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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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Great Combat Knives – Spyderco, Cold Steel, Boker & More!

Knife Center is kicking off the New Year with more awesome tactical knives and gear. We’ve got heavy-duty combat tomahawks from Maserin, Walter Brend-designed automatics from Pro-Tech, Ken Onion’s Bombastic collaboration with CRKT, and more on this list. Let us know your favorite knife featured here in the comments!

 

Maserin B.A.C. Combat Tomahawks

 

Optimized for extreme conditions, the Maserin Battle Axe Concept hawks are built for tactical use with multiple cutting edges, a spiked poll, and a striking point on the end of the handle. Made with quarter-inch thick slabs of D2 steel and bolted G10 scales, these Alessandro Zanin-designed tomahawks come with a form-fitting Kydex sheath and a plastic hard case for easy storage and transport.

 

Spyderco Hundred Pacer Folding Knife

 

The Hundred Pacer’s dramatic styling and textured G10 scales are inspired by a Taiwanese viper about to strike. The upswept blade is full-flat ground from premium CTS-XHP steel with slicing performance to spare. The layered G10 scales sport a snake-like pattern for a secure grip and come equipped with a sturdy liner lock and an ambidextrous wire clip.

 

 

Cold Steel Kobun Tanto Boot Knife

 

In the Japanese underworld, Kobun means “soldier,” and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more reliable soldier than this fixed blade boot knife. Like all Cold Steel tantos, the Kobun features a reinforced tip that makes it less prone to bending and chipping than your typical boot knife. The included Secure-Ex sheath is equipped with a sturdy clip, making it easy to be discreet with this agile warrior of a blade.

 

 

Pro-Tech Walter Brend Automatics

 

We have a bunch of new automatics from Pro-Tech featuring Walter Brend’s instantly recognizable blade profile. From dressy models to those with a rugged aesthetic, these knives are available in two sizes and come with some of the best automatic opening action on the market. If you need an EDC or a combat knife with blindingly fast action made from 154CM or layered Damascus steel, look no further.

 

 

Boker Plus Alan Folts LDE Dagger Closeout

 

The LDE is a great backup fixed blade that is ergonomic, shockingly lightweight, and features more than four inches of viciously efficient double-edged steel. The thumb groove on the front end of the scale further enhances the outstanding handling of this classic offensive knife pattern. Nearly any carry preference can be achieved thanks to a versatile leather sheath that allows either horizontal or versatile carry.

 

Bark River JX4 Bushbat Karambits

 

The JX4 Bushbat was created by Chris Tanner (PreparedMind101) to be a purpose-built, everyday carry knife that incorporates some bushcraft and combat karambit aspects into a single, unified design. It works well in both a forward and a reverse grip and you’ll have your choice of CPM-154 super steel or A2 tool steel, along with a wide variety of Micarta handles. Bark River’s famous convex grind ensures it has the strength to stand up to any task.

 

CRKT Ken Onion Bombastic Folding Knives

 

Ken Onion’s Bombastic folder pairs vintage styling elements with WWII-inspired textures. This isn’t your average everyday carry folder – it’s a show-stopping classic piece designed to mimic old-school military equipment. Not just a pretty face, this is still a hard working tool thanks to a sturdy frame lock, IKBS ball bearing pivot system, and finely ground spear point blade.

 

 

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Sharpening 101: The Best Tips and Products for a Great Edge

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.

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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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Ring in the New Year with Great Outdoor & Survival Knives!

We’ve got some great outdoor and survival knives and gear from the best knife brands in the business, including Spyderco Knives, Cold Steel, Bark River, CRKT, and more!

 

Bark River JX6 Companion Series

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.

 

Spyderco LC200N Steel Native 5 Salt Knives

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.

 

Cold Steel Bushman Integral Fixed Blades

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.

 

Swiss Military Surplus Pack Hatchet

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.

 

CRKT Ken Onion Prowess Flippers

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 Sabertooth Machetes On Sale

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.

 

Camping and Survival Fire Starters

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.

 

Schrade Old Timer Honesteel

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.

 

 

 

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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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The Latest Edition of the Knife Center Catalog is Here!

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.

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Knife Center’s Best-Selling Knives of 2018

Let’s take a look at some of 2018’s greatest knife hits from Knife Center. These are knives that you guys just couldn’t get enough of and we sold more of than any other knives. Here’s the rundown:

 

Spyderco SpyderHawk Salt Folding Knife

 

 

So, we’ve sold a lot of Spyderco knives this year, including a lot of the Para 3, but what really surprised us was the SpyderHawk Salt. This is one of our top-selling Spydercos of the year, and it has to be because of how distinctive it is. This folding knife would make a great dive knife because it features a fully serrated hawkbill blade with Spyderco’s H1 steel. That’s right, this knife is a part of Spyderco’s Salt Series, which means it’s virtually impervious to rust, making it great for use in marine environments.

 

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