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USA Made Blade Modified ZT0700

The Zero Tolerance ZT0700 is one of the best deals on the production folding knife market. It has features like a large S30V blade, G-10 handle slabs, typical overbuilt ZT quality construction, a flipper, and thumb studs. It is a lot of knife for less than $100. The only problem for some people is the blade shape. It has a unique modified tanto blade that some people just don’t like.

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USA Made Blade is offering a version of the ZT0700 that is modified into more of a spear point blade shape. The blades are reground to remove most of the hard angles that are indicative of the so called American tanto blade shape but the over all look and feel of the knife is maintained. When the modification is complete, the knives don’t look perfect and the ZT warranty is voided (but ZT will still send replacement parts) but the knife has a more useable shape.

If you have been love everything about the ZT0700 but the blade shape, check out the Modified ZT0700 at USA Made Blade.

ProTech Rockeye Fixed

Les George of George knives had a very successful SHOT Show 2014. In addition to the introduction of his dagger collaboration with Spartan Blades, a new fixed blade version of the ProTech Rockeye was introduced. ProTech, though mostly known for autos, makes some great fixed blade knives.

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The Rockeye Fixed is one of those designs that looks like it can do everything pretty well. The drop point blade has a fairly tall, flat primary grind with a false edge. The handle has knurled G-10 slabs, a deep first finger groove paired with a guard, and a heavily jimped thumb ramp.

This knife is 8.5″ overall with a 4″ blade. It is ground from .17″ thick 52100 steel. That’s right, I said 52100 steel. 52100 is a great steel that I rarely see makers working with any more. The Rockeye Fixed is available in a number of different Cerakote options that range from pretty mild to pretty wild. It comes with a nylon sheath with hard insert.

Check out the Rockeye Fixed at BladeHQ.

J.A.G. Custom – Buck 110 Frame Lock Conversion

The ubiquitous Buck 110 is a monument to classic American knife design. It has managed to stay relevant in spite of the advent of more advanced materials, pocket clips, and one hand openers. The Buck 110 still stands well on its own but a little help from J.A.G. Custom can’t hurt.

JAG Custom Buck 110 Frame Lock Conversion Back

J.A.G. Custom is known for customizing Buck knives. One of their most recent creations is a 110 that has been converted from the original back lock to a frame lock. The locking scale is cut from 6AL4V Titanium and then bead blasted. The back lock has been replaced by a titanium back spacer and a thumb stud has been added to the blade to aid in opening it with one hand. All of the hardware including the pocket clip is stainless steel and the entire package is topped off with a carbon fiber scale.

The extensive use of Ti and the carbon fiber scale make this knife very light. It should be very easy to carry thanks to its light weight and attention to detail including rounded edges and countersunk screws.

Get in touch with J.A.G. Customs via their forum on BladeForums.com.

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Ray Laconico Fossmine

Ray Laconico’s newest creation isn’t all that new. The Fossmine is a mix of elements from two of his most popular models. It features the blade from the Jasmine and the handle from the Fossa – hence the name Fossmine.

Laconico Fossmine

Specs can vary quite a bit on these since they are completely custom knives. Ray has made both liner lock and frame lock versions of this knife. Handle materials can vary from plain, stone-washed titanium to carbon fiber with Timascus bolsters. The Jasmine blade has a drop point profile with a flipper to open it.

Ray does some amazing work. Check out his forum on Blade Forums or his Facebook Page for more details.

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MT Knives Giveaway

MT Knives is giving away a slick little knife called The General on their website and Facebook Page. The General features an O1 tool steel wharnecliffe blade, a brown camel bone handle with blue vulcanized liners, brass pins and a Sally Martin mosaic pin.

MT Knives The General

Photo credit: Elon Gane Photography

KA-BAR Hellfire and Hinderance

Several of you expressed interest in the newly unveiled TDI models that KA-BAR rolled out at SHOT Show. It seems like KA-BAR is all I have talked about on these pages! I was able to get in touch with KA-BAR and gather additional information including the first official pictures that I know of.

The new TDI models, both Rick Hinderer Collaborations will both be made from 1095 Cro-Van right here in the USA. The Hellfire will feature a recurve tanto style blade and the Hinderance will sport a wharnecliffe which should be an excellent blade shape for this style of knife because of how it orients the point. Both knives have the TDI logo on one side and Rick Hinderer’s logo on the other.

Here is the break down…

Hellfire:

  • Blade Length – 3 9/16″
  • Blade – Rick’s Signature Hell Fire Grind
  • Overall Length – 7 1/4″
  • Color – Black
  • Sheath – Locking Hard Plastic / Black Clip

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Hinderance:

  • Blade Length – 3 9/16″
  • Blade – Rick Hinderer’s Signature Wharncliffe Grind
  • Overall Length – 7 1/4″
  • Color – Black
  • Sheath – Locking Hard Plastic / Black Clip

2485_ActualSize2485S_SheathAs you can see, the included sheath features a locking mechanism that appears to lock on the thumb notch/ramp. The retention on the previous TDI sheaths was somewhat lacking so this may be an improvement thought I think there is likely to be a number of kydex benders who can offer an improved sheath.

Previous TDI models were made overseas and their prices reflected that. These will be made here and you can expect their prices to be in line with a US made knife. I have heard that MSRP will be around $110 ($111.56 to be exact).

These knives will be available March 1st. Keep an eye out here and at KA-BAR for details.

These knives are now available at Edge/Equipped.

Combative Edge M1 Auto

The M1 was Combative Edge’s very first production knife offering and continues to be a very popular model for them. The original M1 opened with the press of a flipper or with a thumb stud but Combative Edge’s newest M1 will open with the push of a button.

Combative Edge M1 Auto

Combative Edge has announced that a first run of 100 M1 Autos will be produced. The M1 Auto will retain all of the recognizable elements of the original M1 with its long and lean shape, clip point recurve blade, jimping in the same locations, and deep index finger groove. It will feature a push button opener with sliding safety nested into the all titanium scales. The M1 Auto will also have a contrasting, scalloped backspacer that looks very, very nice.

The M1 Auto is not available yet and Combative Edge will not be offering direct sales on them due to the various laws surrounding automatic knives. They will be available through BladeHQ soon.

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Maleficus from Special Circumstances

Ian Wendt, the man behind Special Circumstances, is doing some very interesting and unique things with knives. His shapes are very organic, his materials are advanced and exotic, and his designs are downright wicked. All of those attributes are on full display in the Maleficus.

Special Circumstances Maleficus

The Maleficus is a compact (5.5″ overall, nearly 3″ blade), self-defense oriented blade designed in the same vein as the venerable Clinch Pick. It is meant to be used in an edge up, forward grip or it can also be used with an edge in, reverse grip. This knife is part push dagger, part pikal knife, part alien offspring, and all nasty.

Ian crafts the Maleficus (and most of his other knives) from some very exotic materials that also happen to be quite functional and very striking to the eye. The blade is ground from 6AL4V titanium that is laminated between layers of carbon fiber. The handles are textured G-10. The use of these materials allows the Maleficus to be extremely corrosion resistant and very discreet since it is non-ferrous, and feather light. It weighs just 52 grams.

Special Circumstances Maleficus Spine

The sheath is molded from kydex and features Special Circumstances’ versatile shock-cord retention system. The stretchy shock-cord (think bungee cords) allows the knife to be carried a number of ways including the most important for a knife like this which is on the wearers belt with the handle in toward the center line.

Training drones are available as they should be with any serious self-defense oriented blade.

Check out Special Circumstances to learn more about all their knives.

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Review: Gearward Compact Survival Cord

It was kind of hard to take the paracord out of my EDC bag and set it aside. I have been carrying it for years and it has come in handy numerous times. I suppose that, like most guys who like to be at least a little prepared, I was used to having paracord with me and it was going to take something pretty exceptional to displace it. In my case, that something exceptional was Compact Survival Cord from Gearward.

Gearward Compact Survival Cordage

Overview

Compact Survival Cord comes in 3 different configurations each wound on a special spool that is part of the success of this cordage. They are listed below from largest to smallest:

  • Small – 50 feet of 600lb break strength Technora line
  • Mini – 50 feet of 200lb break strength Kevlar line
  • Micro – 25 feet of 200lb break strength Kevlar line (sold in pack of 2)

The cord comes pre-wound on a plastic spool that has one hard plastic side and one flexible plastic side. The flexible part can be folded to open or close the spool. I’ll expand on this later in the review.

Observations from Use

All three sizes are FAR more compact than a comparable amount of paracord. This alone could have bumped paracord out of my EDC bag but there are even more advantages to explore.

The spool that this cordage comes on is part of the magic of this package. It makes it so easy to carry and work with this cord. As I mentioned above, it can be opened and closed via its flexible plastic side. This ensures that you have full access to the cord when you need it and that it doesn’t unravel in your bag when you aren’t using it. It can also be used to keep the working end accessible by closing the flexible side on the end of the cord. I really appreciate that when my hands are cold.

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The “Small” size, which is the largest of the bunch, has the highest break strength of any of the cords that Gearward sells. The Technora line is half the diameter of paracord but stronger, more resistant to heat and other environmental factors, and lighter in weight. In spite of all that, it was the least useful to me in part due to its larger size. I don’t use the cord for many applications that really push its break strength so more cord in a smaller package is probably more useful to me. I would love to see Gearward offer a Kevlar cord option on this large spool size.

The Mini and Micro sizes are most useful to me. They are both extremely compact and both packed with 200lb break strength Kevlar cord. The Kevlar cord is extremely versatile. It can be unraveled readily into three separate strands, each with a break strength of around 60lb. These single strands are more than strong enough to serve as lashings in a survival shelter and well suited to be used in gear repairs if you also have a sewing needle in your kit. The Micro in particular is small enough to fit an Altoids tin style survival kit with plenty of room to spare for other items.

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Wrap Up

This is a fine example of something that is greater than the sum of its parts. The spools are good. The cordage is good. Together, they are great. These are lightweight, compact, and extremely functional. It may be sacrilege to the cult of EDC but these might just stand a chance of bumping paracord from your bag.

Check out all 3 sizes of Compact Survival Cord at Gearward.

Cross posted from JerkingtheTrigger.com

Vigilant Gear Micro SERE Kit

Vigilant Gear has access to all the best survival and E&E tools. They know the tools inside and out. It makes absolutely perfect sense that they would start offering their own kits.

The first kit to be available through Vigilant Gear is the Micro SERE Kit. It is, as the name implies, a very compact E&E kit. How compact? I’m glad you asked. The entire kit will be 2.3″ x 1.8″ x .5″.  You could hide it under a business card! It’s definitely small.

You can see the contents of the kit in this image that Vigilant Gear produced (below).

Vigilant Gear Micro SERE Kit

Final pricing and availability information will be released soon. Check out Vigilant Gear.

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