The Model 0300 was Zero Tolerance’s first ever knife, co-designed by Ken Onion and Mick Strider, and it became an immediate success in the realm of hard use folding knives. ZT has separated themselves from the competition by using only the best available materials and manufacturing stout tactical knives to some of the tightest tolerances in the industry. The handle of the 0300 is a large 5-1/4″, made from machined G10 with a titanium frame lock. It’s got great jimping for your thumb in both the forward and reverse grips, much like a Strider Knife, which is functional even with gloves on. The 3-3/4″ S30V blade features the new Blackwashed finish which is best described as a DLC (diamond-like carbon) finish that been tumbled (or stonewashed) for a non-reflective, broken-in look. The Model 0300 was such a popular design that it spawned a smaller brother, the 0350 with all G10 handles, that continues to be among the most popular knives ZT manufacturers. Blackwash is the same finish as the Acid Stonewash by Brous Blades and seems to be where manufacturers are heading for a durable, non-reflective finish on high end knives. Check out the new Zero Tolerance 0300 at www.knifecenter.com.
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If you’re looking for a blade that you’ll be both proud to show off to your friends and pass down to your children, the Hogue EX-04 series is an excellent choice for your money. They’re Allen Elishewitz designs made to handle the tough tasks and look good doing it. These EX-04 models have a highly ergonomic handle featuring the new blue and red lava G-Mascus G10 scales, which really catch the eye and provide a good, sturdy grip. The 3.5″ or 4″ black finished blades come in either an upswept or wharncliffe style that really excel in cutting with natural curves for maximum effectiveness. The button lock mechanism these knives use is a very high strength design that comes with a manual safety to lock the blade open if necessary. A superior folding EDC option, it’s also available in a tactical black configuration for military operations. Check out these cool new Hogue offerings at www.knifecenter.com.
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The very popular model 0350 has added yet another new variation to the family, this one with bright orange handles. The G10 on this model is slightly thicker than previous versions making for a more comfortable knife to hold and to use. The 3-1/4″ recurved blade is best described as a mix of bead blasted and stonewashed for a good looking and most likely very durable blade finish. The 0550BLK is the same exact knife as it was before but with a black DLC coated S35VN blade. The titanium locking side features the new more-Hinderer inspired frame lock and the same deep carry pocket clip found on the 0560 and 0561 models. Excellent ergonomics, good looks, and a real sense of toughness emanates from these two knives and there’s no doubt both would serve well in just about any application. Check out these brand new Zero Tolerance knives at www.knifecenter.com.
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The first folding knife models from Maxpedition are now available at the KnifeCenter and what a good design these blades are. The ergonomic FRN handle is available in khaki, olive drab, or the standard black and it comes with a non-movable black pocket clip. You’ve got the option to use the ambidextrous thumb studs or flipper to open the blade, both work equally well with modest finger pressure. The drop point blades are all 3-1/4″, black coated, and come with nice jimping on the pronounced thumb ramp for precise, controlled cutting. This is a knife you can count on not to fall apart when you need it and it can be found at www.knifecenter.com.
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It’s rare when you handle a knife for the first time and you’re either speechless or all you can utter is, Dang! That’s why Camillus has saved you time and effort and just put the thought into your head; this thing is a Beast! Measuring 9-3/4″ overall with a 3-3/4″ VG-10 blade, this new tactical folder from Camillus is meant for the tough and rugged field of battle. The handle is large of course and the straight lines, reminiscent of a Sebenza, are definitely comfortable in a variety of grips. You can use the flipper mechanism or overlarge thumb slot/hole for opening and the action is extremely smooth. Check out this modified American tanto blade design at www.knifecenter.com.
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Blackjack Knives aren’t as well known as ESEE or Ontario but they should be with the high quality, excellent designs they are producing right here in the USA. The newest knives from Blackjack to come through our door were the Tac Ops Ranger Series featuring convex ground 1095 carbon steel blades with a powder coating to match the handle color. Made from lightly textured Micarta, the handles are ergonomic, durable, and available in a variety of colors. The included black Kydex sheath secures the knife tightly and comes with a premolded belt loop that can be switched for vertical or horizontal carry. A good looking and feeling knife with a lot of survival and tactical function, Blackjack Knives have got a winner with the Tac Ops Ranger Series of knives. Get yours at www.knifecenter.com.
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Zero Tolerance has become well known in the knife community for making wide blades of quality materials and near-unbreakable toughness. People around the world have been calling for a slimmer, lighter knife built to the same stout standards and ZT responded excellently with the model 0780. Loosely based off the ZT0160 combat fixed blade, it incorporates features from different Kershaw and ZT knives to make for a useful and ergonomic design. It’s got a solid skull crusher on the end, nicely textured G10 handle scales, and a four-position deep carry pocket clip for secure carry. The 3.5″ S30V blade has sharp, functional jimping on the spine and can be opened with either the flipper mechanism or the tapered thumbstuds that Kershaw uses on the Blur models. The knife has an entirely black tactical look but at 4.0 ounces and very slim in the closed position, it is definitely the right size to have on your person at all times. Check out this new EDC combat folder from Zero Tolerance at www.knifecenter.com.
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DPx Gear, in partner with Italian knife manufacturer LionSteel, is doing some amazing things with their excellently designed HEST Folder. After almost a year of field use gathering opinions, suggestions, and modification ideas, DPX Gear has come out with their Triple Black special edition folder with some serious tactical improvements. The main complaint about their original folder by soldiers serving all over the world was that it just wasn’t tactical enough. The knife lacked serrations and the Titanium lock side and clip were too darn visible and with this simple idea at heart, the new HEST T3 was born. The knife now comes with a tactical black G10 handle scale, a PVD-coated Titanium lockbar, and is free of any discernible markings on the blade or clip. This allows for the knife to disappear into the night and with the sharp biting serrations, it’s possibly the perfect combat theater tool. Another awesome new feature of the Triple Black T3 folder is that the skull shaped adjustment tool now incorporates a built in compass. For it to function correctly, the tool had to be made from a non-magnetic alloy and what better for this than Titanium. Adjust your tactical tool with style and be sure to get yours before they’re gone forever, strictly limited to 500 production pieces. You can find this stout, tactical folder at www.knifecenter.com.
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The design my be quirky and unfamiliar to most but in no way does that mean that it’s an inferior tool. In the case of the new Zero Tolerance 0750 assisted folder, the unique blade and handle shape actually make it a superior knife for many different applications. Designed to be especially useful for draw cuts and in the reverse grip, the talon shaped S30V blade is an absolutely ferocious cutter. The reverse curved handle is surprisingly comfortable to use normally but it really shines in the reverse grip, locking into the hand very tightly. This makes this knife a superb last ditch tactical defense weapon for more powerful slash cuts and you can find it at www.knifecenter.com.
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Todd Begg is a custom knife maker and former NBC Recon team member. His inspiration is drawn from his vast life experience and knife designers Edmund Davidson and TM Dowel. The Field Marshal is Boker Plus‘ production version of a custom design by Begg. The handle is the first thing you notice when pulling the knife from it’s packaging and then it’s the excellent quality. The 5-1/8″ G10 handle is extremely thick with solid liners and is very nicely shaped for hard use cutting. The 3-3/4″ 440C blade can be opened with the milled thumb slots or the flipper and it’s excellently shaped to stab, slice, or for roll cuts. An excellent design with a superb lifetime warranty, see this knife right now at www.knifecenter.com.
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