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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How a Case Knife is Made

We traveled to Bradford, Pennsylvania to meet up with the talented artisans over at Case Knives. They were kind enough to take us through the process of making their high quality and much beloved pocket knives. For those of you out there who have been waiting for a How It’s Made: Knife Edition, we’ve got you covered!

 

 

The Best Customs of the Week – KnifeCenter’s Picks!

Another week, another fresh batch of custom and mid-tech knives. This time we’ve got two production knife features, so check out the list below to find your next EDC or safe queen.

 

Arcform Catalysts by Geoff Blauvelt 

 

Geoff has knocked another one out of the park with the Catalyst from Arcform Knives. This mid-tech WE Knife variant of Geoff’s impressive custom build is simply superb with amazingly crisp, satisfying flipping action and ergonomics that promote all day hard use. Continue Reading

Two of Spyderco’s Best Folding Knives Get a Makeover

The Endura and Delica, two of Spyderco’s most popular folding pocket knives, got a serious glow up with these new FRN Zome Camo handles. Zome is an ancient Japanese art form that focuses on dyeing textiles using dyes from plants, flowers, fruit, and other natural sources. Take a look at KnifeCenter’s review where we dive into what makes these handles so unique!

New Custom Knives – Get ‘Em While They’re Hot!

KnifeCenter’s got a great batch of new custom knives from Bill Koenig, Tim Britton, Justin Gingrich, and more. If you’ve been looking to add to your EDC rotation or knife collection, we have a feeling you’ll be filling up your cart with at least one of these beauties.

 

New Bill Koenig Arius Flippers

 

Do yourself a favor and add a Koenig Arius to your collection right now while we have them in stock. This is one of our favorite custom knives. It’s precision machined with amazing action and stellar ergonomics, making it a do-it-all knife that will become a go-to in your EDC rotation straight away.

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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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New Brand Review – V Nives!

We’ve added yet another new knife brand to our growing collection – V Nives. This American knife company was founded by Mike Vellekamp, who has 25 years of production knifemaking and design experience. Watch the video to see us handle some of their knives and learn what we think about their products!

Top Picks: Mid-Summer Outdoor & Survival Gear

Twice a month we pull together some of the best outdoor and survival knives and tools so you can update your outdoor pack or emergency kit. Basically, we’re doing the work so you can spend less time shopping and more time adventuring. This week we have a cool variety of items that range from folding steak knives to knife bracelets. Intrigued? Check out the items below and follow the links to fill your cart with some mid-summer camping essentials.

 

Boker Magnum Outdoor Cuisine III Folder

Looking forward to an upcoming camping trip? Are you a survival enthusiast or bushcrafter who wants to pack light? The Magnum Cuisine III is a kitchen knife designed for the great outdoors that will cut through freshly grilled game with ease. The broad 440C Japanese Nakiri-style blade is perfect for slicing through both tough meat and delicate veggies, and the Rosewood scales feel as good as they look.

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KnifeCenter’s Custom and Mid-Tech Picks!

We get new custom and mid-tech knives in throughout the week, meaning Knifecenter sees the best knives on the market every. single. day. Man, there are just some days where you have to sit back and realize you get to handle knives like this for a living. Now that you’re all super jealous, check out our offerings below!

 

Jake Hoback Custom Ps35 Axe

Jake’s Ps35 Axe is a versatile tactical and camp tomahawk with distinct features that allow it to excel at both. The hammer is ideal for driving in tent poles or wedges for snares. The fully enclosed Micarta handle is sealed to prevent electrical shock if you accidentally hit a live wire while using the Ps35 as a breaching tool.

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