New for 2014 Knives


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ugaarguy
February 27, 2014, 07:20 PM
So, SHOT show has been over for a while and the knife manufacturers have updated their websites. There are some new knives that have already hit retailer shelves or that will soon hit the shelves that really interest me, for various reasons. Here's my not so short list:

The Spyderco Manix 2 (http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=418) has finally switched to a full flat grind blade which I find very aesthetically pleasing. They've also shaved a few more tenths of an ounce off the knife. Once I get assurance from Spyderco that they've sorted out their US made knife clip screw issues this on is really high on my list. The caged ball bearing lock combined with the FFG blade are probably enough to let me pretend that this is the Axis Lock Para Military 2 Benchmade - Spyderco Collaboration I've fantasized about The Spyderco Clipitools (http://www.bladehq.com/cat--All-Items--1--1--search=clipitool?x=0&y=0) have really caught my attention. These were shown around this time last year as prototypes, and they've finally starting shipping. They're like $26 Manbugs that don't have locks, but do have stainless steel handles and an extra blade / tool on them. I'm waiting until Amazon gets these in stock or until the blade show in June so I can try to score a deal on one, or at least not pay shipping. I don't like SAKs, but I do like scissors; so the scissor Clipitool is the one that most appeals to me. I just wish the main blade on these locked, but it's probably not a deal breaker on a light duty key ring knife.

The Benchmade Axis 909 Stryker (http://www.benchmade.com/products/909) / 904 Mini Stryker (http://www.benchmade.com/products/904) take me back to fond memories. A Benchmade Elishewitz Mini Stryker liner lock was first high knife as teenager years ago. It was the knife that made me a knife nerd. Now it's been updated again, this with an Axis lock and a peel ply G-10 handle. As nostalgic as that makes me, the full size Stryker with the standard 154CM blade is priced at $153 on Blade HQ. The rather Stryker - esque new Benchmade HK model 14715 also has the Axis lock and peel ply G10 handle scales. However, the 14715 has as black coated modified clip point D2 blade, and BHQ already has it in stock for $105. That's looking like quite a value. Benchmade has also decided to make a standard production Blue Class 531 (http://www.benchmade.com/products/531) rather than making it a limited edition and premium priced Gold Class knife as they have in the past. These are nicer versions of the plastic handles 530 Pardue Axis. I carried a 530 clipped inside the waistband of my PT shorts and pants as my "off duty" knife while I was deployed in Iraq. This is a super thin and super light (1.88 oz) knife. Now for a $35 cost and .22 oz weight premium it's available with much nicer black and light gray herringbone G-10 handles.

As many of you know from reading my comments here and over on www.shootingreviews.com I have a mild infatuation with knives with 2" or less blades that still maintain nearly big knife grip and functionality. Kershaw is tempting that sweet spot with their new Ember (http://kershaw.kaiusaltd.com/knives/knife/ember). This is another Chinese made frame lock, assisted opening Rick Hinderer collaboration that they're producing with an 8Cr13MoV and steel handles. It looks like a mini Cryo (right down to the deep carry pocket clip), and it also looks to have a much substantial grip than Kershaw's own Chive. BHQ and Knife Center are both taking pre-orders at $22-$23 for this knife. I'm not pre-ordering one, but at that price I'm sure I'll buy one when they become available. Speaking of the Cryo, I kind of consider it and the Thermite as two of the better examples of giving you a cheap taste of their drug to get you hooked so you'll move up to KAI's premium ZT line. Well, KAI seems to be giving a bigger taste of that ZT drug with a couple of more Kershaws. The Nura (http://kershaw.kaiusaltd.com/knives/knife/nura-3.5) (3 and 3.5) and Strobe (http://kershaw.kaiusaltd.com/knives/knife/strobe) are going to be their first Chinese made knives with their KVT bearing pivots. I've seen pre-order prices on all three under $40.

Last, Buck's new 830 Marksman (http://www.buckknives.com/index.cfm?event=product.detail&productID=4327) looks like the beefed up, stronger lock, hard use version of the Vantage that many folks have wanted for a while now. I'll have to wait to try the lock out for myself at Blade in June, but with pre-order prices just under $100 from a few online merchants this looks like it has quite a bit of potential.

I may be knife broke this year :uhoh: .

What's coming out this year that excites you, my fellow THR knife knuts?

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Sam Cade
February 27, 2014, 08:00 PM
There are several interesting new choppers making their ways to the distributors this year.

Someone at OKC might be listening to me since they are debuting the 6520 "Bushcraft" machete for the upscale hipster machetero crowd.http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=195531&stc=1&d=1393548512

Unfortunatly, it looks like it going to be over $90 retail. :eek:

http://www.knifecenter.com/item/ON6520/ontario-bushcraft-machete-16-5160-carbon-blade-walnut-wood-handle-nylon-sheath

The Ka-Bar "Paragnatang" looks like it would be useful.
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=195532&stc=1&d=1393548848
http://www.bladehq.com/item--Ka-Bar-Adventure-Parangatang-Fixed--21666

CRKT is going after the chopper market in a big way this year with a series of Ken Onion designed knives with nasty looking rubberized grips and very silly names.
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=195533&stc=1&d=1393549108http://www.crkt.com/Chanceinhell-survival-machete-K910KKP

Yo Mama
February 28, 2014, 09:14 AM
The Buck Marksman is also on my list, 95 bucks though!!! I'm having another child this year so this one may be out of my ability.

Others that look interesting included the Kershaw/Emerson colab, but the steel they are choosing is lame. The Spyderco Roc looks amazing to me, but I'm also worried about street price.

hso
February 28, 2014, 10:15 AM
I like the general idea of a second tool blade a lot, but if the Spyderco Clipitools aren't made available with a slocking blade version I can't recommend them to anyone except in those misguided countries that make owning locking mechanism knives difficult. A lock is a safety feature plain and simple.

KaBar's Zombie line isn't new for this year, but the Pestilance and Zomstro make great choppers and that nasty green grip won't get lost in the woods (and they come with the brown replacement scales). Their D2 Eskabar is very interesting. Keep it light or pop their scales on it for heavier work! I heard a rumor that the BKT Model 5 would be dropped or only availble in limited quantities and I hate that since it is one of my favorite knives. You can find video of it in a "rodeo" at Mr. Becker's place being used by a bunch of folks 2X4 chopping and hanging rope cutting and in "mouse tail" cut and "birdhouse thrust" competitions.

Sam Cade
February 28, 2014, 11:30 AM
I heard a rumor that the BKT Model 5 would be dropped or only available in limited quantities

Hear that sound?

That is the biblical gnashing of my teeth.



nasty green


I keep waiting for Ka-Bar to whip up some high visibility FRN scales for the full size BK series. No dice, as yet.


Meanwhile:

http://www.kabar.com/images/products/knives/1217EWSDetail.png

Limit five per customer. :scrutiny:

ugaarguy
February 28, 2014, 04:06 PM
Others that look interesting included the Kershaw/Emerson colab, but the steel they are choosing is lame.
I wouldn't call 8Cr13MoV lame since it's basically Chinese AUS8, but it's definitely not going to win you bragging rights with the knife snobs. On the other hand, they're frame lock Emerson's with decent steel for $30-$40, which is pretty awesome.

If you want a super steel they're doing a ZT / Emerson collab. that's model # 0620. The base 0620 has a black coated Elmax blade with G10 handles, and BHQ is taking preorders at $200. Another $40 gets you the 0620CF with satin M390 blade and peel ply carbon fiber handles.

It's a huge gap in price between the two lines. I'd like to see a US made Kershaw / Emerson frame lock with blades made from something like 154CM or S30V, but those would probably outsell Ernie Emerson's own $150-$200 production knives.

The Spyderco Roc looks amazing to me, but I'm also worried about street price.
That is a cool looking knife, and KCoI will take your preorder for $167. Yeah, it's a bit pricey.

TimboKhan
March 2, 2014, 08:22 PM
I really like that Roc, but man... I can see spending that much money on a knife once in awhile, but I have a little bit of a hard time doing so for a knife I am not sure I would find useful.

What say you fellows? Do you think that cleaver style blade would be handy, or is it all show and no go?

Sam Cade
March 2, 2014, 08:41 PM
What say you fellows? Do you think that cleaver style blade would be handy, or is it all show and no go?

http://www.mindyourfingers.co.uk/pi-10335-1a.jpg

The only real caveat with a squared off blade shape like that I have is that your "point" tends to get rounded off with normal use and sharpening. Every so often you would have to grind the tip a bit to bring it back if you need it.

hso
March 2, 2014, 08:49 PM
I keep waiting for Ka-Bar to whip up some high visibility FRN scales for the full size BK series.

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-98550613633937_2268_29782982

Wellllll, they're G10 and they're not made by Ka-Bar, but they sure are hi viz!

These are going on my daughter's Model 5 that Uncle Ethan gave her to carry on fox hunts in case the dogs bay up a boar.
http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-98550613633937_2268_28299434

Sam Cade
March 2, 2014, 09:16 PM
but they sure are hi viz!
That is what I am talking about. :cool:



Uncle Ethan

The best kind of Uncle. :cool:

Shuler13
March 2, 2014, 11:13 PM
Spyderco Sage 3 Carbon is on the list

195674

JShirley
March 3, 2014, 08:39 PM
http://spydercollector.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/spyderco_amsterdammeet2014_productuctionprototype_arksheath.jpg

ugaarguy
March 4, 2014, 05:05 AM
Yay! Pics of Spyderco's version of the ARK are finally public. Big congrats to JShirley and Sam1911 on having their knife taken on as a mass production item from Spyderco. Last year John loaned me one of the prototypes that Sam made, and it's an awesome little knife. I can't wait to get one from Spyderco in rust proof H1 steel.

tiamat
March 13, 2014, 02:52 PM
Spyderco Sage 3 Carbon is on the list

That looks about perfect!

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