This Week’s Best Custom and Mid-Tech Knives

Every day we get some of the best custom and mid-tech knives from the greatest knife designers delivered straight to our door. As you can imagine, it’s pretty much Christmas year-round over here at KnifeCenter. This week we’re showing off tactical knives that can only be described as works of art, including new Microtech Socom Elites and a Liong Mah Warrior 2 V2 flipper. Coming soon we’ll have Tac Butchers and Mini Cleavers from ADV, more Spectras and the Mini Decepticon from CKF, and new Microtech Limited Edition Cypher MK7s. Talk about one heck of a wish list!

 

GTC Custom Integral Commando Flipper

 

This GTC Commando flipper is the epitome of tactical art featuring a stunning integral Zircu-Ti handle. This eye-catching material wraps around the spine of the knife and even folds over to form the pocket clip, all in a single piece! If you are brave enough to carry the Commando, a CPM-154 blade and sturdy frame lock ensure this knife is more than just a pretty face.

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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 Ten Best Karambits: Our Fixed Blade Favorites

Karambits are some of the best self-defense weapons that you can have in your arsenal. They’re ideal for close quarters combat and can be carried on your neck, shoulder, or belt for easy access in a life or death situation. Inspired by the intimidating sharp curve of a tiger’s claw, these fixed blade knives originated in West Sumatra in Indonesia and actually served as agricultural tools that could cut through thick roots and help plant rice. That distinct curve you see on modern models wasn’t a part of the original design – once karambits started making their way through trade routes and became more weaponized, that exaggerated claw became sharper.

We’ve pulled together a list of the ten best karambit knives – and lucky for you, they’re all available at KnifeCenter. We feel that these karambits are some of the top performing fixed blades available, and any one of them would make a boss backup weapon.

 

United Cutlery Honshu Karambit

 

Stylish, affordable, and discreet – three qualities that definitely make any karambit a must-have self-defense accessory, and we think that United Cutlery hit the nail on the head with this design. The rubberized handle on their Honshu model has three ergonomic finger notches. In our opinion, this one will give you some of the best handling of the bunch – pretty vital considering the most popular karambit fighting techniques need a strong grip to be executed properly and safely.

Why we picked it: This is the most popular and most purchased karambit in the world because of its price, quality, and great design. It’s also one of the best and most common karambits available on the market. This knife’s affordability means a wider range of people are going to be able to get their hands on a quality built karambit with a great design.

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The Top 5 Best Kershaw Knives

From famous pocket knife designs like the Leek to revolutionary assisted opening technologies, Kershaw is known for delivering some of the most groundbreaking innovations in the knife industry. Incredible knives like the Tyrade, Speedform, Tilt, and Cryo have earned Kershaw recognition with awards like Overall Knife of the Year and Best Buy of the Year. It’s not a stretch to say that Kershaw offers up some of the best pocket knives and sporting knives on the market (especially for the price!) but we want to help narrow that scope a little bit. We’ve picked the top five Kershaw knives for you so that you can spend less time shopping and more time cutting.

 

The Leek

 

The Kershaw Leek is one of the company’s most enduring and popular pocketknife series. Designed by famous knife designer Ken Onion, this classic folding knife features the SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism Ken Onion, himself, invented. The Kershaw Leek’s small profile allows this top pocketknife to be carried comfortably, and it comes in a variety of colors so you’ll have options depending on your taste. Despite all the iterations within this series of classic pocketknives that we’ve seen over the years, our favorite is undoubtedly the original model Kershaw Leek with stainless steel handles and Sandvik blade steel.

Since this great knife boasts the Onion-designed assisted opening mechanism, both lefties and righties can work this into their EDC rotation. The Kershaw Leek also offers secure lockup when the blade is folded thanks to its Tip-Lock slider. The lanyard hole in the knife handle is seamlessly integrated to look like a fourth rivet, which is a pretty cool touch that drives home the level of detail that went into the overall design of a truly great knife.

Check out the entire Leek Series at KnifeCenter! 

 

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KnifeCenter’s 8 Combat and Tactical Essentials!

Looking for a self-defense tool for you or a loved one? We’ve picked out eight tactical essentials that make perfect gifts – even if you just end up treating yourself!

KnifeCenter is the original and largest online catalog of cutlery, and that includes the best tactical knives in the world.

 

Kershaw Dmitry Sinkevich Concierge Flipper

Love the look and feel of Dmitry Sinkevich’s designs but don’t have Zero Tolerance money? Enter the Concierge, his new flipper collaboration with Kershaw. The clean, refined look is paired with black G10 handle scales, a custom inset pivot, and a backspacer with raised jimping. This knife fits your hand comfortably and flips smoothly thanks to Kershaw’s manual KVT ball-bearing system. Considering it’s less than forty bucks, adding this compact flipper to your cart seems like a no-brainer.

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August’s First Batch of Custom Knives!

New month, new customs! This week we’re showing off some incredible designs from Mikkel Willumsen, Kansei Matsuno, Darrel Ralph, and more. You’ll even find a teaser for some tactical flippers from HEAdesigns that we’re dropping today.

 

Kansei Matsuno Custom Folding Knives

Kansei Matsuno’s knives are a perfect blend of form, function, and meticulous Japanese quality that you can carry with you at all times. This might be our favorite Kansei design to date, and it’s available in either friction folding or liner locking variants.

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Spyderco Fan Favorites!

We put out an APB last week asking our Facebook followers what their favorite Spyderco knives were – and boy, did you guys deliver. We had a lot of entries featuring some great old and new Spydercos, so here’s a list of your favorite folders that we agree are some of the top knives in the industry.

 

Spyderco Endura

David W. had a tough choice when it came to which Spyderco knife to show off – he has SIXTEEN Enduras! Here’s what he had to say about his favorite Spyderco:

“To me, the Endura is a great user: it fits my hand well, carries easily, and handles any package or carton I can throw at it. On the other side of things, Spyderco seems to come up with an endless supply of variants and sprint runs that make collecting it even better.”

This Spyderco Endura Damascus model makes for one beautiful EDC. Photo Cred: David W

 

David isn’t the only one that wanted to show off this popular Spyderco folder. Pavel R. describes the “knife crush” he had for his Endura before it was lost by a friend who had borrowed it:

“[The Endura] was my knife crush. Many knives came after her, but she will be in my heart forever.”

We can’t blame Pavel for being heartbroken over the loss of his Spyderco Endura. His hope for a sprint run of this model may be a reality – we’re thinking this new blue/gray FRN model may be his new love! Photo Cred: Pavel R

 

Spyderco C83 Persian

Dan T. hit us with an oldie, but a goodie – the original C83 Persian by Ed Schempp. The original Persian was produced back in 2004-2005, and you’ll see some Eastern influence in the upswept blade and uniquely curved handle. That’s not all that Dan loves about this classic Spyderco knife:

“One of the most beautiful pocket knives there ever was. Great curves. Great old school bolsters and Micarta.”

Ed Schempp’s Persian isn’t in production anymore, but we do have some Spyderco folding knives that sport a similar trailing point blade shape. Photo Cred: Dan T

 

Spyderco Manix 2

Joseph H is a fan of another popular Spyderco knife – the Manix 2. The Manix is one of the best selling combat knife series we offer. As you can see, Joseph has one heck of a Spyderco collection. Why does he choose the Manix 2 over the rest?

“So far the Manix 2 is my favorite…because the locking mechanism is awesome and I really like the blade shape.”

Funny that Joseph would take this shot on his keyboard…we may or may not be currently drooling on ours. These aren’t all Spydercos, obviously – we see some Zero Tolerance and Benchmade models in here – but they do certainly stand out from the crowd thanks to those trademark Spyderholes. Photo Cred: Joseph H

 

Spyderco Techno

A man of few words, Chris G. has only this to say about his Spyderco:

“My Techno, love it.”

And what’s not to love? The Techno packs a tremendous amount of strength and utility into an incredibly compact package. It also has a progressive European appearance that comes straight from the mind of Polish knifemaker Marcin Slysz.

That CTS-XHP steel blade is a heavy hitter for Spyderco. Photo Cred: Chris G

 

Jonas N. also chose the Techno as his favorite Spyderco knife.

The Techno for all circumstances. 😉

Jonas’ photo of his Techno is the perfect argument for why everyone should have an EDC – and having a Spyderco as your everyday carry means you’ll be the big cheese (sorry, we couldn’t resist). Photo Cred: Jonas N

 

We were blown away by all the responses we had – thanks to everyone who sent us photos of their favorite Spyderco knives! If you want to be featured on the blog, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and share your best snaps with us.

KnifeCenter is the original and largest online catalog of cutlery, and that includes the best Spyderco folding knives in the world.

Happy 4th of July, America

Happy 4th of July!

Here at KnifeCenter Independence Day holds a special place in our hearts.  Here’s to a wonderful Fourth of July celebrated with friends and family. We encourage all citizens to stand up for truth in all aspects of our government. Please stay safe this holiday as we look forward to celebrating many more holidays with our awesome customers!  Happy 4th of July from the Knifecenter!

Cold Steel 62KGC Rajah II Folding Knife

Cold Steel 62KGC Rajah II Folding KnifeThe Rajah II was developed by custom knifemaker Andrew Demko, one of the chief designers at Cold Steel. This knife does an excellent job taking the Kukri and adapting it to a folding version that will prove to be an instant classic. Try the Rajah today and experience for yourself the power of a Kukri that fits in your pocket. Find it at www.knifecenter.com.

Kizer Cutlery Matt Cucchiara Flashbang and Dorado

Kizer Cutlery Matt Cucchiara Flashbang and DoradoKizer collaborated with custom knifemaker Matt Cucchiara to bring you the Flashbang and Dorado folders. Every surface and every edge on each handle is contoured for comfort, and gives these knives an exceptional look and feel. The pocket clip is machined titanium to complement the sleek style of these knives. Overall, these are superb knives. They truly capture the design style and quality of Cucchiara Knives, and are great values for the money. See them at www.knifecenter.com.