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.
The Hatin is the latest design to roll out of Emerson Knives. It features an absolutely wicked Persian style blade that has curves to spare and an upswept point that looks like it could be used to poke an atom. The blade is topped off with a swedge grind, disk opener, and the Emerson Wave opening feature. The handle is typical Emerson meaning you can expect titanium liners, the grippiest G-10 slabs, and just the right contours to lock it in the hand.
The Hatin is currently available for pre-order with the delivery date being anticipated sometime in the next 2-3 weeks.
Spartan Blades has introduced an all black, “Blackout”, version of their Akribis folder. This knife already straddled the line between gentleman’s knife and hardcore tactical folder but the new Blackout option blurs line even more. I’m not sure if the black makes it more tactical, more classy, or both. It’s like a ninja in a tuxedo!
Like most Emerson Knives designs, the Tiger is purpose built as a fighting/self-defense knife. As is typical for production Emerson Knives, it has titanium liners with a liner locking mechanism, 154Cm blade steel, and grippy, black G10 handles.
The Tiger features an interesting, slightly upswept, clip point blade shape that places the cutting edge low in relation to the handle and the tip centered on the axis of the handle. This was an intentional design element that makes the Tiger perform well with both stabbing and slashing cuts.
Check out the video below to hear Ernest Emerson explain the new design in his own words and check out the Tiger at Emerson Knives.
The newest addition to the TOPS Knives Mil-SPIE folder series is now available. The Mil-SPIE 3.5 Tanto sports, you guessed it, a 3.5″ long tanto blade. The blade is saber ground from 1/8″ thick N690Co steel.
Like the other Mil-SPIE knives, this one boasts a tool steel liner locking mechanism and a machined 6061 T-6 aluminum handle. The liner lock is nested in the handle and the entire package is designed to be thin, light, and strong.
Check out the new Mil-SPIE 3.5 Tanto at TOPS Knives.
Southern Grind recently introduced several new handle color options for their excellent Bad Monkey series of folders. Now that they have so many available options, they are offering you the chance to customize your own knife. You can choose the blade shape, the blade finish, the handle material and right or left hand carry. Then the website gives you a preview of what the knife will look like and a link to an order form that you can use to make the custom Bad Monkey your own.
Check out the Build Your Own Bad Monkey page at Southern Grind.
Few knives are as recognizable as a Bob Loveless Chute Knife. Poltergeist Works recently reimagined the classic design as a folder and the results are gorgeous.
The LEGEND features a 3.7″ long, RWL34 steel blade with the distinctive swedge grind that is indicative of a chute knife. The frame lock design features a titanium scale on the lock side and a textured G-10 grip on the opposite side. Like any good chute knife, it also has a double guard and a slim shape.
This knife is packed with details like a sculpted titanium pocket clip and a G-10 thumb stud with a tritium insert.
Check out Poltergeist Works.
This Alan Davis Flipper manages to look both ancient and futuristic at the same time. It has a long, sleek shape and a weather finish that makes it look like it grew out of the ground a thousand years ago. However, with its use of modern materials like titanium liners and carbon fiber scales, you wouldn’t be surprised if it dropped from the mother ship.
The bearing pivot and strong detent allow this knife to flip with no wrist action. The knife locks via a titanium liner lock. It features a 3″ long, slightly upswept blade that is ground from .145″ thick S30V steel. The pocket clip is set for right side, tip-up carry.
Check out Alan Davis Knives.
The EDC-2 is slimmer, lighter, and less expensive than the original EDC-1. It accomplishes all three of those with the removal of hte detachable wrench feature found on the EDC-1. The EDC-2 also features an improved Phillips driver and a thinner slotted driver. The Emerson Commander inspired, 440C blade is still present as is the wicked self-defense implement masquerading as an awl.
The Emerson EDC-2 is available with FDE or OD Green G-10 scales. Check it out at Emerson Knives.
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.
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.