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RMJ Tactical Origin Neck Knife

I’m a sucker for small fixed blade knives and RMJ Tactical’s new Origin neck knife certainly fits that bill. It’s just 4.125″ long with a 2″ blade but there is a lot of functionality packed into those few inches of knife.

The Origin features a triangular blade shape with a fine point for delicate tasks and a mostly straight cutting edge for utility tasks. The handle is skeletonized and features a deep finger groove to lock the small knife into your grip. The handle also hides an integral bottle opener. It comes with a kydex neck sheath.

Check out the Origin at RMJ Tactical.

ESEE PR4 – A Modern Kephart

There are a few names and associated blade designs that everyone interested in wilderness survival knows – George W. Sears and his Nessmuk pen name/knife design, Ray Mears and his influential Woodlore Bushcraft Knife, and Horace Kephart with his iconic “Kephart” knife design. In spite of how well these men and their knife designs are known, modern versions of their designs have been mostly only available from custom knife makers. This is especially true of the Kephart design until now.

Photo credit: ESEE Knives – PR4 shown with original Kephart, 1 of 2 in existance, belonging to Ethan Becker of Becker Knife & Tool

ESEE will be releasing a new knife called the PR4, a Kephart inspired design by Patrick Rollins in their Camp-Lore line. The PR4 has a decidedly modern appearance with its textured micarta scales and black wash finish.

However, the soul of a Kephart design still shows through that modern look. The handle is mostly straight with a rounded pommel and small, rounded guard. The edge comes close to the handle and runs straight to provide plenty of useable cutting edge for leverage cuts and fine work. The blade ends up in a well rounded spear point that is unmistakably Kephart.

 

Specs:

  • Overall Length: 8.90”
  • Blade Overall Length: 4.19”
  • Cutting Edge Length: 4.0”
  • Thickness: .125”
  • Weight (without sheath): 6.3 oz.
  • Steel: 1095 Carbon, 55-57 Rc.
  • Blade Finish: Tumbled Black Oxide
  • Handles: Sculptured Micarta
  • Sheath: Leather Pouch

Check out the ESEE PR4 product page at ESEEKnives.com.

Casstrom No. 3 Dangler Adapter for Knife Sheaths

I live on acreage and it is rare to find me working without a fixed blade knife on my belt. I’ve found that this can be done much more comfortably with dangler style sheaths. Recently, while talking to a friend who makes sheaths about having a custom dangler sheath made for a favorite knife, he recommended that I just take a look at a dangler adapter instead. He mentioned the adapters from Casstrom specifically.

The Casstrom No. 3 Dangler consists of a leather loop with an aluminum gate clip that makes it easy to install it on the belt loop of your sheath. The leather loop is riveted closed so there are no worry about snaps coming undone and loosing your knife at an inopportune time. The leather and gate clip are available with a number of color options.

I need to use mine longer before I try to complete a full review but initially, this seems to be the most convenient type of dangler adapter I’ve tried. They are available from a number of sources but I purchased mine on Amazon.

Casstrom No. 3 Dangler on Amazon

Traylor Kwaikens

Its tempting to think that a Kawaiken pattern knife is easy to make look good with its inherently clean and simple lines but it is actually a bit risky. Do it right and your knife will look sleek and elegant in its simplicity. Do it wrong and… Well, it just looks cheap.

TJ Traylor does Kwaikens right. The elements of the knife appear balanced and uncluttered. The lines are allowed to stretch to all the way from the butt of the grip to the tip of the blade. Traylor has the Kwaiken down pat.

You can check out his work on Instagram and in his Etsy Store.

Bastion Infinity Cube

Fidget gadget are hot right now. How hot? $60K hot if you are Bastion LLC!

Bastion has created a fidget toy that they call the Infinity Cube. It is basically a cube that can be folded and reformed seamlessly and in seemingly countless ways. The action appears to be very satisfying and it looks great… So great in fact that Bastion’s Kickstarter campaign for the Infinity Cube has surpassed $60,000 which is more than $55,000 more than their initial goal!

You can check out the Kickstarter campaign for more information: Inifinity Cube on Kickstarter

Shannon Carter Knives – Urge

Shannon Carter should be on your knife radar. He is a relatively new maker with a strong visual style, great feel for ergonomics, sharp attention to detail, and a great portfolio of available models. All of those traits are obvious in his Urge model which has the type of refined look and feel that even seasoned knife makers struggle to achieve.

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The Urge is one of those knives that you can envision being used for anything. It’s size, proportions, and blade shape lend themselves well to every day carry, hunting, general utility tasks, and everything in between. It’s muscular lines look simultaneously graceful and brutish but also serve the functional purpose of locking it into the hand. It is form and function.

Check out Shannon Carter Knives on Instagram and at Fall Creek Hand Crafted Knives.

Specs:

Blade Length: 3″

OAL: 6 1/2″

Steel: 3/16″ CPM S35VN, stonewashed finish, cryo treated

Handle Treatment: G-10 over contrasting liners

Sheath: Kydex IWB (small Tek-Lok compatible)

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TOPS Knives Releases the SXB Knife

Knife people seem to have a love/hate relationship with the Wilderness Survival Knife (WSK) design. Some love it for its ability to perform a wide variety of tasks and potentially replace multiple tools. Some hate it for its large size and brute force approach. All I know is that I have seen some very capable people doing a multitude of survival related tasks with them and doing them very effectively. I also know that the new SXB from TOPS Knives is one of the most radical WSKs I have seen yet.

SXB

Take TOPS Knives’ well known Tom Brown Tracker, stretch it out by nearly 5″, add TOPS Knives’ Rocky Mountain Tread handle treatment, add an extended pommel and guard, and you have something close to the SXB EJ “Skullcrusher” Snyder. Interestingly, because the SXB is not quite as tall as the Tracker, it manages to weigh 2 ounces less in spite of all the extra blade length.

SXB Flyer

Overall Length 16.75″
Blade Length 10.38″
Cutting Edge 9.75″
Blade Thickness 0.250″
Blade Steel 1095 RC 56-58
Blade Finish Black Traction Coating
Handle Material Black Linen Micarta
Handle Style Rocky Mountain Tread
Knife Weight 26 oz
Sheath Included Yes
Sheath Material Black Ballistic Nylon
Sheath Clip Molle Backing
Designer EJ “Skullcrusher” Snyder

Ek Knives Reborn

The Ek Commando Knife is one of the most important pure fighting knives of all time. Its maple handle slabs, poured lead rivets, and long double edged blade should hold a special place in the heart of anyone who appreciates knives, history, and design. The Ek Knives name has been passed around between various entities over the years and most recently it has settled with an American company who knows a thing or two about classic combat knives…

Ka-Bar is reintroducing the Ek Knives brand under the name Ka-Bar Ek Combat Knife Company and they officially released their first knife, the Model 4, today.

The Model 4 manages to look both very modern and unmistakably like an Ek at the same time. It features a 6.625″ double edge blade that is ground 1095 Cro-Van steel and given a parkerized finish. The handles are made from texture glass filled nylon which is a functional choice for a knife like this. The sheath is a self-locking design that is similar to Ka-Bar’s other hard sheaths.

It warms my heart to see a classic back on the market. Check out the Ek Model 4 at Ka-Bar. You can see more about the history of of Ek Knives at EkKnives.com.

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TOPS Knives – New Site and Giveaway

TOPS Knives has launched a new website that makes it MUCH easier to browse the more than 200 active knife models that they offer. The new site is easy to use, easy on the eyes, and is a massive improvement over their old site.

They are also hosting a giveaway with 5 prizes including an MSK Survival and the new Baja 4.5. Entering is easy. All you have to do is register on the new site.

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Tahoma Field Knife Kydex from InnerBark Outdoors

The Tahoma Field Knife, a large fixed blade designed by Andy Tran of InnerBark Outdoors and produced by TOPS Knives, is one of the finest large survival knives on the market. It comes from TOPS with functional sheath but there is always room for improvement.

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InnerBark Outdoors worked with Red Feather Gear to develop is a kydex dangler sheath for the Tahoma Field Knife. The sheath has a welt to add rigidity which is nice for such a heavy knife. It also features a closed dangler loop that can not be accidentally opened and a well formed thumb ramp to aid in removing the knife from the sheath.

Check out the Tahoma Field Knife Kydex Sheath at InnerBark Outdoors. The price is quite reasonable considering the size of the sheath.

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