BEST NEW KNIVES with Ontario Besra balanced on fingertips, black background

2021 has barely begun and the first product releases of the year are already starting to trickle in. Let’s take a look!

WE Knives Mini Buster

WE Knives Mini Buster balanced on fingertips, black background

When knifemaker Snecx designed the original Buster, he set out to improve the titanium framelock by simplifying and strengthening it. Over the course of months, he obsessively iterated on various ideas before finding a brilliantly simple solution to two problems at once: by pressing a hardened steel pin into the lockbar such that it protrudes out of the lock face, he was able to combine the detent and the lockbar insert into a single, simple piece. As an added bonus, it also makes the knife smoother and eliminates the need for a detent ramp, too!

The WE Knives Mini Buster is a faithful translation of the original custom knife into a smaller production version, and well worth checking out if you appreciate knives packed with fine details.

WE Knives Mini Buster Specs:

  • Blade Length: 3.43″ (87.1 mm)
  • Closed Length: 4.54″ (115.4 mm)
  • Overall Length: 7.97″ (202.5 mm)
  • Blade Material: CPM-20CV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.157″ (4.0 mm)
  • Blade Style: Sheepsfoot
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Finish: Polished Bead Blast
  • Handle Material: Gray Titanium
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: Ceramic Bearings
  • Pocket Clip: Titanium (Tip-Up, Right Carry)
  • Weight: 4.0 oz. (113 g)
  • Designer: Snecx Tan
  • Made in China

Heretic Wraith

Heretic knives Wraith balanced on fingertips, black background

The Heretic Wraith delivers innovative design and precision craftsmanship as only Heretic Knives can: brash and beautiful. Built on an integral carbon fiber frame, the bolster and titanium framelock are bolted on to secure the 3.6” Elmax blade in position. Thanks to some clever milling, the framelock has an integrated overtravel stop, too!

Heretic Wraith Specs:

  • Blade Length: 3.625″
  • Cutting Edge: 3.625″
  • Closed Length: 5.07″
  • Overall Length: 8.695″
  • Blade Material: Elmax Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.170″
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Finish: Black DLC
  • Handle Material: Integral Carbon Fiber with Chemtina Brass Bolster
  • Handle Thickness: 0.62″
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame
  • Pocket Clip: Titanium (Tip-Up, Right Carry)
  • Weight: 5.50 oz.
  • Designer: Tony Marfione Jr.
  • Made in the USA

Ontario Besra

Ontario Besra pocketknife balanced on fingertips, black background

\Just in from Ontario Knives, the Besra is a follow-up to the popular Shikra flipper, both of which are set to become EDC classics. Featuring a winning combination of Micarta on one side with a titanium framelock on the other for under $50, the Besra shares everything that made the Shikra so special. The designs are solid, the materials are surprising, and the price is right!

Ontario Besra Specs:

  • Blade Length: 3.00″
  • Cutting Edge: 2.75″
  • Closed Length: 4.125″
  • Overall Length: 7.125″
  • Blade Material: AUS-8 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.117″
  • Blade Style: Sheepsfoot Cleaver
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Finish: Black PVD Stonewash
  • Handle Material: Linen Micarta with Black PVD Stonewashed Titanium Lock
  • Handle Thickness: 0.433″
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: Caged Bearings
  • Pocket Clip: Deep carry Stainless Steel (Tip-Up/Down, Right Carry)
  • Weight: 2.33 oz. 
  • Made in China

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Seth Vietti

After surviving a career in the music industry, Seth co-founded KnifeNews.com in 2015 to share his lifelong passion for knives with other enthusiasts online. There, his incisive coverage of knives, knife makers, and the knife industry caught the attention of the KnifeCenter, who recruited him to join their team in 2019. These days, in addition to his work here on the blog, he runs the KnifeCenter’s social media channels, where he is always happy to answer your cutlery questions.

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