Prepare yourself for a shock because CRKT has introduced a brand new folder called the XOC (that’s pronounced shock, according to CRKT).
The brand famously known for budget folders with unique innovations is veering off course with this limited edition and ultra premium pocket knife from the mind of frequent collaborator Flavio Ikoma.
Let’s see what this knife has to offer.
The blade is a massive 4.258 inches and boasts a blade thickness of 0.181 inches. It’s essentially a thick slab of CTS XHP, a material I don’t think CRKT has ever used on its knives. The handle is weaved carbon fiber with a titanium inlay. Gold accents can be seen in the pivot collar and pocket clip (which doesn’t seem to match the robustness of the knife).
I’m a huge fan of Victorinox. The almost ancient company has evolved over its decades in existence and always works to improve.
In 2013, the company offered its very first lockback knife aimed at hunters aptly called the Hunter Pro. It wasn’t the first locking Swiss Army Knife because there were a few liner locking folders in the lineup as well, such as the Sentinel. And the Hunter Pro isn’t really a Swiss Army Knife because it only has one blade but it offered an interesting new direction for the company.
Just recently, Victorinox released a new version of the knife called the Hunter Pro M, which could give yet another hint at a new area the company is exploring.
The Hunter Pro M exchanges the walnut wood or polyamide scales for Alox. Aluminum scales were first added to Swiss Army Knives in the 1950s and have remained popular among knife nuts thanks to the material’s durability, looks, and light weight. If I’m not mistaken, this is the largest knife to have Alox scales.
The Benchmade line of knives has remained relatively consistent over the past few years. The typical knife has a tactical design with the AXIS lock that’s built for hard use.
However, a few months back, the Butterfly brand introduced the company’s first slip joint knife called the Proper. This gentleman’s folder does not have a locking mechanism whatsoever (let alone the AXIS lock) and is designed for lighter use.
This week, Benchmade continued its introduction of new knives with a different target audience with The Bugout.
According to the Benchmade marketing literature, the knife is under two ounces and boasts more than 200 uses. This lightweight knife is aimed at backpackers or those looking for a knife to stick in their bugout bag (hence the name).
In a move that represents a rare exception for the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife was added to the official order list for the U.S. Armed Forces.
The DLA is the Department of Defense’s combat support agency that supplies the military with weapons, parts and materials.
What makes this such a rare accomplishment for Victorinox is that the DLA typically only contracts with American manufacturers. According to a Swiss media outlet, the famous Swiss company is now an official supplier of military and one of its knives will be available to members of the U.S. military. Although military personnel could already buy Victorinox knives on their own, this allows them to buy through official channels.
The U.S. knife is called the Combat Utility Knife, which is just a take on the recently redesigned Victorinox Soldier that is used in some iteration by Germany (the official German Army Knife is available for sale), Singapore, Norway and the Netherlands. The knife features a one-handed opening locking blade along with screwdrivers, a wood saw, reamer and more.
The company always comes up with new and creative ways to liven up a design that dates back more than a century. Whether it’s something like the all-black Spartan PS, which uses a process called Polispectral, or its annual design contest that results in amazingly creative designs.
Nespresso is a premium brand of coffee that hails from Switzerland. Single serve machines brew the coffee from aluminum capsules. Both Nespresso and Victorinox have put an emphasis on sustainability so the two teamed up to bring knives made through Nespresso’s recycling program.
Just as we were mourning the discontinuation of knives from a number of brands, Spyderco released its 2017 catalog, revealing a wide array of new models, notable upgades, and sprint runs.
Spyderco has undergone a few pretty cool changes for 2017. One of the changes I’m most happy about is an updated website, which was long overdue. And the new knives, of course.
There’s a lot to digest, so for now I’ll just highlight some of the most notable knives for 2017. At the end of the post, you can find all the new knives for 2017 (which includes some that were previously announced earlier this year). You can also check out Spyderco’s 2017 catalog yourself.
Spyderco Para 3
It’s here… it’s finally here. People have been climbing up the walls in anticipation of the Paramilitary 3 (simply called the Para 3) for a while. The Paramilitary 2 is widely considered one of most popular and best folding knives of all time (and was a recent Badass Knife of the Week). Many were hoping for a smaller version—whether because of legal restrictions or preference.
Spyderco has answered your prayers. The Para 3 is a scaled down version of the hugely successful PM2. It retains the same CPM S30V steel, Compression Lock, G-10 scales, stainless steel liners, and opened back construction. The only difference is the 3-inch blade and overall length of 7.27 inches.
OK, so it may be too early to declare Gerber officially back from the dead, but the recently announced Gerber US-Assist S30V is yet another step in the right direction for the much-maligned brand.
The first thing touted by the US-Assist product page is the fact that it’s made in Portland, Oregon—the knife capital of the United States. Gerber is really trying to point out how some of its knives are made in the United States, especially after many people complained about the knives being made poorly overseas.
The US-Assist is a hodgepodge of quality knife features that have the potential to make an excellent knife. This assisted-opening knife features a 3-inch blade with dual-ramped thumbstuds. The knife uses something called B.O.S.S. Tech, which is a ball-bearing system that reduces friction and increases the knife’s longevity.
Morakniv, formerly known as Mora of Sweden, is a name that’s well-respected among bushcrafters. Mora knives consistently make the list of best outdoor knives. That’s surprising considering the prices for these fixed blades are shockingly low.
The last few months, Morakniv has been teasing a new generation of models named after locations in and around Mora, Sweden. These have been circulating for some time now, but since they’ll be showcased at the upcoming Summer Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, we thought we’d take a more in-depth look.
The Mora Garberg is the oldest of the bunch, having been announced at the SHOT Show in January, but it’s one of the most anticipated. The Garberg is a full tang version of Morakniv’s popular bushcrafting knives. That’s right… full tang! This is pretty exciting considering all the other Moras have rat-tail tangs.
Here is a note from the press release back in January.
“After much research and development, Morakniv has released the knife that Mora fans have been begging for,” said Graeme Esarey, President of Industrial Revolution. “The full-tang Garberg is packed with useful details, even more rugged construction, and yet maintains the essence of a true Mora. It’s an amazing knife.”
This knife will have a 4.25-inch blade made from 14C28N Sandvik stainless steel—different than the classic’s carbon steel. It will also have an exposed pommel to get some additional use out of that full tang.
These two knifemakers were huge figures in the knife community and played roles in helping CRKT become what it is today.
So to honor these legends, CRKT is releasing two commemorative knives that perfectly sum up the ingenuity and workmanship of each knifemaker. Both of these knives have production numbers topped at just 200. Let’s take a closer look.
CRKT K.I.S.S. Ed Halligan Commemorative
Ed Halligan was the second noted knifemaker to work with CRKT, and his biggest imprint on the knife world was his K.I.S.S. design. Standing for “Keep It Super Simple,” this series of knife designs became a staple of CRKT.
As the story goes, Ed first etched this design on an airplane napkin while flying home from a knife show. Today, there are many copycats, but Ed’s re-mains the only true original.
As its name suggests, the knife is simple but highly effective. This knife is a reconstructed version of his original design with a blade that rests against a frame. The handle of this frame lock knife is titanium. But the real special trait of this knife is the Damasteel Damascus DS93X blade with an acid etched Hugin pattern.
Some brands release new knives just ece a year. Not Spyderco.
The company is always working on new knives and innovation to share with the knife community. Because Spyderco is eager to get its knives out to the public, the brand introduces new products every month.
Since a once-a-year catalog doesn’t give customers the full story, Spyderco releases supplemental product guides. Here are 12 new Spyderco knives in the 2016 Mid-Year Product Guide.
The Spyderco Advocate is a tactical flipper designed by the great Gayle Bradley. The 3.49-inch blade is made from Bradley’s favorite CPM M4 tool steel and includes the Round Hole—though the hole is partially covered, making it mostly decorative.
Its handle is made from machined solid titanium scales with a texture Spyderco calls “orange peel” adjacent. The blade stays engaged with the Reeve Integral Lock mechanism.
The Rubicon 2 is the next generation of the original Peter Carey design. This version of the folder strips down the design to make it more affordable. It no longer has the orange G-10 accents, but it retains a carbon fiber handle and CPM S30V steel. The tip-up pocket clip is more in line with other Spyderco pocket clip styles.
If you noticed the Rubicon and Magnitude look alike, you wouldn’t be off base. The Magnitude is another Peter Carey design and carries a similar style. The 3.5-inch blade is made from CPM S30V, and the handle is made from carbon fiber scales.
A brown G-10 accent pivot is reminiscent of the original Rubicon.
Spyderco indulges in some bizarre designs, but its Ethnic Series always has truly unique creations that take cues from knives of other cultures. The EuroEdge is an Ed Schempp design (who’s contributed a few knives to the Ethnic Series like the Schempp Bowie) and combines characteristics of old European swords and daggers.
Now, the brand is coming out with another innovation they’re calling Field Strip technology.
The premise of the technology is fairly simple: you can take apart and reassemble a folding knife in the field without any tools. Take a look at the knife in action in this video:
Why would anyone want a knife like this? Folding knives are notoriously tough to clean out in the field. Sure, many designs, including those with open handles, try to mitigate the amount of detritus that gets stuck in the moving parts. But thorough cleaning usually requires a complete teardown, which involves tools and small screws.
The Schrade SCHF56 and SCHF56L are amazing knives. These recently released models quickly became best-sellers for their simple yet thoughtful design and superb performance. I’ve heard people say the SCHF56L is the best knife they have, and that’s quite a high praise considering how many knives are out there.
While the knives come with polyester belt sheaths, many have been clamoring for better leather sheaths. Schrade gave the people what they want with two new spruced up leather sheaths:
Both sheaths are made of 100% vegetable tanned top grain genuine cowhide, which will not cause corrosion to the blades. They’re stitched with heavy duty nylon thread and feature all metal snap fasteners that are nickel-plated to prevent rust.
Brace yourself! New Schrade models are now available.
There’s been some buzz around these two new models from Schrade, and they’re finally here. The Schrade SCH111 and SCH112 are fixed blades designed by Joshua Waggoner. Both of these knives are modeled after the karambit. Here’s a little more about each.
The new for 2016 items from Schrade are still trickling in. The SCHF51M and SCHF52M models are now available at Knife Depot.
A few weeks ago we announced the availability of the SCHF51 and SCHF52 (which were updates on the well-received SCHF36 and SCHF37). So what’s the difference? For starters, the SCHF51M and SCHF52M both feature awesome Micarta handle scales as opposed to the TPE handles of the base models.
Micarta is praised for being extremely tough and strong, which makes it a no-brainer for any survival or outdoor blade, such as these two Frontier models from Schrade.
Our slate of brand new Schrade Knives continues with the highly anticipated Schrade SCHF42D.
Based off the design from Brian Griffin, the SCHF42D is an update on the SCHF42. Make no mistake about it though, the SCHF42 (yes, the naming system can get confusing) is a hugely popular knife among those in the bushcrafting world. It was nearly universally acclaimed.
As with anything out there, there were a few suggestions for the knife that would make it near perfect.
The first was with the blade edge. The SCHF42 has a recurved blade, which can be a pain to sharpen, especially if you’re out in the field. Schrade listened to a lot of the feedback and made the SCHF42D a knife with a non-recurve blade. That means the 5.12-inch 1095 steel blade of the SCHF42D is nice and straight. For this reason alone, I can see countless people making the jump to this budget bushcrafting knife.
This Schrade SCHF43 is a knife that’s been teased around the web for a while, with a whole host of video reviews popping up around YouTube. If you’re not familiar with the knife, it was designed by Chris Tanner of PreparedMind101. Although the official Schrade name is SCHF43, it’s commonly called the Jessica-X. The reason is that Jessica is the name of Chris Tanner’s Becker BK7. He set out to create his own design based off the knife and fondly called it Jessica-X. That name stuck.
Let’s break it down a bit. The SCHF51 and SCHF52 are updates on the old SCHF36 and SCHF37, which were already highly respected knives. In fact, the SCHF36 received the Blade Magazine People’s Choice of the Yeard award in 2015. Except for a few minor quibbles, those two survival fixed blades were widely hailed as great knives for any outdoorsman.
The SCHF51 and SCHF52 take things to the next level.
Taylor Brands LLC took all the criticisms and wants from reviewers and customers and made great knives even better. Let’s start with some of the specs.
Here’s the SCHF51.
The knife has the same 5.05-inch drop point blade as the SCHF36. The major change comes in the coating. Many complained that the coating was way too thick and caused some drag when batoning. Taylor Brands took the criticisms to heart and came back with a better, Teflon-like coating that’s thinner. With the new coating, the 1095 carbon steel blade is better protected and more visually appealing.
On Discovery Channel’s show “Naked and Afraid,” survivalist EJ “Skullcrusher” Snyder survived in the wilderness (without any clothes, of course) on nothing but his (and his partner’s) wit. He did this in two intense stints on the show: one on the plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti and another in the Amazonian rainforest.
Snyder is more than just a dude on a reality show; he trained in the Army Survival School and became obsessed with all aspects of survival. Now, the Gulf War veteran has teamed up with TOPS Knives to bring Skullcrusher’s X-Treme Blade (SXB).
“Skullcrusher’s Xtreme Blade” (SXB) was designed for the Warrior Survivalist to aid in their survival not only in the wild, but on the battlefield as well. Xtreme Situations require an Xtreme Blade, and the SXB meets that demand and then some! Why play in the wild when you can DOMINATE it!!!
Yeah, buddy! As you can tell from the description (and several exclamation points), TOPS is pretty enthusiastic about this knife. It’s not unwarranted, though. The knife looks thoroughly badass.