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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.

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.

Skallywag Tactical Spin-Drift

The Steve Reichert designed Spin-Drift that is being produced by Skallywag Tactical is now available.

Skallywag Tactical Spin-Drift

The Spin-Drift is CNC machined from a chunk of D2 tools steel and features a distinctive clipped point, tanto design with a false edge. The deep jimping and thumb notch work with the machined black canvas micarta scales to provide grip. The knife is black Ionbond coated for corrosion resistance and durability.

Each Spin-Drift comes with a kydex sheath from Survival Sheath Systems. Check out the Spin-Drift at Skallywag Tactical.

Steve is a U.S. Marine, a trainer, and the founder of Tier 1 Group. See his website for additional information.

Fletcher Knives in CPM154

Fletcher Knives is now working with stainless steel. Several of their models that were previously only available in O1 tool steel (a carbon steel) are now available with CPM154 steel.

Check out FletcherKnives.com. Fletcher Knives does not take orders so check out all the new stainless models in stock at USA Made Blade.

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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.

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Ontario Knife Company Chimera

Ontario ChimeraWhat happens when Ontario Knife Company (OKC) combines elements from several of their most iconic, military contract knives? You end up with something like the new OKC Chimera.

The Chimera has the 8.25″ long, 1095 steel blade from the OKC3S bayonet. It’s large flat guard comes from the M11 EOD knife. It borrows the Kraton handle from the M9 bayonet. The Chimera is capped off with the pommel from ASEKS survival knife.

Check out Ontario Knife Company.

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.

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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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War Chief Tomahawk – Helm Enterprises, Grinding Division

Helm Enterprises is turning out some incredible custom tomahawks at prices that are very competitive. They offer tomahawks in a variety of lengths and configurations but one that caught my eye recently is called the War Chief.

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Helm Enterprises offers two different spiked tomahawk configurations – one with a pry spike and one with a combat spike. The War Chief is the combat spike model.┬áThe War Chief, like all Helm Enterprises tomahawks are ground from 1/4″ thick 4140 steel and has micarta handle slabs. It is available in a variety of lengths but the 12″ version that they recently shared on their site looks extremely practical.

There are two features of Helm Enterprises tomahawks that I really appreciate and both have to the do with the handle slabs. First, they provide very tall slabs which makes it easy to vary the height of your grip. The sweet spot on a tomahawk is often about 2/3rds of the way up the handle and some makers don’t make their slabs tall enough to grip in that location. Second, they fit their handle slabs so they are flush with the tang. Exposed tangs can really beat up your hand over a few hours worth of use.

Check out Helm Enterprises, Grinding Division.

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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.

KA-BAR MSM Knife 001

KA-BAR had several notable releases at SHOT Show this year including collaborations with noted knife makers like Rick Hinderer and Mike Snody. They released a collaboration knife with someone not necessarily known for their work in the knife world – Mil-Spec Monkey (MSM).

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The new KA-BAR MSM Knife 001 is a tactical fixed blade for the budget minded user. It is a healthy, 8.5″ long slab of SK5 steel with a black coating and cord wrapped handle. The 3.5″ blade has an aggressive American tanto shape with an unsharpened false edge. The MSM Knife has plenty of jimping for grip and a massive thumb ramp.

The sheath looks very well sorted out, especially for a budget knife. If you know MSM, you know this sheath is going to be MOLLE compatible. It is designed to mount to PALS webbing via MALICE Clips.

Check out the KA-BAR MSM Knife 001 at Mil-Spec Monkey.

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