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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.

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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Edge/Equipped TDI Sheath

Edge/Equipped just introduced the new E/E TDI Sheath. The sheath was created with LAG Tactical and packs some nice features into an affordable package.

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It is designed to work primarily as an inside-the-waistband sheath with the two included coated nylon webbing soft loops. However, the sheath is sized so that it can also be used with a single soft loop wrapped around the body of the sheath for outside-the-waistband carry. Both methods of carry allow the wearer to access the knife with either hand.

LAG Tactical takes great care to round and polish the edges of their kydex which makes this sheath very comfortable. The opening is flared to make it easier to sheath your knife. The design is also aggressively dished out near the first finger groove to allow the wearer to establish a full grip while the TDI is still in the sheath. The retention is moderate to allow the sheath to work with both generations of TDI Law Enforcement Knives.

The goal was to keep this affordable since one of the goals of Edge/Equipped is to offer affordable, ready-to-carry defensive knife options. The sheath is available for $36.95 individually or it can be purchased with a TDI at a special package price.

Emerson Knives Hatin Limited Run

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.

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TOPS Knives EL PATRON XXX

The new EL PATRON XXX from Tops Knives represents a more utilitarian approach to the karambit. It features a drop point blade shape rather than the typical hooked shape. The drop point may give up some of the ripping/catching potential of a traditional karambit in reverse grip but makes the knife more useful in a hammer grip. The EL PATRON XXX was actually designed to sit well in the hand and be useful in a normal forward grip.

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This is also the first knife to feature TOPS Knives’ new “Tactical Stone” coating. The coating is a medium brown in color with texturing that has a stone like appearance. It contrasts with deeply grooved, Black G10 handle slabs nicely.

The EL PATRON XXX is ground from 3/16″ 1095 steel. It has a 3 1/2″ blade with a 8 5/8″ overall length. It comes with a handmade Kydex sheath.

Check out the EL PATRON XXX at TOPS Knives.

Emerson Knives Tiger

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.

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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.

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