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TORIS TROIKA

The TROIKA from TORIS is a purpose built fighting knife that was designed with input from Torin Hill of TORIS and Meynard Ancheta of Kali Dynamics. It is crafted for them by Jeff Crowner. The inspiration is an improvement on point first designs like the venerable Fairbairn–Sykes Fighting Knife and to that end it also incorporates a more useable edge than a typical “dagger” style knife.

TORIS TROIKA

It features full tang construction from CPM3V steel. It’s single edged blade is 5.25″ long and has a custom differential heat treat executed by Jeff. The handle is designed to be very neutral so that it works with any grip. Textured G-10 grips lock the hand in place while the integral double guard provides additional assurance that the hand will not migrate onto the cutting edge under use.

Learn more on the TORIS Facebook Page.

PHLster Fightworthy Ka-Bar TDI Sheaths

Kydex guru PHLster makes a sheath for the Ka-Bar TDI that is very popular. Demand for the sheath has outpaced his ability to produce them since their introduction. PHLster has been working to streamline production of the sheath in an effort to increase the rate at which they can be created. The good news is that they have succeeded.

PHLster Fightworthy TDI Sheath

The original sheath was foam pressed and had a curved shape to it that made it hand specific. The new version is now vacuum formed and has a flat shape that makes it ambidextrous and more user configurable. the result of these changes is a sheath that has the same level of quality but can be produced more easily. Many users are also reporting that the new flat shape is actually more comfortable too.

Check out PHLster Fightworthy TDI Sheath.

Emerson Knives EDC-2 Multitool

The new Emerson Knives EDC-2 Multitool is now available. This is a streamlined version of the original Emerson EDC-1. Both versions are made in collaboration with Multitasker Tools.

EDC2

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.

Obex Design Pikal Knives

Obex Design recently unveiled two new pikal designs that look very, very nice. They are looking for input on what to name them and if your suggestion is chosen, you just might get something nice.

Check out the Obex Design Facebook Page for more details.

Obex Pikals

Bladetricks Trick Bars

Bladetricks, a custom maker out of Madrid, makes some very interesting edged tools that are not limited to just knives. One of their newest items, Trick Bars, are a downright wicked take on the classic pry bar.

Bladetricks Trick Bars

Trick Bars look like a simple hooked shape piece of steel but closer inspection reveals various angles and surfaces that are designed to allow them so serve as a pry bar, hammer, ice pick, and more. They are also very obviously designed to serve as a self-defense tool should the need arise. Something like this would be at home in any BOB or vehicle emergency kit.

They are ground from 5mm thick O1 tool steel and available in two sizes. The EDC size is compact at 25cm in overall length and the large size comes in at 34.5cm in overall length. They have a paracord wrap on the handle and come with a kydex sheath.

Check out the Bladetricks website and Facebook Page.

Spartan Blades Collaborates with Les George

Spartan Blades and Les George, of George Knives, are collaborating on a new dagger design. The design is tentatively being called the V-14 and is reminiscent of a few earlier, military issue dagger designs. Unlike those earlier designs, this one will have full tang construction. Details are still being ironed out but this looks like a thoroughly modern take on a classic design.

Spartan Blade George Knives v14 2 Spartan Blade George Knives v14

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.

Combative Edge M1 Auto Backspacer Combative Edge M1 Auto Scales

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.

Special Circumstances Maleficus with trainer Special Circumstances Maleficus on Belt

New from Ka-Bar

Those of you who know me from my other blog, Jerking the Trigger, know that I am a fan of the Ka-Bar TDI. It should come as no surprise that I was excited to see a new TDI variant being displayed at the SHOT Show. It’s called the Hellfire and it is a collaboration with both TDI and Rick Hinderer. It features the typical TDI series offset blade angle paired with recurve American tanto shaped blade with a deep, jimped thumb notch on the spine.

Ka-Bar TDI Hinderer Hellfire

Ka-Bar has also shown the first fruits of their collaboration with Mike Snody. The Snake Charmer is a compact, fixed blade neck knife with no scales, slight finger grooves, and a pinky loop for retention. It features S35VN blade steel. You can also see the first images of the Ka-bar Snody Boss and Big Boss (below).

Ka-Bar Snody Snake Charmer

Ka-bar Snody Boss and Big Boss

There will also be a few additions to their Johnson Adventure Blades series. The smaller of the two is the wharncliffe shaped Wharnstalker. The larger is a new Johnson Adventure Blades take on the classic Parang called the Parangatang. The Parangatang in particular looks very interesting.

Ka-Bar Johnson 2014

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