Finnish knives, commonly bunched all together as Puukko designs, are built solely with the user in mind. The knives are attractive, comfortable, sturdy, and best of all, sharp! EnZO designs, and most Puukkos for that matter, generally feature a Scandi grind, which is like a flat ground blade without the secondary bevel. The edge of the blade generally goes up about half way up the width of the blade, or higher, making for a sharper edge that is also easier to resharpen. EnZO knives are perfect for bushcrafting as well as everyday carry since the handles are perfectly sculpted to provide the best ergonomics possible for every hand size. EnZO knives are some of the highest quality designs we have in the Puukko category and best of all, they won’t break the bank. Check out these awesome new knives from Finland at www.knifecenter.com.
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The Boker Magnum Shadow Rainbow is a high quality small utility folder with a lot of flare. The handles scales are made from polished wood with a rich grain pattern and they are slightly smaller than the liners the entire way round the knife. This isn’t a design defect but more of a feature of the knife allowing for the beautiful rainbow liners to show easily. Heat treated bluing has been applied to the face and locking liners which accents the plain satin finished 2-1/2″ blade nicely. You can find this sharp, affordable pocket folder at www.knifecenter.com.
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Boker is well known for producing some of the highest quality pocket and fixed blade knives in the world. The Special Edition Evergreen Series with smooth olive wood handles are no exception. The beautifully brushed 440C blades come razor sharp and have an extremely strong detent providing solid lockup. All the handles are nicely rounded and very smooth for a comfortable, ergonomic grip. The inlaid Tree-Brand logo reads ‘Solingen’ underneath symbolizing the quality of manufacturing coming from one of the premier steel capitals of the world. These knives are serial numbered and limited to only 500 production pieces worldwide. Pick yours up for a great price at www.knifecenter.com.
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AITOR is a new brand for us here at the KnifeCenter, all the way from Spain. The Castor knife is a folding everyday carry slipjoint in a typical Spanish style. The carbon steel leaf shaped blade is full flat ground, reminiscent of many Spydercos, which makes it a superb slicer. The handles are beautiful Bubinga wood, functionally designed, and contoured for an excellent fit in the hand. Available in three sizes, each knife is designed exactly the same, only about 0.4″ difference in the blade length. The Castor knives from AITOR are great utility tools at an excellent price, check them out at www.knifecenter.com.
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New for 2012 in Benchmade’s Blue Class is the 483 Shori designed by Seiichi Nakamura. This joins his overwhelmingly popular 480 Shoki design, 2008 IWA Knife of the Year, and the 482 Megumi as some of the most elegant gentleman’s folders produced by Benchmade. Excellent size, weight and materials are the heart of the knife, but the ergonomics are it’s soul. For a small knife without any jimping, the knife locks into place very well with minimal fear about your fingers sliding forward onto the blade. The other aspect that sets the Nakamura series of knives apart is their use of the Nak-Lok, which acts like a cross between a lockback and frame lock but has a button you push to actuate. This design allows for ultimate strength in both the upward and downward direction of the blade and keeps your fingers clear from danger when closing the knife. The Shori is an excellent knife and you can find it at www.knifecenter.com.
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LionSteel is an Italian knife company and, if you haven’t heard of them, it’s about time you did. They’re not a new company by any means but are gaining recognition throughout the knife industry for their extremely beautiful and high quality tools. LionSteel, like many companies, has a flagship model which they’re best known for; the SR-1. It’s a large, tactical/combat, frame-lock folder with a wicked 3.7″ blade and a handle made from one solid piece of machined aluminum or titanium. This makes this knife one of the stoutest on the market. LionSteel also manufactures some EDC/gentleman’s folding knives and higher end money clips but they are best known for their recent collaborations with DPx Gear for the HEST Folder and with Spyderco for the LionSpy. Everything is done in-house in Maniago, Italy from design and conception to stamping and finishing to ensure the utmost quality control. See the new LionSteel products at www.knifecenter.com.
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These just came in! First they had competing shows on television and now they’ve got competing product lines for your hard earned dollars. Introducing Camillus’ answer to Gerber’s Bear Grylls line; the Les Stroud series of survival tools. They’ve got all your wilderness bases covered and then some with these classic, functional, and stout designs ranging from the pocket folder to full size machete. Each knife features a carbonitride titanium 440 stainless steel blade, grippy ergonomic rubber handle, and an included fire steel. That’s right, even the small folding knife comes with a fire starter tucked away into the handle so it’s never far away from a capable striker. All the fixed blade knives come with excellent sheaths and at the price point, they will definitely be hard to beat for capability, durability, and style. Find the right knife for your particular excursion at www.knifecenter.com.
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The DPx HEFT is the bigger, more versatile brother of the original HEST model. Fit with German Sleipner tool steel and hollow removable scales, the knife is ideal for hard use work out in the woods or to protect your life. Available with a 4 or 6 inch blade and in a tactical Assault or camping Woodman configuration, there’s a model to fit everyone’s individual style. You can see these at www.knifecenter.com.
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Introducing the Columbia River Delegate
Usually, assisted opening knives go for the cool tactical look. They are designed to snap open and scare away any potential attackers. But the same design also scares the average civilian. The Delegate from Columbia River is an assisted knife that won’t scare the neighbors, or the maître d’ at that nice French restaurant you like to go to. The sleek and simple design when closed is attractive, and the drop point blade is utilitarian and non-threatening. The handles feature either cocobolo wood scales for the black blade model, or white bone scales for the satin blade model, which really add to the classy quality that this knife has going for it.
However, the Delegate isn’t just about looks. Despite its non-threatening appearance, the blade is razor sharp, and the assisted open action snaps the blade open with authority.
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New Mike Horn Designed Wenger Swiss Army Knife!
Mike Horn is the guy you want designing a Swiss Army Knife. Why? Because he lives the kind of life that puts gear to the test. Mike leads the Pangaea Expedition, a four year round the world trip full of adventure and education. So he went to Wenger and told them what he wanted in a knife, and they built him a prototype. After a few years of refinements – such as making the handle out of an easily renewable wood composite – the knife is ready for you to depend on… just as he does.
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