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

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.

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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Boker Plus Squail – Very Nice for the Price

Boker Plue Squail - Very Nice for the Price

 

Very Spyderco Vallotton and Starmate-esque, the new Boker Plus Squail is a large tactical folder with serious style. The designer, Charles Marlowe, is known for combining function with elegance in all his designs, whether they be tactical or utility in nature. The Squail features a large 4″ 440C blade that is beautifully stonewashed and has a nice-sized thumb hole for easy actuation. The handles are linen Micarta paired with matte finished titanium bolsters for a refined looking and feeling knife. The jimping on the spine is very sharp for excellent purchase and the liner lock, though not grooved like it is in the picture, does lock the knife up with no play whatsoever. This is another awesome piece from Boker Plus and their decision to go with production versions of custom knife designs is paying off with some really excellent products. Keep your eyes peeled for more new designs and check out this handsome new tactical knife at www.knifecenter.com.

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Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener

Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener

 

Manual pocket sharpeners have met their match with the new Guided Field Sharpener from Work Sharp. Previously limited to a hand held belt sharpening system, Work Sharp has branched out this year to add a variety of products to quickly get a great edge on your tools. The new field sharpener includes two diamond plates (one coarse, one fine) which are held in place by a pair of strong magnets but can easily be removed for cleaning. The large ceramic rod allows one to touch up not only knives but it has a groove cut in for fish hooks that can be accessed by rotating the red knob on the end. Another feature you don’t see on many hand held sharpeners is the leather strop opposite the ceramic rods. Stropping a readily sharp blade polishes up the edge by straightening out the burr which not only makes for a sharper edge but also a more durable one. The Guided Field Sharpener is a very easy to use tool (set up for both 20° and 25° edge angless) and can sharpen almost anything you throw on it. Check out this awesome new sharpener at www.knifecenter.com.

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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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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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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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New ASP Tactical Flashlights, Batons, and Accessories

New ASP Tactical Flashlights, Batons, and Accessories

ASP-USA produces without a doubt the highest quality expandable batons we stock here at the KnifeCenter. New for 2013, they’re expanding their inventory to include not just batons, pepper spray, handcuffs, and high quality carry cases but some serious EDC and keychain flashlights for the tactical professional.  If you’ve already got an ASP baton, accessorize it with the tactical Triad attachment which replaces the end cap with a 70 lumen LED flashlight that’s tough as nails. Or if you’re just looking for an everyday carry lighting option, they’ve got you covered with the compact Tungsten flashlights or a Triad model available in AA, CR123 or 18650 Lithium, all putting out over 200 lumens. However the coolest items to be released are the new Sapphire keychain LED models that come in a variety of colors with a USB attachment so it can be recharged with any computer. Check out all the new ASP products at www.knifecenter.com.

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