Each year, I look forward to coverage of the Spyderco Amsterdam Meet by Wouter, known as Mr. Blonde on Spyderco Forums. He is web-published as Spydercollector.com. Sal and Eric Glesser and the crew make the annual journey to the Netherlands, where prototypes are revealed.
Wouter has high quality photographs and commentary of Golden, CO’s latest. Click on the hyperlink above and visit his site over the next few weeks. You will not be disappointed. The proto for Spyderco’s ARK neck knife is up right now.
The Roach Belly was an 18th Century knife pattern used by British, French, and Colonial American traders of that era. Generally, the blade consisted of a straight-spine, acute point, and a pronounced curve, or belly, along the cutting edge. Cold Steel Knives makes a really inexpensive modern version that cuts like mad. Really!
I bought a Cold Steel Roach Belly for several reasons. I liked its sleek fighter looks. There is enough metal at the choil to act as a lower finger guard for serious work. The $12.95 price meant I could take it on a trip to Zion without worrying about losing it from my luggage. A 2.6 ounce weight made for extremely light carry in my hiking pack.
Roach Belly’s 4 1/2″ Krupps 4116 stainless steel blade can pass for a kitchen knife. And I have used it as such. The hollow grind has an effective edge geometry. It cuts meat, veggies, or cardboard equally well. A Rockwell hardness of 56-57 makes for ease of sharpening.
Once again this year, I had a chance to converse with Jennifer Leonard, the brand manager for Szanto Watches, at their SHOT Show booth. The display had new designs by owner Barry C0hen which were in keeping with his vision of vintage timepieces “rediscovered.” While all the watches you see here may not make it into production, they definitely show a progression from the first offerings from last year.
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Benchmade Knife Company‘s 910 Stryker debuted in the late 1990′s. Designed by Allen Elishewitz, the original Stryker won the Shooting Industry Magazine’s Knife of the Year in 1998. Back then, titanium liners, G-10 scales, ATS-34 steel, black blade coatings, and designer collaborations were reserved for Benchmade’s upstart folding knives such as the CQC-7, AFCK, and the Stryker.
Stryker was at the jump-off point of Les de Asis’ tactical assault on the late 90′s marketplace. It has gone through a few upgrades and the Stryker is back for 2014 with some new boots. Benchmade’s ambidextrous McHenry & Williams AXIS lock is incorporated into the Stryker. The strong and secure lock is the center point for this current interpretation.
The 909′s 3.57″ blade of 154CM steel has the same modified tanto grind of OG Strykers. Elishewitz’s design leaves plenty of steel at the tip and an eye-pleasing profile. The 154CM will be hardened to 58-60 HRC. As opposed to the original’s thumb disk, the new blade opens with dual thumb studs, like the Stryker Nitro-assisted 912′s. Continue reading
Jason Brous has created a new semi-custom flipper called Bionic. I have written about Brous’ penchant for biomechanical design and this latest knife wears his artistic signature. An anodized 6061 aluminum frame is machined in what I see as a millipede shape (South American?). The outlines of the handle are organically curved.
I do see a single offsetting straight line in the groove at the top of the Bionic’s D2 stainless steel blade. This groove serves as a opening device for the thumb. The blade’s shape can be called either steep drop point or modified Wharncliffe. It is deeply hollow ground and Cerakoted in satin or black. Continue reading
The ink had not yet dried on the blueprints for Traser’s new Red Combat model, set for intros at SHOT Show 2014. When I asked the Traser booth rep if I could see the new watch, she smiled and pointed to a color flyer in a plastic frame. None here in Vegas. Dang.
Red Combat is a variation of Traser’s 6600 series. For an MSRP of $440, you get a Ronda caliber 517 day/date analog quartz movement, sapphire crystal, and Traser’s trigalight tritium tubes. You choose: NATO strap or rubber strap. Continue reading
ESEE Knives has announced a new brand of outdoors knives called Camp-Lore, which will be aimed at the bushcraft market. Each knife will be designed by a different outdoorsman and reflect their own personal likes in a field knife. Made in the USA, the Camp-Lore knives will be built by Rowen Manufacturing in Idaho Falls, ID.
At SHOT Show 2014, Jeff Randall of ESEE Knives/Randall’s Adventure & Training said that their previous sharp offerings tended toward the “tactical” user, but Camp-Lore would explore the popular bushcraft scene. Randall predicted that Camp-Lore would develop into a brand as large as ESEE itself.
Noted survival instructor and writer Reuben Bolieu came up with the Camp-Lore name, so his knife will be the flagship of the brand. The Camp-Lore Bolieu, seen at the top, has a Scandi grind on its uncoated 1095 carbon steel blade, which Randall said Continue reading