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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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Southern Grind Spider Monkey

Southern Grind’s Bad Monkey folder is one of my all time favorite knives. It combines great ergonomics with great quality, a licensed Emerson Wave Opening feature, and a heaping helping of titanium and carbon fiber which never hurts. Now we have a more compact Bad Monkey spin off to look forward to called the Spider Monkey.

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This teaser image from Southern Grind shows the Spider Monkey’s more compact blade compared to the larger Bad Monkey.

The Spider Monkey and it’s 3.25″ blade is more compact than its older brother, the Bad Monkey. The new blade also happens to be ground from S35VN steel. Hopefully, there will be more details on the Spider Monkey at Blade Show. In the mean time, check out Southern Grind and all the good things they are doing to put Americans to work and help kids.

Gryphon M10FFG

The Gryphon M10 is one of the finest production defensive fixed blades available. It is light, compact, easy to carry, and purpose built to support point driven techniques. Previously, it was only available with a hollow grind which is appropriate for its use but may have limited some of its general utility and edge cutting performance to some extent.

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The Gryphon M10FFG is the latest iteration of the venerable M10. The FFG in its name stands for “full flat grind” which indicates that the primary grind is flat from the edge to the spine. This should increase the usefulness of the M10 for slashing cuts and as a general utility knife without radically changing the characteristics that make it great.

It is also worth noting that the M10FFG is ground from laminate VG-10 rather than just solid VG-10 like the hollow ground version. This means that there is a harder VG-10 core layer sandwiched between two layers of a softer metal. This laminate construction makes the entire blade more durable.

Check out the Gryphon M10FFG at Cutlery Shoppe.

  • Blade Steel: Laminated VG-10
  • Blade Finish: DLC (Diamond Like Coating)
  • Handle Material: Black Zytel
  • Blade Length: 4″
  • Length Overall: 8 1/2″
  • Blade Thickness: 3/16″
  • Weight, Knife: 4.4 oz. (119 g)
  • Sheath Material: .080″ Boltaron
  • Weight, Sheath: 2.1 oz. (60 g)

Rocky Mountain Bullseye C.A.T. from TOPS Knives

Just over a week ago, TOPS Knives introduced their C.A.T. knives with a new grip pattern called Cryptic Cyber. Now they have released a second grip pattern option with a very cool back story.

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The new Rockey Mountain Bullseye texture came about serendipitously! The folks at TOPS were machining handles when a machining error created a divot pattern in the surface of the grip slab. It looked good and it felt good so the only thing left to do was program the machine to make the mistake divots on purpose. I wish my mistakes turned out so well.

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The new texture is available on the C.A.T. knives in both drop point and tanto. The C.A.T. series is a mainstay of the TOPS Knives lineup thanks to their handy size and versatile shapes.

TOPS Knives launched the new scales today and they are available at an introductory price in both the Tanto version and Hunter’s Point (drop point).

  • Blade length: 3 1/4″
  • Overall length: 7 1/4″
  • Thickness: 5/32″
  • Scales: Black G-10
  • Steel: 1095
  • Sheath: Kydex with multi-position steel clip
  • Weight: 7.5 oz

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Joe Watson Knives Punch Blade

Push knives (punch blades) are one of the easiest to carry styles of defense fixed blades. They are also fairly intuitive to use. However, many of the available push knives on the market just aren’t that great. Joe Watson Knives is developing a push knife that looks to have a lot going for it.

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The handle is hand filling with a broad backstrap to which helps prevent twisting and spreads the force of a blow out over more of the palm. The post area that connects the blade to the handle is well rounded to prevent injury. The random textured G10 scales should also go a long way toward preventing twisting.

The blade is very reminiscent of Joe’s Archangel design. It has a strong point that is well suited to the intended point driven use of this knife but also has a useable edge. The blade is not centered on the handle like many push knives. Instead, Joe has offset it so it falls naturally between the index and middle finger. It is also set at a slight angle to the handle in order to allow a much natural fist position and to more effectively lock the wrist.

It is obvious that a lot of time and thought went into this knife. It is not available to order yet but will hopefully be added to Joe’s line up of custom knives soon.

TOPS Knives Overlander 2

The Overlander 2 is the first of TOPS Knives’ SHOT Show debuts to be released. This general utility knife looks ready to work.

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The Overlander 2 has a 4″ blade that is ground from 3/16″ 1095 steel. The drop point blade features a half height flat grind which leaves plenty of steel through the spine and tip for strength. The scales are oiled tan canvas micarta and have subtle palm swells. It comes with an individually fit Kydex sheath with steel belt clip.

Check out the new Overlander 2 at TOPS Knives.

Ontario Knives RAT Mod Limited Edition

Ontario Knife Company is teasing us with an interesting new limited edition version of the RAT-3. The knife has features that several RAT-3 users have been clamoring for since the knife hit the market.

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The knife has had the choil and guard area of the of the original design ground away to form a smooth transition from handle to blade. The blade is slightly offset from the handle to form a sort of self guard. The handles are wood and thicker than the original handles. They also feature divets near the blade to make pinch grip cuts possible. The blade is uncoated and the sheath is leather.

Stay tuned for additional details.

Joe Watson Knife to Benefit Elder Heart’s Mission 22

Our friend Joe Watson of Joe Watson Knives is mostly known for his no-frills self-defense oriented blade designs but he can gussy them up too! He recently created this knife to be part of a collectors set that will be raffled to benefit Elder Heart‘s Mission 22, an effort to raise awareness of the epidemic of veteran suicide.

The knife is Joe’s Mini Bowie Pattern ground from CTS-B75P steel and heat treated by Joe. It has a satin finish with a polished convex edge. The sculpted carbon fiber handle slabs are set off with mosaic pins. The knife will be offered with a custom Dalton Fury 1911 along with a holster and sheath crafted by Jim Ryan.

Stay tuned to the Elder Heart Facebook page for details on the raffle.

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Emerson Combat Systems Fighter – New for 2015

Emerson Knives just released their newest model – the Combat Systems Fighter. The new knife has simple lines and design elements familiar from other popular Emerson creations.

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The blade and handle are somewhat reminiscent of the Emerson Roadhouse though with a tip that looks very much like the venerable CQC-8. The melding of these two designs results in a knife that looks new but seems familiar. The knife features 154CM steel, titanium liners and lock bar, and the aggressively textured G-10 you have come to expect from Emerson.

Check out the new Combat Systems Fighter at Emerson Knives.

Emerson Knives Combat Karambit Upgrade

The Emerson Knives Combat Karambit will be upgraded with a new reinforced tip in 2015. This style of tip was available previously on Emerson’s Super Karambit. The tip is strategically cut short in such a way that removes the potential weakness of the thin curved point but still provides a penetrating point necessary for the karambit’s effectiveness.

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