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SHOT Show 17 – Winkler Knives II

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

It was great to see Daniel and Karen out from the bowels of the basement and out on the show floor with the other tactical brands. ABS Master Bladesmith Daniel Winkler showed me several new models, but I’m going to share the Walker Spike with you now.

The inspiration for the name obviously came from the popular TV show, “The Walking Dead” and was designed for one simple task; to ventilate someone if they get into a grapple with you, in order to get them off of you far enough to engage by other means.  Made from 80CRV2, it features a leather wrapped handle and comes with a Kydex sheath.

Additionally, the Emergency Response Tool, released at The Blade Show, has received a slight update. Daniel added a glassbreaker to the rear of the head.

We’ll have more new items from Winkler Knives soon.

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 – Winkler Knives

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Designed for use by breachers, the new Emergency Response Tool from Winkler Knives incorporates a Hammer, Glass Breaker, Wrench Set and Pry Bar.  It will also fit into the PALS webbing on your vest for carriage.  For scale, it’s just over 9″ long.  


USASOC Sniper Comp – Winkler Knives

Friday, March 25th, 2016

It’s always a pleasure to speak with Daniel Winkler. This ABS Master Bladesmith’s designs are used by some of America and her allies’ most elite forces. Daniel told me they had been installing a new water jet cutter at their facility in Boone, North Carolina so he hadn’t created any new blades since SHOT show. However, he did want to remind me that they are making training versions of all of their knives which are fashioned from nonmarking plastic.



Winkler Knives to Introduce Traditions Line

Monday, June 8th, 2015

I’ve coveted Daniel Winkler’s handmade traditional knives for years but collectors snatch them up as soon as they are available.  So when I walked up to the Winkler Knives booth and saw this, my jaw dropped.  

I saw a lot of really cool stuff during my afternoon at Blade Show 2015 but for me personally, this was the best. Daniel Winkler started out making traditional Early American knife designs as a reenactor. If you’ve seen “Last of the Mohicans” you’ve seen Daniel’s craft.  It’s that style which gained him his initial notoriety and eventually led to his line of tactical knives and tomahawks when a SEAL asked him to make a custom Hawk.  


Daniel told me that this new Winkler Knives Traditions line would be released later this year. They are more of a production knife but will incorporate details found in his custom models. For example, the steel is the same 80CRV2 used in his production blades but the handles will incorporate more traditional materials such as antler and Maple as well as leather, which also be used for the beaded sheaths. Priced between $600 and $900 these will be blades that you can afford to own as well as use.



Blade Show 2015 – Winkler Knives II

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Abs Master Bladesmith Daniel Winkler makes some of the best working knives out there with his no-nonsense designs.  This Blade Show is no exception.  He has released the Camp Knife which takes it overall dimensions from the knives he made for ABS competitions.

Built for serious use, the Camp Knife offers a 10″ 80CRV2 full tang blade with 1/4″ backstrap And an over all length of 15″.  You may notice the two tone handle which on this example is made from a combination of micarta and rubber for a sure grip even in wet conditions.  It is also offered with Maple or Micarta handle.  

It also comes complete with a Kydex sheath featuring a slot for a sharpener which is included.   


Sneak Peek – Winkler Small Belt Knife

Monday, March 30th, 2015

At last week’s USASOC Sniper Competition we were offered a look at the upcoming Small Belt Knife by ABS Master Bladesmith Daniel Winkler.
Seen above with the Belt Knife for size comparison, the new Small Belt Knife was created as a smaller, lower coat alternative to the standard model. Aside from moving to the 4-1/2″ blade, another factor contributing to the lower cost is that the Small Belt Knife has a full tang rather than the more complicated tapered tang found on the original. This also makes the SBK easier to manufacture which will help alleviate the backlog for the Belt Knife. Look for it by May, 2015 from www.winklerknives.com

Winkler Knives Tribal and Sculpted Handles

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015


You can get your Winkler Knives with Tribal or Sculpted handles. Pictured above is the Winkler Knives II Belt Knife with Maple Handles. Sculpting adds $15.00 to the base cost of knives and $25.00 to axes. Tribal Decoration adds $35.00 to knives and $75.00 to axes. As pictured the WK II Belt Knife with Sculpted Handle and Caswell Finish is $365.00 and WK II Belt Knife with Tribal Decoration is $385.00.