This week, among other things, we have a fantastic Benchmade (which has unfortunately been discontinued, so don’t sleep on it) designed for martial and aircrew use, a brand new folding dagger from CRKT, and a new batch of ADV fixed blades to check out. See more below.
For our first tactical roundup of the new decade we bring you some heavy hitters from the last one, including the best Gerber combat knife in a while, a great deal on an Ontario folder, some classics from SOG, and an unexpected entry from Condor, amongst other great tactical pocket knives and fixed blades.
If you’ve been craving new Al Mar designs, then we’ve got your fix this week. Additionally, you won’t want to miss the return of the ZT 0566, a cool new Emerson/Spyderco crossover, and more great tactical fixed blades and pocket knives.
Let’s talk about the frame lock, one of the most enduring locks on the market. From historic, iconic knives to new innovators, we’re going to take a look at seven of our favorite frame lock designs which you can find at the KnifeCenter.
Also known as the Integral Lock, the frame lock functions similarly to a liner lock, but instead of a thin liner that holds the blade open, the entire thickness of the frame becomes a lockbar. This makes a secure system that only gets better when you grip harder.
The first knife we’ll be looking at is a no-brainer. No list of frame locks would be complete without the Chris Reeve Sebenza.
Not only is Reeve the inventor of the frame lock, but he has also dominated the genre for years. Originally developed in 1987, the Sebenza is still the standard by which all other frame locks are judged. Their fit and finish are impeccable and well known for their “bank vault” solid lockup.
The classic version features this elegant drop point blade with a hollow grind (although you can also get it with a tanto) or their Insingo blade shape, which bears a modified sheepsfoot profile.
The frame on the Sebenza is solid titanium, which carries nice and thin in the pocket. If you want a little more girth, there are versions inlaid with materials like wood or Micarta. Both add extra grip and style, but the ultimate versions feature either or both milled Computer Generated Graphics and Damascus blades.
People keep coming back to the Sebenza for a reason. Tweaked and improved over time, this archetype of the genre has stood the test of time and isn’t going away anytime soon.
We work very hard at Knife Center to provide you with everything you need to buy a knife, and our great customers often come through with additional information that makes choosing your next everyday carry easy. Check out our top ten highest reviewed folding knives, and then share your own reviews in the comments below!
PROS: Sharpness, lock type, handle material, overall quality, pocket clip, ease of opening, handle feel, weight, lock ease of use, blade material
“One of the best big Benchmades of all time. THIS is what a 21st century Buck 110 should be. The awesome wood scales, huge bolsters, and a blade that looks like a really wide 110 blade. Build quality is perfect. The action out of the box is perfect, it’s only the second knife I have ever bought that I have been able to say that about. The big 4-inch blade effortlessly swings out into lock up. This thing is SHARP! No need to pay to have someone bring the edge up to snuff, it’s already there. Even on both sides. AXIS locks up with no blade play, which surprised me since the blade is so big. This is the best Benchmade I have seen in a couple years. It’s an instant classic.” – Celticcross74
The Chris Tanner-designed JX6 Companion is an everyday carry fixed blade with an ergonomic shape that lends itself well to skinning, slicing, and chopping. We have new variants that Bark River recently debuted which upgraded the A2 tool steel on previous models to CPM-154 super steel.
One of Spyderco’s most popular folders has now been fitted with rust-proof LC200N steel and lightweight FRN handles as the new addition to their Salt Series. With both serrated and plain blade options, this ultra corrosion-resistant knife is great for fishermen, boaters, or anyone who spends time on the water.
The blades and integral handles in Cold Steel’s Bushman Series are expertly forged out of thick slabs of SK-5 high carbon steel. Carefully ground to an extra thin edge, you can either pick up a Bowie-style variant or a standard straight back – both profiles make for great survival knives.
This small camping axe is 15.75” and so well-balanced you can pretty much put a hand anywhere on its hardwood ash handle and still make some stellar chops. Add the fact that it offers Swiss-made steel and you’ve got yourself a great survival hatchet for less than twenty bucks.
Ken Onion is known for producing some wildly creative designs, but the Prowess is a stripped down, rugged knife that goes against his usual grain. This is a great knife for camping or hunting that feels good in the hand, opens fast thanks to IKBS, and is lightweight and nearly indestructible.
Condor’s Sabertooth machete is available with either a 12” or an 18” 1075 high carbon steel blade and high impact polypropylene handles. The black powder coating is going to hide your use marks well, which is good – considering they’re both less than fifty bucks, you’ll be using and abusing them.
We’ve got a great collection of fire steels, fire starters, compasses, match tube holders, parashovels, fire starter gels, and more. These are must-have outdoor essentials that anyone who’s looking to put together a safe and secure campsite will need.
If you’re looking for a lightweight honing steel to keep your edge ripple-free between sharpening sessions, pick up the Old Timer Honesteel. This is a tried and true honing steel with a chisel point, a lanyard hole with a leather lanyard, and a brown leather belt sheath. This honing steel has been a staple for many knife owners for decades, so it’s about time you picked up your own.
Let’s take a look at some of 2018’s greatest knife hits from Knife Center. These are knives that you guys just couldn’t get enough of and we sold more of than any other knives. Here’s the rundown:
So, we’ve sold a lot of Spyderco knives this year, including a lot of the Para 3, but what really surprised us was the SpyderHawk Salt. This is one of our top-selling Spydercos of the year, and it has to be because of how distinctive it is. This folding knife would make a great dive knife because it features a fully serrated hawkbill blade with Spyderco’s H1 steel. That’s right, this knife is a part of Spyderco’s Salt Series, which means it’s virtually impervious to rust, making it great for use in marine environments.
2018 may be coming to an end, but there are some industry-leading knife makers out there who are still putting out incredible custom and mid-tech knives before the New Year. Not only did we pick up some new automatics from Pro-Tech Knives, but we also have a custom tactical beard comb from none other than Tony Marfione that is a fidgeter’s dream. Let’s kick off the list with one of the coolest knife collaborations we’ve seen in a while…
The design genius Tan from Snecx Design Lab is one of the most interesting makers in our industry as he has no formal background in knives. He was just a guy in search of the perfect knife three years ago who set out to make his own, never knowing that he would be collaborating with some of the best in the business so quickly. The Buster is amazing and a must-have in your collection – we’ll just leave it at that.
We’re revisiting Cyber Monday and marking down 3,200 items one last time before the big holiday rush is over. These prices are valid through December 21st at 11:59 PM, so be sure to check out our awesome selection of quality cutlery, multi-tools, and accessories to find the last-minute gifts you need to cross the rest of the names off your shopping list.
There’s still time! We can get some great Christmas gifts to you that will really “WOW” your friends and family. Be sure to take a look at our holiday shipping calendar for details so you can choose the right shipping option at checkout.
If you’re experiencing the freak out associated with last minute shopping, we’ve got you covered. We have a ton of amazing products that are and ready to ship. We’ve featured some of our favorite last-minute gift ideas below!
Stop browsing and start buying – these Concord Executive Nail and Toe Clippers are only $32.95. Buy now!
Nail nippers are another gift that everyone needs, be it on their keychain or by their bedside. We carry the highest quality nail clippers that are going to guarantee a clean snip every time. If you’re looking for some premium, durable options that will stay sharp, Concord Gentleman’s Accessories has you covered. DOVO, absolutely the best grooming company out there, also has great clipper sets that can be attached to your keychain and cuticle cutters that will keep your nail beds tidy. If you’ve finished up most of your shopping but need a handful of stocking stuffers to divvy up, you can’t go wrong with any of these quality nail nipper sets.