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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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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What Does a 3.15″ Mini Karambit Look Like?

 

It’s compact, it’s useful and let’s be honest, it’s downright cute – any real man can admit that. Looking to add a useful karambit to your EDC or keyring? Check out our video where we show you just how much Fox KnivesMini-Ka folding karambit can handle.

KnifeCenter’s 8 Combat and Tactical Essentials!

Looking for a self-defense tool for you or a loved one? We’ve picked out eight tactical essentials that make perfect gifts – even if you just end up treating yourself!

KnifeCenter is the original and largest online catalog of cutlery, and that includes the best tactical knives in the world.

 

Kershaw Dmitry Sinkevich Concierge Flipper

Love the look and feel of Dmitry Sinkevich’s designs but don’t have Zero Tolerance money? Enter the Concierge, his new flipper collaboration with Kershaw. The clean, refined look is paired with black G10 handle scales, a custom inset pivot, and a backspacer with raised jimping. This knife fits your hand comfortably and flips smoothly thanks to Kershaw’s manual KVT ball-bearing system. Considering it’s less than forty bucks, adding this compact flipper to your cart seems like a no-brainer.

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Our Thoughts on the New Brous Blade Imports

 

Sure, the new imports from Jason Brous are more affordable – but what are our real thoughts on these new knives? Watch our video for a rundown of the Enforcer, Division, and the Silent Soldier flipper.

Spyderco Fan Favorites!

We put out an APB last week asking our Facebook followers what their favorite Spyderco knives were – and boy, did you guys deliver. We had a lot of entries featuring some great old and new Spydercos, so here’s a list of your favorite folders that we agree are some of the top knives in the industry.

 

Spyderco Endura

David W. had a tough choice when it came to which Spyderco knife to show off – he has SIXTEEN Enduras! Here’s what he had to say about his favorite Spyderco:

“To me, the Endura is a great user: it fits my hand well, carries easily, and handles any package or carton I can throw at it. On the other side of things, Spyderco seems to come up with an endless supply of variants and sprint runs that make collecting it even better.”

This Spyderco Endura Damascus model makes for one beautiful EDC. Photo Cred: David W

 

David isn’t the only one that wanted to show off this popular Spyderco folder. Pavel R. describes the “knife crush” he had for his Endura before it was lost by a friend who had borrowed it:

“[The Endura] was my knife crush. Many knives came after her, but she will be in my heart forever.”

We can’t blame Pavel for being heartbroken over the loss of his Spyderco Endura. His hope for a sprint run of this model may be a reality – we’re thinking this new blue/gray FRN model may be his new love! Photo Cred: Pavel R

 

Spyderco C83 Persian

Dan T. hit us with an oldie, but a goodie – the original C83 Persian by Ed Schempp. The original Persian was produced back in 2004-2005, and you’ll see some Eastern influence in the upswept blade and uniquely curved handle. That’s not all that Dan loves about this classic Spyderco knife:

“One of the most beautiful pocket knives there ever was. Great curves. Great old school bolsters and Micarta.”

Ed Schempp’s Persian isn’t in production anymore, but we do have some Spyderco folding knives that sport a similar trailing point blade shape. Photo Cred: Dan T

 

Spyderco Manix 2

Joseph H is a fan of another popular Spyderco knife – the Manix 2. The Manix is one of the best selling combat knife series we offer. As you can see, Joseph has one heck of a Spyderco collection. Why does he choose the Manix 2 over the rest?

“So far the Manix 2 is my favorite…because the locking mechanism is awesome and I really like the blade shape.”

Funny that Joseph would take this shot on his keyboard…we may or may not be currently drooling on ours. These aren’t all Spydercos, obviously – we see some Zero Tolerance and Benchmade models in here – but they do certainly stand out from the crowd thanks to those trademark Spyderholes. Photo Cred: Joseph H

 

Spyderco Techno

A man of few words, Chris G. has only this to say about his Spyderco:

“My Techno, love it.”

And what’s not to love? The Techno packs a tremendous amount of strength and utility into an incredibly compact package. It also has a progressive European appearance that comes straight from the mind of Polish knifemaker Marcin Slysz.

That CTS-XHP steel blade is a heavy hitter for Spyderco. Photo Cred: Chris G

 

Jonas N. also chose the Techno as his favorite Spyderco knife.

The Techno for all circumstances. 😉

Jonas’ photo of his Techno is the perfect argument for why everyone should have an EDC – and having a Spyderco as your everyday carry means you’ll be the big cheese (sorry, we couldn’t resist). Photo Cred: Jonas N

 

We were blown away by all the responses we had – thanks to everyone who sent us photos of their favorite Spyderco knives! If you want to be featured on the blog, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and share your best snaps with us.

KnifeCenter is the original and largest online catalog of cutlery, and that includes the best Spyderco folding knives in the world.

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.

 

 

 

The Results of the Knife World Cup!

We received more than 20,000 comments over the course of 15 rounds in our Knife World Cup tournament – no small achievement, and we have all of you to thank! Any time we do a giveaway we hit some of our highest numbers, but this was definitely one of our more successful campaigns. From June 11th to July 18th, we asked you guys to stay tuned to our social media feeds and vote in every round – and one lucky winner (congrats, Daniel!) who did so won a Chris Reeve Sebenza.

The goal of this tournament was for the best knife to win, so we did see some unlikely matchups. We know we compared apples and oranges sometimes, but it was all done at random to ensure that we didn’t put any of our bias into the tournament. We also counted all the comments. Nothing was done by eye – we let an Excel spreadsheet do the work, instead. Here is a rundown of each round so you can see just how much your vote counted.

 

Round One – Match 01

The Benchmade Griptilian reigned supreme in this round, beating the Ontario Rat 1,257 to 422.

 

Round One – Match 02

Round two was a shutout victory for Zero Tolerance, whose 0562 beat the Emerson CQC-7 1,253 to 351.

 

Round One – Match 03

This matchup was much closer than the previous ones – the Buck 110 won over the WE Knives 703, 841 to 533.

 

Round One – Match 04

Another close round, but Rick Hinderer’s XM-18 still came out on top over Cold Steel’s Recon – the final score was 761 to 575.

 

Round One – Match 05

One of our closest rounds of the entire tournament, the Kershaw Leek went head-to-head with Boker’s Kwaiken. The Kwaiken came out on top, 709 to 622.

 

Round One – Match 06

KA-BAR’s 1217 USMC smoked the ESEE Izula – the final score was 1,285 to 681.

 

Round One – Match 07

This round introduced the overall winner, so we obviously know the outcome of this one – the Chris Reeve Sebenza beat out the Microtech Ultratech 814 to 425.

 

Round One – Match 08

The final match of round one was a total landslide – Spyderco’s Paramilitary 2 beat the Kizer Gemini 1,022 to 133.

 

Round Two – Match 01

The Griptilian once again came out on top, beating the Buck 110 1,025 to 372.

 

Round Two – Match 02

The Sebenza was victorious once again, this time knocking the Boker Kwaiken out of the tournament. The final score was 961 to 323.

 

Round Two – Match 03

ZT came out on top against Rick Hinderer’s XM-18. The 0562 won 711 to 461.

 

Round Two – Match 04

The final match of round two brought Spyderco victory – the Paramilitary 2 dominated over the 1217 USMC 923 to 308.

 

Semi-Finals – Match 01

Things are firing up, and the Griptilian couldn’t take the heat. The Sebenza won 651 to 496.

 

Semi-Finals – Match 02

The Paramilitary 2 heads to the final round after winning 720 to 459 against the ZT 0562.

 

The Final Round!

Here we have it – the final round. It was close, and the Paramilitary 2 put up one heck of a fight…but the victory went to the Chris Reeve Sebenza with a final score of 730 to 539.

 

This was a fun experiment on our end, and we hope you guys got just as much joy as we did reading through the comments and seeing different perspectives on the matchups. Despite our penchant for mischief (looking at you, That’s What I Call Knives: Volume One), nothing was rigged on our end. At the end of the day, we have to give you guys props for your taste in knives – you definitely picked a winner!

 

Happy 4th of July, America

Happy 4th of July!

Here at KnifeCenter Independence Day holds a special place in our hearts.  Here’s to a wonderful Fourth of July celebrated with friends and family. We encourage all citizens to stand up for truth in all aspects of our government. Please stay safe this holiday as we look forward to celebrating many more holidays with our awesome customers!  Happy 4th of July from the Knifecenter!