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Winkler Knives – Legacy Axe and Recon Knife

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Winkler Knives unveiled two new products at the recent Blade Show designed with US Navy and Army Veteran Special Operator Kevin Holland. He is the guy who first came to Daniel Winkler to create a military axe so it’s great to see him lend his experience toward new designs.

This is the Legacy Axe which shares some lines from that first model that Kevin carried ino combat. One of the biggest changes is the swept back handle which doesn’t constantly catch on the leg as you walk.  You’ll also note that the top half of the handle is skeletonized and wrapped in 550 cord.  As with all Winkler Knives handle options include maple and rubber (chiseled is optional) but I’m sure you could get micarta if you asked.  

Below, you can see the Recon Knife. Offered with or without teeth, it was designed specifically by Holland as a companion for the Legacy Axe.

Blade Show – Bastion

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Bastion introduced their new Partizan folder at Blade Show and since it was Blade Show they had quite a few different versions available for sale, all with the same slim, minimalist blade made from D2. In addition to the variations of Titanium slabs, there was also a version with Carbon Fiber scales seen at the bottom of this photo. It was like holding a feather.>

Blade Show – Triple Aught Design / Ben Orford

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Triple Aught Design displayed this hatchet from British custom knife maker Ben Orford. It’s called the Nordic Carver and combines Scandinavian styling with modern materials. It’s made from either 4.6mm, 5.6mm or 7mm unground 01 carbon tool steel with a 5.5″ cutting edge. The different blade thicknesses give a range of weights for the application.

TAD is considering doing a special collaboration with Ben. What do you think? 

Blade Show – DPx Gear HEST/F Urban

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

DPx Gear’s HEST/F Urban is an American made folder which was initially offered as a Kickstarter campaign but is now entering commerical production.

American bearing pivot hardware. Stainless steel caged bearing pivot hardware allows for rapid deployment and effortless closing.

American aerospace grade titanium frame. A frame and lock made of U.S. made aerospace grade 6Al4v titanium in “battleship grey” heavy bead blast finish. Upgraded options include bronze anodized titanium or a three-dimensional Mr. DP pattern milled into the frame.

The world’s finest U.S. forged blade steel. A blade forged from U.S. made S30V stainless steel. We are selecting a hollow grind for maximum slicing capability and to be shaver sharp. All finished using a soft stonewash vibration.
Patented DPx Gear blade notch doubles as bottle opener and quick open feature. Designed to allow the knife to open faster than an automatic and to deploy the blade to the rear of the holder, keeping it safe from the assailant. This feature was also designed to open bottles and function as a pot lifter. Every feature on a DPx Gear knife is expected to do double duty.

Integral Hex drive. DPx Gear believes if you are going to carry around a quality knife, it better earn its keep. Our inclusion of a ¼” standard hex driver in the knife’s frame can be easily paired with a commonly available hex tool and turn your DPx HEST/F Urban into a multi tool.

Glass breaker. Our DPx HEST/F Urban has a glass breaker made from 440c stainless steel hardened to 62 Rockwell (HRC). A potential life saving tool in the event of an auto accident or fire. Pelton designs his knives to be ergonomically held in the hand as a non-lethal deterrent.

Tri-gauge wire stripper jimping. The thumb grip (jimping) features three notches in the exact gauges to strip household, auto and timer wire for blasting or electronics. This patented DPx Gear design feature also provides an exact but comfortable grip for your thumb, with gloves or with bare hands, so there is no slipping when using your knife.

Deep carry pocket clip. A deep pocket clip means your pocket knife rides as low and unobtrusively as possible in your pocket. The angle of the clip over the frame lock adds additional support to the lock. The DPx HEST/F Urban is made from not just durable materials, but stain free materials. Even the clip, screws and hardware are designed to take harsh environments with ease.

A U.S. invented, tested and proven frame lock. The U.S. invented frame lock for bulletproof lockup. First used in Chris Reeves famous Sebenza® knives, it has become the standard locking feature for high-end custom knives. We added a stainless steel cap to reduce wear on the lock face.

Blade Show – Firecraft by White River Knives

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

This is the Firecraft line by White River Knives. They are available in 4″, 5″ and 7″ blade variants.

The production knives have Green Micarta handles with a thin band of Orange G10 closest to the tang. The blade is made from S30V with a .19″ thickness. The Firecraft also uses Stainless hardware throughout.

A cool feature is the Hardened stainless bow drill divot inset to the right side of the handle. When the knife is in its Kydex sheath, the divot remains exposed for safe use as a base for a bow drill.

Blade Show – Medford Knife & Tool

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

This is the Medford Knife & Tool Machete. Developed for an element in NSW (I found out about it from them and specifically asked Greg Medford about it at Blade Show), it’s a big chunk of sharp metal that is going to clear trails, make quick work of camp chores and could lop off a head or two. You may note a slight forward rake to the blade. That’s to give you some extra power through your stroke.

“You could shave your face with it, but why would you want to?

Total length: 18.5″
Blade length: 12.5″
Blade Width: 2″
Blade Thickness:.125″
Steel Type: CPM S7
Blade Coating: Black PVD, NP or Vulcan
Handle Type: G10 
Sheath Type: Kydex

Blade Show – Hogue Knives

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Designed by Elishiwitz, this is the EX-TO1 from Hogue. What I find most interesting about it is the shape of the head which is cut to accommodate the carrying system. That skeleton design also makes it lighter than more traditional ones.

The sheath is magnetized so the tomahawk will click into place and then there’s a twist lock that keeps it on the sheath. The sheath also incorporates a paddle like you find on holsters. However, you can also mount other Tek-Lok carry options.

The EX-TO1 is just over 14″ long and weighs just under a pound (1.45 lbs with sheath). It is made from .25″ S7 steel and offers G10 scales in a variety of colors.

Blade Show – Classy Raptor

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Classy Raptor is run by Disabled Veteran Curtis Iovito II. He’s a great guy and for the last several years he’s been a knife dealer. Recently, he started making firearms parts from Copper and Moku-Ti which has been used extensively for knives but so far ignored as an artistic element for guns.

I’m a big fan of this fusion of art and functionality so I bought a copper hexagon backplate for my Z17. The fit is perfect. While it came oiled to inhibit the onset of corrosion, I’m looking forward to the patina.

Curtis tells me there are additional parts in the way but he’s concentrating on parts that aren’t crucial to the actual function of the firearm like takedown pins for ARs.