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DPx Gear – Hit Cutter

Friday, July 18th, 2014

At SHOT Show 2014, DPx Gear introduced a new knife concept called DPx Centric which consists of a blade with a carabiner and a rotating, locking blade guard that forms the handle, eliminating the need for a sheath.


The DPx HIT (Handle Inversion Tool) Cutter is one of a new series of knives utilizing the DPx Centric system. Constructed of martensitic CPM S35-VN heat treated steel, the HIT Cutter features a blade length of 2″, with an overall length of 5.5″. The HIT Cutter comes with a soft leather embossed pouch.

Sneak Peek – Gerber GhostStrike Series

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014


I got a chance to check out the new GhostStrike series from Gerber during my visit earlier today. Look for details soon.

Spartan Blades – NYMPH – Intregral Frame Slipjoint

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

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The NYMPH came about as a result of Spartan Blades wanting to produce a high quality slip joint folder, using as few small moving parts as possible. The resulting design features a blade made from S35VN steel in a Drop Point style, with a frame and clip made from 6AL-4V titanium.

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Spartan partnered with Les Halpern of Halpern Titanium to develop the locking system of the NYMPH, which is called an “Integral Frame Slipjoint”. This system utilizes the dorsal side of the frame which is cut to work as a spring and holds a pin that creates a bias to close and open. To open the blade, one must push on the tab on the blade while pulling on the triangle cut-out of the opposite side and hand. The pin locks into the blade when held firmly by the thumb and forefinger in position of use, but is free to rotate upon release of the frame handle.

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Due to its unique design, the NYMPH is legal in countries such as the UK and Germany which restrict knives with traditional lock systems, knives capable of one-handed opening, and those with long blades. SSD’s Editor picked up a NYMPH at Blade Show 2014, and used it on his recent trip to France; he was very happy with the performance.

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The blade finish is Stonewashed. Frame finish available in Stonewashed and Purple Anodized.

5.11 Double Duty Responder Knife

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

The Double Duty Responder Knife from 5.11 Tactical really pulls triple duty. It incorporates a 3.7″ combo edge main sheepsfoot blade, blunt tipped fully serrated cord cutter secondary blade and carbide-tipped glass breaker.


Both of the blades are crafted from AUS8 stainless steel and given a satin finish with the main blade at 3mm thick and the secondary at 1.8mm thick. With both of these blades deployed at opposing ends, the knife is 9.7” overall length. It includes a Torx wrench and replacement screws and is offered with Orange rubber-overmolded FRN handle scales for high visibility. There is also a three-position carry clip.

Be forewarned, folks have complained about the glass breaker tearing pants. This is a common occurrence with many knives that incorporate this feature. It’s about how and where you carry it.

PPCLI – VP-100

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014


Commissioned by the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Regiment to commemorate their 100th anniversary, the VP-100 is designed to be the ‘Ultimate Combat Dagger’. Machined from AUS-8 stainless steel, it has an overall length of 12.5″, the VP-100 features a full tang with a 6″ blade. The blade is a double-edged dagger design with serrations, and a ‘BESH Wedge’ which eliminates tip weakness and provides a strong profile. The VP-100 also features a full guard with finger choil area for finger indexing. Designed to be utilized either forward or reverse grip, the VP-100 has a pronounced pommel for grip and striking, and a lanyard hole.

The VP-100 is part of a limited edition numbered series. Comes with mounting plates for vertical or horizontal attachment to any MOLLE platform. – VP-100

Blade Show 2014 – Winkler Knives Introduces Door Entry Tool

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Winkler Knives has introduced a very specialized piece of kit called the Door Entry Tool.


Available only to authorized, vetted users, the Door Entry Tool is designed to fit into the jamb where it does exactly what the name implies.


Blade Show 2014 – Al Mar Knives

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

All of the Al Mar Knives designs you see here are by Master Bladesmith Kirk Rexroat, who has been collaborating whit Al Mar Knives for many years. Rexroat designs incorporate extremely functional and utilitarian blades styles with timeless designs.


Models in the photo are all by Rexroat, produced by Al Mar Knives. From top to bottom:

Al Mar Knives Payara

Al Mar Knives Shrike

Al Mar Knives Backup 2 Hawkbill

Al Mar Knives Nomad

Al Mar Knives Backup 1 Tanto

To see more of Kirk Rexroat’s work visit:


Blade Show 2014 – Manu Toigo Introduces Machete

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

You may recall seeing Manu Toigo on the show “Naked and Afraid”. After an 8-year stint in the Australian Army, Manu spent several years recovering from injuries. During this period of recovery and self-discovery she found herself in acting school. After a student exchange in Seattle, she emigrated to the US and spent some time in the contract training world as a role player and instructor in scenario based training. This parlayed into some private investigation and personal protection work.


Eventually, she ended up on the show, “Naked and Afraid” in a jungle scenario, in Panama, leveraging the survival skills she learned growing up. On this episode, she used an Ontario machete. Based on this experience she was determined to create something more versatile than that single use instrument. This is what she has come up with.


Offered in 18″ and 24″ models, the Manu Toigo Signature Series Survival Machetes are manufactured from 1070 High Carbon Steel with either G10 or Micarta handles. The design incorporates several features Manu wishes she would have had at hand during her Panamanian adventure including a saw, gut hook and lash points which come in handy when using the hook to retrieve flora from trees.


Manu is still getting this project off the ground and so far she only has custom, low-rate production models. In order to get this into full production, she is looking for viable contacts in the following areas:

- A production knife sheath maker, producing Kydex and Nylon sheaths.
- US Based machine shop with blade making capability.
- Manufacturer of phenolic laminate like G10, including maker of production knife scales in OD Green, Coyote and Camo.
- Saw and or knife blade manufacturer.


Blade Show 2014 – Spartan Blades

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

The new V14 is based on the geometry of the V42 but just as the 14 suffix denotes, it’s an anti rely updated version of the classic raider knife. Unknown to many, the original issue V42 was issued to both the First Special Service Force (Devil’s Brigade) and US Navy. They had a problem with the tips breaking off so two blacksmiths with the Devil’s Brigade shortened the 1400 issued there by about one inch. It’s small shortcomings like this that Spartan Blades wanted to correct by working with designer Les George.


Along with integrating a full tang, they also increased overall thickness to 1/4″. Naturally, the stacked leather washer handle had to go so they have incorporated G10 scales. In addition to a smoothed pommel to make carry a bit more comfortable, they’ve coated the blade in PVD. Finally, the thumb index is more pronounced on the V14 than the original V42 model.


Get the knife that was awarded Collaboration of the Year at Blade Show 2014.

Blade Show 2014 – Pinkerton Knives / HTM Knives

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Knife designer Dirk Pinkerton has been making knives full time since 2008 but his passion for knives for knives goes back to when he was kid when he first started using knives. This became an obsession at the age of 30 when Dirk began collecting and eventually, under the tutelage of Darrel Ralph he began to make his own.


Recently, he started to design for HTMKnives and the first model in production is the Variable Broadhead. Made from Titanium, it’s an ambidextrous self-defense knife that can be used forward grip, reverse grip, as well as a push dagger.

The sheath can be suspended from the neck as well a tethered to a pocket or inside belt carry. Additionally, the Kydex sheath can be adapted to a Tek-lok or Spyderco G-clip.