There is always great new tactical equipment to be found at SHOT Show and nobody does it better than RMJ. KnifeCenter stopped by their booth to check out the awesome new fixed blades and axes that they have coming out in 2019.
Today, we’re going to talk about self-defense EDC items that you can find over at KnifeCenter.
The best self-defense items are things that hide in plain sight, and that’s why these self-defense money clips will fit the bill.
This money clip features aluminum construction with a stainless steel money clip on the back side and an integrated finger hole, so when it’s not holding your dollars, you can slip it over your fingers for a formidable presentation. You can also get this EDC money clip in a silver or black finish to suit your favorite style.
For something more aggressive, you can check out the Cold Steel Mini Koga Self-Defense Tool.
This is a kubaton, which means it’s a handheld stick with points on either end – not sharp points, they are blunted – that allows you to concentrate all the force of your strike into a single point, magnifying your power.
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.
Back in September, we showcased Lynn Thompson’s new collaborative lockback design with Andrew Demko – the Ultimate Hunter. Now, we have a more discreet black G10 variation to go alongside their highly visible orange model. Both come equipped with premium S35VN steel and Cold Steel’s legendarily strong Tri-Ad Lock, making them some of the most durable folding outdoorsmen knives we’ve seen recently.
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.
Whether you’re running 440C or S90V, even the most super of steels will need to be sharpened eventually. This can be an intimidating task to some, but we’re going to take a look at three systems that make the job easy and achieve fantastic results.
The theory of sharpening is simple. Using something abrasive, usually a stone, material is removed from one side of the edge until you can feel a burr on the opposite side along the entire length of the edge. The process is duplicated on the opposite side.
It’s usually best to alternate the side you are working on every few strokes so that each has a similar amount of material removed, keeping the edge itself even and centered.
Once you are able to raise a consistent burr on each side, you’ll move to finer grit abrasives until you achieve the desired amount of refinement on the edge. The grit you start with will depend on how degraded the edge is.
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.
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.
With over 1,800 pages containing more than 700 brands, the 2019 KnifeCenter Printed Catalog is the ultimate reference for all the greatest cutlery and accessories, offering thousands of products that haven’t even made it on to our website yet.
Customers have time and again told us that this is the best thing we sell. You’ll get hours of enjoyment as you leaf through our sections on the hottest knife brands, including Spyderco, CRKT, Cold Steel, Zero Tolerance, Kershaw, and hundreds more. And there are more than just knives. From one piece multi-tools to sharpeners, camping and survival gear, shaving supplies, and more, it is all here in this definitive guide that no enthusiast should be without.
The best part about this catalog is the element of discovery. While shopping on the web is direct and efficient, it is often hard to stumble upon new and exciting things. With every turn of these pages, you’ll find awesome gear that you didn’t even know you wanted.
From Swiss Army Knives to machetes to kitchen gear, give us a call or visit our website for availability and the latest prices, which come in significantly lower than the full retail prices listed in the catalog.
You might be asking why an internet company like Knife Center wants you to have this paper catalog, but the answer is simple: these pages represent a knife industry bible and there is no other resource like it. Nowhere else will you find as many knives, accessories, and cool gear all collected into one, easy to read place.
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.