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Beyond x Bradford Collaboration Knife

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Beyond has partnered with Local Seattle knife maker, Bradford Knives to collaborate on an exclusive run of 60 Guardian 4 fixed blade knives. The limited edition Guardian4 is a 4-inch fixed blade made from sturdy N690 steel with a nimbus finish and features a custom contoured canvas micarta handle and a leather sheath.

The Guardian4 and sheath are proudly made in the United States of America.

Straight Out Of The Bronze Age

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

SSD Reader Heinrich sent us this great photo with caption. Thanks for the find!


While recently traveling in Vietnam, I found this Gerber Mark II Commando Dagger in a small provincial museum in Quy Nhon (Bình Dinh Province). It looks like straight out of the bronze age and must have a fairly spooky history. But since Gerber introduced the Mark II in 1967, the description of the museum is probably not correct. It would be interesting, what your readers, who may have served in this area at the time, can speculate about its origin.



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.

DDR 18Xray NSN

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

The 18Xray by Darrel Ralph Designs has been a very popular automatic opener. It also has an NSN of 1095-01-568-8897.

The 18Xray is made from 154-CM premium grade stainless steel. It has a blade length of 3-13/16 inches and an overall length of 8-7/8 inches with anodized 6160 aluminum slabs which incorporate a lanyard hole as well as pocket clip. It’s quite a robust knife which integrates Darrel’s SAS (Slide Auto Safety). Instead of a simple button that can actuate in your pocket, with the SAS you have to push the button forward and down to open the blade. It also offers a very positive lock.

Gerber – 06 AUTO : 10TH Anniversary Knife

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Coming July 1st, Gerber is releasing a 10th Anniversary version of their 06 AUTO.

To honor the heritage and time-tested durability of the 06 Automatic family of knives, Gerber introduces a special, commemorative edition of this military favorite. This knife celebrates a decade of service, developed specifically to support American service members deploying globally. With hundreds of thousands issued to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines over the years, the iconic platform is a familiar favorite to many.

-An Olive Drab Cerakote® coated aluminum represents the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) of American troops deploying early in OEF and OIF.
-A Stone Washed, Fine Edge, S30V blade pays homage to the unrelenting durability of the platform, battle tested globally.
-Unique laser mark. To commemorate 10 years of service, the laser engraving features a reverse flag. The reverse American flag originates from the action of early US cavalry and infantry carrying the flag into battle. Always charging forward, the flag would be seen with the stars in front and stripes flowing behind. Today, Army Regulation 670-1 addresses the application and wear of the flag on the uniform, ensuring that the “star field faces forward, or to the flag’s own right”. Rich in historical symbolism, the reverse flag represents the will and bravery of those deployed in service of the United States.

It is also available directly through Gerber’s ‘PRO Program’ for active duty military and law enforcement


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.