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Our Thoughts on the Kershaw Bareknuckle

Let’s take a look at the Kershaw Bareknuckle, now available over at the Knife Center

 

 

The Bareknuckle, like the Kershaw Natrix, was inspired by the original Zero Tolerance 0777. The Natrix, a well-rounded EDC knife that can tackle just about any everyday task, has been a best-seller here at the KnifeCenter since its introduction. If you liked the Natrix but wished it could be made in America, then the Bareknuckle should be right up your alley. The Bareknuckle takes its cues from that award-winning design and provides a slim profile, excellent materials, and American-made quality.

 

 

For starters, the blade uses Sandvik 14C28N steel, a fine-grained stainless alloy that was originally developed for Kershaw, giving the knife excellent performance. Thanks to the modified Wharncliffe blade with its sweeping profile, it is versatile enough to handle almost any cutting task.

 

 

The handles on the Bareknuckle can fit a wide range of hand sizes and are made from gray anodized aluminum that gives the knife a very industrial look. It also features Kershaw’s patented Sub-Frame Lock, which gives the security of a frame lock but has the added benefit of cutting down on weight.

 

 

This pairs well with the deep-carry pocket clip, making it feel like the knife is barely even there.

 

 

Our favorite feature on the knife is the use of the KVT Ball Bearing System. Just a press on the flipper tab and the blade swiftly glides into place, making it ready to rock n’ roll at a moment’s notice. The non-assisted feeling of this buttery smooth flipping action is worth the price of admission.

We love how Kershaw has packed in so many of their innovative features into an American-made package, and this is a great candidate to make part of your EDC rotation. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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New Spyderco Native 5 Salt at KnifeCenter

Spyderco’s Salt Series of knives was made with one thing in mind: to make corrosion an afterthought. Through the use of exotic steels and handles with plenty of traction, these knives were made to be ideal companions in corrosive and aquatic environments, hence the name Salt. On top of that, the Native 5 is a fantastic American-made EDC that contains all of the best elements we love about Spyderco designs.

 


Now that Spyderco has welcomed the Native 5 into the Salt family it comes with some new tweaks, making this high-performance knife even better. The biggest change is the use of high-performing LC200N blade steel, famously used by NASA in ball-bearings as a substitute for 52100 in their aerospace equipment. This steel is a nitrogen-enriched tool steel that offers edge retention that can rival many of today’s modern super steels, a big leap over the H1 steel that Spyderco has traditionally used in their Salt knives. LC200N also sports exceptional toughness and extreme corrosion resistance, making it ideal for use in the Salt Series.

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New Custom and Mid-Tech Knives at KnifeCenter

Walter Brend Custom Model 2-8

The 8” Walter Brend Model 2 is like a piece of knife history. It’s the blade shape that Walter has built many of his designs around and one of the most versatile profiles in existence. This is a combat knife, survival knife, and hunting knife all rolled into one exquisite package. We also have a Mini Model 2 that has all the same features in a more compact package.

 

 

Jake Hoback Custom Karamback

Designed for front pocket carry and reverse grip use, the Karamback is a discreet tactical tool that will get the job done. When used with your index or middle finger threaded through the hole, it’s nearly impossible to lose your grip on this knife.

 

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KnifeCenter Reviews ArtisanCutlery’s Kinetic-Tool

Today, we’re going to be taking a look at the ArtisanCutlery Kinetic-Tool. This thing is a unique hybrid between a butterfly knife, an automatic knife, and a multi-tool. Let’s check it out!

 

 

The Kinetic-Tool is a combination of three different genres. Looking at it, you’d think it was just a butterfly knife – but when you open it, it’s actually a multi-tool. The blade on the Kinetic-Tool is 440C with a stonewashed finish, and it comes with a bottle opener, a couple of hex wrenches, a screwdriver on the tip, and you can even use the whole thing as a pry tool. It also features a 3” ruler on the spine.

 

 

That’s not all – in addition to a butterfly knife and a multi-tool, it’s actually an automatic. This is the first hybrid butterfly knife/automatic that we’ve ever seen, and it took us completely by surprise. We just love it. This is certainly going to make an impression when you pull it out at a party, whether you’re doing tricks, using it to open your beverage, or flipping that switch to pop the blade right open.

 

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The 10 Highest Reviewed Folding Knives at KnifeCenter

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!

 

Number Ten: Benchmade Hunt 15080-2 Crooked River Folding Knife

 

 

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

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KnifeCenter Review: New Sprint Run – ZT’s 0462TAN

Today we’re going to be taking a look at the latest sprint run from Zero Tolerance, the 0462TAN, that you can snag over at KnifeCenter.com

 

 

When you think of Zero Tolerance the terms “overbuilt” and “American-made” instantly come to mind, and not just because it says so on the box. The moment you get one in your hand and start working with it, you can feel the undeniable quality of their knives.

The ZT 0462 has been a huge hit, taking all the wonderful elements that ZT is known for while adding unmistakable style from Russian designer Dmitry Sinkevich. The sweeping profile makes a dramatic statement when you pull it out of your pocket. The 0462TAN sprint run takes that sexy design and gives it a new look and feel by changing up some key elements.

 

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New Year, New Custom Knives!

Cultrotech Custom Zhim Flipper

The Zhim is your typical Cultrotech knife sized perfectly for everyday carry. This means that it rides on washers and is one of the most precise, beautiful pieces anywhere on earth. For those who prefer more compact knives and aren’t willing to sacrifice, turn to a Cultrotech Zhim.

 

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Great Custom Knives to Round Out 2018

We are closing out 2018 with another great batch of custom and mid-tech knives. From mokume pens made by Sergey Rogovets to S90V EDC knives from up-and-coming custom knifemaker Kendall Hughes, each item on this list is better than the last.

 

Sergey Rogovets Custom Mokume Pens

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we can’t imagine a soul on earth not finding these pens to be over the top gorgeous. They are far and away the nicest writing implements we’ve ever carried and we don’t see them getting any better than this.

 

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David C. Andersen’s Favorite Knives of 2018

Today, we’re going to do something a little bit different. We’re going to take a look at our product specialist (and star of our YouTube channel) David C. Andersen’s favorite knives from 2018. Let’s check them out!

 

 

So, first up is his pick for Favorite New Budget Folding Knife, and it’s the ESEE Expat Knives MEDELLIN.

 

 

What’s really cool about this knife is it’s the ESEE 3 blade shape in a very easy to carry folding knife. It’s made in Taiwan with some excellent AUS-8 stainless steel. The frame lock makes it nice and slim, and the deep-carry pocket clip makes it very easy to carry – either tip-up or tip-down, depending on your preference.

 

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