials and feature what may just be the nicest fit and finish you’ve seen in a writing instrument. Don’t worry – they will be delivered in time for Father’s Day.

 

Les George Custom FM-1 Damascus Folder


The FM-1 is one of Les George’s first designs. It perfectly exhibits the graceful yet muscular, flashy yet practical style that has come to define his knifemaking career. With a Chad Nichols Stainless Boomerang Damascus blade, hand-sculpted titanium handles, and a marbled carbon fiber inlay, this half-dress FM-1 is just the right balance of beauty and beast.

 

Darrel Ralph Custom Fusion AOD Flipper


This knife might be one of the wildest and most ambitious knives ever to leave Darrel Ralph’s workbench. The blade is made from two of the most exotic materials used in knifemaking today, interlocked and fused together in a pattern across the blade: a spine of raindrop Mokuti and an edge made from the nearly corrosion-proof Stellite 6K cobalt alloy. The Mokuti handles have been sculpted and then selectively blasted and polished to give them a striking two-tone look that pairs perfectly with this amazing blade.

 

Butch Ball Custom Damascus Flippers

Butch Ball makes each of his one-of-a-kind knives by hand in his Virginia shop. He might be best known for his collaborations with Benchmade, but his custom work is where Butch lets his craftsmanship shine. These flippers are all made with high-performance stainless Damascus or Damasteel blades, and they flip open confidently on their ball-bearing pivots.

 

Tuff-Writer KC Exclusive Precision Press Pen


The Tuff-Writer pen was designed to be the toughest pen out there, and with years of reliable service in some of the most inhospitable environments on the planet, that claim has been fulfilled. This KnifeCenter Exclusive is precision-built with black DLC-coated steel and orange Cerakote aluminum, and includes several inserts to accept most major refills (Parker / Fisher / Foray).

 

Gerry McGinnis Custom and Pro Line Knives


Whether you pick a full custom, hand ground fixed blade or a folder from his Pro Line Series, Jerry McGinnis’ sinuous designs and obsessive eye for quality are apparent in every detail. From the crisp hand-set detents in his framelock flippers to the organic, ergonomic curves of his handles, these are some of the best and most collectible knives on the market.

 

Benchmade 319DLC-1801 Limited Edition Proper Slipjoint

Benchmade revisits their smash hit gentleman’s knife, the Proper, with this new limited-edition run with a black DLC S30V blade and “Benchmade Blue” G10 handles. Traditional in form, this non-locking folder is built with a modern construction, blade steel, and modified sheepsfoot blade shape that feel thoroughly new-age yet enjoyably nostalgic.

 

Coming soon: we’ll have some beautiful pieces from Enrique Pena and the new Bastinelli Trigger. The countdown to BLADE Show has begun and we’re only a week away. We’ll be there in full force and expect to come back with a plethora of awesome stuff from the industry’s best. We get new Customs and Mid-Techs in every day, so please email us at support@knifecenter.com with any inquiries.

Memorial Day

This weekend, and Sunday in particular, we remember our fallen heroes. While we are busy with our daily work, it is easy to lose sight of those putting their lives on the line every day for our safety, but this day and weekend gives us that opportunity. So thank you, American service personnel. We are extremely grateful that our country is safe and secure so we can go about our daily business without worry. The sacrifices that you give, while we are not able to fully understand all of them, are appreciated and honored. We salute you!

KnifeCenter Employee Spotlight: LeAndre Bennett’s Top Five Knives!

If you’ve been in tune with our social media channels lately (ahem…Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube – check us out!) you may have seen us featuring the top five knives and tools from KnifeCenter employees. This week, we’re looking at LeAndre Bennett! We’re going to showcase LeAndre’s top five, so be sure to let us know what you think of his picks.

 

LeAndre Bennett – our Social Media and Product Specialist, and a KnifeCenter employee for almost five years! 

 

5. Benchmade Nakamura

The Nakamura is a folding knife with some serious style, so it’s no wonder LeAndre listed this as his fifth choice. With its M390 super premium stainless steel and black contoured G10 handle scales, this American-made folder is both a tactical tool and a gentleman’s knife.

“The handle grooves feel super comfortable in my hand, and the wood is textured in a way that gives me a great grip that doesn’t rub my skin when I use it repeatedly. It’s also a KnifeCenter Exclusive, and it means a lot to me to rep for us when it comes to my EDC.”

 

4. Ontario RAT Model 2

 

 

The Ontario RAT Model 2 is more affordable than the Nakamura, and still serves as a pretty solid folder for the price. It’s only $31.95, which is definitely a deal considering you’re getting an EDC that can withstand hard use and abuse associated with hunting or survival tasks.

“It has a surprisingly responsive deployment action, and it’s affordable. I know AUS-8 isn’t the best steel on the market, but it has served me well and I’ve been able to cut through some pretty thick rope with this one.”

 

3.  Boker Plus Federal

The Federal was designed by Gustavo Cecchini, who won the “Best New Maker” award at the 2006 Sao Paulo Knife Show. His futuristic style is pretty apparent in the Federal, and you’re also getting a unique pocket clip that’s integrated into the titanium casing like a frame lock.

“I’ve always been a comic and sci-fi fan – the minute I saw the Federal, I liked the style. It has good steel and it’s made with some good materials, but I really wanted it specifically because it looks like something out of a TV show.”

 

2. Steel Will Cutjack

 

This one also has Bohler M390 steel, which LeAndre knows sets him apart as a bit of a steel snob.

“I love blue, and the moment I saw this one I knew I wanted it. I’ve always been a Steel Will fan, this one just stood out to me because of the color and the edge. I haven’t sharpened it since I got it, still cuts like an absolute dream.”

 

1. Kershaw Blur

 

 

Here we are – LeAndre’s number one pick! A lot of you out there probably agree this is a great first choice. The Blur is an industry favorite, and this variation comes with olive drab handle scales with Trac-Tec inserts for a non-slip grip.

“I actually started in the warehouse when I began working at KnifeCenter, so having a folder with stellar ergonomics – especially one I could hold on to easily when I’m sweating – was important to my work. I could tear through anything with this and it worked like a champ.”

 

What do you think of LeAndre’s list? Let us know what you loved (and what you’d replace) by sharing this on your social media channels and giving us YOUR top five. KnifeCenter is the original and largest online catalog of cutlery, and that includes the best knives from some of the most well known knifemakers in the world.

 

Gedraitis, Anso, Tietz, and More!

We could give you a whole spiel about how incredible these custom masterpieces are…or we could just show you our wares. Check ’em out!

 

Chuck Gedraitis Custom Knives

We’ve always been impressed by the variety of knives Chuck makes, which ranges from balis and Bowies to hunting and tactical fixed blades. We have a nice smattering here to prove our point, including a Scagel folder and Bird and Trout fixed blade that harken back to a time before all these synthetic handle materials became so prevalent.

 

Jens Anso Custom Titanium Tools

If the Full Dress Neo is your kind of knife, but it’s wildly out of your price range, you’re not alone…we’re in the same boat as you. Luckily, we can shop this collection of top-quality designs that we actually can afford – the engineering and manufacturing that you get with one of his titanium tools are top-notch.

 

Grindhouse Custom Flippers

We don’t know what TMA (or TMAx obviously) stands for, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying the compact Wharncliffe flipper from Sam Jones. It’s a unique Grindhouse knife with super thick blade stock and an ergonomic grip that will transform the knife into an extension of your arm.

 

VDK Goat Budget Flippers

Available in two sizes, the Goat is the first VDK knife to use G10 handle scales and a liner lock mechanism. With this change in materials comes a nice change in price – each of these flippers are $125 shipped to your door, no matter which size you choose.

 

Kirby Lambert/Bill Wall Custom Skull Beads

Custom knifemaker Kirby Lambert and leather/jewelry craftsman Bill Wall have teamed up to bring out amazing Lambert Black Widow-themed lanyard beads that are available in a variety of materials. Each one is unique, wicked awesome, and sure to transform your EDC into a new, stylish daily carry companion.

 

Steve Ryan Custom Knives

Steve Ryan is a longtime custom knifemaker with an affinity for large knives. All his folders are tactically designed with over 4″ blades, but styled for EDC with rainbow anodized titanium frames. We’re taking $125 off each one so that you can pick up a new VDK Goat, or do whatever you care to do with all the extra coin you’re saving.

 

White River Firecraft FC3.5

Designed by Jason Tietz, who also manufacturers the Moby Whalers, the Firecraft FC3.5 is the smallest of the series and comes wrapped with 550 paracord or outfitted with G10 scales. The pinky ring adds a lot of versatility to the design. If you want the next step up from an ESEE Izula, you’ve just found it!

 

Coming soon we’ll have our weekly shipment from Rick Hinderer, more from Microtech, RMJ Tactical, and some really nice pieces from Pro-Tech. We get new Customs and Mid-Techs in every day, so please email us at support@knifecenter.com with any inquiries. KnifeCenter is the original and largest online catalog of cutlery, and that includes the best custom knives from some of the most well known knifemakers in the world.

Introducing The Knife Guide!

You know KnifeCenter is the largest and original catalog of cutlery, but did you also know we’ve been an educational resource since our launch in 1995? From day one, we’ve been an international hub with the latest knife news. One of our biggest goals was to not only be able to give you the largest collection of products, but also have all the information you’d ever need about knives and tools to make an informed purchase.

One thing we take very seriously is making it easier for knife newbies to enter the industry. That’s why we’ve created The Knife Guide – a series of videos that will cover a wide range of topics, from learning about knife parts to knife and tool maintenance (and everything in between).

We already have the first two installments ready and rolling on our YouTube channel!

 

The Knife Guide 01: Defining an EDC

This video will not only define an EDC, but will explain a little bit about folding knives, pocket knives, fixed blade knives, multi-tools, and some rules for choosing a knife or tool that’s the right fit for you. You can also check out all of the products that we used in the video, just in case any of them caught your eye or seemed like a good fit for a first-time knife or tool buyer.

 

The Knife Guide 02: What is a Folding Pocket Knife? 

In the second installment of the series, we dug into exactly what a folding knife is – the parts, how they work, what additions impact the cost of a folding knife, the different types of locking mechanisms and how they function, and some of the trademarks you’ll see in folding knives from well known manufacturers like Spyderco and Benchmade. We pulled out some great knives to help showcase these features, that way you’ll know our recommendations and can feel confident picking up any one of these folders.

 

We’ll be adding new videos weekly on YouTube and featuring the products on our website. We’re going to talk about what a fixed blade is, the best way to sharpen steel, the different blade shapes and what blade types are best for specific tasks, the different types of steel and how they compare, the best knife handle materials, and more. We’re also eager to see what type of content you’d like to see in this series – nothing is off limits! Be sure to head to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to let us know what you think and your recommendations for what you’d like featured in this series next!

 

 

 

Custom Knives You Didn’t Know You Needed

We know, we know…you’ve been waiting all week to see these custom beauties! Luckily, the wait is over. You’ll see some custom staples in this list (Hinderer always makes a great addition), but also a production knife feature of a KnifeCenter Exclusive Spyderco. What else is there? Scroll to find out!

KnifeCenter is the original and largest online catalog of cutlery, and that includes the best custom knives from some of the most well known knifemakers in the world.

 

Stray Cat Custom Fixed Blades

Another shipment from Stray Cat Knives brings us a bunch of fixed blades built for the tough, nitty-gritty jobs you encounter on a daily basis. We love the unique look Steven Jensen always delivers. Whether you need a new tactical blade, camp knife, or especially a neck knife, we’ve got you covered.

 

New Rick Hinderer Accessories and Pens


The modular nature of Rick Hinderer’s knives means that you can always configure yours to be exactly what you want, even if it didn’t come that way from the factory. That’s why we stock all sorts of accessories, including these new pens and handle scales that will totally transform your favorite EDC knife into a complete kit that is truly your own.

 

New RMJ Tactical Leather Sheaths


Transform the look of your tactical tomahawk or fixed blade and turn it into a wilderness survival tool with the simple addition of a leather sheath from Chattanooga Leatherworks. These guys build the sheaths not only for RMJ Tactical, but Spartan Blades and Les George. Having one of these high quality sheaths means you own a top-notch piece.

 

New Microtech OTF Automatics

For our money, there isn’t a better out-the-front automatic on the market than a Tony Marfione-designed Microtech knife. They are the industry standard in more ways than one, and the best advice we can give you is to get one while you can!

 

Kosie and Willem WF Steenkamp Knives

These two brothers make totally different types of knives, but they all have one thing in common: quality. Kosie prefers making smooth looking, smooth functioning EDC knives. Willem is the more tactical of the two, preferring flippers and bearings on his versatile knives. While our stock lasts, we’re putting them on sale to entice you into buying one of these amazing handmade South African folders.

 

Fodale Knives Orion Flipper – Only $250!

We honestly can’t go any lower than this, so we’ll let the price do most of the talking. CPM-S35VN, full titanium handles, and a versatile knife design make the Orion shine in both EDC and last-ditch tactical arenas. At this price for USA-made quality, it is simply unmatched.

 

KnifeCenter Exclusive Spyderco Pakkawood Dragonfly 2

The next Pakkawood Spyderco model has finally arrived and should definitely be in consideration for your next EDC piece or money clip knife. It’s about as small as we’d go in a typical utility knife, and its combination of a useful leaf blade, ergonomic handle design, and wire clip make it one of our favorite daily carry companions.

Here’s what we’ve got in the pipeline: a pair of Marfione Custom Socoms, Engraved Thumpers from RMJ, and some way out, way cool pieces from Chuck Gedraitis. We get new Customs and Mid-Techs in every day, so please email us at support@knifecenter.com with any inquiries. Let us know what you’d like to see next!

What’s New at KnifeCenter

Maybe the rest of you hate Mondays, but for us it’s one of the best days of the week. Why? We get to share new items with you, which include some pretty cool new additions that we think you’re going to fall for. Spoiler alert: to see a list of the best new items every Monday, you have to sign up for our newsletter.

If you’re late to the game, don’t worry – here’s a list of our greatest new items so you can peruse, click, buy, and brag. We even have a KnifeCenter Exclusive included in the list below! Who are we kidding, we can’t wait to show you…it’s first on the list.

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Spyderco KnifeCenter Exclusive Pakkawood Dragonfly 2 Folder

This KnifeCenter Exclusive Dragonfly has a three-layer laminate blade made from high-speed HAP40 tool steel and high carbon SUS410, which gives this knife great corrosion resistance. With an overall length of 5.56” and a weight of 1.9 ounces, this is a lightweight EDC option with a nice, manageable size. The gorgeous mahogany Pakkawood handle scales bring an old school look to this much beloved industry favorite. This folder gives you high quality steel, amazing versatility, a super secure Boye Dent lockback mechanism, and all the classic Dragonfly features you know and love.

 

Benchmade Bugout

The Bugout was created for people on the go and designed to be a full-size workhorse with all the benefits of a lightweight pocket knife. This model comes with a Ranger Green Grivory handle and a smoked gray nitride coated blade, which gives it a tactical and “rough” look that’s backed up by its premium S30V steel. Thanks to its deep carry pocket clip, you’ll have a discreet carry that won’t draw any unwanted attention. This knife is great for anyone looking for a hard use knife with high quality steel that can double as both a hiking knife and an EDC.

 

 

Kershaw Natrix

Inspired by ZT’s award-winning 0777, the Natrix is an extremely affordable SpeedSafe assisted flipper with a sub-frame lock and a newly added BlackWashed blade. Just like previous Natrix models, this version has great ergonomics and a quick deployment that adds to the overall slick design. For only $37.95, you can get a folding knife that has a look and feel similar to one of the best knives in the industry.

 

Victorinox Swiss Army 2018 Contest Classic Multi-Tools

The latest batch of limited edition contest classic Swiss Army multi-tools is here! Each tool features a unique design inspired by this year’s contest theme: Places of the World. These colorful collectibles are drawn from almost 900 entries worldwide. Constantly updating the designs in their multi-tool collection helps to bring new life to a time-tested classic series. These handy little knives are a great way to express yourself, and the integrated functions in each tool will make you prepared for anything.

 

We Knife Company 803 Rectifier Flippers

 

 

The Rectifier flipper is a tactical titan built to last, and we have a great collection that features a wide range of G10/titanium handle colors and your choice of either a black or classic two-tone blade finish. With its S35VN steel and ergonomic build, this knife has both beauty and braun.

 

Bark River Fixed Blades

These fixed blade knives from Bark River are perfect for the adventurer looking for tough steel and intense cutting power. You’ll have several canvas Micarta handle colors to choose from, and each one comes properly outfitted with a genuine leather sheath. Bark River Knives are designed to be used as outdoor professional knives, and their attention to detail and high quality steel back up the great reputation they’ve earned over the years.

 

ESEE Cody Rowen Orange G10 Camp-Lore

This highly-visible new Camp-Lore model is the smallest in the series, but don’t let its 6.25” length fool you. Designed by Cody Rowen, this bushcrafting knife is USA-strong, comes with tough 1095 carbon steel blade, and has removable orange G10 handle scales for easy maintenance. This knife is great for small tasks such as food preparation, tinder preparation, and skinning – and we love the rough Stonewash finish. If you’re an outdoorsman who wants all the benefits of a fixed blade in a compact folding knife, this is the knife for you.

 

Condor Tool & Knife Fixed Blades

We have four new uniquely designed fixed blades from Condor that blend cultural styling with contemporary materials. You’ll have your choice of either wood or Micarta handles, and each knife comes equipped with high quality carbon steel and a handcrafted welted sheath. With a spread like this, you’re going to have a hard time finding a job these knives can’t tackle.

 

 

Case Tony Bose Standard Jig Chestnut Bone Premium Stockman

No frills, no extras – this is a new knife that handles things the old fashioned way. The Case Tony Bose Chestnut Premium Stockman pocket knife features a 154-CM stainless steel blade that holds a great edge, and its high quality materials and build mean you’ll have a knife that stays in your family for generations. The style fits well in your hand and makes for a great EDC, but it’s also a collectible for anyone that appreciates simplicity.

Microtech Ultratech Tactical AUTO OTF

This latest iteration of Microtech’s much beloved Ultratech sports a hybrid handle with a tan G-10 front scale and black aluminum rear scale, which gives the knife a traditional style with a twist. We don’t have to tell you that this OTF automatic knife packs some serious punch.

Reate 2018 Torrent Titanium Flippers

Check out the 2018 release of Reate’s beloved Torrent model – this new version comes with Damasteel’s RWL-34 stainless steel, and the titanium handles are available with or without carbon fiber inlays. These are a great option for those that are looking for a high quality knife, but aren’t ready to jump into the world of custom and semi-custom knives.

 

SOG Powerpint Multi-Tool with 18 Tools

Welcome the newest member of the Power multi-tool family – considering it has 18 integrated functions and is available for only $39.95, we think it’s a pretty stellar addition. This well-engineered tool comes in at only 4.2 ounces, so you’ll avoid the hefty and uncomfortable carry of most other multitools.

 

Savage Forge Bottle Openers

These Jesse Savage-designed bottle openers will bring your EDC game to the next level. Hand-forged using a hammer and anvil, these USA-made tools have a traditional rod-iron finish and unique one-of-a-kind look.

There you have it – 13 new knives and tools available for the best deals at KnifeCenter! What’s your favorite? Let us know! We add new products every day, but our Monday Newsletter is saved for the best of the best. Let us know what you want to see on the blog next! Be sure to check on Thursday when we showcase some seriously sick Custom creations.

Amazing Custom Showpieces!

Every Thursday, KnifeCenter brings you the newest custom pieces from some of the most famous knifemakers in the world – and it’s slowly becoming our favorite day of the week. If you’re not signed up for our newsletter, you may be missing out on these beauties…so we’re bringing them to you here so you can experience some of the most unique pieces in the knife industry. You’ll see familiar names like Rick Hinderer and Tony Marfione in this collection, along with some pieces we fell in love with at this year’s SHOT Show.

KnifeCenter is the original and largest online catalog of cutlery, and that includes the best custom knives from some of the most well known knifemakers in the world.

 

Strider HT Fixed Blades

The HT model was designed for belt or concealed carry, and years later it remains one of the most popular Strider models – for good reason. When it comes to all-around tactical functionality, this knife hits every ball out of the park. The addition of the gunner grip handles and M Strider blade marking make it even better and even more collectible.

 

Marfione Custom Knives Black DLC Warhound Flipper

The Warhound is one of those custom knives that every collector should experience at least once. The combination of size, strength, brute power, and a devastating tactical look coming from Tony and Sean Marfione is unmatched in the industry.

 

Rick Hinderer Production Firetac Folders

Harkening back to a time before flipper tabs, the Firetac is one of Rick’s oldest folding designs. Great news, it’s back and better than ever! This knife is a thin and lightweight tactical or EDC option with a replaceable lockbar insert and overtravel arrestor to ensure years of hard use.

 

RMJ Wyvern Swords 

Is it a short sword? Is it a beastly machete? To be honest, it’s a lot of both and probably the best looking survival tool money can buy. Designed for chopping and bushcraft, the Wyvern will demolish anything in its path and catch the eye of any who see it.

 

Todd Begg Steelcraft Field Marshalls

Available in a number of distinct finishes and Damasteel patterns, the Field Marshall bridges the gap between mid-tech and custom unlike anything before it. Whether you need a tactical tool, EDC utility piece, survival tool, or even safe queen, these are some of the last Field Marshalls available to fill those needs.

 

Zero Tolerance 0393 and 0609 Flippers

It was love at first sight when we saw these two ZTs at SHOT Show, and they’re some of the most anticipated new releases of the year. The 0609 is a smaller version of the coveted Factory Custom 0606, and it comes with a beautifully anodized bronze titanium handle and RJ Martin signature see-through pivot. The 0393, a new collaboration with Rick Hinderer that’s inspired by his famous Eklipse, is a USA-made workhorse that features a harpoon-style spanto blade. We’ll be honest – it’s one of the most beautiful knives we’ve ever seen.

 

We have Firetacs with “working finish” blades and something pretty special from Mikkel Willumsen coming next week. Meanwhile, the Stray Cat Knives we promised you so long ago will be made live before the next customs newsletter, so keep your eyes peeled. We get new Customs and Mid-Techs in every day, so please email us at support@knifecenter.com with any inquiries. Don’t forget to let us know what list you’d like to see next!

Five Must-Haves for a Cinco de Mayo Party

It’s that time of year again! While we celebrate this historically significant holiday a bit differently in the US, Cinco de Mayo is a day that commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. You’ve most likely been to a Cinco de Mayo party or two, so you know that most Americans use this as a day to honor Mexican-American culture. What does all that mean in a nutshell? Delicious food, cerveza, and festivities.

We want to help you ring in the holiday right – so we have five must-haves for your next Cinco de Mayo party that will keep the fun going all night long. KnifeCenter is the original and largest online catalog of cutlery, and that includes cool party gear and kitchen knives from some of the most well known knife manufacturers in the world.

 

Brous Blades BMT Multi-Tool

 

 

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you picture a Cinco de Mayo party? Tasty beer. For those of us who pass on the tequila and margaritas and head straight for a Tecate or Dos Equis, you’re going to need a bottle opener – but why stop there? This USA-made multi-tool has a key ring, a pry bar, a nail puller, a screwdriver, a gradual hex driver, and a bottle opener. It’s also made with high quality D2 Tool Steel, so you’re going to be popping caps all night without damaging your new best friend.

 

Morakniv Chef’s Knife

 

 

The only thing better than delicious beer is delicious food, and Mexican-style dishes are a staple for any good Cinco de Mayo party. This Swedish Made Chef’s Knife is a great addition to your kitchen, and the double molded rubber handle will help you maintain a firm grip while you’re dicing peppers. The high carbon stainless steel on this heavy duty chopper will also keep your knife from rusting, which is perfect for slicing acidic foods like garlic and onions for salsa.

 

UST Ultimate Survival SlothSak Self-Inflating Chair

 

 

This inflatable chair is perfect for chilling by a bonfire or sitting around in the backyard between tequila shots. With its low weight of only 1.13 pounds, you’ll never have an issue carrying it between fiestas. You can tie down and secure the SlothSak in place, so there’s no need to worry about wind or other outdoor conditions that may make it uncomfortable to sit out under the stars. In the event you get the spins, there’s a large buckle with reinforced stitching that will keep you secure. You can also get this fun outdoor accessory in orange or blue.

 

 

Rick Hinderer Knives Brass Double Shot Glass

 

 

Speaking of tequila, you’ll need a shot glass! This double shot glass from Rick Hinderer may be pricey, but it’s also a semi-custom design that will be a definite conversation starter. This is 100% solid brass with a gorgeously textured grip, which will definitely elevate your Cinco de Mayo experience to the next level with its quality craftsmanship. Also, no matter how many shots you take, you’ll be able to keep a firm grip on this party treasure.

 

Spyderco SpyderThrowers

 

 

These Spyderco world-class throwing knives were designed by Harald Moeller and come in small, medium, and large sets. They are two-toned, dagger-style throwers that would make a great addition to any party. We think it goes without saying, but don’t drink and throw! This unique party game will definitely set your gathering apart from the rest, and because there are sets of every hand-size you won’t have any attendees left out of the fun.

 

There you have it – five must-haves for ringing in Cinco de Mayo this year. How are you celebrating? Don’t forget to share this post with your friends and family. Let us know what kind of list you’d like to see next!