New Schrade Knives at SHOT Show 2015

Schrade daggerAt SHOT Show 2015, I was pleased to be able to converse with Morgan Taylor, the President of Taylor Brands, which makes knives for Schrade, Uncle Henry, Old Timer, Imperial, and Smith & Wesson.  Getting shown knives by a company head would be cool, but Mr. Taylor is also a designer and very passionate about his products.

I was so busy talking shop, I did not push the shutter button as much as I would have liked, but, hey, I did not wish to be rude.  The above knife is a new Schrade tactical dagger that is forged from a single piece of 1070 steel.  It features a hollow handle and composite sheath.  It was definitely solid.

Schrade A10BSThe next knife is the new SCHA10BS M.A.G.I.C., which is a dual action Continue reading

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CRKT Terzuola BT-70 folding knife

CRKT TerzuolaThis is my favorite folding knife of SHOT Show 2015.  Bob Terzuola, a founding father of the tactical knife, has joined with Columbia River Knife and Tool to make what is essentially a version of his iconic Advanced Tactical Combat Folder (ATCF), the BT-70 folder.

Mr. Terzuola spent his early life in Central America on Peace Corps, U.S. government, and commercial adventures.  His exotic experiences gave him an appreciation for working knives.  In the early 1980’s, he began making knives and selling them to those who travel abroad in service to our country, both combatant and clandestine.

The word “iconic” is not hyperbole for Terzuola’s original ATCF.  With its liner lock, signature blade shape, and first-rate materials, the mid-1980’s ACTF was a blueprint from which later makers derived inspiration.  Terzuola is credited with inventing the term “tactical knife.”

CRKT’s BT-70 has the ACTF’s pedigree with a few annotations.  The 4″ AUS 8 modified tanto blade has Continue reading

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New Leatherman Tread Multi-tool

How did I miss this at SHOT Show?  I was in a hurry, that’s how.  I wandered past the Leatherman booth, but I did not see the gi-normous photos of the Tread plastered on the walls.

Leatherman Tools President Ben Rivera, an engineer, designed this product before he ascended to the big chair.  Here’s their video.

BladeBarrelBezel reader Steve G. sent me some photos he took of a stainless steel Tread at SHOT Show last week.

image2image1Steve said the Tread was very large, indeed.  His wrist is average to large.  Size-wise he said it was bulkier than a big paracord bracelet.  That said, he called it, “Cool as hell!”  Thanks, Steve!

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New Hogue Karabmit Scale Knife for 2015

Hogue KarambitHogue Knives was displaying some of their newest products at SHOT Show 2015.  The eye-catcher was this karambit prototype with purple and black G-Mascus handle scales.  That was hard to miss in a sea of blackened knives!

The new Karambit Scale Knife is a modification of the EX-F03 neck knives already in production.  Available in either the clip point or modified hawksbill blades, the Scale knife adds a “piranha” textured overlay with a karambit-style ring at the butt.  The Karambit Scale knife will be offered in black or the purple G-Mascus G-10.

Blade steel for the EX-F03 is 154 CM stainless, heat treated to 57-59 RH and cryogenically treated.  Its blade length is 2.25″ with a .16″ blade thickness.  As either the neck knife or the Karambit Scale Knife, its finish is tumbled.  The finger ring adds an extra inch to Continue reading

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New Emerson Knives

imageI shot this photo of Mr. Emerson’s signature on a Combat Systems Fighter. The stonewashed flats against the satin bevels are spectacular!  These have limited availability and are in short supply, according to the rep.


The pics of the other new Emerson knives below are courtesy of Emerson Knives, Inc.  Their photos were better than mine…  Continue reading

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New Benchmade Knives for 2015

Benchmade SHOT 2015The first booth I barged into at SHOT Show 2015 was Benchmade!  They literally had a case full of new models for 2015.  Since I was in a press for time at the show, I had Troy, a Benchmade commercial manager, drag a fistful of sharpies from the cabinet for me to manipulate and photograph.  These are photos I took of nine of the new offerings.

The first three knives are, from top to bottom, the Loco, the Ti Monolock, and a Shane Sibert design, the Vicar.  Below are the reverse sides of these knives.

Benchmade SHOT 2015 2The Loco is a 3.68″ bladed heavy duty tactical folder with an AXIS lock and G-10 handles.  The Ti Monolock is just that–titanium handles, monolock function.  I love the feel of titanium.  It has a dispassionate, industrial flavor in one’s hand.  The Vicar is a robust hard use knife of CPM-S30V, black and green stacked handles, and a .090″ thick titanium Continue reading

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SHOT Show 2015

imageAfter a day at the range and a day on the SHOT Show floor, I am feeling a little sore.  Today, I walked nearly half the show, which totals seven miles in the Sands Convention Center.  Since I am on the economy plan, I only have tomorrow to finish up here in Vegas.

For all the trudging, I have been to as many of the knife manufacturers as I can and I have some good info coming.  I will give you a few teaser photos here.  My travel day Thursday will last almost 12 hours.  After that, I can begin writing and photo processing.


Stay tuned in…

by Wilson


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