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.
The first of the Sebenza 25 models to feature inlays is finally out and excitement doesn’t come close to describing how I’m feeling. I’ve known for some time now what the inlays would look like but wasn’t quite sure how’d they’d actually feel once I got them in hand. Well, I’m here to say that they’re a definite improvement over those on the 21, to say the very least. They’re contoured to fit the shape of your hand more precisely than those squared off ones on the 21. The benefit of inlays beside the aesthetic beauty is quite practical – they prevent much of the wear on the Titanium and not just because they cover it. Inlays are actually the only parts of the knife that will touch the table top when you place it down. Slide it across the table, the durable inlays will take the punishment, leaving your Titanium scratch free. In addition to the inlays, this Micarta model comes with dual Silver thumb lugs (won’t show wear like the blue lugs) and backspacer, which makes for a very beautiful knife. The 25 boasts improved ergonomics, larger and more durable internal parts, a redesigned thumb ramp, a new “Large Hollow” blade grind, and now you can add better inlays to the list of improvements over the 21. These are absolutely stunning knives built to the quality Chris Reeve is famous for, check out this awesome new knife at www.knifecenter.com
With two new flippers in two successive years, Spyderco must be trying to change their Trademark Hole or something fishy is going on. Flippers keep gaining popularity with knife knuts because they’re easier and are in some cases faster to open. The addition of an assist mechanism or ball bearing system gives you the peace of mind that the blade will open quickly and do so completely, every time. The Domino is just this kind of knife with buttery smooth bearings, making it very fun to play with. In use, it’s like any other Spyderco – just made to cut things! The CTS XHP steel is among the best in performance on the market due a high hardness and edge holding capability. The best thing about it though, is something you cannot see; the ease at which it can be resharpened. Hard steels like D2 and ZDP perform very well until they get dull. That’s when you either have to spend an hour working on the edge or send it out to get professionally sharpened. Not so with XHP. It’s fine particle metallurgy and high chromium content makes sharpening easier while also boosting its corrosion resistance. The Chris Reeve Integral frame lock (with replaceable lock bar insert), four-position pocket clip, and carbon fiber laminate handle are just other parts of this very well manufactured product. Check out the new Spyderco flipper at www.knifecenter.com.
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EDC is an acronym that’s been gaining momentum in popularity the past couple years and it stands for Every Day Carry. It refers to those items you don’t leave home without and always carry with you wherever you go. They can be be as simple as your keys and wallet or as complex as a bail-out-bag with hundreds of items. You can carry these items simply in your pockets or purse or can have a devoted bag/pack to hold them, depending on how much you carry. There is no magic formula for your EDC items, just a snapshot of what you need each and every day. Here’s a what I’ve got in my pockets right now, much of which you can find at www.knifecenter.com.
Introducing the 25th year anniversary edition of the original frame lock folder – the Sebenza. The hole in the middle of the face scale is gone making for simply a better looking knife. The extra finger contour is the most noticeable difference on this model but it’s inside where all the real change has happened. The handle screws and pivot are now larger to wear better over time. The washers are absolutely gigantic and fit with extra holes for better oil distribution resulting in a smoother opening blade. The thumb ramp has been redesigned with a much larger curve so it’s actually functional now and really locks the knife in the hand. Finally, the attached blue lanyard and bead really are just a cherry on top. It’s an absolutely stunning knife built to the quality Chris Reeve is famous for. This is a Prototype, serial number 22 of 25, and is hand signed and dated by the legend himself – Chris Reeve. Check it out before it’s gone at www.knifecenter.com.
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New one of a kind knives from Chris Reeve! When it comes to production knives, Chris Reeve stands alone atop the mountain. He has made many innovations and collaborated on designs that have forever changed our industry. He is the father of the one-piece knife concept, with his original model MK IV, the chief innovator of the Reeve Integral Lock, commonly referred to as a Frame lock, and was even crucial to the development of S30V stainless steel. He worked alongside the Crucible Materials Company to develop the first steel specifically designed for the cutlery industry. The various inlays, CNC machined graphics on the handle scales or beautiful Devin Thomas Damascus steels can make your production knife one of a kind. If you don’t love Chris Reeve Knives, then you probably haven’t handled one – they’re that awesome. Check out all the Chris Reeve fixed and folding offerings and the new one of a kind models while they last at www.knifecenter.com.
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Chris Reeve Knives Ti-Lock
Chris Reeve doesn’t release new models very often. This is a monumental occasion because he has released a model that he designed with the Hawk family. The Hawks, Grant and Gavin, are an Idaho father and son team that has contributed some of the most innovative knife designs we have ever seen. This one is a great combo with Chris Reeve’s engineering and we think it will be a hit for many years. More about the knife: This is a great pocketknife. It is extremely lightweight. The action is very easy. Opening with the thumbstud using just one hand is very natural. Closing with one hand is also easy, but takes a little practice. The remarkable quality, though, is the very full sized blade and relatively small handle. It is really a compact knife with a really useful blade. The quality of manufacture is, of course, second to none.
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Chris Reeve Knives Nyala Classic Skinner
Chris Reeve Knives are famous around the world for their quality of design and workmanship. This new entry in the Chris Reeve lineup does not fail to live up to their reputation.
In the Chris Reeve Knives tradition of simple, elegant and functional, the Nyala is a modern version of a classic skinner.
Featuring the utility of a drop point and enough belly for skinning, this all purpose knife will prove useful in a multitude of applications. The integral handle and blade of CPM S35VN is sturdy and practical – spiral and lineal grooves in the micarta handle provide positive grip – good knife control is provided by serrations on the spine.
The high quality sheath is made of leather treated to be water resistant.
The Nyala is a Southern African antelope found in dense forested areas, and is one of Chris’s favorite African animals. They are prevalent in Mkuze Game Reserve in the northern KwaZulu Natal region of South Africa – one of Chris’s favorite areas. Nyala (pronounced Nn-yaal-a) is the Zulu and Swahili name for this handsome antelope.
Male Nyala are most easily recognized by their distinctive spiral horns and vertical striped bodies. The grooves on the handles of knife Nyala, are reminiscent of those distinctive spiral horns, hence the decision to borrow the name! You can see these great knives at www.knifecenter.com
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