KnifeCenter’s Review: Spyderco’s Earth Brown G10 Para 3

 

Spyderco’s new limited edition Para 3 sports S35VN blade steel and earth brown G10 handle scales. This premium steel gives you a great combination of edge retention, durability, and corrosion resistance. The scales are lightly textured and offer a secure grip in the hand without adding bulk and the earth brown color is easy on the eyes, which pairs well with the satin finish on the blade and metallic pocket clip. Check out the full review on Spyderco’s latest limited edition run in the video!

KnifeCenter Interviews Knife Designer Justin Gingrich

 

Justin Gingrich is a world-renowned knifemaker known for his multi-purpose knife designs with tactical leanings. He stopped by KnifeCenter to show off some of his custom fixed blades and his new folder, which features a proprietary delta lock design that is set to be one of the strongest locks ever.

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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New Fixed Blades and Folders from Olamic Cutlery

 

It’s always a good day when we get to handle new knives from Olamic Cutlery. They continue to raise the bar when it comes to mid-tech folding knives and fixed blades, and the variety of Damascus steel and premium handle materials make this collection truly one-of-a-kind. Check out our review of the new Busker and Wayfarer folding knives and the Voykar HT and Kovda fixed blades!

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

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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The Five Best Spyderco Knives

We’re celebrating 40 years of Spyderco! In honor of their ruby anniversary, we’re going through the five best Spyderco knives.

The Para 3

 

 

The Para 3 is arguably one of the best production knives ever created. With its distinctive design and comfortable ergonomics, it feels as good as it looks – as evidenced by the finger choil that provides comfort and control when cutting. The Para 3 comes in a few different steels, but it comes standard with an S30V. The Para 3 also features Spyderco’s Compression Lock, which is considered by many to be one of the best locking mechanisms on the market. A 4-position pocket clip allows any user to carry the knife in a way that feels natural to them. One thing that would be nice to see from Spyderco moving forward for this knife would be a wider variety of steels.

 

The Endura 4

This Endura 4 is a KnifeCenter Exclusive with an HAP40/SUS410 blade and Mahogany Pakkawood handles. 

 

The first thing that stands out about the Endura 4 is that it’s a larger folding knife at a really good price. The Endura 4 rocks a large VG-10 steel blade and offers some jimping both on and behind the thumb ramp for added control and grip. It has Spyderco’s back lock that offers a solid and secure blade when deployed. The Endura 4 also comes in a variety of colors to fit your personality. The FRN handle is next to indestructible, but if that’s not your style we offer an exclusive Endura 4 in Pakkawood which gives a nice classic modern mix up to this well-loved design.

 

The Delica

This genuine mother of pearl handle is a beautiful addition to the Delica’s design.

 

The Delica is one of Spyderco’s best-selling models and has been around for over 20 years. What we feel makes this knife so legendary is its ability to offer so much without being a huge knife. Even though it’s not the biggest knife, because of its refined ergonomics it offers you a sturdy, precision cutting tool that can stand toe-to-toe with larger knives. The Delica, like the Endura, comes in a wide array of colors – there are even a few versions with handle materials such as abalone and mother of pearl. Of course, we also have the Pakkawood handle model that can only be found here at KnifeCenter.

 

The Yojimbo 2

 

The Yojimbo 2 is a newer model from Spyderco. It was designed by noted personal-defense trainer Michael Janich to be the perfect self-defense tool. The thing that catches your eye right off the bat is the large Wharncliffe blade. The straight blade transfers power all the way to the tip and ensures improved point strength. The Yojimbo was made with some of the best knife handle material available – S30V, S90V, and CPM-20CV. The handles are either G10 or carbon fiber. When closed the Yojimbo 2 sits comfortably in the pocket, but can be deployed quickly. Finally, this knife comes with Spyderco’s Compression Lock, the last piece to turn this into both a functional and effective high-performance tool.

 

The Manix

 

The Manix is one of the top EDC knives we have found. It is well-balanced between size and functionality and is available in a wide variety of some of the best steels on Earth. Like the Para 3, the Manix also has a finger choil for added control and comfort when cutting. The Manix also has a good amount of jimping for added grip, especially on the thumb ramp. One thing that Spyderco has definitely tried to do is to make a Manix for everyone. They have changed the steel, color, and even the handle material in an effort to give you the best knife possible. They even offer a lightweight model for those that are not fans of the larger, heavier knives. The patented ball bearing lock puts the finishing touch on this already great design, giving you a very solid lock that is perfect for one hand operation.

 

There you have it – five incredible knives from one of the best knife companies in the business. The best part is – you can get every single one from KnifeCenter, the original and largest online catalog of cutlery.

 

 

KnifeCenter Reviews the Cold Steel Code 4 & Leatherneck SF

Cold Steel has built quite the reputation over the years by creating knives that have the durability of a tank – I’m sure you all remember us testing that theory on Jason’s truck. Spoiler alert if you haven’t watched that video: the truck lost. This time we’re taking a look at the Code 4 and the Leatherneck SF. Check out the video, then put one (or both) of these knives in your cart – you won’t regret it.

 

 

 

Customs & Mid-Techs: BLADE Show 2018 Edition! (Part Two)

Here we have the last batch of custom and mid-tech knives from our trip to BLADE Show – and we’re ending our haul with some pretty incredible designs from Jeremy Marsh, Tom Krein, and Tom Ploppert.

 

Jeremy Marsh Dressed Up MAC RoxStars

We were fortunate to get a few of Jeremy’s MAC RoxStars at BLADE that feature zirconium or zircu-ti pocket clips with hidden hardware for a little extra pizzazz. It’s one of the premier tactical folders on the market and available for a fraction of what a full custom would run you even though it feels just as nice.

 

George Muller Custom Knives

We managed to grab quite a selection of George’s offerings at the show, including a few well-priced EDC beauties. As with all of his knives, they combine top-notch materials together harmoniously to give these designs the look of true art knives.

 

Steven Kelly Custom Knives and Gear

Straws, Ti Sushi Sticks, Doohickeys, Screw-Its, fixed blades and heck, even a titanium spike – we’ve got some of nearly everything from the 2018 BLADE Show that Steven offers at the moment. We always love working with Steven and his wife Malissa, his constant companion at every show. Out of everything we got at BLADE, these Dragon Skin pattern milled Sushi Sticks might just be the coolest thing.

 

Spartan Blades Custom Special Edition SHFs

SHF Spartan Harsey Folder…quickly becoming THE knife to have from Spartan Blades. We have an awesome selection here of customized and special edition models, so you’re sure to find one for you or a very, very good friend.

 

Tom Krein Custom Splinter Flipper

Tom Krein Splinter = ideal EDC knife. It’s small, ergonomic and fast, which makes it fun to pull out of your pocket and use without calling attention to yourself. With CTS-XHP stainless steel and durable G10, it’s a user piece with class and definite curb appeal.

 

Al Warren Custom Fixed Blades

Alan C. Warren custom knives are functional works of edge art. He puts in the time and includes features that you don’t often see but will absolutely love, like silver soldering on the finger guard for a cleaner look or tapering the tang thickness of the blade at the butt end to save weight. They are specifically designed, manufactured, and honed for hunting tasks and deserve to be used. However, these are some of the most beautiful cutting tools we’ve ever carried so safe queen status is definitely not out of the realm of possibilities.

 

Les George/Allen Elishewitz Cerebrus Mid-Techs

Sometimes it’s difficult to see two makers’ design styles in a collaboration but that definitely is not the case with the Cerebrus from Les George and Allen Elishewitz. This large and in charge tactical flipper looks like an Elishewitz knife with a George finish and mid-tech build quality. We are making them even more enticing by taking $125 off, so if you want to get one into your hands at a great price…better act quick!

 

DPx Gear USA-Made HEST/F Urban Special Editions

The HEST/F Urban came about when Robert Young Pelton wanted to bring a knife to the EDC community that wasn’t just for knife people. It’s for all people who appreciate well-built tools that will last for generations. These three special edition models will appeal to anyone who wants something different than standard issue stonewashed/bead blasted.

 

We have new knives from EOS, RMJ Tactical, Kansei Matsuno, Chuck Richards, Matt Westberg, Rick Hinderer, balisongs from Les Voorhies and Nathan Dewey, and more Astio flippers from Todd Begg Knives. We get new Customs and Mid-Techs in every day, so please email us at support@knifecenter.com with any inquiries.

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