Ken Onion Ripple gets a Redo
The Ripple series has been a great selection since they were introduced last year. This iteration has really dressed them up. The handles are a lot smoother with a steel material rather than the aluminum they formerly came with. The blade steel has also been upgraded to the Acuto 440 which comes harder and should give very good service to the user. The overall feel and “walk and talk” of the knives is, in our opinion, much improved. As always, they fly open on ball bearings making any spring assist mechanisms unnecessary. You can see the entire Ripple Series HERE or you can see the new ones HERE
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Kershaw Tremor Assisted Very Cool Pocketknife!
Kershaw Knives releases another winning folding pocketknife. The Tremor you just felt was the sound of Kershaw’s competitors running back to the drawing board. Kershaw has been the leader in the development and evolution of assisted opening knives since the beginning. We have not seen much new from them in the last couple years in this category, but they have come roaring back with the Tremor. This large G10 linerlock with a blade kicker is made in China under the supervision of Kershaw’s parent company and features the original Ken Onion SpeedSafe technology.
You can see these new pocketknives at www.knifecenter.com
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Ken Onion is famous for the assisted opening knives he developed for Kershaw over a ten year period. Now that he has moved on from Kershaw to Columbia River, he also seems to have moved on from assisted openers. Not to worry, fans of fast opening knives, his new CRKT Eros folder opens just as fast-if not quicker. The secret to Ken’s new speedy folders is the bearings that the blade floats on-the official name is IKBS-that allow it to open like its on roller skates! CRKT is so proud of these knives that they are serial numbering them.
See these knives at www.knifecenter.com
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Benchmade Mini-Rukus AXIS-Assisted 3.4″ Black Combo Blade, Black G10 Handles
Benchmade produced the RUKUS line several years ago and they have been mostly discontinued. We thought they were about the toughest combat folder available. Benchmade Knives has brought back one model for a sprint run and it’s the mini RUKUS with black combo edge blade. They’ve added the Assisted mechanism to the Axis lock and so this is the most spectacular RUKUS we have ever seen- outside of the Gold Series they have offered.
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Kershaw OD-1 Flipper Frame Lock Folder
Kershaw Knives has released this “very cool” folding knife model. As far as pocketknives go, most fast openers have springs to help them fly open. Kershaw Knives has been improving their “flipper” system of opening pocketknives and this is the fastest opener we have seen. No spring is needed! The frame lock on this pocketknife is also a superbly strong locking mechanism. One side of the handle is G10 and the back is the steel frame with the one part that flexes over to lock the blade open. This is a great pocketknife! It is medium sized with a 3″ blade and is slim and seems easy to carry. It’s well made in the USA and sells at www.knifecenter.com for less than $50!
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Kershaw Shallot Assisted Opening Folder 3.5″ Composite 14CZN/ZDP189 Steel Blade
The Kershaw Shallot is a great knife. It is a large, usable size and has all the great Ken Onion assisted opening features. We now have several permutations of this model and this one has the hardest steel. The Damascus models may look prettier to some and they are a super high quality product, but this ZDP-189 steel that is on the cutting edge of these composite blades is super hard and will hold an edge a really long time. Surprisingly, it is not too difficult to resharpen them, either.
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Benchmade Mini-Strykers with Nitrous Assisted Opening
The Benchmade Strykers have been around for many years and recently Benchmade has added the Nitrous super fast assisted opening system. These are the first Mini-Strykers with this feature. BM906SBKD2 has the tanto style blade and the BM907SBKD2 has a drop point blade. These are made in the USA from top quality material. The blades are D2 tool steel for excellent edge holding ability and the handles are textured G10 for great gripping ability in all conditions.
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