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.

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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Boker Plus Colubris Fixed Blade Workhorse

Boker Plus Colubris Fixed Blade Workhorse

Very rarely do we get knives in the door that we have to double, then triple check the price to make sure we got it right. That’s just the case with the new Boker Plus Colubris, an all-around fixed blade designed by DJ Urbanovsky. When you get this knife in your hand, it’s a lot like the Ontario RAT folders, you just can’t believe what you’re getting for the price. True, the blade is made from 440C steel but the way Boker heat treats and finishes these blades, you end up with a great user steel that will hold an adequate edge. Other than the knock on the steel, we wouldn’t change a single thing about the knife. The G10 handle is ergonomically contoured for a comfortable grip in multiple positions and the aesthetic dimpling/texturing provides good purchase. The modified Wharncliff blade is angled for deep, effective slicing and has enough belly for most of your utility work. I strongly feel a fixed blade knife is only as good as it’s sheath, and the friction fit Kydex sheath you get with the Colubris is right on point. It perfectly fits the knife with little to no rattling sound, and comes with a multi-position Boker belt clip, which functions exactly the same as a Spyderco G-Clip. Check out this awesome new Boker Plus knife at www.knifecenter.com.

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Hardcore Hardware Australia in the House!

Hardcore Hardware Australia in the House!

The tides of the fixed blade knife are a-changing and Hardcore Hardware Australia is riding that wave and doing it very well. These days people are flocking to the larger, bulkier knives that have a multitude of uses beyond cutting. They want to be able to chop, pry, split, saw, dig, hammer, break, etc. from a single tool that they always have at their side. Much like Mercworx, Robson RPW, and Medford Knives, these are meant for battlefield use and hard use at that. All blades and tactical axes are made from Teflon coated D2 tool steel and measure at least 6 mm thick. This gives you peace of mind that Hardcore Hardware knives can handle what needs to be done, even if not intended to do so. Fit and finish is right up there with Spartan Blades when it comes to fixed knives, they are just perfectly ground, honed, and assembled to give you a tool that will last years. Check out this newest bomb proof line of knives 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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Zero Tolerance Blackwashed Model 0300

Zero Tolerance Blackwash Model 0300

 

The Model 0300 was Zero Tolerance’s first ever knife, co-designed by Ken Onion and Mick Strider, and it became an immediate success in the realm of hard use folding knives. ZT has separated themselves from the competition by using only the best available materials and manufacturing stout tactical knives to some of the tightest tolerances in the industry. The handle of the 0300 is a large 5-1/4″, made from machined G10 with a titanium frame lock. It’s got great jimping for your thumb in both the forward and reverse grips, much like a Strider Knife, which is functional even with gloves on. The 3-3/4″ S30V blade features the new Blackwashed finish which is best described as a DLC (diamond-like carbon) finish that been tumbled (or stonewashed) for a non-reflective, broken-in look. The Model 0300 was such a popular design that it spawned a smaller brother, the 0350 with all G10 handles, that continues to be among the most popular knives ZT manufacturers. Blackwash is the same finish as the Acid Stonewash by Brous Blades and seems to be where manufacturers are heading for a durable, non-reflective finish on high end knives. Check out the new Zero Tolerance 0300 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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New Benchmade Barrage Model 586

New Benchmade Barrage Model 586

The Barrage was Benchmade’s first ever AXIS lock model to incorporate an assisted opening mechanism and it’s continued to be a very popular design, even four years later. The model 581 was introduced in 2011 with the same specifications as the model 580 but with some nice material upgrades. The FRN handle was changed to G10 with stainless steel bolsters and the blade steel was upgraded to M390 super steel, providing a much better using steel while losing little of the stainless qualities 154CM steel provides. Now, in 2013 you can get the Mini Barrage with the same upgrades as the model 581 – the new 586. They’ve got 2.91″ drop point blades with either a nice stonewashed finish or the black BK2 coating. You can’t go wrong with any Benchmade design but if assisted openers are your thing, then the new model 586 is a superior EDC choice. Check it out at www.knifecenter.com.

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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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Case Carhartt Collection Collaboration

Case Knives and Carhartt were both founded in 1889 but have just now begun a collaborative effort to bring you some very high quality hard use traditional knives. For those who are unfamiliar with Carhartt, they started out making specialized workers clothes and are currently branching out to knives with this collaboration. With 22 different models spanning three series there is something sure to impress any Case or Carhartt fan. The three lines introduced include models with genuine dark molasses bone, rugged “duck” g-10, and jigged double-dyed synthetic handles. You can see the entire Case Carhartt series at www.knifecenter.com.

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