Benchmade Ultimate Experience Contest

imageOkay, knife fans, this is a terribly cool opportunity for two lucky lovers of the Big Blue Butterfly.  Factory visit, a meet and greet with Mr. De Asis, and working with the production staff to design a prototype knife?  Holy sharp things.  I have spoken to Mr. de Asis at SHOT Show a few times. He is good people, I assure you.  I’m not sure where this contest came from, but Yes, please!

(Oregon City, OR) Benchmade Knife Company, manufacturer of premium sports cutlery for over 26 years, is pleased to announce the Benchmade Ultimate Experience Contest.

Benchmade owners will have opportunity to share their “Benchmade Story” with the company for a chance to win a trip for two (2) to Oregon City, Oregon to visit the Benchmade Factory. Included in the grand prize is airfare for two (2) to Portland, hotel accomodations in Downtown Portland, a personal tour of the Benchmade factory, and a “meet & greet” with members of the Benchmade staff including founder and President, Les de Asis. In addition, the winner of the Benchmade Ultimate Experience will work with the Benchmade Product Team to design their own, one of a kind, prototype knife that will be built and sent out following the trip.

To enter visit and submit a highly detailed explanation about the history of your Benchmade knife(s) over time and provide a large image of our Benchmade knife(s) and pictures from the field. Stories must be factual.

All entries must be received by 11:59 pm PST on April 1st, 2015 to be eligible for the grand prize selection. Limit one (1) entry per person.

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More Gerber Knives from SHOT Show 2015

Gerber SkyridgeI posted photos of Gerber Legendary Blades’ Dime Traveler earlier this month.  Here are some more new knives for 2015 that I was able to see at their SHOT Show booth.  The first knife is the Skyridge.  It has a 3.3 inch blade that is actuated by Gerber’s FAST 2.0 assist system.

Skyridge has dual thumbstuds, a plunge lock with safety, and nice blue anodized liners under G10 handle scales.  The blue pattern under the black scales is called “slanted rain” by Gerber.  It has a very unique look to it.  The MSRP will be $44.99.

Gerber Skyridge reverse Gerber Skyridge closedThe folder below is Gerber’s new Air Ranger, designed by Oregon knifemaker Bill Harsey.  Harsey has a long Continue reading

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GATCO/Timberline Gas Monkey Garage Knives

Timberline Gas MonkeyGATCO, the Great American Tool Company and maker of Timberline knives, is releasing a line of products promoting the Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, Texas.  You may know the garage from the Discovery Channel TV show Fast N’ Loud.

Fast N’ Loud follows the reality show automotive adventures of perpetual self-promoter Richard Rawlings and his mega-bearded main mechanic Aaron Kaufman.  At SHOT Show 2015, I was drawn to the GATCO booth because of the Gas Monkey logo on the side of their booth.  Hmmm, this looked familiar, yet out of context.

Gas Monkey logoGuess you can’t fault the Fast N’ Loud guys for wanting to cash in on their current popularity.  The knives and other accessories, such as multi-tools, flashlights, and Continue reading

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CRKT Deviation

CRKT DeviationColumbia River Knife & Tool had a new art knife at SHOT Show 2015 which showcased a sci-fi-ish design by Terry Lee Renner.  My photos of the knife do not do this one justice.  The lighting in the Sands Convention Center is sadly inadequate for good photography, especially of shiny things.

To continue, the Deviation evidences Renner’s past as a mechanical designer from a different industry.  When pen went to paper, the guy doing the work obviously had visions from elsewhere.  And the term “art knife” was not so far off.  Renner is an artist, as well.

From a knife standpoint, Deviation functioned like a proper tool.  The modified tanto rolls open on Flavio Ikoma’s IKBS ball bearing pivot system.  The large flipper spur gives ample leverage with which to fling the blade to lock.  When held in the hand, the Deviation is not uncomfortable, as it might appear. Continue reading

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Zero Tolerance/ Dimitry Sinkevich 0452CF

ZT SinkevichZero Tolerance and Dmitry Sinkevich have a new knife out for 2015.  Well, not new, but a keen variation.  Introduced at SHOT Show 2015, the ZT 0452CF flipper is a play on the ZT 0454, Best Overall Knife at Blade Show 2013.  It really helps to start with good bones.

Replacing the previous knife’s composite blade are 4.1 inches of S35VN, finished in nicely contrasting satin and stonewash.  The 0452’s edge circles open on a slick KVT ball bearing system and is held fast by a titanium framelock.  The pivot hubs have a machined five spoke pattern.

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CRKT Achi and Akari

CRKT AchiColumbia River Knife & Tool dispatched two new Lucas Burnley-designed fixed blade knives to Las Vegas for SHOT Show 2015.  The upper knife is called the Achi and the lower knife is the Akari.  Both knives have the same interesting acid-etched TiNi coating that was seen on Burnley’s Obake knife from last year.

The Achi and Akari wield 2.83″ blades of 8Cr27MoV steel hardened to 56-58 RHC.  Achi has a drop point profile, while the Akari is an upswept drop point.  The overall length of the Achi is 6.25″ at a weight of 2.8 ounces.  The Akari is 6.38″ and 2.6 ounces.

Both knives have faux green same’ (rayskin) lurking under resin-impregnated cord wrapped handles.  Like that on the Obake, the plastic rayskin has glossy Continue reading

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Pro-Tech Knives at SHOT Show 2015

Pro-Tech TR-3.51Pro-Tech Knives of Artesia, CA had a strong presence at SHOT Show 2015 with some of the most eye-popping semi-custom folders of any booth.  The top knife is the TR-3.51.  The Bruce Shaw engraved inlay is a “coin struck” skull scene.  Its satin blade just killed.

Pro-Tech TR-3.51 blade Pro-Tech TR-3.51 handle Pro-Tech TR-3.51 labelBelow is another Pro-Tech auto featuring Mr. Shaw’s engraving as Continue reading

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