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A huge wave of new knives washed into the KnifeCenter last week, and the best of them are here in our weekly round-up. We’ve got a unique everyday carry fixed blade from Viper Knives, the tiniest Benchmade knife you’ve ever seen, a small-batch tactical knife with an exotic steel, and a high-value design worth paying attention to from Kizer. Let’s take a look!

Viper Berus

Viper Berus fixed blade knife, open in hand

The Viper Berus is a compact, utilitarian fixed blade that is designed to be carried clipped to a pocket instead of buckled to your belt. It’s a great way to bridge the gap between folders and fixed blades; you get the low-impact carry of a folder, but the durability and reliability of a fixed blade. It also helps that the Berus is quite stylish, thanks to a refined design by Tommaso Rumici. 

The M390 sheepsfoot blade — with its subtle negative angle — would make it a perfect work knife, but it’s also available with a drop point blade shape for better general utility. The handle is thoughtfully shaped to provide reassuring grip without a lot of extra bulk, and the UltiClip keeps the sheath anchored to the inside of your pocket or waistband. If you want an easy-to-carry fixed blade that can still handle cutting tasks that require force and control, you’ll want to consider the Berus. Plus, it comes in 8 variants to suit any taste, featuring Micarta, G10, and carbon fiber handles.

Viper Berus Specs:

  • Blade Length: 2.44″ (62 mm)
  • Handle Length: 3.62″ (92 mm)
  • Overall Length: 6.06″ (154 mm)
  • Blade Material: Bohler M390 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.157″ (4 mm)
  • Blade Hardness: 59-61HRC
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Sheath Material: Kydex
  • Weight: 3.35 oz. (95 g)
  • Designer: Tommaso Rumici
  • Made in Italy

Benchmade Tengu Tool

Benchmade Tengu Tool knife, open in hand

Designed by Jared Oeser, the Benchmade Tengu Tool is a premium pocket companion: one part multitool, one part gentleman’s friction folder. When the blade is closed, the extended tang works as a pry tool and bottle opener; when the blade is open it’s a mini tanto utility knife made from CPM-20CV steel. 

Sure, the knife is tiny, but in terms of utility per ounce the Tengu Tool is on top. It weighs just an ounce, and is small enough to slip into your watch pocket and forget about until you need it. Dressed to the nines in stark black and white G10, the Tengu Tool has the look of a traditional knife but a whole lot of unique personality and modern construction and blade steel, to boot.

Benchmade Tengu Tool Specs:

  • Blade Length: 1.14″
  • Closed Length: 2.14″
  • Overall Length: 3.27″
  • Blade Material: CPM-20CV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.124″
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Material: Black Contoured G10
  • Handle Thickness: 0.4″
  • Sheath Material: Leather
  • Weight: 1.04 oz.
  • Weight with Sheath: 1.32 oz.
  • Designer: Jared Oeser
  • Made in the USA

VDK Strix

VDK Knife, open on table

Meet the Strix, the latest bold design from VDK Knives. The flipping action has a fluid, free-dropping feel that makes the knife nigh impossible to put down. And when it’s time to put it to work, the contoured titanium handles and 3.75” M398 blade are more than up to the task. 

No, that’s not a typo—the blade on this Strix is made from M398 steel, an exotic new alloy that truly pushes the limits of edge retention for a stainless steel. By taking M390 and adding a bit more carbon and nearly double the amount of vanadium, M398 significantly increases the wear resistance of an already famously hard-wearing steel. 

VDK Strix Specs:

  • Blade Length: 3.75″
  • Cutting Edge: 3.60″
  • Closed Length: 4.50″
  • Overall Length: 8.10″
  • Blade Material: Bohler M398 Stainless Steel 
  • Blade Thickness: 0.155″
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Grind: Compound
  • Blade Finish: Polished Bevels with Hand Rubbed Satin Flats
  • Handle Material: Bead Blasted/Tumbled Titanium
  • Handle Thickness: 0.51″
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: Ceramic Bearings
  • Pocket Clip: Titanium (Tip-Up, Right Carry)
  • Weight: 3.5 oz.
  • Designer: Vlad Domozhirov
  • Lockbar Insert
  • Made in China

Kizer Contrail

Kizer Contrail Knife, in hand

Designed by Justin Lundquist, the compact Kizer Contrail is made to work and feel like a much bigger knife. The two-inch blade length is made from 154CM steel — a great balance of value and performance — and the handle is wide and thoughtfully shaped to fill the hand despite its short length. 

The competition at the ~$60 price point is fierce, but the Contrail hangs with the best of them, especially if you need a smaller knife that can handle big work. This go-everywhere locking folder is ready for action, and available in green, black, or gray.

Kizer Contrail Specs:

  • Blade Length: 2.07″ (52.7 mm)
  • Closed Length: 3.20″ (81.3 mm)
  • Overall Length: 5.27″ (134.0 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.110″ (2.8 mm)
  • Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
  • Blade Style: Sheepsfoot
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: Washers
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Right Carry
  • Weight: 3.14 oz. (89 g)
  • Designer: Justin Lundquist
  • Made in China

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