The Best New Pocket Knives of 2018

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.

 

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The 8 Best Cold Steel Knives

Cold Steel is one of the most popular knife brands for tough, durable steel and heavy-duty cutting tools. Over the last three decades, Cold Steel’s innovations have put them at the forefront of the knife industry. From the introduction of their unique San Mai steel to the debut of the ultra-secure Tri-Ad lock, Cold Steel has mastered the art of creating some of the best combat and tactical weaponry in the knife business. Cold Steel’s employees aren’t just knife fanatics, they’re also weapons experts and martial artists with years of experience. What sets them apart from many other knife and tool brands is that they see the value in redefining an EDC. Cold Steel is the type of company who will try to make a pocketknife out of a machete – that’s just how they roll.

That being said, there are eight Cold Steel products that we put on a pedestal above the rest. We’ve chosen the best Cold Steel knives so that you can skip the research and get straight to performance. We can only watch Cold Steel’s Instagram for so long before we’re itching to demo their knives ourselves!

 

Cold Steel 20LT Tuff Lite Folding Knife

 

Cold Steel’s 20LT Tuff Lite is one of our favorite small utility knives on the market. This folding knife offers the strength and dependability that you’ll always find in a Cold Steel knife in a package that is compact and comfortable to carry. This American knife company knows that the best tactical EDCs have to offer an ergonomic grip for piercing cuts, so the integrated finger choil ensures a full grip that makes this knife feel like an extension of your hand. Not only is this folder the perfect size for everyday utility tasks, it’s also a great concealed carry self-defense knife. The Wharncliffe point is going to allow for deeper, more penetrating cuts without appearing overly tactical, so you’re not going to draw any attention to yourself when you have it on hand.

Check out the entire Minituff Series at KnifeCenter!

 

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New Fixed Blades and Folders from Olamic Cutlery

 

It’s always a good day when we get to handle new knives from Olamic Cutlery. They continue to raise the bar when it comes to mid-tech folding knives and fixed blades, and the variety of Damascus steel and premium handle materials make this collection truly one-of-a-kind. Check out our review of the new Busker and Wayfarer folding knives and the Voykar HT and Kovda fixed blades!

How a Case Knife is Made

We traveled to Bradford, Pennsylvania to meet up with the talented artisans over at Case Knives. They were kind enough to take us through the process of making their high quality and much beloved pocket knives. For those of you out there who have been waiting for a How It’s Made: Knife Edition, we’ve got you covered!

 

 

What Does a 3.15″ Mini Karambit Look Like?

 

It’s compact, it’s useful and let’s be honest, it’s downright cute – any real man can admit that. Looking to add a useful karambit to your EDC or keyring? Check out our video where we show you just how much Fox KnivesMini-Ka folding karambit can handle.

8 Great Knives and Tools for Survivalists

It’s mid-August, and we here in Fredericksburg, Virginia still have plenty of time to get some solid camping sessions in before winter makes it extra fun. If you’re looking to upgrade your pack or pocket with some new outdoor essentials, you’ll find some great options in this list of eight must-have survivalist tools.

 

CRKT Ignitor Assisted Folders

The Ignitor sets the standard for value-priced, high-tech folding knives with its patented features and layered G10 handle scales. Not only do you get the surefire action of its OutBurst assisted deployment, but you also get the security of CRKT’s patent-pending Fire Safe mechanism. This design offers the best integration of folder safety and fast access that we’ve ever seen in a sport or work folder. We have plain blade options and models with Veff serrations, which are great for cutting cord, netting, and vegetation quickly.

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2018 Review: Hinderer’s XM-18 Gen 6, Half Track, and Firetac

Looking for a knife that’s ready to work as hard as you are? Hinderer may have what you’re looking for with the XM-18 Gen 6, Half Track, and Firetac folders. Check out our review, then head over to KnifeCenter to grab one (or two – you never know) for yourself.

 

 

 

Our Thoughts on the New Brous Blade Imports

 

Sure, the new imports from Jason Brous are more affordable – but what are our real thoughts on these new knives? Watch our video for a rundown of the Enforcer, Division, and the Silent Soldier flipper.

Top Picks: Mid-Summer Outdoor & Survival Gear

Twice a month we pull together some of the best outdoor and survival knives and tools so you can update your outdoor pack or emergency kit. Basically, we’re doing the work so you can spend less time shopping and more time adventuring. This week we have a cool variety of items that range from folding steak knives to knife bracelets. Intrigued? Check out the items below and follow the links to fill your cart with some mid-summer camping essentials.

 

Boker Magnum Outdoor Cuisine III Folder

Looking forward to an upcoming camping trip? Are you a survival enthusiast or bushcrafter who wants to pack light? The Magnum Cuisine III is a kitchen knife designed for the great outdoors that will cut through freshly grilled game with ease. The broad 440C Japanese Nakiri-style blade is perfect for slicing through both tough meat and delicate veggies, and the Rosewood scales feel as good as they look.

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The Results of the Knife World Cup!

We received more than 20,000 comments over the course of 15 rounds in our Knife World Cup tournament – no small achievement, and we have all of you to thank! Any time we do a giveaway we hit some of our highest numbers, but this was definitely one of our more successful campaigns. From June 11th to July 18th, we asked you guys to stay tuned to our social media feeds and vote in every round – and one lucky winner (congrats, Daniel!) who did so won a Chris Reeve Sebenza.

The goal of this tournament was for the best knife to win, so we did see some unlikely matchups. We know we compared apples and oranges sometimes, but it was all done at random to ensure that we didn’t put any of our bias into the tournament. We also counted all the comments. Nothing was done by eye – we let an Excel spreadsheet do the work, instead. Here is a rundown of each round so you can see just how much your vote counted.

 

Round One – Match 01

The Benchmade Griptilian reigned supreme in this round, beating the Ontario Rat 1,257 to 422.

 

Round One – Match 02

Round two was a shutout victory for Zero Tolerance, whose 0562 beat the Emerson CQC-7 1,253 to 351.

 

Round One – Match 03

This matchup was much closer than the previous ones – the Buck 110 won over the WE Knives 703, 841 to 533.

 

Round One – Match 04

Another close round, but Rick Hinderer’s XM-18 still came out on top over Cold Steel’s Recon – the final score was 761 to 575.

 

Round One – Match 05

One of our closest rounds of the entire tournament, the Kershaw Leek went head-to-head with Boker’s Kwaiken. The Kwaiken came out on top, 709 to 622.

 

Round One – Match 06

KA-BAR’s 1217 USMC smoked the ESEE Izula – the final score was 1,285 to 681.

 

Round One – Match 07

This round introduced the overall winner, so we obviously know the outcome of this one – the Chris Reeve Sebenza beat out the Microtech Ultratech 814 to 425.

 

Round One – Match 08

The final match of round one was a total landslide – Spyderco’s Paramilitary 2 beat the Kizer Gemini 1,022 to 133.

 

Round Two – Match 01

The Griptilian once again came out on top, beating the Buck 110 1,025 to 372.

 

Round Two – Match 02

The Sebenza was victorious once again, this time knocking the Boker Kwaiken out of the tournament. The final score was 961 to 323.

 

Round Two – Match 03

ZT came out on top against Rick Hinderer’s XM-18. The 0562 won 711 to 461.

 

Round Two – Match 04

The final match of round two brought Spyderco victory – the Paramilitary 2 dominated over the 1217 USMC 923 to 308.

 

Semi-Finals – Match 01

Things are firing up, and the Griptilian couldn’t take the heat. The Sebenza won 651 to 496.

 

Semi-Finals – Match 02

The Paramilitary 2 heads to the final round after winning 720 to 459 against the ZT 0562.

 

The Final Round!

Here we have it – the final round. It was close, and the Paramilitary 2 put up one heck of a fight…but the victory went to the Chris Reeve Sebenza with a final score of 730 to 539.

 

This was a fun experiment on our end, and we hope you guys got just as much joy as we did reading through the comments and seeing different perspectives on the matchups. Despite our penchant for mischief (looking at you, That’s What I Call Knives: Volume One), nothing was rigged on our end. At the end of the day, we have to give you guys props for your taste in knives – you definitely picked a winner!