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February 03, 2014
Best New Knives: Cutting-Edge Blades from SHOT Show 2014 - 7
The 2014 SHOT Show offered something for every outdoor enthusiast on the planet. Take for example the new knives and cutting instruments unveiled in Vegas. While many were tailored to anglers and hunters, others addressed the needs of survivalists, and still others whetted the appetites of law enforcement and military professionals. Regardless of the need, these cutting edge blades are sure to fit the bill.
Buck 110 Folding Hunter
This year Buck Knives celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 110 Folding Hunter, available in a plain or finger-grooved Macassar Ebony Dymondwood handle. First introduced by Al Buck in 1964, today it is one of the most imitated and recognizable knives on the market.
“I remember when my Dad was designing the 110," said Chuck Buck, chairman of Buck Knives. "He wanted a folding knife that would be reliable and contain the features he felt were important for a good knife. He always believed in doing things right in order to succeed."
MSRP: $73; buckknives.com
Buck’s new multi-function Splizzors conveniently combine the versatility of scissors and pliers to create a handy tool designed for any fishing task. The Splizzors utilize edge-to-edge pressure 10 times that of normal scissors and contain micro-serrations to cut braided and high-performance fishing line with ease. This unique design allows for efficient cutting, trimming, shearing, bending, crimping and hook removal, all with one exceptional tool. And like all Buck products, it's backed by the company's famous Forever Warranty.
MSRP: $100; buckknives.com
Ka-Bar KBD Master Series
The KBD Master Series from Ka-Bar Knives is a set of cutters designed by custom knife-maker Mike Snody. Both the Snody Boss and Big Boss (pictured) are made with S35v stainless steel and come with high-grade, heavyweight JRE sheaths that feature grommet holes for lashing in any carry configuration. The Snody Boss has an overall length of 6 9/16 inches (blade is 3 ½ inches), while the Big Boss measures 9 inches (blade is 4 9/16 inches).
MSRP: Snoddy Boss - $157.99; Snoddy Big Boss - $217.54; ka-bar.com
Ka-Bar TDI/Hinderer Collection
Also new from Ka-Bar is the TDI/Hinderer Collection, a series of design collaborations between Tactical Defense Institute President and Chief Instructor John Benner and custom knife-maker Rick Hinderer. Based on their combined experiences as a veteran police lieutenant and firefighter/EMT, Benner and Hinderer have designed the knives for real-life emergency situations. Each one is sure when gripped and ambidextrous for a multitude of application options. The Hellfire (top) has a hawksbill blade, while the Hinderance uses a Wharncliffe blade. Both come with a locking sheath.
MSRP: Hinderance and Hellfire - $111.56; ka-bar.com
Helle Norway Eggen
Since 1932, Helle, Norway has been making quality Scandinavian-style knives (no finger guards) from Old World materials. Today automated production and vast batches are common for knife manufacturers around the world. Not so with the small, Norway-based company: the production of a single Helle knife can take up to 45 manual steps. The craftsmanship and attention to detail of a Helle knife can be seen in the Eggen, which uses a Gunnar Lothe design, triple-laminated proprietary stainless steel and a curly birch handle. Like all Helle knives, the Eggen comes with a genuine leather sheath made by the same employees for over 50 years.
MSRP: $119; helle.no
Ever wonder what kind of knife Nordic explorers used? Well wonder no more, because Helle is also introducing the Viking, a knife that looks like it came right out of the Middle Ages. The Viking comes with a triple-laminated carbon steel blade and a curly birch handle.
MSRP: $114; helle.no
In 2014, Katz Knives is adding to its popular Lion King Series with the K300-UK-CW Yukon. Like each cutting instrument in the series, the K300-UK-CW boasts a full-tang, 5-millimeter XT-80 stainless steel blade, a flared butt for greater control and balance, and full 2-inch jimping (cutmarks) for finger and thumb support. The UK-CW is made with a cherry-wood handle and weighs a mere 11 oz.
Retail price (MSRP not provided): $195; katzknives.com
DPx H*I*T Cutter
Designed by adventurer Robert Young Pelton, the DPx (Dangerous Places Extreme) H*I*T Cutter uses the patented DPx Centric mechanism; an integrated pivoting handle and blade guard. This stellar fixed blade knife has an S35VN steel blade with multiple hex cutouts and a carabineer clip for attaching to gear. The H*I*T® Cutter measures 5 ½ inches (blade is 2 inches) and weighs just 2.88 oz. Best of all, it’s made in the U.S.A. by White River Knife & Tool (Grand Rapids, Mich.).
MSRP: $187.50; dpxgear.com
Timberline Machete Survival System
The Dave Young Design Tactical Combat Series Machete Survival System from Timberline is a survival tool that's just as useful to the hunter as it is to the jungle explorer. The spine of the Machete boasts serrations in the top for shredding and ripping vines, while serrations in the bottom can be used for precise surgical cutting. The tool also includes a saw portion for hacking in limited space, a wire cutter, a wire splicer and a bottom that acts as a close lever impact piece (CLIP), enabling the user to easily break glass or mark rock. The Machete comes with a sheath and handy sharpener.
MSRP: $150; (800) LIV-SHARP
Bear & Sons Cutlery Blue Jeans Series
For nearly 150 years, blue jeans have been worn and enjoyed by the whole family. Honoring that tradition, Bear & Sons Cutlery is introducing 10-knife Blue Jeans Series for 2014. All 10 folders have rugged blue G10 handles, an embedded back pocket B&S shield, and polished high carbon stainless steel blades. The series comes in three traditional favorites, two farmhand models and five locking models, including the 3 7/8-inch Cowhand (pictured). Like all Bear & Son knives, the Blue Jeans Series is made in the U.S.A. and backed by Bear’s lifetime warranty.
MSRP: $44 - $118; bearandsoncutlery
Case Lockback Whittler
Craftsman Tony Bose fashioned his first knife in 1972 out of a hack saw blade he received from a friend. Today he collaborates with W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. to create custom knives that are so treasured that they’ve passed on from one generation to another.
“I don’t so much design knives as I bring old designs back from the grave,” explained Bose.
Case in point: the Lockback Whittler, which is a revamped cutter first manufactured during World War I. The Whittler is fitted with a wire cut Wharncliffe blade, Pen blade and Coping Blade. It’s also made with steel bolsters, a pinned-on shield and specially milled steel liners for improved blade action.
MSRP not available; wrcase.com
Mantis Knives Civilianaire
Need a small knife that can make precision cuts? Then look no further than the Civilianaire Coin Knife collection from Mantis® Knives. At just 1 ½ inches in diameter, each of the four designs easily fits in the coin pocket of your favorite pair of jeans. The Demon (bottom) and Angel use stainless Damascus, while the Monarch and Heiress (top) use polished 420 stainless. Each Civilianaire is the perfect 5th pocket knife that cuts like a knife twice its size.
MSRP: $40 - $80; mantisknives.com
Born of cutting-edge materials and crafted with decades of design experience, the Gerber Legend is a USA-made knife that will provide a lifetime of service to hunters. Built to last using premium CPM-S35VN stainless steel and a full tang construction, the Legend features a 3-D machined G-10 handle with Oregon spalted maple inlay for a superior grip. A limited edition offering, the Legend includes a handmade Tanner Goods sheath.
MSRP: $750.00; gerbergear.com
Gerber Tactical Folding Knives
Also new from Gerber are three tactical folding knives: the Order (pictured), Edict, and Decree. The Order features a 420HC blade and a glass-filled nylon handle that’s over-molded to provide a secure grip for soldier and police officers for cutting, prying, digging and fighting.
MSRP: $44.95; gerbergear.com
The new HYDRA-X outdoor adventure set by Ruko provides everything you need for fishing and hunting in a simple to use lockback mechanism, allowing you to change blades in seconds. Four blade patterns are available, including the 4-inch clip point, 4 ½-inch gut hook, 6 ½-inch boning/filet and the 6 ½-inch wood saw. Each blade uses razor sharp 7Cr17MoV stainless steel for strength and durability, while a blaze orange EDM finish GFR nylon handle makes it the cutting system hard to lose when in the field. Includes a magnesium ferrite fire started and Safe-Sharp® carbide blade/ceramic rod sharpener, and even an emergency whistle. All of this comes packaged in a handle nylon WX-3D® camouflage cases with zippered storage pockets.
MSRP: $99; rukoproducts.com
Silver Stag Knives
Silver Stag has teamed up with Sturm, Ruger & Co. and “Mr. Whitetail” Larry Weishuhn to offer three new knives designed for a variety of field and backwoods applications. Each one is made with high carbon D2 steel and a handle made from genuine antler. The Big Game Cutter has 4-inch blade and elk antler handle, while the Backwoods Pro has a 3-inch blade whitetail antler handle. Also available is the Folder, which has a 4-inch blade is real caribou antler handle. All knives come with a quality leather sheath.
MSRP: Big Game Cutter - $129 (top); Backwoods Pro - $125 (middle); Folder - $140; silverstag.com
Real Avid Hogzilla
So you’re gonna go out and take on a few hundred pounds of cranky, fighting fury that boasts razor sharp tusks, a tough as nails hide and a mind crazier a marsh hare? Then you need the Hogzilla from Real Avid. The Hogzilla is a serious, close quarters knife that’s nastier than a wild pig rooting up a clover patch. It’s designed to make even the nastiest cutting jobs quick, easy and over in a hurry. It’s the only sticker to have when a serious case of “boardom” sets in, and when use it, you’ll be happier than a pig in ... well, you know.
MSRP: $34.99; realavid.com