Spyderco Endela K390 balanced on fingertips

These are some of the best new knives to hit our shelves this week. Read on and let’s take a look!

Spyderco Endela K390

Spyderco Endela K390 against a black background

The Endela is the latest Seki City, Japan-made Spyderco to get the K390 super-steel treatment. K390 is an impressive new tool steel, a non-stainless powder-metallurgy alloy that boasts a unique combination of high toughness and high edge retention. Some have described it as “M4 on steroids,” and our anecdotal testing here at the KnifeCenter seems to bear that out. If you don’t mind the inevitable patina that comes from using a carbon steel, K390 will impress you.

As the name suggests, the Endela is part Delica, part Endura—a mid-sized knife that feels just right. It’s quite new to the lineup, so this K390 version is the first variant to hit the market! So, if you’ve been waiting for an upgrade from the standard VG-10 version to try out the design, now’s your chance while we still have some in stock!

Spyderco Endela K390 Specs:

  • Blade Length: 3.41″ (87 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 2.99″ (76 mm)
  • Closed Length: 4.69″ (119 mm)
  • Overall Length: 8.10″ (206 mm)
  • Blade Material: Bohler K390 Tool Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.118″ (3.0 mm)
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Full Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Material: Blue FRN
  • Liner Material: Stainless Steel
  • Locking Mechanism: Lockback
  • Pocket Clip: Black Stainless Steel (Tip-Up/Down, Right/Left Carry)
  • Weight: 3.1 oz. (88 g)
  • Made in Japan

Alliance Designs Mini Slim Pickens – KnifeCenter Exclusive

Alliance Designs Mini Slim Pickins, balanced on fingertips, black background

Well, Alliance Designs have finally done it. They’ve made an all-black knife practically dark enough to disappear into the studio background here at the KnifeCenter! The Mini Slim Pickins takes their original in-house design and scales it down in size to make an even better EDC. This KnifeCenter-exclusive “KnightRider” edition has a tumbled black PVD coating on the titanium handle and Elmax blade, with a red G10 pivot collar and backspacer for a slick retro-futuristic look.

And sure, the colorway sure is eye-catching, but the real star of the show is the button lock flipper system, which allows for practically frictionless opening and closing action. Words don’t do it justice, but the sound of it snapping into place and swinging back into the handle lends an extra layer of satisfaction to the experience. Guess you’ll just have to grab one for yourself to check it out! 

Alliance Designs Mini Slim Pickens Specs:

  • Blade Length: 2.80″
  • Cutting Edge: 2.55″
  • Closed Length: 4.25″
  • Overall Length: 7.05″
  • Blade Material: Elmax Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.141″
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Hollow
  • Blade Finish: Black PVD
  • Handle Material: Black PVD Titanium
  • Handle Thickness: 0.538″
  • Locking Mechanism: Button Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: Caged Ceramic Bearings
  • Pocket Clip: Titanium (Tip-Up, Right Carry)
  • Weight: 3.95 oz.
  • Designer: Eden Ho
  • Ceramic Detent
  • Red G10 Pivot Collars and Backspacer
  • Made in China

Bestech Freefall

Bestech Freefall balanced on fingertips, black background

The Bestech Freefall is a compact adaptation of Jason Clark’s custom model of the same name. Sporting S35VN steel, the drop point blade is a practical take on the classic dagger style, with dual guards for two deployment methods: conventional flipper, and wave-like pocket opener for even faster deployment.

This knife has a lot of style, but not at the expense of usability. There are four eclectic variants in stock now, with marbled G10 or carbon fiber scales and high-contrast two-toned blades. 

Bestech Freefall Specs:

  • Blade Length: 2.76″ (70 mm)
  • Closed Length: 3.70″ (94 mm)
  • Overall Length: 6.46″ (164 mm)
  • Blade Material: S35VN Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.125″ (3.2 mm)
  • Blade Hardness: 59-61HRC
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Finish: Two-Tone
  • Handle Material: Green/Black G10 with Bronze Titanium Bolsters
  • Liner Material: Titanium 
  • Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: Ceramic Ball-Bearing
  • Pocket Clip: Titanium (Tip-Up, Right Carry)
  • Weight: 2.82 oz. (80 g)
  • Titanium Backspacer
  • Made in China

Hoback Radford

Hoback Radford balanced on fingertips, black background

It’s no exaggeration to say that Jake Hoback’s custom Kwaibacks are some of the most coveted knives he’s ever made. The all-new Radford takes the bones of that legendary Kwaiback design and shaves it down to be leaner, lighter, and smaller than ever. These made-in-the-USA flippers feature 20CV blade steel, a titanium frame lock, and the Hoback Roller Detent for impeccable action.

Hoback Radford Specs:

  • Blade Length: 3.25″
  • Cutting Edge: 3.25″
  • Closed Length: 4.675″
  • Overall Length: 8.00″
  • Blade Material: CPM-20CV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.15625″
  • Blade Style: Trailing Point Tanto
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Finish: Stonewash
  • Handle Material: Natural Canvas Micarta with Stonewashed Titanium Lock
  • Handle Thickness: 0.514″
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: Pivot Thrust Bearings
  • Pocket Clip: Titanium (Tip-Up, Right/Left Carry)
  • Weight: 3.81 oz.
  • Designer: Jake Hoback
  • Made in the USA

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