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See 10 New Spyderco Prototypes Revealed by SpyderCollector

 

It’s that time of the year again — the Spyderco Amsterdam Meet.

The Spyderco Meet in Amsterdam is a small event in which Eric Glesser brings about a 100 prototypes and concept models to discuss with the public. Many of the models never see the light of day or are too early in the design phase. But Spyderco typically allows a handful to be shared with the public.

The person who usually does the sharing is one Spydercollector.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Spydercollector, he is a diehard Spyderco collector and enthusiast who goes by the handle Mr Blonde on the forums. I did a two-part interview with him way back in 2011 (part 1 here and part 2 here), so check those out if you’re interested.

For the 2019 meet, which took place March 17, Spydercollector was able to photograph and reveal 10 prototypes. He gave us permission to share them with you here and use some of his images. I’ll link to his own blog which has far more images of these knives. I also highly recommend following Spydercollector on Instagram and YouTube.

Anyway, here are the 10 models from the 2019 Amsterdam Spyderco Meet. There is no info on availability but Spydercollector thinks these could be seen in upcoming reveals this year.

Spyderco Endela

First up is the Spyderco Endela — the missing link between the Endura and the Delica (I guess the name Delidura wasn’t good enough). The blade has a rough measurement of 3.38 inches. For comparison, the blade on the Endura is 3.75 inches and the blade on the Delica is 2.875 inches.

This is a happy medium that doesn’t reinvent the wheel but does fill a gap in the Endura/Delica lineup.

Spyderco Sage 5 LW

For followers of this blog, the Sage 5 Lightweight isn’t new. Eric Glesser gave a very early preview in a YouTube video a few weeks back. Take a look:

The Sage 5 is frequently called an excellent EDC design and this lighter weight version that should be a little more budget friendly further makes the case. Spydercollector weighed this in at around 1.86 ounces. Now that’s lightweight.

Spyderco Native Chief

From what we’ve seen at this meet, it looks like Spyderco is filling in missing parts of existing lines (as we’ll see later). We already have the regular G-10 Native and the Lil Native, so now we get its big brother in the Native Chief. The standard Native has a sub-3-inch blade, but the Native Chief has a roughly 4-inch blade.

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CRKT Introduces Premium ‘XOC’ with Deadbolt Lock

 

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).

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Mantis Releases New Hawk-Designed Gearhead

It’s no secret that I am somewhat of a Hawk Head. That is I am a huge fan of the father and son knifemaking duo of Grant and Gavin Hawk.

Well, the Hawks — who are best known for making some of the most innovative and boundary-pushing knives on the market — are back with another production model called the Gearhead.

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The aptly named Mantis Gearhead is a new design that uses a lever to turn gears to engage the knife. According to the Hawks, they made the design after noticing that people like to put gears on knives for decoration. They wanted to make a knife with functional gears.

The deployment method looks quick, reliable, and really fun to use.

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Will Victorinox Add Clips to Swiss Army Knives?

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.

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KA-BAR Introduces ‘State & Union Knives’ Custom Shop

 

Sunday marked the 120th anniversary of KA-BAR.

To celebrate the momentous milestone, KA-BAR had a few goodies up its sleeve. We already covered the well-made documentary series about the long and complicated history of the company.

Then, they released some commemorative KA-BAR models with a 120th Anniversary logo laser-engraved on the blade. There’s the U.S. Army, USMC, USN, and Dog’s Head models.

That wasn’t all KA-BAR announced, however.

KA-BAR is paying homage to its past by introducing State & Union Knives. The internal shop will allow the company to once again create hand-finished custom designed knives in Olean, New York.

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Benchmade Introduces a New Knife Called The Bugout

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).

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Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Now Available to U.S. Armed Forces

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.

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Victorinox Releases New Knife Made From Old Nespresso Pods

It’s hard not to love Victorinox.

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.

Well, the famous Swiss Army Knife company is back at it again with another limited edition SAK that’s made from two dozen used capsules of Nespresso.

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.

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Buck to Release New Designs Based on 110 Folding Hunter

To get a jumpstart on the future, Buck is looking to the past.

Next year’s slate of knives from Buck features an array of new designs more in line with the modern offerings from the old American company, such as the Buck Glacier and Buck Volt.

But what really stands out are two designs that look mighty familiar: the Buck 110 Auto and the Buck 101.

Buck 110 Auto

The Buck 110 Folding Hunter is the most iconic knife ever. And that might be an understatement.

It has sold millions and may be the most bought knife of all time. The 110 has been a mainstay of Buck since it was first designed in 1963.

Over those 50 years, the 110 has been offered in countless limited editions and customizable versions. Currently, there’s a limited edition Buck 110 Folding Hunter Copper Version (250 units) and a Buck 110 Folding Hunter Weld Version (500 units) available for purchase at Knife Depot.

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See New 2017 Spyderco Knives

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

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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.

It’ll be your new favorite knife.

Spyderco Police 4

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We mourned the loss of the Police 3 in our obituaries for Spyderco’s discontinued knives, but the sadness was short-lived. Introducing the Police 4.

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Gerber Introduces US-Assist Pocket Knife to Revamp Image

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Gerber is back, baby!

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.

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Morakniv Ushers in Next Generation of Outdoor Knives

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.

Mora Garberg

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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.

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CRKT Honors Knifemakers with Commemorative Knives

In 2014, the knife community lost two amazing knifemakers. First, Kit Carson passed away in September; then it was Ed Halligan in September.

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

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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.

Halligan was an aircraft technician for 37 years before he founded Halligan Knives in 1985. Here is an excerpt from the product description of the knife:

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.

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Spyderco Introduces 12 New 2016 Mid-Year Knives

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.

Advocate

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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.

Rubicon 2

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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.

Magnitude

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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.

EuroEdge

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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.

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CRKT Introducing Knife With New ‘Field Strip’ Technology

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CRKT is no stranger to innovation. In a recent post naming 15 knives with unique opening mechanisms, CRKT made the list more times than any other brand.

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.

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Schrade SCHF56 & SCHF56L Leather Sheaths Now Available

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:

The Schrade LS56L for the larger SCHF56L

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and the Schrade LS56 for the smaller SCH56.

 

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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.

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New 2016 Schrade SCH111 and SCH112 Now Available

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.

Schrade SCH111 Fixed Blade

Schrade SCH111

First up we have the Schrade SCH111 Fixed Blade. The knife features a 2.97-inch blade made from 9Cr18MoV stainless steel and a skeletonized handle. The blade has an interesting blade shape.

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Schrade SCHF51M and SCHF52M Now Available

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.

Schrade SCHF51M

SCHF51M

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.

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Schrade SCHF42D Now Available

Schrade SCHF42D

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.

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New Schrade SCHF43 (Jessica-X) now available

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Hot off the heels of the release of the new SCHF51 and SCHF52 models comes yet another Schrade exclusive at Knife Depot: the SCHF43.

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.

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