At this year's SHOT Show, vendors brought cutting-edge technology to unleash a cornucopia of new cutlery tools appropriate for anything the outdoors can throw at you. Some popular knife purveyors released new designs that carve up traditional knife making, while others built upon time-honored traditions. Here are some of the most popular knives that will soon be making their way to a retailer near you.
Buck Clearwater Fillet Knives
Named after the Clearwater River that flows through Idaho, the Clearwater Series Fillet Knives by Buck Knives incorporate a triple-edged blade design for superior handling. A full-tang structure and rubberized handle provide a comfortable, secure grip, while the backside edging is designed for breaking down fish during non-fillet cuts. Available in 6-inch or 9-inch lengths (pictured) and in either 420HC or Sandvik® steel, these flexible fillet knives integrate new technology into reliability making them perfect for both freshwater and saltwater anglers.
Also new from the Buck family is the Reaper, a sleek 11-inch slicing tool that's sure to become a favorite among survivalists and adventurers. A black traction-coated, full-tang blade and textured handle makes the Reaper deadly quiet and drop-dead gorgeous. Handle choices are Reaper Black camo or Viper Snakeskin pattern (pictured), producing a knife that exudes military efficiency. The blade measures 6.75 inches and uses 420HC, non-reflective steel coating.
The Bear OPS tactical division by Bear & Son Cutlery is headed by the new Model MC-300-B4-S Stiletto Sideliner lock knife. The 3 .25-inch, satin-finish dagger blade opens easily with one hand and is made of premium CPM-S30V stainless steel for superior edge retention. The material is also highly resistant to rust and corrosion. The Stiletto liner lock has smooth, contoured G10 handles in an anodized black aluminum frame. The G10 material makes the knife lightweight, rigorously tough, and easy to handle in extremely hot or cold weather.
Nothing is more frustrating than being out in the field and finding you've got a dull knife. The new Razor-Lite/Razor Blaze replaceable blade system solves this problem. Simply push the lock button to remove the old blade, then insert a razor-sharp new blade - nothing could be simpler! A rubberized handle ensures a safe, steady grip. Available in black or blaze orange (pictured), each knife comes with six replaceable blades that neatly store in the knife's nylon sheaf. Sets of six replacement blades are also sold separately.
This is a lightweight, field-to-freezer cutlery kit that does it all. The Wild-Pak is an eight-piece game processing set, also from Outdoor Edge, that will get the job done quickly and painlessly. The kit comes with a full-tang caping knife, gut-hook skinner, boning knife, carbide sharpener, bone saw, ribcage spreader and game-cleaning gloves that all store in a small, hard-side carrying case. Each cutting tool has a non-slip, blaze orange handle, making it a sure-grip instrument that's nearly impossible to lose.
The Camillus 8.75-inch CUDA® Bolt™ folding knife uses AUS-8 Japanese steel treated with carbonitride titanium to create a strong, durable blade that will slice through hide and muscle like butter. One word describes the blade's material perfectly: balance. The medium-carbon, high-chromium stainless steel achieves an exceptional balance of toughness, edge sharpness and corrosion resistance. The Bolt's™ lightweight, aircraft aluminum alloy body and black G10 compressed fiberglass bolster put your hand at ease, while the quick CUDA launch releases the blade at a moment's notice.
Bear Grylls Paracord Fixed Blade
The new Bear Grylls-designed Paracord Fixed Blade gives survivalists and weekend warriors another cutting option. Designed to be your smaller, basic knife, the Paracord Fixed Blade offers optimal cutting performance in a thin, lightweight shape for outdoor trimmings or potential survival use. Notable for its full-tang, fine-edge steel blade that can be used for precision cutting and slicing, the Paracord Fixed Blade also includes a 45-inch nylon paracord that wraps around the open-frame handle for survival tasks. A reversible sheath allows you to carry the knife with the tip pointing up, down or horizontally, and the sheath also has a belt loop that is adjustable and removable. The Paracord has an overall length of 7.75 inches, a blade length of 3.25 inches, and weighs just 5.5 ounces.
Gerber Outfitter Series
Also new from Gerber is the lightweight Outfitter Series, featuring Gerber's advanced Assisted Opening 2.0 technology, an open-frame design and innovative rubberized over mold. Available in three sizes - mini, standard and XL - all Outrigger knives are crafted from 7Cr17 stainless steel, use a plunge lock and come with a pocket clip for added convenience. The 2.5-inch blade on the mini comes with a fine edge for precise slicing, while the 3.38-inch XL blade is partially serrated for tougher cutting. The standard is built with a 3-inch blade and measures 7 inches overall, making it an ideal choice for a bevy of blade work.
Adding to its popular Piranta Series of replaceable blade knives, Havalon introduces the Piranta-Bolt, which features stronger, thicker 60A blades and a larger, ABS blaze orange handle for improved grip. The Bolt includes a black rubber grip insert, measures 7-3/8 inches overall and comes with ambidextrous thumb studs. The Bolt also has an open back for easy cleaning and comes with a free black nylon belt holster that holds replacement blades.
Katz Knives Yukon
The Yukon™ by Katz Knives is an all-in-one skinner, survival, tactical and caper knife. Katz uses XT 80 stainless steel that tests out at 58-59 on the Rockwell "C" scale, so you know it's bullet-proof hard and lifetime strong. The Yukon's™ 5.5-inch long, 4-inch thick, partially serrated blade is perfect for a variety of cutting work. The blade is encased in a tough-as-nails stippled Kraton® (pictured), cherry wood or blond birch wood handle.
Remington 870 Series
Inspired by its popular shotgun model, Remington® introduces the Heritage Line Model 870 Series, representing over 100 years of hunting tradition. The handle material of each Model 870 knife is made from the same American walnut wood used in the popular 870 Wingmaster™. The Heritage Line 870 series features a cutting instrument for any task, including the Mini Pen, Gentleman's, Tiny Trapper, Mini Trapper, Bird and Trout, Upland and Waterfowl (pictured). Each knife is made with 440A modified stainless steel and is laser-etched with the Remington® logo and model number. Like all Remington® firearms, the Heritage Series is made in the USA.
Arno Bernard Wasp
If you're looking for a unique cutlery gift that will become a family heirloom, Arno Bernard Knives uses premium metal composites and unique handle materials like giraffe bone, maple burl wood and sheep horn. This year the company introduces the Wasp with warthog ivory handle, the only legal ivory in the U.S. Like all Arno Bernard knives, the Wasp is handmade in South Africa, using Bohler 690 stainless steel, and is suitable for the collector's case or everyday use.