Pre-BLADE Show Custom and Mid-Tech Showcase!

We’re obviously more than excited about next week’s upcoming BLADE Show, but luckily we were still sent in some pretty stellar custom and mid-tech pieces to show off before we get hit with the motherload.  Check them out below, and let us know what you’re excited to see while we’re at the show!

KnifeCenter is the original and largest online catalog of cutlery, and that includes the best custom knives from some of the most well known knifemakers in the world.

 

New Custom and Production Pro-Tech Automatics

We just got in another shipment from Pro-Tech Knives – and we got quite a haul. From custom Strider PTs to the brand new TR-5 Tactical Response Auto, these are some of the best knives money can buy and are 100% American made.

 

Sean O’Hare Custom Flippers

Sean O’Hare makes some of the most elegant tactical and utility knives around, and he’s one of our favorite custom knifemakers to deal with. He’s genuine, quiet, and unassuming – just like his knives. These flippers will outperform your expectations, and you’ll have the satisfaction of being able to do some serious cutting.

 

Marfione Custom Knives Socom Elite Prototypes


From prototypes to the newest copper and brass inlaid pieces, we have a number of different Socom Elite models for you to choose from. This is one of the premier folding knives on the market in terms of design, function, and following…and we absolutely love it.

 

Matthew Martin Custom Handmade Pens


Matthew Martin, son of RJ, is as talented on his lathe as his father is on a grinder. These are without a doubt some of the finest handmade pens we’ve come across. They utilize top-notch materials and feature what may just be the nicest fit and finish you’ve seen in a writing instrument. Don’t worry – they will be delivered in time for Father’s Day.

 

Les George Custom FM-1 Damascus Folder


The FM-1 is one of Les George’s first designs. It perfectly exhibits the graceful yet muscular, flashy yet practical style that has come to define his knifemaking career. With a Chad Nichols Stainless Boomerang Damascus blade, hand-sculpted titanium handles, and a marbled carbon fiber inlay, this half-dress FM-1 is just the right balance of beauty and beast.

 

Darrel Ralph Custom Fusion AOD Flipper


This knife might be one of the wildest and most ambitious knives ever to leave Darrel Ralph’s workbench. The blade is made from two of the most exotic materials used in knifemaking today, interlocked and fused together in a pattern across the blade: a spine of raindrop Mokuti and an edge made from the nearly corrosion-proof Stellite 6K cobalt alloy. The Mokuti handles have been sculpted and then selectively blasted and polished to give them a striking two-tone look that pairs perfectly with this amazing blade.

 

Butch Ball Custom Damascus Flippers

Butch Ball makes each of his one-of-a-kind knives by hand in his Virginia shop. He might be best known for his collaborations with Benchmade, but his custom work is where Butch lets his craftsmanship shine. These flippers are all made with high-performance stainless Damascus or Damasteel blades, and they flip open confidently on their ball-bearing pivots.

 

Tuff-Writer KC Exclusive Precision Press Pen


The Tuff-Writer pen was designed to be the toughest pen out there, and with years of reliable service in some of the most inhospitable environments on the planet, that claim has been fulfilled. This KnifeCenter Exclusive is precision-built with black DLC-coated steel and orange Cerakote aluminum, and includes several inserts to accept most major refills (Parker / Fisher / Foray).

 

Gerry McGinnis Custom and Pro Line Knives


Whether you pick a full custom, hand ground fixed blade or a folder from his Pro Line Series, Jerry McGinnis’ sinuous designs and obsessive eye for quality are apparent in every detail. From the crisp hand-set detents in his framelock flippers to the organic, ergonomic curves of his handles, these are some of the best and most collectible knives on the market.

 

Benchmade 319DLC-1801 Limited Edition Proper Slipjoint

Benchmade revisits their smash hit gentleman’s knife, the Proper, with this new limited-edition run with a black DLC S30V blade and “Benchmade Blue” G10 handles. Traditional in form, this non-locking folder is built with a modern construction, blade steel, and modified sheepsfoot blade shape that feel thoroughly new-age yet enjoyably nostalgic.

 

Coming soon: we’ll have some beautiful pieces from Enrique Pena and the new Bastinelli Trigger. The countdown to BLADE Show has begun and we’re only a week away. We’ll be there in full force and expect to come back with a plethora of awesome stuff from the industry’s best. We get new Customs and Mid-Techs in every day, so please email us at support@knifecenter.com with any inquiries.

Introducing The Knife Guide!

You know KnifeCenter is the largest and original catalog of cutlery, but did you also know we’ve been an educational resource since our launch in 1995? From day one, we’ve been an international hub with the latest knife news. One of our biggest goals was to not only be able to give you the largest collection of products, but also have all the information you’d ever need about knives and tools to make an informed purchase.

One thing we take very seriously is making it easier for knife newbies to enter the industry. That’s why we’ve created The Knife Guide – a series of videos that will cover a wide range of topics, from learning about knife parts to knife and tool maintenance (and everything in between).

We already have the first two installments ready and rolling on our YouTube channel!

 

The Knife Guide 01: Defining an EDC

This video will not only define an EDC, but will explain a little bit about folding knives, pocket knives, fixed blade knives, multi-tools, and some rules for choosing a knife or tool that’s the right fit for you. You can also check out all of the products that we used in the video, just in case any of them caught your eye or seemed like a good fit for a first-time knife or tool buyer.

 

The Knife Guide 02: What is a Folding Pocket Knife? 

In the second installment of the series, we dug into exactly what a folding knife is – the parts, how they work, what additions impact the cost of a folding knife, the different types of locking mechanisms and how they function, and some of the trademarks you’ll see in folding knives from well known manufacturers like Spyderco and Benchmade. We pulled out some great knives to help showcase these features, that way you’ll know our recommendations and can feel confident picking up any one of these folders.

 

We’ll be adding new videos weekly on YouTube and featuring the products on our website. We’re going to talk about what a fixed blade is, the best way to sharpen steel, the different blade shapes and what blade types are best for specific tasks, the different types of steel and how they compare, the best knife handle materials, and more. We’re also eager to see what type of content you’d like to see in this series – nothing is off limits! Be sure to head to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to let us know what you think and your recommendations for what you’d like featured in this series next!

 

 

 

Taking Tactical to a Whole New Level

It’s time to get tactical. Self-defense is a no-brainer – why not make it easier with one of these high quality tools? We have knives from popular brands like Zero Tolerance and Cold Steel in this list, as well as a production version of a custom karambit from Richard Derespina we think you’ll love.

KnifeCenter is the original and largest online catalog of cutlery, and that includes the best tactical knives from some of the most famous knifemakers in the world.

 

Zero Tolerance 0770 Flippers

ZT’s 0770 was inspired by their award-winning 0777, and is a smaller assisted opening version that gives you the same solid performance of its predecessor. All of our models feature premium S35VN steel, and you have your choice of either carbon fiber or anodized aluminum handles.

 

Kizer Cutlery Pinkerton Little River Bowie Fixed

The Little River Bowie is a cool fixed blade with dependable 1095 carbon steel, black G10 handle scales, and a sleek Dirk Pinkerton design. This robust knife comes with a compact profile that makes it functional and easy to carry. Did we mention the ultra-tactical black-on-black color scheme?

 

Browning Knives Black Label Crack Down Assisted Folder


The Crack Down has a solid, no-nonsense build and sleek design that’s a steal at only $37.95. It’s a great assisted folder with textured G10 scales and finger grooves that guarantee a super secure grip. No silly bells and whistles – this tactical knife is simple in the best way.

 

Cold Steel Urban Edge Push Daggers

Cold Steel is the purveyor of some of the finest production push knives on the market right now, offering razor sharp edges and letting you maintain control thanks to those excellent ergonomics. The Urban Edge, specifically, delivers that same self-defense practicality you expect, but its size and shape grant additional versatility as a useful everyday carry cutting tool.

 

Pro-Tech Stiletto Automatic Folders

These semi-custom, USA-made stiletto automatic folding knives range from high end models to more affordable variations. Our large selection features great steel, cool handles, and many interesting touches that give each knife their own unique look and style.

 

Benchmade Mini Presidio II AUTO Folder


This new Benchmade Mini Presidio II is a great automatic knife that features a CPM S30V steel blade and a lighter, more concealable design. This variation has an ergonomic black aluminum handle with a milled texture that will give you an ultra secure grip.

 

Derespina Production Model 10 Karambit Fixed Blade


We think the Model 10 Karambit is one of the best CQC knives ever designed by Richard Derespina, and it’s one of the most deadly in the hands of a trained user. Now you don’t have to wait for one of his rare custom knives – this production version features the same materials at a fraction of the price of the original.

 

Weapons Care Tools

 


These care tools will ensure that your weapon gives you the best possible performance in the field. This selection ranges from inexpensive maintenance kits to high quality equipment for heavy duty cleaning.

 

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Eight Outdoor and Survival Essentials for Spring!

There’s finally a light at the end of the snow tunnel – and this time, spring really IS nearly here. Check out these eight outdoor and survival essentials that should definitely make an appearance in your pack this season.

KnifeCenter is the original and largest online catalog of cutlery, and that includes the best survival knives and outdoor tools from some of the most well known knife brands in the world.

 

Kershaw Reverb Folding Knife

This manual opener is a lightweight outdoor knife that can easily be deployed with one hand, and it comes with a built-in carabiner clip. The Reverb’s two-tone sheepsfoot blade has a sharp edge, and the handle’s G10 scales and carbon fiber overlay give it a nice textured grip.

 

Ken Onion Knifeworks Special Edition Hunting/Fishing/Skinning Bird and Trout Knife

Proudly made in the USA, this special edition fixed blade knife from Ken Onion is a semi-custom design that has a DLC coated blade and polished black G10 handle. The ergonomics and quality materials of this knife make it one of the best performing field knives in the industry.

 

Condor Tool & Knife Heavy Duty Kukri

This Joe Flowers-designed fixed blade Kukri knife from Condor is a more affordable variation of their K-TACT Kukri. You’ll still get the same overall length with a 1075 high carbon steel blade and bead blasted finish, but with a new Walnut Wood handle and lighter weight.

 

United Cutlery Gil Hibben Triple Thrower Set

Based on Gil Hibben’s own karate knife design, these throwing knives are a fun way to spend a day in your backyard and can also be used as hunting tools. For less than forty bucks, you’ll have one of the most popular throwing knife sets around.

 

Spyderco Harpy Folding Knife

The Harpy’s curved hawkbill blade is fully serrated VG-10 steel, so pulling cuts will be more controlled when you’re dealing with rope, line, webbing, or netting. This is a great folding knife with a solid lockup that can rival the performance of many pricier outdoor knives.

 

Cold Steel Roach Belly Fixed Blade

The Roach Belly was a popular 17th century blade style known for its versatility, economy, and effectiveness.  This model gives you decent steel for only $14.95, and the high impact polypropylene handle will deliver great all-weather performance.

 

Schrade Outdoor Kit Emergency and Survival Tool Kit

This is a great all-in-one kit for budding survivalists and seasoned outdoorsmen. This survival kit includes a folding saw, axe head, shovel head, survival pick head, and a rubberized 2-piece hollow handle for additional supply storage – all neatly contained in a sturdy polyester case.

 

UST Delta Windmill Stormproof Lighter

This rugged outdoor lighter works when wet, lights up to 30,000 times, and can withstand 80 MPH winds. Watertight and impact-resistant, the tough elastomer armor ensures reliable performance and the lighter has an easy one-handed operation.

 

What product on this list is the best?  Did your favorite outdoor essential not make the list? Let us know! Don’t forget to tell us what you’d like to see us post next, and be sure to share this blog with your outdoor-loving friends and family.

Great Camping Items You Need This Season

With spring approaching, now’s the time to re-evaluate your camping pack and add some sweet new gear. We’ve got knives, we’ve got hatchets, we’ve got survival kits – basically, we’ve got it all.

KnifeCenter is the original and largest online catalog of cutlery, and that includes the best survival knives and camping tools from some of the most well known knife brands in the world.

 

 

Spyderco Endura Folders

Spyderco’s Endura folding knives need no introduction considering their impressive pedigree. These perennial favorites are known for their slim and lightweight build, and their ample size makes them a perfect fit for people with larger hands. For a very reasonable price, you’re getting a robust folder with great steel that comes in a variety of handles, blades, and materials.

 

 

Gerber LST Folders

Lightweight performance was the goal when the LST was developed by Gerber in the 80’s, and these two folders definitely fulfill that ambition. The LST has a lockback design that weighs in at a mere 1.2 ounces. Want to go even lighter? The Ultralight is only 0.6 ounces. These easy-carry USA-made folding knives are a steal at under twenty bucks each.

 

 

Benchmade Bushcrafter Fixed Blade

When you look at the Bushcrafter 162 from Benchmade, you’ll see some features you usually find in custom knives. Its high ground premium S30V blade and contoured G10 scales make this fixed blade a high quality knife that performs like a true beast.

 

 

Camillus Les Stroud Signature Series Survival Kits

We can’t name all 25 essential items that come in the Survival Kit from Camillus Knives here  – the list is simply too extensive. The 18-piece kit isn’t any easier. Both include matches, a whistle, a compass, a fire starter, a stainless lockable pot, and more.

 

 

Schrade Uncle Henry Series Fixed Blades

Who doesn’t love a classic? Our selection of Schrade’s Uncle Henry fixed blades has your next hunting knife, and you’ll love the old school style that makes them true collectibles. Each one has a stag horn handle, a solid full-tang construction, and a high end D2 steel blade. There’s even a gut hook model if you want more precision when skinning your well earned game.

 

 

Condor Tool & Knife Axes and Hatchets

You can identify a traditional Condor axe by its hickory handle, high carbon steel, and Condor Classic finish. Our offerings also include variations that have Micarta or paracord-wrapped handles, just in case you want a little diversity in your Condor collection. No matter which one you choose, you’re getting a quality survival tool that is a must-have for your next camping trip.  

 

 

UST Camp Care Gear

Spring is almost here, so it’s time to update your camp pack with these Ultimate Survival items from UST. Keeping your clothes (and yourself) clean on your next trip will be a breeze with their Solar Shower, microfiber towels, and reflecting clothesline. Considering the prices of these products, you’re getting a great deal on some cool items that are essential for a group trip.

 

 What are your camping plans this spring? Have any great places you’re headed to where you can put these items to good use? Let us know! Don’t forget to tell us what you’d like to see us post next, and be sure to share this blog with your outdoor-loving friends and family.

Kershaw Nura

Kershaw Nura

The Kershaw Nura is a Dmitry Sinkevich designed folder that uses the Kershaw’s KVT ball-bearing system for smooth, easy opening without a mechanical assist. It’s very well balanced and comfortable in the hand. The Nura handle design has a sleek, streamlined look and feel, while still feeling robust and durable. Both the blade and the handle are titanium carbo-nitride coated for a matte gray finish, while the handle flats have been sanded to provide a desirable satin finish. Great jimping and blade shape make this a great EDC knife that you won’t hesitate to use an abuse. See all details at www.knifecenter.com.

Kershaw 1555ST Cryo

Kershaw 1555ST Cryo
The Kershaw Cryo assisted opening folder is quite the treat for those looking to get an inexpensive Rick Hinderer designed knife with a high-quality build. The Cryo as a tough frame lock with lockbar stabilization. The Cryo also features Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted opening for fast and easy on handed opening. The stainless steel blade and handle are bead blast finished. The blade is deployed with a push of the ambidextrous thumb stud of flipper. The pocket clip is four way reversible for multiple carry options. See this great knife at www.knifecenter.com.

Spyderco C86GFBLP Spin Sprint Run Folder

Spyderco C86GFBLP Spin Sprint Run Folder
Spyderco’s Spin was designed to be a compact folder with the largest possible cutting performance and great ergonomics. The Spin features a blue Nishijin glass fiber handle which is wide enough to fill the hand quite well, even with it’s diminutive size. The Wharncliffe style blade is made from VG-10 stainless steel with a long flat cutting surface and slightly rounded tip that works well when cutting with detail and especially cleaning beneath fingernails. This frame lock design keep the overall knife profile as thin as possible without sacrificing strength. This is an awesome design we are pleased to see back, check it out at www.knifecenter.com.

Medford TFF1 Tactical Fighting Folder

Medford TFF1 Tactical Fighting Folder

The TFF-1 Tactical Fighting Folder is an absolute monster of a knife developed for military & law enforcement personnel. It’s a big, beefy blade that you 100% can count on whenever you might need it and whatever you may need it for. The handle is made with a solid titanium frame lock and your choice from a variety of G10 face scales. The tip-up carry pocket clip is sized appropriately for this folder and is extremely strong. The wide, spear point blade is made from 0.19″ thick D2 steel with a black oxide finish and a hollow grind. The TFF-1 is an ambidextrous one-hand opener and built entirely in the USA. It is up to just about any challenge, check it out at www.knifecenter.com.