BEST NEW KNIVES and Gerber Fastball folding knife open against a black background

This week’s list of impressive new pocketknives includes material improvements to highly refined designs, including an exotic rust-proof blade material and a new proprietary blade alloy that delivers supersteel performance without the need for superhuman sharpening skill. Also, the finest example of a production Tom Mayo design, ever!

Terrain 365 Invictus

Terrain 365 Invictus folding knife open in hand against a black background

The Prometheus Design Werx Invictus is more than just a knife, it’s an idea. The design is a tactical knife archetype, passed around the industry from knifemaker to knifemaker with each one putting their own unique spin on it.

The latest iteration comes from Terrain 365, and pushes its go-everywhere mission further than ever before with a corrosion-proof Terravantium Dendritic Cobalt blade. The Invictus is made to work for everyone and take on anything!

Beyond the whiz-bang blade material, the details on this knife are phenomenal. From the glow-in-the-dark thumbstuds, to the full backspacer that doubles as a stop pin, to the sculpted deep carry pocket clip, every feature has been thoughtfully designed and perfectly executed. Don’t sleep on these, there aren’t enough to go around!

Terrain 365 / Prometheus Design Werx Invictus Specs:

  • Blade Length: 3.50″
  • Closed Length: 4.625″
  • Overall Length: 8.125″
  • Blade Material: Terravantium Dendritic Cobalt
  • Blade Thickness: 0.150″
  • Blade Style: Spear Point
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Finish: Bead Blast
  • Handle Material: OD Green G10 and 6Al4V Titanium
  • Handle Thickness: 0.495″
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: Ceramic Bearings
  • Pocket Clip: Titanium (Tip-Up, Right Carry)
  • Weight: 4.1 oz.
  • Designers: PDW, Mike Vagnino and Patrick Ma
  • Imported

Spyderco Native 5 CPM-SPY27

Spyderco Native 5 with cobalt blue lightweight handles open in hand against a black background

If you value how well a steel sharpens as well as how long it holds an edge, Spyderco’s new SPY27 alloy is worth trying out. Developed in coordination with steel manufacturer Crucible Industries, SPY27 is carefully tuned with the addition of cobalt to balance great edge retention with ease of maintenance. If you’ve ever struggled to sharpen a “supersteel” in the past, SPY27 will surprise you!

The latest to feature this new alloy is Spyderco’s highly refined Native 5, sporting a fully ambidextrous design and lightweight cobalt blue FRN handles.

Spyderco Native 5 SPY27 Specs:

  • Blade Length: 2.95″ (75 mm)
  • Closed Length: 4.00″ (102 mm)
  • Overall Length: 6.95″ (177 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 2.42″ (61 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.125″ (3.2 mm)
  • Blade Material: CPM-SPY27 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Style: Spear Point
  • Blade Grind: Full-Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Handle Material: FRN
  • Handle Color: Cobalt Blue
  • Locking Mechanism: Lockback
  • Pocket Clip: Stainless Steel (Tip-Up/Down, Right/Left Carry)
  • Model Number: C41PCBL5
  • Model Name: Native 5 Lightweight CPM-SPY27
  • Weight: 2.5 oz. (71 g)
  • Made in the USA

Gerber Fastball 20CV Cleaver Blade

Gerber Fastball folding knife open in hand against a black background

Sporting upgraded 20CV blade steel, the first batch of Gerber Fastball Cleavers are in stock and on sale now for the special introductory price of just $109.99! 

Building on the strengths of the original Fastball, the new cleaver blade profile features a full-flat grind for increased slicing performance and 20CV blade steel for improved edge retention.

We’ve been cheerleading Gerber’s renewed focus on high-quality American-made products, and the Fastball is leading the charge. Seriously, these are a great buy for the price, with snappy action, great materials, and thoughtful design that will appeal to knife enthusiasts of all stripes.

Gerber Fastball Cleaver Blade Specs:

  • Blade Length: 3.0″
  • Closed Length: 4.1″
  • Overall Length: 7.1″
  • Blade Material: CPM-20CV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Style: Cleaver
  • Blade Finish: Polish
  • Handle Material: Aluminum, Urban Blue
  • Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: Bearings
  • Weight: 2.7 oz.
  • Made in the USA

WingmanEDC Mayo MTNT

WingmanEDC Mayo MTNT open in hand against a black background

Designed by the inimitable Tom Mayo, these new WingmanEDC MTNT folders are seriously impressive. 

Mayo designs always nail the fundamentals, and this MTNT is no exception—clean, keen 2.75” Elmax blade, comfortable ergonomics, functional pocket clip—but what really sets it apart is the front flipping action, which is positively intuitive. There are several versions of the knife—including a titanium framelock with M390 steel and flashy custom hardware—but the liner lock with layered G10 scales pictured here is our pick of the litter.

WingmanEDC Mayo MTNT Specs:

  • Blade Length: 2.875″
  • Cutting Edge: 2.75″
  • Closed Length: 3.75″
  • Overall Length: 6.625″
  • Blade Material: Elmax Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.125″
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Finish: Stonewash
  • Handle Material: Red/Black G10
  • Handle Thickness: 0.465″
  • Liner Material: Titanium
  • Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: Ceramic Bearings
  • Pocket Clip: Titanium (Tip-Up, Right Carry)
  • Weight: 2.12 oz.
  • Designer: Tom Mayo
  • Made in China

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