The Best Frame Lock Knives

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.

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New Hinderer Knives at SHOT Show 2019

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.

 

 

Great EDC Self-Defense Items from KnifeCenter

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.

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Cold Steel’s Ultimate Hunter Folding Knife at KnifeCenter

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Cold Steel knows how to overbuild a knife. They are known for making products that sometimes appear over the top but they don’t skimp on the construction, resulting in some of the most durable and high-performing production knives you can get your hands on.

 

 

One such product that we are particularly fond of is the Ultimate Hunter folding knife. While this knife isn’t as dramatic-looking as some we’ve seen from Cold Steel, it is a smartly-designed folder that is perfect for any outdoorsman, camper, or hiker. It even makes a robust bushcraft folder or EDC option with the durability of a tank.

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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.

 

 

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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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.