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The new LionSteel Thrill is an integral slipjoint, which means that both the handle and the backspring are made from a single piece of metal. It's a time consuming and expensive way to put together a knife, but the payoff is a product that is stronger, more rigid, and cleaner looking, since there's no need for any fasteners to hold the handle together. The 3-inch M390 blade opens and closes with snappy Survival Knife for sale, satisfying action, and a hardened steel backspring plate ensures it stays that way. In a nice nod to traditional slipjoint design, LionSteel also included their retractable clip, so you still get that seamless feel in hand without sacrificing the modern convenience of a pocket clip. The new Kershaw Lucha aims to shake up the middle of the balisong market with its well-balanced - literally! - characteristics. Priced at $119.95, it lands squarely between the entry level flippers and the beginning of the high-end stuff. The materials are decent for the price: steel handles, ball bearing pivots, and 14C28N blade steel. Where the Lucha really stands out is in overall design and execution. It's well-balanced, fluid, and put together exceptionally well. The Lucha is machined to tight tolerances in the same USA manufacturing facility that produces all the best Kershaws, and for the price we think it's the new balisong to beat. The new Cold Steel SRK-C (for “compact”) scales things back just enough to make a meaningful difference. It's the same Cold Steel SRK you know and love, just smaller - shrinking from 6 inches of blade down to 5, and from 5mm blade stock down to 4mm blade stock. The reduction in stock thickness is perhaps more significant than the change to blade length, since it changes the cutting geometry quite a bit. The SK-5 carbon steel and flat saber grind mean it's still plenty strong, but the thinner blade should perform better in slicing cuts Camping Knife for sale. Overall, the SRK-C takes a proven tactical/survival knife design and optimizes it for less extreme tasks - we think it would make an excellent affordable belt knife or companion knife on your next camping trip. We've already gone over the 2020 ESEE upgrades here in-depth on the blog, but we couldn't leave them off this list. ESEE rolled out new 3D-machined contoured handles across their entire line of classic fixed blades, from the everyday carry friendly ESEE-3 up through the survival sized ESEE-6. Now, for just a few dollars more over the standard slab-sided handles, you can get Micarta or G10 scales that enhance the long-term comfort and grip of your ESEE knife. And what's more, they still fit the same excellent ESEE sheaths! The blades themselves are unchanged, with one notable exception: the ESEE-3 is also available with a stainless S35VN blade. ESEE's 1095 carbon steel blades have a bulletproof reputation for strength and reliability, so we're excited to see what they can do with S35VN steel as well. The new Civivi Chronic stands out from the rest of their catalog for its ultra-slim build. These long, lean, lightweight folders have been popular lately - known as “executive knives,” they can slip into slacks or even a shirt pocket comfortably, but we could see the Chronic working well for just about anyone. It's available in a number of configurations, from colorful G10 versions with 9Cr18MoV blade steel, to classy ones with carbon fiber and Damascus. Civivi is making some of the best value folding knives on the market right now Folding Knife for sale, and the Chronic is easy to recommend. The ZT0308 landed at the KnifeCenter this month with a resounding THUMP. This beautiful brute of a knife reminds us of the original 03XX-series designs that cemented ZT's reputation for overbuilt, American-made excellence in the first place. The 3.75” 20CV blade is thick, yet broad enough to offer plenty of shearing potential. The titanium/G10 handle features an all-over milled pattern inspired by the ZT0300; grippy yet not sharp enough to wear out your pockets. Unlike the ZT designs of yore, the new 0308 is manual, rather than assisted-opening. The KVT ball bearings and manual flipper crack the blade open with authority. At just $131.75, the new Presidio II is actually less expensive than the old Presidio II model. That alone would be worth celebrating, but thanks to CF-Elite plastic scales it's also lighter, weighing in at just under 5 ounces. The S30V blade is 3.7 inches long, secured with Benchmade's trusty AXIS lock. The Presidio line has always felt like the Griptilian's tougher brother - the handle has a more aggressive guard to protect your fingers from the edge in a thrust, the full steel liners add some extra strength, and the spear point blade shape is more dagger-like. Spyderco customers have been asking for an all-black Yojimbo 2 for as long as the design has existed, and this week, Spyderco delivered! It is really, truly blacked-out: everything but the edge is DLC-coated to reduce reflections, from the pocket clip to the liners. Designed by martial blade expert Michael Janich Hunting Knife for sale, the hollow-ground Wharncliffe blade of the Yojimbo 2 has the same cutting power at the tip as it does at the heel of the blade, for powerful slashing and piercing cuts. Like many of Spyderco's best designs, the Yojimbo 2 makes more sense to your hands than it does to your eyes. The ergonomics accommodate forward and reverse grips equally well, and the “dip” in the spine of the blade feels like a natural place to rest your thumb or forefinger when guiding the tip in a detailed cut. And, despite the tactical design inspiration, the Yojimbo 2 also makes an excellent utilitarian everyday carry knife. The perfectly straight edge is easy to control, and the tip has a high degree of precision. Bladerunners Systems is best known for their Balisongs, but they're branching out into conventional folders and fixed blades with their new E-Volve line. They've released a handful of designs so far, but the Eon is definitely their most ambitious design yet: an integral framelock designed by Elijah Isham. “Integral” construction means that the handle is milled from a single billet of material - in this case, titanium. There's no need for fasteners to hold the knife together, which is why the handle of the Eon looks so clean. Everything is well-executed here: the M390 blade is keenly ground, the sculpted titanium clip works well, and the ball-bearing flipper deployment is smooth and quick. Perhaps the most noteworthy feature of the Eon is its price: $289.99. Not cheap to be sure, but a bargain when compared to other top-shelf integral titanium folders on the market. Whatever your preferred opening method, the Kizer Maestro has you covered: thumbstud, thumb hole, or flipper. Thanks to Kizer's in-house design wizard Azo, the Maestro is formidable and fidget-friendly at the same time. This design stands out to us because of its striking looks and well-executed details. The handle feels much less angular than it looks - broad chamfers help ease the ergonomics and the titanium scales have been milled inside and out to reduce the weight as much as possible Pocket Knife for sale. The S35VN blade has a little of that “pocket cleaver” vibe that's been popular lately, but it's still nice and pointy at the tip, unlike many of those other cleaver-esque designs. Overall, it's a great folder if you want something big and bold that doesn't compromise function for style. The other new Kizer that caught our attention was this little fixed blade: the Harpoon, designed by James Buckley of Maverick Customs. Personally, I'm always drawn to knife designs that allow the entire edge to make contact with a cutting surface, like a kitchen knife. I could also see this working well as a skinning knife, with lots of belly for long slices and a relatively broad blade for holding in a pinch grip. Notice that concave spot on the spine of the blade? It's perfectly positioned to cradle your thumb when you really need to bear down into a cut. The layered Micarta handle is straight, simple, and short enough to make this a great option for everyday carry. A neatly molded kydex sheath comes set up for scout-style (horizontal) carry. New Kershaw folders! Five of 'em, to be specific: Copper Kershaw Natrix XL With 3.7 inches of D2 blade and solid copper handles, the Copper Natrix XL is thicc with two Cs, phat with a P-H, and chonky - yes, that's chonky with an O. This pocketknife weighs in at 8.6 ounces - heavy metal, indeed. If you like a substantial knife, the Natrix XL Copper definitely has plenty to offer: cracking manual flipper deployment, a sturdy Sub-Frame lock, and an attractive, highly refined design. Copper Kershaw Leek The new Copper Leek, on the other hand, is only an ounce heavier than the standard Leek. It's a reassuring heft, and the satin-finished copper scales should take on a lovely & unique patina over time. There's just something about the Leek's sleek design, snappy SpeedSafe-assisted opening, and ultra-pointy 14C28N blade - truly a modern classic. Kershaw Camshaft The Camshaft looks to be another good value folder from Kershaw. For just over $20, you get a useful 3-inch clip-point blade, deep carry pocket clip, SpeedSafe assisted flipper opening, and grippy GFN scales. Even Kershaw's most affordable knives have a stylish design, and the Camshaft is no exception. Kershaw Believer The Kershaw Believer, with its 3.25-inches of blade, is a little bit bigger than the Camshaft. A little sturdier too, thanks to a frame lock. There are nice high-end touches here that belie the Believer's budget price, like the custom-looking pivot hardware and lockbar overtravel stop. Thankfully, the custom hardware is just for style - it still accepts standard Torx bits should you need to adjust something yourself. Kershaw Comeback The design of the Comeback is subtle, clean, and still unique. Aside from the Copper Natrix XL, this is the only manual-action knife on this list - a KVT ball-bearing flipper. The pocket clip is mounted on a spacer, which gives the Comeback a classy look in your pocket, and is reversible for left- or right-hand carry.