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2017 New Knives

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by ugaarguy, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    Several of the big names have released their new knives just ahead of the SHOT Show.

    It looks like the Ritter Griptilian is being replaced by a knife Benchmade is calling the Freek - http://www.benchmade.com/catalog/product/view/id/15691/s/560/category/371/.

    Spyderco is bringing back the A.T.R. - https://www.knifecenter.com/item/SP...nife-s30v-satin-plain-blade-black-g10-handles. Even though going to G10 over steel liners construction of the new version has shaved off 7/10 oz of weight, I think it lacks the cool factor of the original, all steel, A.T.R - http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details/C70/Spyderco-ATR-Stainless-Steel/118.

    What new knives for this year have caught everyone else's eyes?
     
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  2. JShirley

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    I'm looking forward to the ARK serrated ("Spyder") edge. H1 is good usable steel, but Sal says that serrated H1 is in a level all its own.
     
  3. Yo Mama

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    Unfortunately, 2016 and going into 2017 both Spyderco and Benchmade lost me, due to both companies loosing their collective minds! Between garbage designs that forget anything about ergonomics, overinflated pricing, and materials not matching the money they are asking....I'm out.

    I've been getting into automatics, with Protech getting me good over the last year. Boker actually has a knifecenter exclusive XL Kalashnikov that I'm enjoying. This year my goals for knife purchases are pretty low, I'm just not excited with anything that I "must" have.
     
  4. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    I thought Benchmade prices were a bit on the high side for mostly offering conventional ingot 154CM blades at their prices, and their prices for anything with an M390 / 20CV / 204P blade have been really high. Their new new "Freek" at $110 MAP for an Axis lock with 3.6" S30V blade looks to be a huge step in the right direction for them in getting price competitive.

    I've had a few QA/QC issues with Spyderco, but I've always felt they offered a good value for the blade steels and other materials offered. I've also always thought that the ergos on Spydies like the Dragonfly, Native 5, Manix 2, Sage series, and Domino were great too.

    All of that written, I'm still carrying a ZT 0562CF (CTS-204P blade, solid CF scale, made in USA) because I thought it was a better value than the Domino (comparable CTS-XHP blade, but made in Taiwan with a CF sticker over G10 scale).
     
  5. JudgeHolden10

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    As someone who like Zero Tolerance, I was underwhelmed for the second year with the new ZT releases. ZT seems to have developed a penchant for funky blade shapes.
     
  6. Valkman

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    That Freek has a horrible name but is a good looking knife. I'll be interested to see what Knifeworks sells it for.
     
  7. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    Yeah, "cool and unique" is a fine line between "meh, boring, plain" and "whoa, that's a little too different".
     

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