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A New Genre: The Best Executive Knives

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Today we’re going to be looking at a genre of knives that we’re calling Executive Knives, which you can find at KnifeCenter.com.

Characterized by narrow handles and long, slender blades, these fancier knives are more refined than the typical, broad-bladed framelocks we’ve gotten used to these days. Nice and elegant, they’d fit right in when dressed in a suit or office attire and are just what you need to create the right impression.

But they aren’t just good looking, they are ready to throw down as well. One could even argue that these blade shapes are more useful. They have more in common with old school slipjoints than anything else. Their precision and ability to execute fine cuts in tight places are what has made these shapes useful for generations. Add in the best modern steels and locking mechanisms, and they can still get the job done today.

 

 

The Best Frame Lock Knives

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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 Chris Reeve Sebenza

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.

Best New Knives of SHOT Show 2019

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Last week, we were at SHOT Show taking a look at all the great new products that are coming out in 2019. If you missed our coverage, be sure to check out all of our videos straight from the show floor. David C. Andersen, our product specialist and star of our YouTube channel, has picked out a few of his favorite things that he saw when he was in Vegas attending the show.

 

The first item up is something we actually got in a couple of weeks ago just before the show kicked off, and that’s the CRKT Provoke by Joe Caswell.

 

 

If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s an innovative take on the popular karambit design that features a new kinematic opening system. This is an innovative new opening design that addresses some shortcomings of the typical folding karambit. The buzz at the show for it was great, everyone loved to see it, and we’re excited to have it in.

 

If you’re a knife nut, you know how hard it is to keep track of all your Torx bits that you use to adjust the pivots and screws in your knives. CRKT’s new Twist and Fix tools really fix that problem by keeping them together in one neat little unit.

 

 

What this thing has going for it over some other all-in-one tools is a really streamlined design that also has a fidgeting aspect to it. It’s essentially a bent pin coupler design, and it’s really fun to twist it around and watch the bits raise and lower until the one you need is ready for action. It’s not just a Torx set that’s available, either. They’re also coming out with versions containing popular home screwdriver bits (including Phillips and flathead), sets that combine Torx and hex wrenches, and a socket set.

New Gerber Knives at SHOT Show 2019

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There are a lot of new things from Gerber coming in 2019, and Karrson Koivisto was kind enough to talk us through them as we stopped by the Gerber booth at SHOT Show 2019.

 

New CRKT Knives at SHOT Show 2019

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CRKT has some killer new innovations coming to market this year. We stopped by their booth at SHOT Show 2019 to get a closer look at their new Provoke as well as their new Deadbolt Lock.

 

 

New LionSteel Knives at SHOT Show 2019

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Italian manufacturer LionSteel has some new offerings for 2019 that use premium materials and quality construction for some high-performance blades.

 

 

New Hinderer Knives at SHOT Show 2019

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Rick Hinderer makes some of the best high-end tactical knives money can buy. We took the time to catch up with him at SHOT Show 2019 to see what new Hinderer knives are coming to the market this year.

 

 

New Boker Knives at SHOT Show 2019

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Kenton Green from Boker talks us through the new offerings for 2019, especially the limited editions celebrating their 150th anniversary.

 

 

New Kizer Knives at SHOT Show 2019

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We dropped by the Kizer booth at SHOT Show 2019 to see what new knives they currently have on the market and what we can expect for the rest of the year.

 

 

New Buck and Remington Knives at SHOT Show 2019

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While at SHOT Show 2019, we stopped by the Buck booth to see some of their new offerings for 2019. They have a lot of great EDC folders and outdoor fixed blade knives coming out as well as updates to their classic Buck 110 and 112 lines that include ebony in the wood handles.