Kizer Cutlery has made a name for themselves by being one of the first Chinese manufacturers to offer high-end knives with quality materials at a competitive price. Check out our review of the Gemini folder, the Dukes flipper, and the V3 – these collaborations with custom knife makers are swoon-worthy.
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RJ Martin has a knack for functional blade shapes and comfortable, ergonomic handles. Many of his custom and limited production knives sell for $500 and up, so to get one of his designs at this price is remarkable.
Kershaw, as well as Boker and some other manufacturers, is very adept at taking high end custom designs and turning them into production pieces. No corners were cut designing, engineering, and manufacturing the 3890 Scrambler. The assisted opening blade can only be opened with the flipper mechanism since it lacks conventional thumbstuds. The SpeedSafe mechanism is quick, strong, durable, and proven. It can be found on countless different Kershaw designs.
The best way to describe the Scrambler is that it is an extremely sleek looking and functioning knife. There’s no jimping on the blade spine which I can live without, but some people might call it a crime that they left out this important part of ergonomics. However, the shape of the handle locks this knife into your hand just fine. The machining work on the backspacer, as well as the G10 handle with stainless steel bolsters, adds to the aesthetics of the knife making it a folder you will be proud to carry every day. The frame lock mechanism, ultra stout pocket clip, and coating on the steel parts of the knife add to the design’s strength and wearability. This is a knife you should have in your collection and it can be found at www.knifecenter.com.
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CRKT has been pumping out the
Brian Tighe designs hard and fast recently, and for good reason. Each and every model he comes up with is refreshingly different and once you get one in the hand, is hard to put down. The two newest to arrives through the KnifeCenter doors are the Tighe Coon and Tighe Dye folders. They both have flipper mechanisms, gray aluminum handles, button locks, and reasonably deep carry pocket clips. However, apart from these material similarities, they really are quite different designs. The Dye model is a single edged version of an Italian Stiletto, but the handle provides a much more stout feeling for more demanding cutting tasks. The Tighe Coon knife is ultra smooth opening with a slightly recurved drop point blade for better slicing performance. Both knives feature mirror polished AUS-8 blades and are built like tanks. Check out these Tighet new knives at www.knifecenter.com.
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With two new flippers in two successive years,
Spyderco must be trying to change their Trademark Hole or something fishy is going on. Flippers keep gaining popularity with knife knuts because they’re easier and are in some cases faster to open. The addition of an assist mechanism or ball bearing system gives you the peace of mind that the blade will open quickly and do so completely, every time. The Domino is just this kind of knife with buttery smooth bearings, making it very fun to play with. In use, it’s like any other Spyderco – just made to cut things! The CTS XHP steel is among the best in performance on the market due a high hardness and edge holding capability. The best thing about it though, is something you cannot see; the ease at which it can be resharpened. Hard steels like D2 and ZDP perform very well until they get dull. That’s when you either have to spend an hour working on the edge or send it out to get professionally sharpened. Not so with XHP. It’s fine particle metallurgy and high chromium content makes sharpening easier while also boosting its corrosion resistance. The Chris Reeve Integral frame lock (with replaceable lock bar insert), four-position pocket clip, and carbon fiber laminate handle are just other parts of this very well manufactured product. Check out the new Spyderco flipper at www.knifecenter.com.
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Hogue EX03 Folders!
The tactical folding knives from Hogue are high quality, beautiful production models of custom designs from Allen Elishewitz. Following the success of the EX01 and EX-F01 models, and the first liner locking model from Hogue; the EX02 we now have the more economical EX3 series of folders. This series has polymer handles and the button lock system found on the EX01 series. Available in two different sizes and blade configurations, you have a choice between the drop point model and the wicked sharp tanto design. This is a Hogue knife designed by Elishewitz that we all can afford! They can be found at www.knifecenter.com.
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The first folding knife models from
Maxpedition are now available at the KnifeCenter and what a good design these blades are. The ergonomic FRN handle is available in khaki, olive drab, or the standard black and it comes with a non-movable black pocket clip. You’ve got the option to use the ambidextrous thumb studs or flipper to open the blade, both work equally well with modest finger pressure. The drop point blades are all 3-1/4″, black coated, and come with nice jimping on the pronounced thumb ramp for precise, controlled cutting. This is a knife you can count on not to fall apart when you need it and it can be found at www.knifecenter.com.
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If you’re new to flipping or are ready take off the training wheels, why not pick up a
limited edition butterfly knife for a fraction of the price you’ll spend on other models. The new red handled Bali Songs from Bear & Sons Cutlery are available in a compact 4″ closed length model and also 5″ for those who like a full size knife to flip with. Now available at the KnifeCenter, this popular and economic butterfly knife is limited to 263 production pieces per model. Smooth to flip, ergonomic to use, and sharp right out of the box, Bear & Sons Bali Songs are great tools for your hard earned money. Check them out at www.knifecenter.com.
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The tactical folding knives from
Hogue are extremely high quality, beautiful production models of custom designs from Allen Elishewitz. Following the success of the EX01 and EX-F01 models, new for this year is the first liner locking model from Hogue; the EX02. Available in two different sizes and blade configurations, you have a choice between the drop point model and the wicked sharp tanto design with a 3-3/8″ or 3-3/4″ blade. Two totally different opening methods are also available, one with ambidextrous thumbstuds and the other with a flipper mechanism. Every EX02 has a reversible deep carry pocket clip, cryogenically treated 154CM blade, and a skull crusher/glass breaker at the butt end of the handle. The wicked cool Damascus Pattern G10, dubbed “G-Mascus”, is only found on Hogue knives and available in a black/gray color or OD green. They don’t specify what kind of washers or pivot system is used on the knife but believe me, you’ll be hard pressed to find a smoother opening blade. A quality design from an excellent custom designer, the EX02 can be found at www.knifecenter.com.
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Todd Begg is a custom knife maker and former NBC Recon team member. His inspiration is drawn from his vast life experience and knife designers Edmund Davidson and TM Dowel. The Field Marshal is Boker Plus‘ production version of a custom design by Begg. The handle is the first thing you notice when pulling the knife from it’s packaging and then it’s the excellent quality. The 5-1/8″ G10 handle is extremely thick with solid liners and is very nicely shaped for hard use cutting. The 3-3/4″ 440C blade can be opened with the milled thumb slots or the flipper and it’s excellently shaped to stab, slice, or for roll cuts. An excellent design with a superb lifetime warranty, see this knife right now at www.knifecenter.com.
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Columbia River Knife & Tool has some of the best and highest value knife designs available on the market today. The Eraser from Liong Mah is the next combat worthy folder that you will be able to count on for your life. The knife features a 3-7/8″ blade with an extremely versatile blade shape which also happens to be a personal favorite. The reverse tanto blade is extremely strong, durable, and fit for every use from slicing to stabbing to chopping. The slight curvature in the handle is very ergonomic and locks the knife in your hand with a full four finger grip. The handle scales are contoured G10 and the blade steel is AUS8, hollow ground, with a bead blast or Titanium-Nitride finish. There are no thumbstuds on the knife but the pocket clip can be positioned in four places for complete ambidextrous carry. The Mah Eraser is a highly functional knife design which is extremely well built, check it out at www.knifecenter.com.
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