KnifeCenter Reviews the Cold Steel Code 4 & Leatherneck SF

Cold Steel has built quite the reputation over the years by creating knives that have the durability of a tank – I’m sure you all remember us testing that theory on Jason’s truck. Spoiler alert if you haven’t watched that video: the truck lost. This time we’re taking a look at the Code 4 and the Leatherneck SF. Check out the video, then put one (or both) of these knives in your cart – you won’t regret it.

 

 

 

Geminis, Dukes, and V3s – Oh, My!

Kizer Cutlery has made a name for themselves by being one of the first Chinese manufacturers to offer high-end knives with quality materials at a competitive price. Check out our review of the Gemini folder, the Dukes flipper, and the V3 – these collaborations with custom knife makers are swoon-worthy.

 

 

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Our Thoughts on Case’s Collaboration with Southern Grind

Case’s latest design – the CG01 – is a departure from their traditional offerings, and we think this strategic partnership with Southern Grind has helped them jump into the 21st century. Don’t worry, though –  while this design is different than their norm, it still captures the class of their traditional knives. Watch our video where we take a closer look at this contemporary addition to Case’s lineup!

 

 

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The Results of the Knife World Cup!

We received more than 20,000 comments over the course of 15 rounds in our Knife World Cup tournament – no small achievement, and we have all of you to thank! Any time we do a giveaway we hit some of our highest numbers, but this was definitely one of our more successful campaigns. From June 11th to July 18th, we asked you guys to stay tuned to our social media feeds and vote in every round – and one lucky winner (congrats, Daniel!) who did so won a Chris Reeve Sebenza.

The goal of this tournament was for the best knife to win, so we did see some unlikely matchups. We know we compared apples and oranges sometimes, but it was all done at random to ensure that we didn’t put any of our bias into the tournament. We also counted all the comments. Nothing was done by eye – we let an Excel spreadsheet do the work, instead. Here is a rundown of each round so you can see just how much your vote counted.

 

Round One – Match 01

The Benchmade Griptilian reigned supreme in this round, beating the Ontario Rat 1,257 to 422.

 

Round One – Match 02

Round two was a shutout victory for Zero Tolerance, whose 0562 beat the Emerson CQC-7 1,253 to 351.

 

Round One – Match 03

This matchup was much closer than the previous ones – the Buck 110 won over the WE Knives 703, 841 to 533.

 

Round One – Match 04

Another close round, but Rick Hinderer’s XM-18 still came out on top over Cold Steel’s Recon – the final score was 761 to 575.

 

Round One – Match 05

One of our closest rounds of the entire tournament, the Kershaw Leek went head-to-head with Boker’s Kwaiken. The Kwaiken came out on top, 709 to 622.

 

Round One – Match 06

KA-BAR’s 1217 USMC smoked the ESEE Izula – the final score was 1,285 to 681.

 

Round One – Match 07

This round introduced the overall winner, so we obviously know the outcome of this one – the Chris Reeve Sebenza beat out the Microtech Ultratech 814 to 425.

 

Round One – Match 08

The final match of round one was a total landslide – Spyderco’s Paramilitary 2 beat the Kizer Gemini 1,022 to 133.

 

Round Two – Match 01

The Griptilian once again came out on top, beating the Buck 110 1,025 to 372.

 

Round Two – Match 02

The Sebenza was victorious once again, this time knocking the Boker Kwaiken out of the tournament. The final score was 961 to 323.

 

Round Two – Match 03

ZT came out on top against Rick Hinderer’s XM-18. The 0562 won 711 to 461.

 

Round Two – Match 04

The final match of round two brought Spyderco victory – the Paramilitary 2 dominated over the 1217 USMC 923 to 308.

 

Semi-Finals – Match 01

Things are firing up, and the Griptilian couldn’t take the heat. The Sebenza won 651 to 496.

 

Semi-Finals – Match 02

The Paramilitary 2 heads to the final round after winning 720 to 459 against the ZT 0562.

 

The Final Round!

Here we have it – the final round. It was close, and the Paramilitary 2 put up one heck of a fight…but the victory went to the Chris Reeve Sebenza with a final score of 730 to 539.

 

This was a fun experiment on our end, and we hope you guys got just as much joy as we did reading through the comments and seeing different perspectives on the matchups. Despite our penchant for mischief (looking at you, That’s What I Call Knives: Volume One), nothing was rigged on our end. At the end of the day, we have to give you guys props for your taste in knives – you definitely picked a winner!

 

Outdoor & Survival Knives, Tools, and Gear

While it seems like it has been hot forever at this point, summer has only started – there’s still plenty of time for hiking, camping, hunting, and bushcrafting before the weather turns on us. Then again, we’re located in Virginia…’unpredictable’ is an understatement when it comes to our weather. These eight outdoor essentials are ideal for survivalists from any region, including locations with seriously sweltering humidity.

 

Spyderco Sprint Run Delica 4 Wharncliffe Folder

Inspired by a request from one of their customers, this variation of a Spyderco favorite features a flat-ground Wharncliffe-style blade crafted from high-performance HAP40 tool steel. You’ll get all the standard Delica 4 Lightweight features paired with a thick, straight edge that specializes in controlled cuts. This workhorse lockback also sports unique burnt orange handles that make it a standout from the lineup. This knife is in such high demand that we’re actually waiting on a new batch from Spyderco – so stay tuned for the next run!

 

Steel Will Roamer Outdoor Fixed Blades

Tough, versatile, ergonomic – all characteristics embodied by the Roamer. These fixed blades come in a wide variety of blade shapes, some of which are forged from high quality D2 tool steel. The grippy handles are available in highly visible orange and attractive black, and their deep grooves ensure a firm hand purchase, even in wet conditions. If you’re a hunter or a fisherman, you need a Roamer.

 

KA-BAR All American Tactical Spork 3 Pack Set

You may not think of a spork as a complete set of flatware, but KA-BAR’s twist on this classic kitchen utensil is just that thanks to its hidden serrated knife. Made from foodsafe Grilamid, this USA-made fork/spoon combo tool is dishwasher safe and weighs in at only 3.9 ounces – a light load for any backpack, pocket or tool box.

 

Real Steel Knives Bushcraft D2 Folder

Real Steel was tasked with making a compact folding knife that performed like a bushcrafting fixed blade – and we can safely say they delivered. This folder has a tough D2 plain blade with a Scandi grind and a squared off spine that can be used with a fire steel. The G10 scales will stay grippy even in wet conditions, and the red stainless liners give it a touch of class you don’t usually see with survival knives in this price range.

 

Cold Steel Rajah II Folders

Any true outdoor enthusiast knows that having a kukri is a requirement, not an option. It’s a multi-purpose tool that cuts, chops, slices, and shears through tough materials like butter. Cold Steel has come through with a folding kukri that comes equipped with their Tri-Ad locking mechanism, Griv-Ex handles, and your choice of CTS-BD1 or AUS-10A steel. We can tell you firsthand that holding this 14” monster folder makes us feel ready to take on anything.

 

Buck Knives Silver Creek Series Fillet Knives

For the big fish hunters out there, these fillet knives are perfect for large catches. Made with flexible 420 Series steel that’s highly corrosion resistant, these blades will bend and move easily through meat and scales to give you a perfectly sliced fillet. The blue rubber handles have anti-slip grips and stainless steel safety guards that feel great in the hand, making these a necessity for any angler.

 

Camping and Survival Fire Starters

We have a wide variety of fire starters that are sure to shed some light on your next outdoor adventure. We’ve got fire steels, fire starters, compasses, match tube holders, parashovels, fire starter gels, and more! These are must-have outdoor essentials that anyone who’s looking to put together a safe, secure, and festive campsite will need.

 

ESEE Knives Orange Survival Signal Tarp

Made from 300 denier nylon, this 5’x5’ signal tarp can be used for keeping things dry and can act as an improvised bag or hammock. For the bushcrafter or survivalist who wants to travel with as little gear as possible, this American-made tarp can perform a multitude of tasks – you can even build a makeshift shelter with it.

 

 

Customs & Mid-Techs: BLADE Show 2018 Edition! (Part Two)

Here we have the last batch of custom and mid-tech knives from our trip to BLADE Show – and we’re ending our haul with some pretty incredible designs from Jeremy Marsh, Tom Krein, and Tom Ploppert.

 

Jeremy Marsh Dressed Up MAC RoxStars

We were fortunate to get a few of Jeremy’s MAC RoxStars at BLADE that feature zirconium or zircu-ti pocket clips with hidden hardware for a little extra pizzazz. It’s one of the premier tactical folders on the market and available for a fraction of what a full custom would run you even though it feels just as nice.

 

George Muller Custom Knives

We managed to grab quite a selection of George’s offerings at the show, including a few well-priced EDC beauties. As with all of his knives, they combine top-notch materials together harmoniously to give these designs the look of true art knives.

 

Steven Kelly Custom Knives and Gear

Straws, Ti Sushi Sticks, Doohickeys, Screw-Its, fixed blades and heck, even a titanium spike – we’ve got some of nearly everything from the 2018 BLADE Show that Steven offers at the moment. We always love working with Steven and his wife Malissa, his constant companion at every show. Out of everything we got at BLADE, these Dragon Skin pattern milled Sushi Sticks might just be the coolest thing.

 

Spartan Blades Custom Special Edition SHFs

SHF Spartan Harsey Folder…quickly becoming THE knife to have from Spartan Blades. We have an awesome selection here of customized and special edition models, so you’re sure to find one for you or a very, very good friend.

 

Tom Krein Custom Splinter Flipper

Tom Krein Splinter = ideal EDC knife. It’s small, ergonomic and fast, which makes it fun to pull out of your pocket and use without calling attention to yourself. With CTS-XHP stainless steel and durable G10, it’s a user piece with class and definite curb appeal.

 

Al Warren Custom Fixed Blades

Alan C. Warren custom knives are functional works of edge art. He puts in the time and includes features that you don’t often see but will absolutely love, like silver soldering on the finger guard for a cleaner look or tapering the tang thickness of the blade at the butt end to save weight. They are specifically designed, manufactured, and honed for hunting tasks and deserve to be used. However, these are some of the most beautiful cutting tools we’ve ever carried so safe queen status is definitely not out of the realm of possibilities.

 

Les George/Allen Elishewitz Cerebrus Mid-Techs

Sometimes it’s difficult to see two makers’ design styles in a collaboration but that definitely is not the case with the Cerebrus from Les George and Allen Elishewitz. This large and in charge tactical flipper looks like an Elishewitz knife with a George finish and mid-tech build quality. We are making them even more enticing by taking $125 off, so if you want to get one into your hands at a great price…better act quick!

 

DPx Gear USA-Made HEST/F Urban Special Editions

The HEST/F Urban came about when Robert Young Pelton wanted to bring a knife to the EDC community that wasn’t just for knife people. It’s for all people who appreciate well-built tools that will last for generations. These three special edition models will appeal to anyone who wants something different than standard issue stonewashed/bead blasted.

 

We have new knives from EOS, RMJ Tactical, Kansei Matsuno, Chuck Richards, Matt Westberg, Rick Hinderer, balisongs from Les Voorhies and Nathan Dewey, and more Astio flippers from Todd Begg Knives. We get new Customs and Mid-Techs in every day, so please email us at support@knifecenter.com with any inquiries.

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Customs & Mid-Techs: BLADE Show 2018 Edition!

Check out our latest additions to the site – these incredible BLADE Show 2018 customs. Don’t worry, though…we still have a few things left to add from the show, so the fun isn’t over.

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Kurt Merriken Custom Knives

Kurt Merriken is a talented up and coming custom knifemaker and we’re very excited to be able to showcase a couple of his knives. This full-time firefighter from Florida spends much of his free time grinding away, specifically on unusually large, intimidating folders. We picked up two very different yet equally impressive models from Kurt at the BLADE show: two elegant full dress Excursion Prototype flippers with Damascus and timascus and a Mutiny Reincarnated Prototype in liner lock configuration.

 

Biegler Bladeworks Custom Balisongs


Brian Biegler is about to take the butterfly community by storm with his exceptional array of blade shapes and utterly amazing flipping action. These handmade balis are the cream of the crop, yet they won’t set you back so much that you’ll never actually use these premium tools.

 

Butch Ball Custom Flippers


Butch Ball is a local designer for us, yet we always seem to be seeing him down in Atlanta instead of in Virginia. With that said, we picked up as many pieces as we could from Butch that exemplified the tactical yet stylish nature of his work and they’re moving quickly, so act fast.

 

New Hotness from Custom Knife Factory


It was too much to try and fit all the different models we got from CKF at the show in the title, so we’ll do it here. We have some customized one-off and full dress Decepticon 4s, Gavko SF Spinner Flippers, and Hoback Kwaiback collaborations, plus some production Bragga and Kadat flippers. We even have a handmade Decepticon from Alexey Konygin that was hand-delivered here to Virginia by Alexey himself. All of these pieces are absolutely amazing and will make worthy additions to your collection.

 

Les George Custom Rockeye and Mid-Tech Galvos


Les George is a true gentleman in this industry, but his work is anything but. It’s designed for real-world tactical use with just the right amount of embellishment to not be over the top. We picked up a number of his Galvo boot knives in various finishes, as well as this stunning Damascus Rockeye that’s outfitted with Chad Nichols Cu-Ti mokume pivot collars.

 

Alan Kritzman Custom Flippers


If there’s one thing Alan Kritzman is not, it’s greedy. These flippers are undeniably elegant and sophisticated and feature top-notch fit and finish, but they sure aren’t priced like knives that were handmade in the USA. They will provide you with excellent value for your money and give you a knife you’ll look forward to using each and every day.

 

Carlo Cavedon Custom Knives


Carlo Cavedon manufactures knives under the company name CavedonArt – and that perfectly describes his work. His knives are extremely beautiful, often featuring hand engraving to take it to the next level. We’re lucky to be able to offer these two amazing pieces to you.

 

Melvin Lozada Custom Knives


Melvin Lozada is a custom knifemaker who tires easily of making the same design so he’s always progressing onto something new and improved. We have a few new models here including the Anubis, Bandido 3.0, and a skeletonized fixed blade. We also have some tried and true designs in the shape of a Rhino 5.0 and this beautiful Damascus Chronos flipper.

 

Chuck Gedraitis Custom Knives


2018 is the year of the slipjoint and Chuck Gedraitis is 100% on board. We picked up a number of his new compact slipjoint models in addition to a single tactical Marauder XL model that’s large, in charge, and outfitted with only the best materials Chuck could find.

We still have a few more things from BLADE Show to get up on the site including pieces from Greg Lightfoot, Rick Hinderer, Kendall Hughes, Scorpion 6, and Spartan Blades. We get new Customs and Mid-Techs in every day, so please email us at support@knifecenter.com with any inquiries.

New Collaboration from Lucas Burnley – The Kihon Flipper

Lucas Burnley and Boker have teamed up once again to bring you the latest addition to the Kihon seriesa modified tanto-style model with rugged D2 steel. This new flipper is a return to form for Burnley, and it brings the Kihon series back to its roots as a collection of Japanese-styled knives rather than the Americanized drop point variations we’ve seen.

My name’s Chandler Caldwell, and I’m a Product Specialist and writer for KnifeCenter. Let’s take a look at this new collaboration and see how it compares to Burnley’s famous Kwaiken.

 

Chandler Caldwell – Product Specialist, writer, and all around knife nut. 

 

Lucas Burnley works hard to show that utility shouldn’t come at the cost of beauty. This is something he’s tried to show for years and we definitely feel he’s succeeded. The Kihon shares inspirational elements with the Kwaiken, one of Burnley’s most well known knives. Both combine a traditional Japanese style with the utility of a compact knife.

 

The legendary Kwaiken, a much beloved industry favorite.

 

Like we mentioned, the new Kihon varies slightly from the Kihon family tradition of a standard drop point blade. The modified tanto on the new model really helps it stand out and showcases Burnley’s love for Japanese-style knives.

Both knives feature clean lines and unique designs. The Kihon has milling that gives it a pretty sleek look overall. While not being too aggressive, the aluminum handle keeps the knife surprisingly light for its size but maintains its strength.

 

This new Kihon is the latest addition to the Kihon family that features a modified tanto blade, a stainless steel handle with a “Rising Sun” texture, and a sizeable frame lock. 

 

Burnley’s knives share the trait of being extremely functional, but we think that the Kihon and the Kwaiken give wildly different performances. The Kwaiken is widely known as a gentleman’s folder, and as many of you know there are people that think a gentleman’s folder is too small and can’t be used well. We personally don’t agree with that sentiment at all, and think that the Kwaiken is an amazing EDC. The Kihon, on the other hand, has a slightly larger handle and a thicker, wider blade which may appeal to that audience. This is a great go-to work knife, or at least a knife that’s designed for more regular use and abuse.

The fit and finish of both is exemplary, but the Kwaiken has always deserved major recognition in particular. Burnley designed a serious masterpiece when he created this knife. It’s famous for good reason – it’s a sturdy workhorse with comfortable handling and a slim build. It fits so seamlessly in your pocket you’ll almost forget it’s there.

The Kihon may be a better choice if you’re going to be working with a knife for a long period of time, however. Compared to the Kwaiken, it has a more sizeable stainless steel frame lock and performs like a tactical EDC dream. We don’t doubt it will join the Knife Hall of Fame alongside the Kwaiken, but we want to hear your thoughts. Both are engineered to give you optimal versatility and Japanese influenced simplicity, but which would you rather have in your pocket? Let us know over on our social media networks: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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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!

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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!