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This week, among other things, we have a fantastic Benchmade (which has unfortunately been discontinued, so don’t sleep on it) designed for martial and aircrew use, a brand new folding dagger from CRKT, and a new batch of ADV fixed blades to check out. See more below.

Benchmade 737 Tarani Aileron

Benchmade 737 Aileron by Steve Tarani

The Aileron is Benchmade’s first collaboration with edged weapons and personal safety expert Steve Tarani. The strategically milled G10 handles offer a positive grip, no matter the conditions. With its two-handed rapid deployment and ambidextrous AXIS Lock, the Aileron is a great tactical utility folder that’s available with either a black combo or plain satin blade in S30V.

Benchmade 737 Aileron Specs

  • Blade Length: 3.45″ (8.76 cm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.120″ (3.048 mm)
  • Closed Length: 4.58″ (11.63 cm)
  • Overall Length: 8.03″ (20.40 cm)
  • Blade Material: CPM-S30V Stainless Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
  • Blade Finish: Satin or Black Cerakote
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Handle Material: G10
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Handle Thickness: 0.54″ (13.72 mm)
  • Locking Mechanism: AXIS
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Left/Right Deep Carry
  • Lanyard Hole: Yes
  • Use: Everyday Carry, Tactical
  • Weight: 4.24 oz. (10.67 mm)
  • Designer: Steve Tarani
  • Made in the USA

CRKT Xolotl Flipper

CRKT Xolotl by Michael Rodriguez

Named for the Aztec god of lightning who brought fire to mankind, the Xolotl flipper feels heavenly in the hand. It carries nice and slim in the pocket and flips like greased lightning, bringing its aggressive spear point blade to bear in a flash. Rounding out the back is a protruding glass-breaker that hits like a thunderclap.

CRKT Xolotl Specs

  • Blade Length: 3.643″ (92.53 mm)
  • Closed Length: 5.256″ (133.5 mm)
  • Overall Length: 8.938″ (227.03 mm)
  • Blade Material: 1.4116 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.125″ (3.18 mm)
  • Blade Style: Spear Point
  • Blade Grind: Hollow
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Material: Black G10
  • Liner Material: Stainless Steel
  • Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
  • Pocket Clip: Deep Carry (Tip-Down, Right/Left Carry)
  • Weight: 4.0 oz. (113.4 g)
  • Designer: Michael Rodriguez
  • Made in Taiwan

Andre De Villiers Recce Fixed Blades

ADV Andre De Villiers Recce-1

This tanto brute not only looks good but at its core is a no-nonsense bruiser ready to throw down. The compound blade maintains a lot of strength at the tip with flat grinds while a deep hollow grind enables capable slicing on the main section of the blade. The handle itself is perfectly suited for combat with a broad grip and a wide thumb ramp for comfort and stability while thrusting.

ADV Recce Specs

  • Blade Length: 6.42″
  • Cutting Edge: 6.38″
  • Handle Length: 5.55″
  • Overall Length: 11.93″
  • Blade Material: D2 Tool Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.198″
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Grind: Compound
  • Handle Material: G10 with Titanium Bolsters
  • Handle Thickness: 0.74″
  • Sheath: Kydex with Belt Loop
  • Weight: 12.0 oz.
  • Weight with Sheath: 16.7 oz.
  • Designer: Andre De Villiers
  • Made in South Africa

SOG Reactor Multi-Tool On Sale

SOG Reactor Assisted-Opening Multi-Tool

Not just a capable multi-tool, the Reactor also incorporates a fast-opening spring-assisted blade. Now you don’t have to sacrifice convenience in order to bring a pocket toolbox along for the ride. This unit is even equipped with SOG’s compound leverage pliers which allow you to exert a huge amount of force from this small frame.

SOG Reactor Specs

  • Blade Length: 2.5″
  • Blade Steel: 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel
  • Finish: Hardcased Black
  • Closed Length: 3.8″
  • Overall Length: 6.3″
  • Weight: 4.1 oz.
  • Includes Pocket Clip

SOG Reactor Tools

  • Compound Leverage Pliers
  • Gripper
  • Wire cutter
  • Crimper
  • Phillips driver
  • Flathead driver
  • 1/4″ hex bit driver
  • Bottle opener
  • Straight edge blade, SAT assisted
  • Lanyard hole

Spyderco Fred Perrin Street Bowie

Spyderco Street Bowie by Fred Perrin

For concealable capability, it doesn’t get much better than the Street Bowie. It features a deep index finger groove which serves to lock your grip in place and orient the blade for maximum effectiveness. With five inches of VG-10 steel to work with, the knife still manages to carry easily thanks to a snap-in molded sheath and a G-Clip for quick attachment to your belt.

Spyderco Street Bowie Specs

  • Overall: 9.38″ (238 mm)
  • Blade: 5″ (127 mm)
  • Edge: 4.65″ (118 mm)
  • Edge Configuration: P
  • Blade Thickness: 0.157″ (4 mm)
  • Blade Hole Diameter: 0.16″ (4 mm)
  • Steel: VG-10
  • Weight: 3.7 oz. (105 g)
  • Grind: Full-flat
  • Made in Japan

Gerber Index Flipper Knives

Gerber Index Flipper in red aluminum

Rugged and beautiful, the aluminum handles on the Gerber Index feature ridged milling for excellent grip, enough thickness for a satisfying feel in the hand, and a durable anodized finish. Open with either the dual thumbstuds, or the flipper tab which doubles as an index finger guard when the blade is open. The drop point blade completes the package by offering a fine enough tip for piercing without sacrificing versatility.

Gerber Index Specs

  • Blade Length: 3.3″
  • Overall Length: 7.8″
  • Blade Material: 5Cr15MoV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Handle Material: Anodized Stamped Aluminum
  • Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Right Carry

Cold Steel Trench Hawk Tomahawks

Cold Steel Trench Hawk

The Trench Hawks combine elements of Cold Steel’s close-quarter expertise with historically-inspired design elements from classic fighting tomahawks. It features a wide “bearded” axe head with an aggressive spike which makes it an excellent breaching tool, and the durable polypropylene handle can be easily replaced if it becomes damaged or broken from intense abuse.

Cold Steel Trench Hawk Specs

  • Weight: 29.0 oz.
  • Primary Edge: 3.50″
  • Hawk Length: 8.75″
  • Overall: 19.0″
  • Handle: Polypropylene
  • Steel: Drop Forged 1055 Carbon Steel
  • Sheath: Secure-Ex
  • Made in Taiwan

Smith & Wesson HRT Hostage Rescue Team Fixed Blades

Smith & Wesson HRT Boot Knife

The HRT series from Smith & Wesson is the boot knife reimagined. The classic look is still available, but tanto and slim dagger profiles round out the range. Rubberized handles ensure you don’t lose your grip when you put these knives to work and they are priced low enough that you won’t feel bad if you have to leave it behind.