Protech Runt J4 Review

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Over the last few years, pro-knife legislation in many states has contributed to a renewed interest in automatic knives. In part, these laws recognize the futility of banning automatic knives (also known as switchblades) when modern folders can be deployed just as quickly. The advent of the framelock flipper begs the question: when ...

Southard Knives Tolk Review

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Midtechs. If there was a single thread that bound Blade Show 2015 together for me, that thread would be midtechs. Specifically, midtechs offered directly from custom knife makers. Midtechs are nothing new, and have been in the knife enthusiast's vernacular for several years now, although it is admittedly a fuzzy term to define. But at ...

Great Eastern Cutlery #73 “Cody Scout” Review

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Just a few years ago, it seemed that fans of traditional pocket knives and modern “tactical” folders didn’t intersect. Enthusiasts of modern designs (myself included) were often leery of the carbon steel, clipless carry, and two-handed opening. Before the days of Instagram, the most popular way for people to show off their everyday ...

Viper Odino Review

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The "Italian Renaissance" of knifemaking has been on my radar for a few years now. Manufacturers like LionSteel, Fox, Fantoni, and Viper are getting more and more traction stateside. The Italians have been doing some interesting stuff with manufacturing and innovation over the past few years, and the level of quality is often exceptionally high. ...

Cold Steel Ultimate Hunter Review

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I have been working on the review of the Cold Steel Ultimate Hunter for some time now. I bought the knife a couple months ago, and took my sweet time carrying the knife, using it, and putting together a review. In that span of time Cold Steel sued CRKT for allegedly deceptive advertising practices. I ...

Northwoods Knives Indian River Jack Review

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I have been interested in traditional slip joint knives for a while now. I am not alone. Many have come to enjoy the pocket friendly lines of a simple slip joint, and the thinly ground blades cut like nothing else. Some might find the absence of a lock unnerving, but in my experience most of ...

Spyderco Slysz Bowie Review

Spyderco Slysz Bowie

An often enjoyed pastime of production knife collectors is to discuss various "Sebenza Killers" arriving on the market. The Sebenza has long been considered a gold standard in high end production cutlery, and the thought that a competitor might knock the Sebenza off it's podium has been a topic of conversation for some time. The ...

Shirogorov 95t Review

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I have had folks occasionally confess that they live vicariously through my reviews of expensive knives. I have handled some nice stuff, but for the most part my wallet and I have been able to ignore the renaissance of mid tech and custom knives. This is despite the deluge of eye candy on Instagram, which ...

Benchmade 485 Valet Review

Benchmade 485 Valet

2013 and 2014 marked pretty quiet years for Benchmade. Not a whole lot of interesting stuff rolled off their shelves. The Volli was my favorite and has proven itself to be an excellent knife. Beyond that there wasn't a whole lot to report. Benchmade's 2015 SHOT Show releases actually looked pretty strong. The 485 Valet ...