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 RJ Matrin Scrambler SpeedSafe Folder

Kershaw RJ Matrin Scrambler SpeedSafe Folder

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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Bear OPS Undead Series Stiletto

Bear OPS Undead Series Stiletto

Stilettos are known for their fast action, thin profiles, and symmetrical spear point blades. Bear OPS has created a smaller sized Stiletto folder that will serve you as an excellent EDC utility knife. The best thing about this knife, besides the S30V blade of course, is the lightweight yet strong aluminum handles. They’re shaped eerily similar and have the same anodized feeling as the Benchmade 940/943 and comes with a reasonably deep carry pocket clip. Take the Reaper Z handles or leave them, it’s up to you. For my money they’re something different in the collection so fine by me. This knife features a liner lock, smooth fast action, and flow-through design for easy cleaning. Proudly made in Alabama, this knife is available at www.knifecenter.com.

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Spartan Blades Akribis Folders

Spartan Blades Akribis Folders

Here at the KnifeCenter, we strive to offer you the best edged tools available and we believe these Akribis folders fit that bill nicely. Spartan Blades is well known in the industry for their stout, well built fixed blade designs. The fit and finish on any Spartan Blade is very Chris Reeve-esque with great attention paid to the ergonomics and cutting angle of each knife. The Akribis is their first folding knife and we are very excited about this one. It features titanium handles, with a Rick Hinderer lock bar stabilizer, available in meteorite grey or flat dark earth and your choice of G10 or carbon fiber scales. The 3-1/2″ blade is made from S35VN stainless steel and also comes in your choice of a meteorite grey or black PVC blade coating. The opening action is buttery smooth and the loud click of the lock bar engaging is one sweet sound you’ll definitely appreciate. This is a hard use, tactical folder that’s as at-home in your jeans or khakis as it is on your LBE. There’s no doubt you will be proud to show this knife off to your friends, check them all out at www.knifecenter.com.

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New Quartermaster QTRM5TR Pre-Production Models

New Quartermaster QTRM5TR Pre-Production Models
A long-lasting friendship with some of the insiders at QTRM5TR Knives has allowed Knifecenter a very unique opportunity. QTRM5TR has just recently introduced it’s “second season”. This time, QTRM5TR has decided to pay homage to another pop culture favorite television show from the 80’s. Set in Hawaii, and filling our heads with images of scantily clad beach bunnies and Ferrari’s; the show has left a lasting impression with a lot of us males, aged 30-60.

At first discovery, the names seem strange, but once the overall theme is realized, it’s quite amusing and certainly a unique way to draw a kinship with their customer base. The names of the knives hardly matter at all once it’s in your hand. The angular, modern and industrial stylings of their knives are attractive and unique, but the surprisingly comfortable ergonomic-grip in the midst of all the angles and edges is remarkable.

The use of a new Carpenter Alloy in these knives is a great choice. We’ve received stellar reviews of the CTS XHP alloy and their newest air-hardened, high-carbon, chromium steel offering certainly won’t disappoint either. CTS BD4P alloy is a high-performance blade steel offering a fine, uniform carbide structure yielding excellent edge retention and grinding/polishing characteristics.

All in-line QTRM5TR Knives come equipped with the ORB® pivot system and tri-spoke pivot assembly: These two features will continue to further separate this new American brand from its competition and allow them to yield more popularity in the years to come. The folders are so smooth and lock up is so solid that you’d think they were customs that were triple the price. Get them now. We bought the entire run of pre-production examples, no one else on earth has these knives for sale.

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Mantis Vuja De Balisong Karambit

The Mantis Vuja De is finally here at the KnifeCenter and what a cool knife this is! The butterfly karambit – many people thought it couldn’t be done but the genius behind Mantis and QTRM5TR Knives, Jared West, has pulled it off and executed it well. It features a very cool and effective button that locks the knife in both the open and closed positions. It’s not really designed for practicing your flipping tricks as the  lock automatically engages when the knife becomes completely open. It could flip smoother, like a Benchmade 51 or 62, and it could be a little sharper like an Emerson Karambit but it really is nothing like those other knives. It’s in a class all its own with a 2″ M-VX steel hawkbill blade and 7″ overall profile including the rear finger hole so you’ll never have the problem of guessing which one the safety handle is again. Karambits are tactical, defense specific tools and the Vuja De by Mantis Knives is no different, plus it has the cool added feature of being a Bali-Song flipper. Check it out at www.knifecenter.com.

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Hubertus Traditional Old World German Knives

Hubertus Old World Knives
From the Hubertus factory in Solingen come traditional yet uniquely different styles of German knives. The handcrafted knives are all geared towards hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, featuring rugged stag handles and blades of high quality German made stainless or carbon steel. Leather sheaths with secure belt loops are included with both the fixed and folding knives, protecting and securing the blade during outings. Hubertus is a family run business that has been making knives since 1930 in the old world style and we’ve brought over some models we think you’ll find as cool as we do. Check out all the new Hubertus Knives at www.knifecenter.com.

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Hogue EX-04 Extreme Tactical Folders

Hogue EX-04 Extreme Folders

If you’re looking for a blade that you’ll be both proud to show off to your friends and pass down to your children, the Hogue EX-04 series is an excellent choice for your money. They’re Allen Elishewitz designs made to handle the tough tasks and look good doing it. These EX-04 models have a highly ergonomic handle featuring the new blue and red lava G-Mascus G10 scales, which really catch the eye and provide a good, sturdy grip. The 3.5″ or 4″ black finished blades come in either an upswept or wharncliffe style that really excel in cutting with natural curves for maximum effectiveness. The button lock mechanism these knives use is a very high strength design that comes with a manual safety to lock the blade open if necessary. A superior folding EDC option, it’s also available in a tactical black configuration for military operations. Check out these cool new Hogue offerings at www.knifecenter.com.

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New More Compact Ontario Rat Model 2’s

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The ultra durable, heavy duty Rat Model 1 has always been hindered in popularity by it’s five once carry weight and large tactical looking 3.6″ blade. For those who have long awaited a more carryable knife from Ontario with the same excellent design as the Model 1, you’ll thoroughly enjoy it’s new smaller brother – the Rat Model 2. This 7″ overall EDC folder comes in at only 2.7 ounces while boasting a 3″ AUS-8 blade available with or without serrations or a black blade coating. It’s a much thinner profile as well making for a much more easily carried knife that you can still depend on for the most serious cutting tasks. Check out the new Ontario Rat 2’s with pink or black FRN handles at www.knifecenter.com.

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