KnifeCenter’s Review: Spyderco’s Earth Brown G10 Para 3

 

Spyderco’s new limited edition Para 3 sports S35VN blade steel and earth brown G10 handle scales. This premium steel gives you a great combination of edge retention, durability, and corrosion resistance. The scales are lightly textured and offer a secure grip in the hand without adding bulk and the earth brown color is easy on the eyes, which pairs well with the satin finish on the blade and metallic pocket clip. Check out the full review on Spyderco’s latest limited edition run in the video!

The Top Five Best Buck Knives

When you think of some of the best hunting knives and camping knives in the business, Buck Knives springs to mind faster than the action on one of their folders. The Buck name is synonymous with the outdoor knife world, mostly because of Buck Knives’ century-long endeavor to produce high-quality tools that give people what they need. Back in 1902, Hoyt Buck, a blacksmith apprentice at the time, started making knives by hand with worn-out file blades – a method still used today by many knifemakers and an appropriate beginning for a company that now offers one of the best-selling folding hunters on the market.

With such a long history of making great knives, weeding through their entire knife collection to find the top five best Buck Knives was no easy feat. Luckily, when it comes to knives there’s nothing we won’t do to make sure you have the best performing tools in your arsenal. Check out KnifeCenter’s picks for the top five best Buck Knives – you won’t be disappointed!

 

Buck 110 Folding Hunter

 

 

 

Let’s start off with Buck Knives’ most iconic knife, the Buck 110 Folding Hunter. It is so widely recognized that knife enthusiasts and non-knife users alike think of this particular model when they hear the words “Buck Knife”. Just like other proprietary eponyms such as Kleenex and Xerox, the phrase “Buck Knife” has been used to describe almost any lockback of this style.

This is undoubtedly one of the best-selling knives that Buck offers, and it remains one of the most recognizable and popular knives ever created. This knife design changed the game when it was first conceived in 1963 when Buck decided to develop the ultimate folding utility and hunting knife. The Buck 110’s sturdy design gives hunters a great tool without all the bulk of a fixed blade. It’s no shock that this knife is one of the most copied knife designs out there, but nothing can stand up to the real deal. With its strong lockback mechanism and refined aesthetics, the Buck 110 has been a top pick by knife enthusiasts for years.

 

Buck 119 Special Hunting Knife

 

 

This classic Buck knife is essentially the Buck 110’s bigger brother in fixed blade form, which is reason enough for it to make our best knife list. Back in the day, Hoyt and Al Buck built these knives by hand in their original shop, and they’re still made in America today. This heavy-duty fixed blade knife is the perfect size for big game hunting and skinning. Even better, the Buck 119 is an extremely affordable knife. You’ll have a hard time finding a better USA-made fixed blade for the money.

 

Buck 347 Vantage Pro Large Folding Knife

 

 

If the Buck 110 is the standard to which old school Buck knives are held, the Vantage Pro is the face of the new school. This knife offers great features like an ambidextrous flipper and comes equipped with high quality S30V blade steel and machined G10 handle scales. This modern folding knife boasts great ergonomics, and the deep-carry clip makes it a great EDC knife option that will practically disappear in your pocket. In our opinion, the Vantage is one of the best everyday carry knives available on the market.

 

 

Buck 301 Stockman Rosewood Dymondwood Handle

 

 

The Buck 301 is a shining example of a Stockman slipjoint, which is undoubtedly one of the greatest pocket knife designs of all time. If you’re looking for versatility, you’ve found it – the three distinctive blades (clip point, spey, and sheepsfoot) ensure you have the right tool for just about any job. These blades feature Buck’s famously capable 420HC steel. For those out there turning up their nose at 420HC, Buck is known for getting more out of that steel than any other knife company thanks to the heat treat protocol developed by the late Paul Bos. These blades are put through a very rigorous heat treat process and quality performance testing, then they’re tempered using a unique heating and freezing system. The Rosewood Dymondwood handle scales offer a stunning contrast to the brass bolsters, which gives this EDC knife both function and finesse.

 

TOPS/Buck CSAR-T Tactical Folding Knife

 

 

Buck’s collaboration with TOPS Knives is unlike any knife Buck has ever produced before. The CSAR-T is a rugged tactical folding knife with a solid 154CM steel blade. The compound grinds provide a reinforced tip to protect against chipping or breaking when using the knife to puncture. This combat knife’s liner lock and milled G10 handle ensure a solid build that’s as durable as they come. We always love seeing two great knife brands come together to bring us products we’re proud to sell, which describes the CSAR-T to a T. This is a great hard use knife that is ready to take on any task.

 

Buck Knives is a staple of the knife community. It’s not just their history that has earned them a reputation as one of the best knife brands of all time, it’s also their continued drive to produce reliable knives and tools that put performance first. As Buck says themselves, “behind every Buck knife is over 110 years of experience and craftsmanship.” Our top five best Buck knives list perfectly represents their efforts – who agrees? Can you think of a better Buck knife that should have made our top five? We’re skeptical, but we still want to see what you come up with. Let us know over on our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

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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KnifeCenter’s Exclusive Bedform Kwaibacks

 

We’re going to brag a little bit – the KnifeCenter Exclusive Hoback Kwaiback’s unique Bedform handles offer one of the coolest scale designs we’ve ever had the privilege of putting our name on. Check out our video where we show them to you in all their glory. Remember, these knives are only available at KnifeCenter.com!

The 8 Best Cold Steel Knives

Cold Steel is one of the most popular knife brands for tough, durable steel and heavy-duty cutting tools. Over the last three decades, Cold Steel’s innovations have put them at the forefront of the knife industry. From the introduction of their unique San Mai steel to the debut of the ultra-secure Tri-Ad lock, Cold Steel has mastered the art of creating some of the best combat and tactical weaponry in the knife business. Cold Steel’s employees aren’t just knife fanatics, they’re also weapons experts and martial artists with years of experience. What sets them apart from many other knife and tool brands is that they see the value in redefining an EDC. Cold Steel is the type of company who will try to make a pocketknife out of a machete – that’s just how they roll.

That being said, there are eight Cold Steel products that we put on a pedestal above the rest. We’ve chosen the best Cold Steel knives so that you can skip the research and get straight to performance. We can only watch Cold Steel’s Instagram for so long before we’re itching to demo their knives ourselves!

 

Cold Steel 20LT Tuff Lite Folding Knife

 

Cold Steel’s 20LT Tuff Lite is one of our favorite small utility knives on the market. This folding knife offers the strength and dependability that you’ll always find in a Cold Steel knife in a package that is compact and comfortable to carry. This American knife company knows that the best tactical EDCs have to offer an ergonomic grip for piercing cuts, so the integrated finger choil ensures a full grip that makes this knife feel like an extension of your hand. Not only is this folder the perfect size for everyday utility tasks, it’s also a great concealed carry self-defense knife. The Wharncliffe point is going to allow for deeper, more penetrating cuts without appearing overly tactical, so you’re not going to draw any attention to yourself when you have it on hand.

Check out the entire Minituff Series at KnifeCenter!

 

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New Fixed Blades and Folders from Olamic Cutlery

 

It’s always a good day when we get to handle new knives from Olamic Cutlery. They continue to raise the bar when it comes to mid-tech folding knives and fixed blades, and the variety of Damascus steel and premium handle materials make this collection truly one-of-a-kind. Check out our review of the new Busker and Wayfarer folding knives and the Voykar HT and Kovda fixed blades!

How a Case Knife is Made

We traveled to Bradford, Pennsylvania to meet up with the talented artisans over at Case Knives. They were kind enough to take us through the process of making their high quality and much beloved pocket knives. For those of you out there who have been waiting for a How It’s Made: Knife Edition, we’ve got you covered!

 

 

The Best Customs of the Week – KnifeCenter’s Picks!

Another week, another fresh batch of custom and mid-tech knives. This time we’ve got two production knife features, so check out the list below to find your next EDC or safe queen.

 

Arcform Catalysts by Geoff Blauvelt 

 

Geoff has knocked another one out of the park with the Catalyst from Arcform Knives. This mid-tech WE Knife variant of Geoff’s impressive custom build is simply superb with amazingly crisp, satisfying flipping action and ergonomics that promote all day hard use. Continue Reading

The Top 5 Best Kershaw Knives

From famous pocket knife designs like the Leek to revolutionary assisted opening technologies, Kershaw is known for delivering some of the most groundbreaking innovations in the knife industry. Incredible knives like the Tyrade, Speedform, Tilt, and Cryo have earned Kershaw recognition with awards like Overall Knife of the Year and Best Buy of the Year. It’s not a stretch to say that Kershaw offers up some of the best pocket knives and sporting knives on the market (especially for the price!) but we want to help narrow that scope a little bit. We’ve picked the top five Kershaw knives for you so that you can spend less time shopping and more time cutting.

 

The Leek

 

The Kershaw Leek is one of the company’s most enduring and popular pocketknife series. Designed by famous knife designer Ken Onion, this classic folding knife features the SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism Ken Onion, himself, invented. The Kershaw Leek’s small profile allows this top pocketknife to be carried comfortably, and it comes in a variety of colors so you’ll have options depending on your taste. Despite all the iterations within this series of classic pocketknives that we’ve seen over the years, our favorite is undoubtedly the original model Kershaw Leek with stainless steel handles and Sandvik blade steel.

Since this great knife boasts the Onion-designed assisted opening mechanism, both lefties and righties can work this into their EDC rotation. The Kershaw Leek also offers secure lockup when the blade is folded thanks to its Tip-Lock slider. The lanyard hole in the knife handle is seamlessly integrated to look like a fourth rivet, which is a pretty cool touch that drives home the level of detail that went into the overall design of a truly great knife.

Check out the entire Leek Series at KnifeCenter! 

 

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