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Quartermaster 7 Knife

Quartermaster 7 Knife

If you haven’t seen them yet, get over to our Quartermaster Knives section and check out these big, beefy folders built for serious tactical use.  They are fantastic.

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Piranha Virus Auto Knife Review — Video Review

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New Arrivals

New knives are showing up daily. Find them in our New Arrivals section and get yourself a new knife from Benchmade, Microtech, ProTech, Piranha, Kershaw, CRKT, or one of the many other quality brands we carry.  And  take advantage of our always free shipping.



Benchmade

Several exciting new 2015 knives from Benchmade are already here including the big tactical 808 Loco, the 485 Valet series–an instant classic folder, and the 484-1 Nakamura AXIS folders with blue anodized highlights. Find them all on our website.  

 



 


Piranha Virus Auto Knife

The brand new automatic knife from Piranha is here and it is awesome.  This thin auto features a lightning fast S30V blade that locks up tight.  And for those who value Pocket Real Estate™, this slim auto is perfect.  It is so great, I have one in my pocket right now.  Comes in all the classic colors with a black or mirror finished blade.

 


 


Kershaw Duck Commander

The Kershaw line of Duck Commander and Buck Commander knives are finally here–and they were worth the wait.  Fast opening Assist knives and folders, these knives are built to Kershaw’s exacting standards and bear the popular Duck Commander or Buck Commander logos. Get your favorite or one of the many other new Kershaw knives now in stock.

 



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Schrade Viper OTF Gen 3 Knife Review — Video Review

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Piranha Virus Automatic Knife

Piranha Virus Auto Knife

Piranha Virus Auto Knife, Orange Handle, Black Plain Blade

Piranha just released their newest automatic knife, the Virus.  This slim auto knife features lightning fast action, excellent quality materials and top notch US production quality.

The first thing that grabs your eye about the Virus is its slim profile.  At just 7/8″ wide at the widest spot on the handle, the knife takes up nearly none of your valuable Pocket Real Estate™.  The slim handle has fingernail grooves down the inner edge of both handle scales and slimmer, alternating grooves on the spine side.  The spine of the handle has a dimple style texture.  All these provide visual appeal and offer your hand plenty of solid grip points.

The handle is 6061 T6 Type 3 Hard Coat anodized aircraft alloy and is available in all the regular Piranha colors including black, blue, red, green, camo, plum, pink, silver, and orange.  Piranha knives hold their color even with heavy use.  I have a Fingerling that I have carried off and on for several years now.  I have nicked and dinged the handle in several places and the color still shows strong.

The blade is CPM S30V with either a mirror or black finish.  You can pick either finish up with a plain edge or a combo edge.  Which means, there are 36 different variations of the Piranha Virus to choose from.  The blade is a modified drop point with a full flat grind that makes it ideal for slicing tasks.  The S30V is going to last for decades with proper care.  For a full review of CPM S30V see our article here.

The button lock trigger is inset on the upper edge of the the front handle scale.  The inset prevents accidental pocket firing yet allows easy access to the button when you press it with your thumb.  The blade snaps out ridiculously fast–like every Piranha I have ever used.  And the blade lock up is perfect.

A titanium, tip up pocket clip resides on the back handle scale for traditional right hand, tip up pocket carry.  Sorry lefties, the knife is not reversible.

If you place a premium on precious Pocket Real Estate™ and you are looking for a high quality automatic knife that will perform to the highest standards, consider picking up a Piranha Virus.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Overall Length: 7.45″
  • Blade: 3.1″
  • Blade Thickness: .1″
  • Blade Steel: CPM S30V
  • Blade Finish: Mirror or Black
  • Blade Edge: Plain or Combo
  • Closed: 4.1″
  • Handle Material: 6061 T6 Type 3 Hard Coat Anodized Aircraft Alloy
  • Handle Color: black, blue, red, green, camo, plum, pink, silver, and orange
  • Pocket Clip: Titanium, Tip Up
  • Weight: 2.0 oz
  • Made in the USA
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Boker Sulaco Knife Review — Video Review

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Benchmade 808 Loco AXIS Folder Knife Review

Benchmade 808 Lcoo

Benchmade 808 Lcoo

An 808 can be used as a reference to a variety of things.  Back in the 80’s, there was an analogue synthesiser called the Roland TR-808 which was used in many of the songs produced during that era.  If you are accused of an 808 penal code violation, you are disturbing the peace.  The 808 code is a reference to the sound of bass from stereos which are often the cause of the problem.  808 is also the area code for the entire state of Hawaii.  So if I’m headed to the 808, I could be headed to the islands. And now, the 808 refers to the newest addition to the Benchmade premium line of knives.

The Benchmade 808 Loco is a heavy duty tactical folder tricked out with plenty of tricked out hardware and attitude.  Built for the world you live in, the 808 Loco boasts the AXIS folder mechanism, custom styled hardware, and high quality materials that deliver strength, power, and durability.

The 808 Loco features a CPM-S30V premium stainless steel blade that comes with a satin silver or black coated finish.  You can pick up either finish with a plain edge or combo edge.  The S30V reverse tanto blade delivers the same cutting advantages that come from a drop point with the addition of a stronger tip for heavy piercing cuts.  The S30V gives you  high durability, high corrosion resistance and excellent edge retention.  This means you get to spend more time cutting and less time sharpening your new Benchmade 808 Loco.

You open the blade by pulling on the oval hole that lies on the top edge of the blade.  Or, with a bit of practice, you can pull the AXIS lock down and give the knife a flick of your wrist–if done right, the blade pops open easy and smooth.  This makes it really easy to use the knife with just one hand, which is nice when your other hand is busy.

The AXIS lock mechanism, in my estimation, is one of the very best mechanisms currently available for a folder knife.  It is unbelievably tough and gives you maximum blade security when you are making heavy cuts.

The 808 Loco grabs you visually with unique hardware.  The pivot screw has three cuts that create a triangular shape at the top that tapers down to a full circle where the pivot enters the handle scale.  The AXIS lock mechanism presents a similar triangular visual with three cuts that turn the circular shape into a tapered pyramid.

Add to that the visual the smooth black G10 handle scales that express heavy personality with smooth curves that allow you to keep a solid grip on the 808 whatever the environment throws at you–wet, slippery, cold, whatever; none of those things can pry this knife out of your hands.  The deep finger groove keeps your forefinger at the point of control so you can make precise cuts as well.  At the base of the handle lies a lanyard hole.  The G10 handle scales are backed up with stainless steel liners that give the 808 serious strength.

The Benchmade 808 is the kind of knife that is built for tactical situations.  Big, burly and substantial, the 808 will get your cutting chores done without breaking a sweat.  You can pick one up here on our website.  After you do, let us know what you think down below.

 

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A Sword Apart, by W.P.

A few years back I began reading about the effectiveness of CPM3V steel on various forums. It seemed almost mythical in nature, like Wolverine’s adamantium, capable of performing amazing feats unheard of in other steels. As an avid knife collector, the CPM3V alloy appealed to me on many levels; its resilience, its incredible sharpness, it all fascinated me.

My interest hadn’t truly piqued, however, until I encountered Dan Keffeler’s work. Dan was already an accomplished maker whose quality of work was well known in the knife community. I was intrigued by his work from the start, particularly his Japanese-style blades made in CPM3V. I recall watching a video a while back of Dan testing one of his blades on various targets. As a longtime practitioner of the Japanese sword arts, I can attest how difficult it is perform proper tameshigiri, or test cutting with a live blade. There are a myriad of factors involved: grip, edge alignment, distance, all of which need to be taken into account when cutting. I was immediately enthralled by the CPM3V blade’s ability. It performed effortlessly, seeming to decimate anything in its path. I knew I had to have one. Thus began my journey to seek out a katana made from CPM3V.

I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Dan Keffeler by a mutual friend a couple of years back. His work speaks for itself, but Dan is also a great guy and very pleasant to deal with. We spoke on the phone a few times and discussed the possibility of my commissioning a CPM3V blade, but as we were both incredibly busy, the project never really got off the ground unfortunately and we lost touch for a time. Still, I couldn’t get the idea of obtaining one of his CPM3V blades out of my head. It became like an obsession, as though some part of me would remain incomplete until I possessed one of his blades.

Nearly a year and a half passed until I took a shot in the dark and sent Dan an email to inquire about one of his CPM3V katana blades again. I was elated to hear that he happened to have one available. After seeing only a single photograph of it, I purchased the blade without another thought. I couldn’t have been more excited. Call it good fortune, an alignment of the planets, fate, whatever. I was finally going to fulfill my dream of owning a Keffeler blade.

While the blade itself was already made, a handle and scabbard still had to be crafted. Dan was also gracious enough to fabricate fittings out of titanium, which he anodized in a greyish tint and added a wood-like texture. Several months would pass before the sword was finally complete. The end result was nothing short of astonishing, the perfect amalgamation of an ancient craft and modern innovation.

It has often been said that to truly follow the way of the sword, it must become a part of one’s very soul. I can proudly declare that even in the short while it’s been in my possession, this sword has indeed become a part of me, and I am the better for it.

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An Independent Man, by T.C.

I am an independent man and I am drawn to the things that real men are drawn-to. When my wife lets me…. (wink), I spend my time in the man zone; the high testosterone zone. Among the things found in the zone are edged weapons. Channeling Will Rogers, ‘I never met a knife I didn’t like’… well, Mr. Rogers was referring to men, but to be honest I have met more than a few of those with whom I didn’t care to associate. I bet if Will were here today, he might feel the same; about knives that is…. but I digress.
The edged weapon is the quintessential tool for man in every society in every age. Before firearms, man used knives to do his bidding. Whether to dispatch his enemy or feed his family, the blade was his tool of choice. What of the club you say? Yes, the club played it’s part in the submission of food and foe. But when it came time deal with, say the buffalo, the edged weapon proved of infinitely greater value than the club. Did you ever try to dress out a buffalo with a stick? When you watch a naked survival show on the tube, is it a stick they pull out of their goody bag? Heck no, they go for the knife or some other edged weapon every time. And next time I’m having surgery, I am keeping one eye open to make sure the doc is using a scalpel. You get the picture. It is clear that mankind cannot exist without the knife. It is the consummate tool of choice.
Well, gotta go. I would share more, but my wife says we have to take Fluffy, our Pomeranian to the beauty shop for a toenail job and a bath…. I need a stick now.

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Spyderco Foundry Knife Review — Video Review

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