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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New Collaboration from Lucas Burnley – The Kihon Flipper

Lucas Burnley and Boker have teamed up once again to bring you the latest addition to the Kihon seriesa modified tanto-style model with rugged D2 steel. This new flipper is a return to form for Burnley, and it brings the Kihon series back to its roots as a collection of Japanese-styled knives rather than the Americanized drop point variations we’ve seen.

My name’s Chandler Caldwell, and I’m a Product Specialist and writer for KnifeCenter. Let’s take a look at this new collaboration and see how it compares to Burnley’s famous Kwaiken.

 

Chandler Caldwell – Product Specialist, writer, and all around knife nut. 

 

Lucas Burnley works hard to show that utility shouldn’t come at the cost of beauty. This is something he’s tried to show for years and we definitely feel he’s succeeded. The Kihon shares inspirational elements with the Kwaiken, one of Burnley’s most well known knives. Both combine a traditional Japanese style with the utility of a compact knife.

 

The legendary Kwaiken, a much beloved industry favorite.

 

Like we mentioned, the new Kihon varies slightly from the Kihon family tradition of a standard drop point blade. The modified tanto on the new model really helps it stand out and showcases Burnley’s love for Japanese-style knives.

Both knives feature clean lines and unique designs. The Kihon has milling that gives it a pretty sleek look overall. While not being too aggressive, the aluminum handle keeps the knife surprisingly light for its size but maintains its strength.

 

This new Kihon is the latest addition to the Kihon family that features a modified tanto blade, a stainless steel handle with a “Rising Sun” texture, and a sizeable frame lock. 

 

Burnley’s knives share the trait of being extremely functional, but we think that the Kihon and the Kwaiken give wildly different performances. The Kwaiken is widely known as a gentleman’s folder, and as many of you know there are people that think a gentleman’s folder is too small and can’t be used well. We personally don’t agree with that sentiment at all, and think that the Kwaiken is an amazing EDC. The Kihon, on the other hand, has a slightly larger handle and a thicker, wider blade which may appeal to that audience. This is a great go-to work knife, or at least a knife that’s designed for more regular use and abuse.

The fit and finish of both is exemplary, but the Kwaiken has always deserved major recognition in particular. Burnley designed a serious masterpiece when he created this knife. It’s famous for good reason – it’s a sturdy workhorse with comfortable handling and a slim build. It fits so seamlessly in your pocket you’ll almost forget it’s there.

The Kihon may be a better choice if you’re going to be working with a knife for a long period of time, however. Compared to the Kwaiken, it has a more sizeable stainless steel frame lock and performs like a tactical EDC dream. We don’t doubt it will join the Knife Hall of Fame alongside the Kwaiken, but we want to hear your thoughts. Both are engineered to give you optimal versatility and Japanese influenced simplicity, but which would you rather have in your pocket? Let us know over on our social media networks: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Doc Shiffer Knives Field Grade Recon Folders

Doc Shiffer Knives Field Grade Recon FoldersThe Doc Shiffer Field Grade Recons are midtechs with the same buttery action as the full custom models, and excellent build quality. The stonewashed blade is just begging to be used and N690 stainless steel provides excellent corrosion resistance. The handles are made from 0.15″ thick Titanium slabs and are available in a variety of colors, as is the Titanium pocket clip. You also have your choice of a lightweight flow-though design, or an anodized Titanium backspacer with a nice jimped texture. Check them out at www.knifecenter.com.

Bad Blood Knives Kendrick/Mosier Burning Horizon Midtech

Bad Blood Knives Kendrick/Mosier Burning Horizon Midtech

The Burning Horizon is the first midtech offered by Bad Blood Knives. Collaboratively designed by custom knifemakers Sean Kendrick and David Mosier, it’s made in America by Chad Nichols Damascus. The knife features a 3.5” blade made from S35VN stainless steel with a heavily stonewashed finish and gold anodized Titanium handles. This is by far the best knife released so far from Bad Blood, it’s got top quality fit and finish. They are limited to only 200 so I would get one before they are gone at www.knifecenter.com.

David Mosier Knives Crossfire Midtech Flipper

David Mosier Knives Crossfire Midtech Flipper

The Crossfire Midtech Flipper 100% made in America by talented custom maker David Mosier. The blade is made from Crucible CPM-154 stainless steel, the handle is Titanium, and both are heavily stonewashed for a very good wearing finish. There is a strong detent which once overcome allows this knife to fire open so quickly that you would think it’s assisted. The Crossfire is a beautiful midtech for a great price and we hope the first of many more from David. Get yours today at www.knifecenter.com.

Boker Applegate Fighting Knife

Boker Applegate Fighting Knife

Colonel Rex Applegate’s legacy lives on in this intricate, superiorly manufactured Boker Applegate 6″ Commemorative Fighting Knife. With its beautiful rosewood handle, mirror polished 154CM steel blade, individual serialization and certificate of authenticity, this would be a great knife for your collection. There is only 199 pieces available in the U.S. market so get one today at www.knifecenter.com.

Boker Special Run Gorski Damascus Folding Knife

Boker Special Run Gorski Damascus Folding Knife

The Boker Special Run Gorski is a treat for any Damascus collector. It features a “Sramble Damascus” steel blade, handle, and safety slide lock made by none other than Chad Nichols. He is without a doubt one of the best and most telented Damascus manufacturers in the world today. This is a limited production piece of only 199 available in the USA and Europe, so if this is a knife you have to have you better get it now at www.knifechenter.com.

Boker Jens Anso 67 Anniversary Folding Knife

Boker Jens Anso 67 Anniversary Folding Knife

Limited to just 145 pieces worldwide, the Boker Jens Anso 67 is now available in the Anniversary series with Grenadill Wood handle scales. This top tier folding knife will be a wonderful addition to anyone’s collection or their EDC rotation. This Jens Anso classic features simple construction and surprisingly good ergonomics for such a unique design. The blade is made from high quality N690BO steel and features a titanium frame lock design. Get one before they are gone for good at www.knifecenter.com.