I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, there was nothing cooler than a Swiss Army Knife. There’s always been something just so appealing about having all those gadgets in a pocket knife form that even now when I’m older, never goes out of style.
When people think of Swiss Army Knives, the image of the iconic red-handled pocket knife is probably what comes to mind, but they do a lot more than just that. Since Victorinox has been around since the late 1800s, there are innumerable models to choose from at this point, but we’ve narrowed it down to the Top 10 that we think represents the best of what this hallowed brand has to offer.
The Enrique Pena Signature Series Pena-Songs are the mid-tech versions of Pena’s full-on customs and they are one hundred percent American-made. They come in at about half the price of the custom versions but the fit, finish and attention to detail is unimpeachable. All the final assembly is performed by Pena himself to provide great hand-tuned flipping action. If you’ve been craving one of Enrique’s custom Balisongs but can’t swing the payment, these will be right up your alley. The delta in quality between the two is very narrow and you really aren’t giving up much by owning a Signature Series Pena-Song.
The Bailout is a tactical spinoff of Benchmade’s popular ultralight Bugout Series, but a few tweaks have been made to emphasize even more strength than that original model. It’s designed for operators that need a solid tool that doesn’t take up a lot of space or weight, but it works just as well for folks that need a tactically oriented EDC or backup blade without the overbuilt bulk that many tactical knives can fall victim to.
Cold Steel is probably most well known for some of their over-the-top knife demonstration videos. Those videos have a flair for the dramatic and a lot of their knives have that same flair, taking cues from martial arts and tactical needs. However, they also make a lot of really good utility options. Here we’ll take a look at a broad spectrum of the best Cold Steel folding knives that are available as of right now in 2019. Continue Reading
In addition to the finest cutlery and outdoor items in the world, the KnifeCenter offers some very inexpensive items to our customers. Some customers ask us why we sell this type of merchandise. They think it’s junk and beneath us to sell. We do take pride in offering the best products available but we also offer products we feel are an amazing value. We spend a lot of time looking through thousands of products all the time to find the best items for the web site and when we see something that may not be top notch but is a great deal, we want to offer it to our customers. Continue Reading
We get asked all the time about sharpening knives. While this is not a service the Knife Center offers directly, we are pleased to recommend Winston-Salem Knife Sharpening for all professional knife sharpening services. Keep reading to find out more about what this company can do for you, and be sure to let Dexter know that you found him through Knife Center! Continue Reading
A spinoff of the ever-popular Paramilitary 2, the Spyderco Para 3 is a little bit smaller, and in my opinion, its proportions are just about perfect. Although we only get about two and a half inches of sharpened edge, it feels like more in the hand, and the handle is still nice and big, offering a full grip for big jobs. The blade is instantly recognizable as a Spyderco. It has a broad profile, a full flat grind and their signature round opening hole. We’re going to break down what makes this such a great knife for everyday carry and why you should add one to your rotation.
Ever since its introduction a couple of years ago, the Benchmade Bugout has been one of Benchmade’s most popular designs. When it was introduced, they marketed it heavily towards ultralight hikers and backpackers, but it has become just as successful, if not more so, as a highly pocketable EDC design.
Kershaw were one of the first to bring assisted opening knives to a broader market with their SpeedSafe mechanism, which was designed by Hall of Fame knife maker Ken Onion. This mechanism ushered in a sea change in the knife industry and the Leek is one of the knives that has endured since those early days, not just because of its snappy action but because it’s a fantastic design. With slim handles and a narrow blade, it makes a highly refined EDC. It’s perfect as a gentleman’s pocket knife and it also makes a fantastic example of what we like to call an executive knife. As with any knife that has endured for as long as the Leek, you expect to see some variants and you won’t be disappointed by what the Leek series has to offer.
Modern steel technology has grown leaps and bounds in the last couple of decades and it’s changed the way we experience our knives. Today we can achieve long-lasting edge retention that was unheard of just a generation ago. Remember your grandfather’s old pocket knife that was sharpened down to just a sliver of a blade? Well, if his old knife was made with one of these steels there would still be a lot of usable blade left because he wouldn’t have needed to sharpen it so often. The best part of this new crop of steels is that a lot of the best options have been coming down in price, making high-performance even more attainable. We’ve rounded up eight knives with eight supersteels and all of them can be had for less than 150 bucks. Sometimes even far less! Continue Reading