KnifeCenter’s Review: Spyderco’s Earth Brown G10 Para 3

 

Spyderco’s new limited edition Para 3 sports S35VN blade steel and earth brown G10 handle scales. This premium steel gives you a great combination of edge retention, durability, and corrosion resistance. The scales are lightly textured and offer a secure grip in the hand without adding bulk and the earth brown color is easy on the eyes, which pairs well with the satin finish on the blade and metallic pocket clip. Check out the full review on Spyderco’s latest limited edition run in the video!

The Top Five Best Buck Knives

When you think of some of the best hunting knives and camping knives in the business, Buck Knives springs to mind faster than the action on one of their folders. The Buck name is synonymous with the outdoor knife world, mostly because of Buck Knives’ century-long endeavor to produce high-quality tools that give people what they need. Back in 1902, Hoyt Buck, a blacksmith apprentice at the time, started making knives by hand with worn-out file blades – a method still used today by many knifemakers and an appropriate beginning for a company that now offers one of the best-selling folding hunters on the market.

With such a long history of making great knives, weeding through their entire knife collection to find the top five best Buck Knives was no easy feat. Luckily, when it comes to knives there’s nothing we won’t do to make sure you have the best performing tools in your arsenal. Check out KnifeCenter’s picks for the top five best Buck Knives – you won’t be disappointed!

 

Buck 110 Folding Hunter

 

 

 

Let’s start off with Buck Knives’ most iconic knife, the Buck 110 Folding Hunter. It is so widely recognized that knife enthusiasts and non-knife users alike think of this particular model when they hear the words “Buck Knife”. Just like other proprietary eponyms such as Kleenex and Xerox, the phrase “Buck Knife” has been used to describe almost any lockback of this style.

This is undoubtedly one of the best-selling knives that Buck offers, and it remains one of the most recognizable and popular knives ever created. This knife design changed the game when it was first conceived in 1963 when Buck decided to develop the ultimate folding utility and hunting knife. The Buck 110’s sturdy design gives hunters a great tool without all the bulk of a fixed blade. It’s no shock that this knife is one of the most copied knife designs out there, but nothing can stand up to the real deal. With its strong lockback mechanism and refined aesthetics, the Buck 110 has been a top pick by knife enthusiasts for years.

 

Buck 119 Special Hunting Knife

 

 

This classic Buck knife is essentially the Buck 110’s bigger brother in fixed blade form, which is reason enough for it to make our best knife list. Back in the day, Hoyt and Al Buck built these knives by hand in their original shop, and they’re still made in America today. This heavy-duty fixed blade knife is the perfect size for big game hunting and skinning. Even better, the Buck 119 is an extremely affordable knife. You’ll have a hard time finding a better USA-made fixed blade for the money.

 

Buck 347 Vantage Pro Large Folding Knife

 

 

If the Buck 110 is the standard to which old school Buck knives are held, the Vantage Pro is the face of the new school. This knife offers great features like an ambidextrous flipper and comes equipped with high quality S30V blade steel and machined G10 handle scales. This modern folding knife boasts great ergonomics, and the deep-carry clip makes it a great EDC knife option that will practically disappear in your pocket. In our opinion, the Vantage is one of the best everyday carry knives available on the market.

 

 

Buck 301 Stockman Rosewood Dymondwood Handle

 

 

The Buck 301 is a shining example of a Stockman slipjoint, which is undoubtedly one of the greatest pocket knife designs of all time. If you’re looking for versatility, you’ve found it – the three distinctive blades (clip point, spey, and sheepsfoot) ensure you have the right tool for just about any job. These blades feature Buck’s famously capable 420HC steel. For those out there turning up their nose at 420HC, Buck is known for getting more out of that steel than any other knife company thanks to the heat treat protocol developed by the late Paul Bos. These blades are put through a very rigorous heat treat process and quality performance testing, then they’re tempered using a unique heating and freezing system. The Rosewood Dymondwood handle scales offer a stunning contrast to the brass bolsters, which gives this EDC knife both function and finesse.

 

TOPS/Buck CSAR-T Tactical Folding Knife

 

 

Buck’s collaboration with TOPS Knives is unlike any knife Buck has ever produced before. The CSAR-T is a rugged tactical folding knife with a solid 154CM steel blade. The compound grinds provide a reinforced tip to protect against chipping or breaking when using the knife to puncture. This combat knife’s liner lock and milled G10 handle ensure a solid build that’s as durable as they come. We always love seeing two great knife brands come together to bring us products we’re proud to sell, which describes the CSAR-T to a T. This is a great hard use knife that is ready to take on any task.

 

Buck Knives is a staple of the knife community. It’s not just their history that has earned them a reputation as one of the best knife brands of all time, it’s also their continued drive to produce reliable knives and tools that put performance first. As Buck says themselves, “behind every Buck knife is over 110 years of experience and craftsmanship.” Our top five best Buck knives list perfectly represents their efforts – who agrees? Can you think of a better Buck knife that should have made our top five? We’re skeptical, but we still want to see what you come up with. Let us know over on our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

KnifeCenter Interviews Knife Designer Justin Gingrich

 

Justin Gingrich is a world-renowned knifemaker known for his multi-purpose knife designs with tactical leanings. He stopped by KnifeCenter to show off some of his custom fixed blades and his new folder, which features a proprietary delta lock design that is set to be one of the strongest locks ever.

9/11 We Will Never Forget

9/11 – We Will Never Forget!

9/11 was a very important day here at the KnifeCenter, as it was for all Americans. Our business was located within the Washington, DC area at the time. After the second plane hit, we closed our doors and sent all employees home to be with their families to get ready for whatever the future would bring. The last plane was headed for us and no one knew where it would hit until the plane was forced down in Pennsylvania. We mourn along with all Americans for the fellow citizens that died on that day. Of course, most of us who witnessed the catastrophe have our own memories of that time and the following days. I remember the days following as a unique period in our history when the citizens of this country were truly united with each other. If we try to remember that time, perhaps this country could feel more united again. We are all much more the same than we are different.

We got through that catastrophe and we can get through a lot more.

God Bless America and all Americans.

The 5 Best Sub-$50 Knives with D2 Steel

D2 tool steel is widely considered to be one of the best steels for utility knives because of its affordability and edge retention, which is why so many great EDC knives rock a D2 steel blade with pride. This quality steel rides the line between a carbon steel and a stainless steel, a perk that makes it a popular choice for everyday carry knives that you’ll actually put to work on the regular.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to everyday pocket knives: any knife that you carry every day can be an EDC (no matter the cost) or it’s better to have an EDC that’s less expensive that you can abuse daily without guilt. For those out there that want to shill out less than fifty bucks for a pocket knife, but you want good performance steel – you’re in luck. KnifeCenter has pulled together the five best sub-$50 pocket knives with D2 blades.

The knife import game is changing. Imported knives are steadily improving in quality, and their affordable price points make these great designs more accessible to knife enthusiasts everywhere. Why not celebrate the fact that people of all backgrounds can enjoy the utility that comes with carrying a razor sharp knife?

 

Ontario RAT Model 2 Folding Knife

 

 

The scaled-down version of Ontario’s popular Rat 1 is an EDC folder that can withstand some serious abuse. The hunters and survivalists out there should pay extra attention to this knife – it is made for you. Jeff Randall’s knife design combines heavy-duty cutting power with a lightweight, slim build that rests comfortably in your pocket. The drop point blade profile is perfect for utility tasks, and the liner lock offers rock-solid lockup and slick deployment. While it is nylon and materials obviously play a role in the low cost, the light weight, great grip, and corrosion-resistance are perks that makes this knife worth every penny.

 

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The Best New Pocket Knives of 2018

We may only be a little more than halfway through 2018, but we’ve been wowed by the number of incredible knives that have made their way onto the scene this year. We’ve picked what we think are the best pocket knives (so far) of 2018.  These are definitely must-have additions to any EDC rotation.

 

Spyderco C227GP Brad Southard Hanan

 

A gracious gift, indeed! If you haven’t been brushing up on your Hebrew lately, that’s what Hanan means – and it pretty much describes this folding knife to a T. Designed by custom knife maker Brad Southard, the Hanan is one of the best gentleman’s folding knives to hit the market this year. Unlike most Spyderco knives, the Trademark Round Hole is much smaller than you’ll typically see, which is because this Spydiehole is mostly aesthetic. Instead, you’re going to rely on the flipper tab to deploy the blade. In our opinion, a gentleman’s pocket knife has to have certain qualities to make it worthy of the title – and the Hanan delivers that in spades. The two-tone G10/titanium hybrid handles are smooth and have an elegance that screams ‘class’. Plus, you can’t go wrong with S30V steel.

Why we picked it: Brad Southard is an amazing knife maker and designer, and his collaborations with Spyderco are no exception. This knife combines great design with high-end materials.

 

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KnifeCenter’s Favorite Knife Videos

Way back in 1882, America celebrated the very first Labor Day. This holiday commemorates the contributions of American workers who, day in and day out, put in work to keep our economy afloat. On this day, many of us are lucky enough to take a break and enjoy time with our family and friends. For those out there who are still putting in the manpower, we salute you.

If you’re on the last leg of your three day weekend and vegging out, why not pass the time with some great knife-related video content? We’ve pulled together our top five favorite KnifeCenter videos so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy some high-quality knife content.

 

Knives in Film

 

We wanted to celebrate National Knife Day this year with something a little more fun and lighthearted. We always get distracted when we see new movies the second a knife enters the picture, so we put our heads together (and frequently visited our buddies over at Blade Forums) to pull together some of media’s greatest knife scenes. Now you know the answer to the age-old question: “What knife did Tom Cruise use in Collateral?”  

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KnifeCenter’s Exclusive Bedform Kwaibacks

 

We’re going to brag a little bit – the KnifeCenter Exclusive Hoback Kwaiback’s unique Bedform handles offer one of the coolest scale designs we’ve ever had the privilege of putting our name on. Check out our video where we show them to you in all their glory. Remember, these knives are only available at KnifeCenter.com!

Labor Day Weekend’s Custom Knife Showcase

Let’s ring in the upcoming holiday (and consequent three-day weekend) with another batch of custom and mid-tech knives. We’re currently sitting pretty over at this year’s USN Custom Knife Show so that we can showcase even more custom pieces next week. Don’t forget – KnifeCenter offers the best custom and mid-tech knives on the internet. Next time you need a custom fix, check here first!

 

Gavko (Michal Gavac) Custom Folders

 

We’ve got a handful of gorgeous new Gavkos in stock, and these sharky frame locks deserve a look. The titanium handles are milled with a rough jigged pattern that continues on to the spine of the blade, providing extra grip and a unique look to each piece. Built by hand to extremely high tolerances, these knives feature Nitro-V steel, which is becoming a fast favorite in the custom knifemaking community.

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