Boker CPM-S30V Kalashnikov Automatic Knife Review — Video Review

Looking to pick up a Boker Kalashnikov with the ultimate blade? Check out the new, exclusive S30V Boker Kalashnikov at BladeOps.

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Microtech OTF Knives Just In

Microtech Halo V

Microtech Halo V, Tanto Blade, Apocalyptic Finish

We just received a shipment of several different Microtech OTF knives that have never been produced before as well as a few classics.  Check out our Microtech page today and through the weekend to see these knives as they show up in our system.  Several Halo V’s showed up as well as a good assortment of Ultratech OTF’s with either Purple or Olive Drab anodized handles.  Even got a few Combat Troodons.  Get them fast–they never seem to stay around very long.

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Cold Steel Voyager Knives Review — Video Review

Check out these great Voyager knives from Cold Steel.

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Benchmade HK 14715BK AXIS Knife Review

The AXIS® is back.  Benchmade has put the AXIS® locking mechanism back into the Heckler and Koch® line with the impressive 14715BK knife.

Benchmade HK14715BK

Benchmade HK14715BK AXIS knife

The HK 14715BK continues in the tradition of practical design coupled with quality that has made HK an industry leader in manufacturing products for military and law enforcement.  For their edged tools, Heckler and Koch® has teamed up with Benchmade Knives to produce a line of knives that deliver strength and reliability to those whose lives depend on knives that perform.

The focal point of the 14715BK is the clip point D2 tool steel blade.  The blade opens with the dual thumb studs.  It locks open with the cutting edge AXIS® system.

Benchmade HK14715BK AXIS Lock

Benchmade HK14715BK AXIS Lock

Once the blade is locked open, it is nearly impossible to close.  This takes a manual folder and converts it into a near fixed blade knife, perfect for those who depend on their tool in situations where failure can result in serious complications.

The blade steel is D2.  D2 tool steel contains between 10% and 13% chromium.  Because of the high chromium content, it is often referred to as a semi-stainless steel.  Although it may be considered as a stainless by some, it is important to remember that D2 should be treated as a non stainless.  Each time you are finished with your D2 blade, make sure to wipe it dry and store it in dry location.  An air hardened tool steel, D2 really excels when it comes to wear resistance.  It is considered one of the best choices for hard use applications, once again making it perfect for urban tactical situations.

The blade has a black tactical BK coated blade.  This gives the steel a bit more corrosion protection as well as eliminating any blade glare if the knife is being used in night ops.  The BK coat from Benchmade is hardy and durable.  It rarely shows scratches and wears fairly even over time.

Benchmade HK14715BK Blade

Benchmade HK14715BK D2 Clip Point Blade

The clip point shape of the blade allows it to be used for heavy piercing cuts.  Benchmade has produced this blade with the full blade thickness running down the clip point to the last possible moment before narrowing to a point.  This gives the blade tip extra strength similar to what would be found in a tanto point blade while keeping the blade edge a traditional curve so as to maximize the length of the cutting edge.

Tip of Blade

Tip of Blade on Benchmade HK 14715BK–see how thick it nearly to the very tip.

The Heckler and Koch motto — No Compromise — is definitely well exhibited in the AXIS lock as well as in the choice of D2 tool steel for the blade.

The handle scales on this tactical folder are textured black G-10 scales on full stainless steel liners.  The full liners give the knife the rigidity and strength it needs to perform under the heavy demands of an urban tactical environment.  The G-10 has one of the most “grippy” textures I have ever seen on a knife.  It keeps bare hands on the handle even in wet and slippery conditions.

Benchmade HK14715BK

Benchmade HK14715BK

A classic finger groove with slight tapering into the blade handle gives your forefinger the perfect grip when you are holding this knife in the forward grip.  Jimping, notches cut into a blade spine or handle grip for control, is found both along the top edge of the spine through onto the blade spine as well as on both angled edges of the handle butt.  The jimping on the butt allows for a thumb control position if the knife is held in the reverse grip.

The pocket clip is right/left reversible and holds your knife in a tip up position.

This spectacular knife, found in the Benchmade HK lineup, is perfect for heavy duty combat, urban tactical as well as outdoor use.  Built with military users and LE in mind, this knife is tough enough to perform when all your chips are on the table and the hand you are dealt is the hand you must win with.  Find the 14715BK AXIS® on our website here.  Let me know how it performs for you down below.


  • Blade Length: 3.69″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.146″
  • Handle Thickness: 0.510″
  • Blade Material: D2 Tool Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 60-62 HRC
  • Blade Style: Clip Point with Ambidextrous Thumb Studs
  • Weight: 4.96 oz.
  • Clip: Black, Reversible, Tip-Up
  • Lock Mechanism: AXIS
  • Overall Length: 8.34″
  • Closed Length: 4.64″
  • Class: Heckler & Koch
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Kershaw Sale at BladeOps

Looking for a new Kershaw?  Check out our unbelievable sale going on from today until Labor Day.


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To celebrate Labor Day we are putting all Kershaw Knives on sale.  Get 20% off every Kershaw knife using coupon code LABOR.   This coupon is good until 09/01/2014 and is not valid where prohibited or with any other coupon.  * This coupon is good for any and all Kershaw knives, does not include Zero Tolerance Knives.


Classic Emerson knife produced by Kershaw.  Boasts the “wave feature” for lightning fast deployment.

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Hinderer designed assist knife with grey titanium carbo nitride coat on handle and blade

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Rexford designed folder with clean lines and a razor sharp blade.  Built for serious EDC.

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Limited edition Blur assist knife with Carpenter BDZ1 blade steel and dual anodized handle.

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Boker Manaro Stingray Knife Review — Video Review

Here is a fantastic new knife from Boker, designed by Sal Manaro.  Find it here on our website.

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Kershaw Emerson CQC-2K Knife Review

Kershaw Emerson CQC2K, Front View

Kershaw Emerson CQC2K, Front View

The Kershaw Emerson collaboration series features classic Emerson style knives with the production quality of a Kershaw.  With the release of the CQC-2K stinger knife, you get a quick deploying blade, a comfortable handle that ensures a solid grip, as well as a unique opening system.

The 2 3/4″ blade on this knife boasts a modified clip point with a slight recurve.  The recurve makes pull cuts a breeze especially when cutting straps, rope and string.  The outward curve of the belly “holds” the item to be cut and allows the blade to slice through it with greater ease when making pull cuts.  The clip point gives greater strength to the tip of the blade when making piercing cuts.

The blade on this Kershaw knife is 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a black oxide coat that gives even more corrosion and wear resistance to an already great blade steel.  The blade will be relatively easy to sharpen—I would call it an 9 of 10 on ease of sharpening scale– and should keep a fine edge under heavy use for a reasonable amount of time.  Sharpening the blade will require a small bit of skill to sharpen along the recurve edge.  The recurve isn’t overly aggressive and shouldn’t present much of a problem to any but the absolute novice knife sharpener.

Blade locks in place with a seriously secure frame lock.  The pivot pin can be adjusted with a normal flat screwdriver.  The knife comes a bit stiff out of the box.  I actually prefer this on a manual folder so that the blade doesn’t flop open without cause.  You can loosen the pivot a bit and make it for a “looser” open if you prefer.  The blade does have a ball detent that keeps it “locked” in place when the blade is in the closed position.

To open the blade with the Emerson “wave feature” you just the knife out of your pocket and at the same time pull it backwards toward the area behind you.  As you do this, the “wave feature” hook catches on the edge of your pocket and pulls the blade into the open and frame locked position.  Done properly, this method of pocket retrieval® is simple and quick.  In fact, done right this knife opens faster than most automatic knives because the blade is deployed as soon as you have it fully out of your pocket as opposed to most auto knives that require you to withdraw them from your pocket and then press the fire button.

Kershaw Emerson 6024BLK

Kershaw Emerson 6024BLK, Back View

The handle has a black G10 front scale and a 410 black oxide finished back scale.  There is a nice, deep yet gentle finger groove for your forefinger that is followed by a long curve for the rest of your fingers.  This is a relatively small knife which means that for someone with extremely large hands it may feel too small.  For average to large hands the size should be just right.  Some mild jimping is found on the spine of the handle scales for a bit of extra grip.

Tip up right or left pocket clip.  Lanyard hole for alternate carry.

This knife is specifically shaped for serious slicing and piercing.  A fantastic EDC knife for anyone who wants a well built knife that is easy to use and has serious power.  Check out the Kershaw Emerson CQC-2K on our website here and let me know what you think of it below.


  • Designed by Emerson, built by Kershaw
  • Thumb disk; “waved shaped opening feature”
  • Manual opening
  • Frame lock
  • Reversible pocketclip (left/right)
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, black-oxide coating
  • Handle: Textured G-10 front, 410 black-oxide coated back
  • Blade length: 2.75 in. (7 cm)
  • Closed length: 3.6 in. (9.1 cm)
  • Weight: 2.8 oz. (79.4 g)
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Microtech Custom Whale Shark Flipper Knife Review — Video Review

Fantastic custom pieces from Anthony Marfione over at Microtech.  Check out this great Whale Shark flipper knife.

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Kershaw Select Fire Knife Review — Quick Review

Kershaw Select Fire

Kershaw Select Fire

The Kershaw Select Fire features a big, bold blade and several useful bits that come in handy when you least expect it.  Designed by Grant and Gavin Hawk, this handy tool isn’t the run of the mill multi tool that gives you a bunch of finicky tools you will never use.

First and foremost, this is a knife.  The manual open classic style drop point blade opens smooth with the ambidextrous thumb studs.  The whopping 3 3/8″ blade is extra wide for serious cutting tasks.  A bead blast finish gives the stainless steel blade even more protection against corrosion and wear.  The 8Cr13MoV steel keeps an edge and is easy to sharpen when tune up time arrives.

The handle is wide and chunky.  The handle flares slightly wider as it moves toward the butt, which gives it an extra comfortable feel in your palm.  Dual finger grooves allow you to hold the knife in a more set back position for normal cutting chores or to choke up on the handle for precision cuts.  Made from glass reinforced nylon, the handle has a series of grooves across the face that add a nice texture to the grip as well as visual appeal.

On the top of the handle, there is a unique cutout that displays the bit driver head.  Grab the bit driver and swing it out towards the handle and you have a perfectly useful tool for those times when you most need a screwdriver and don’t have one.  In the middle of both handle scales you will find two bits in a swing out holder.  The spring set bit holders swing closed when you let go of them, ensuring the bit holders are always in the closed position.  Two included flat drivers and two hex drivers are what come with the knife, but you could easily switch these out for your favorite driver heads.

Most multi tools have one, two or three useful tools and then a bunch of fiddley tools that never get used and when they do, they seem to break or fail at the most inopportune times.  The Select Fire from Kershaw boils it all down to the basics.  You get a knife with a fantastic blade along with a bit driver to screw and unscrew whatever you want.  In my world, that gives me the ability to get nearly everything I need done without taking up any more Pocket Real Estate® than necessary.  Check this knife out on our website and let me know what you think down below.



  • 1/4-in. hex drive, 2 flathead, 2 crosshead bits
  • Ruler on bit drive shaft
  • Liner lock
  • Thumbstud
  • Single-position pocketclip
  • Steel: 8CR13MOV, bead-blasted finish
  • Handle: Glass-filled nylon
  • Blade length: 3.4 in. (8.6 cm)
  • Closed length: 4.25 in. (10.8 cm)
  • Overall length: 7.6 in. (19.4 cm)
  • Weight: 5 oz. (141.7 g)
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Boker Thorn Moku Ti Knife Review

Fantastic collector’s piece from Boker.  Almost all gone, get yours before they are no longer around.

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