Yes, we’re already in April, but the sheer amount of new knives this year means we’re still showcasing them on the blog. The good news is that most of these knives are now on the market, so you don’t have to wait.
This week, we’re looking at the array of new products from SOG Specialty Knives.
First up are two new fillet knives: a 6-inch fillet and a 7.5-inch fillet. The steel is 5Cr15MoV. They come with hard-molded nylon sheaths.
SOG Fillet – 6″
SOG Fillet – 7.5″
The Zoom series is a new family of knives that are designed to be lightweight folders with assisted opening. They have AUS-8 steel and anodized aluminum handles. The regular version has a blade length of 3.6 inches while the Zoom Mini has a blade length of 3.15 inches.
Some of the versions have Tanto points and/or black TiNi coating on the blade. Here’s a look at each iteration.
Zoom – Black TiNi
Zoom – Tanto, Satin
Zoom – Tanto, Black TiNi
Zoom Mini – Tanto, Black TiNi
Zoom Mini – Black TiNi
Zoom Mini – Tanto, Satin
Another new family is the Toothpick family. As of right now, the two iterations feature either a satin finish or black TiNi finish on the partially serrated blade. The blade length is 3.1 inches and the steel is made from quality San Mai VG-10 steel. It uses a new locking mechanism from SOG.
Toothlock – Satin
Toothlock – Black TiNi
Next is the SOG Instinct. The most basic version is a compact fixed blade without any handle scales. The overall length is 5.9 inches, and the whole knife has a satin finish. Since it’s meant to offer multiple carry options, there’s a smaller version and two with G10 handles.
Since 1891, the Victorinox Soldier has been the official knife of the Swiss Army. The Soldier has gone through a number of iterations, but the latest version is by far the most badass multitool ever.
The newest Victorinox Soldier is a culmination of all the suggestions over the past 100 years, making it a knife that’s fit for all types of action.
Tired of zombie-centric products and media? Neither are we.
The latest knife to get a makeover for the zombie apocalypse is the Commander from Emerson Knives.
To be clear, the original Commander is a truly badass knife. Winner of the Best Overall Knife of the Year at the blade show, the knife is battle-tested and designed with performance in mind. The Zombie Commander is essentially the same, except for a few minor changes.
The Zombie Commander comes in two versions: Zombie Green and Midnight Zombie.
Here’s what the Zombie Green version looks like.
And here’s the black on black Midnight Zombie.
Both knives are available for a limited run and will feature the Zombie Eradication Team stamp on the blade. Just like the original Commander, the knife boasts Emerson’s patented wave opener on the 3.75-inch blade made from 154CM stainless steel.
Regular readers here at the Knife Depot blog will know just how much we love Spyderco Knives. We’ve written a number of blog posts about the iconic brand, as well as a comprehensive article about its history, designers, innovations and more.
Despite our gushing over Spyderco Knives, we’re not afraid to say the company comes up with some of the most bizarre and strange-looking designs ever. Their functionality-over-looks mentality is part of why we love them so much. Unfortunately, not all of their knives are hits.
We went through some of the most unique blade shapes, which featured more than a few Spydies, but we wanted to dedicate a whole post to interesting Spyderco knives.
Here they are.
We’ll kick things off with the Civilian. This knife was designed for undercover agents for self-defense and has a patented reverse S-blade. The serrations of the curvy blade make it a lethal claw.
From the fierce Civilian to the pudgy Captain. This discontinued knife had a 4-inch blade with a shape like no other. The lower part of the blade was curved while the tip was bulb-like. The handle was also somewhat blocky.
Part of the reason it was probably discontinued was the fact that it was unclear what the goal of the knife was.
Simply named the Q, this knife features a fascinating design that’s come in a ton of variations. The standard version of the Q has a cutout blade design with the Spyderco logo on a web. The handle also has cutouts and comes in different colors.
Think all reliable tactical folding knives cost an arm and a leg? Our latest Badass Knife of the Week is proof otherwise.
The Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops Black Pocket Knife is the ultimate tactical folding knife for any budget.
With its reliable locking mechanism, the pocket knife can sustain a tremendous amount of pressure in any extreme situation you find yourself in.
When a knife is considered one of the strongest tactical folders ever to exist, you know it’s going to be honored as a Badass Knife of the Week eventually. For the Al Mar SERE 2000, that time has come.
The original SERE knife was designed by legendary knifemaker Al Mar and Colonel Nick Rowe in the early 1980s for the U.S. Army’s SERE school. The SERE 2000 features an updated design that’s stronger, lighter, and more precise.
With a 3.6-inch handle made of quality VG-10 stainless steel, the SERE 2000 is a sturdy folder optimized for intense and unpredictable circumstances.
Yes, we’re deep into the year, but that’s not going to stop us from showing you some of the new knives of 2015. We’re continuing with new products from Condor Tool & Knife.
There’s not as a robust offering of new products as some of the other brands, but the 2015 products from Condor TK are definitely worth a look.
We’re kicking things off with the Final Frontier. This is a nice fixed blade with a 4-inch blade that has a Scandi grind. The blade itself has epoxy black powder coating. Hollow rivets hold together the ergonomic handle made of Micarta. At the butt of the knife is a smashing pommel.
It comes with a sheath.
Primitive Bush Knife (Matt Graham edition)
The Primitive Bush Knife is a collaboration between Condor TK and survivalist Matt Graham. Using his experiences living off the land, Graham designed this knife for outdoor adventures. Its 8-inch blade is made of 420HC steel.
It has a hardwood handle and comes with an interesting handcrafted leather sheath that’s supposedly more like a pouch.
Mini Duku Parang Machete
Next up are the two Mini Duku Parang Machetes. Both machetes feature blades made of 1075 high carbon steel with a natural finish and boast hardwood handles.
When it comes to marketing and branding, no company has done a better job the past few years than Taylor Brands LLC. With the help of Taylor Brands, Schrade has come roaring back from the grave with a slew of fantastic survival knives, including the Schrade SCHF38 Frontier, Schrade SCHF27 Extreme Survival, and Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival.
While much of the recent focus on Schrade has been with these badass fixed-blade knives, it’s the simpler folders that are getting the short end of the stick.
So we’ve decided to review the Schrade SCH107 Folder.
Before getting the knife, I had no qualms about its overall purpose. This is in no way a survival knife or even a folder designed for heavy-duty tasks. With those presumptions in place, the SCH107 undoubtedly met my expectations.
After carrying around the larger Spyderco Tenacious as my everyday carry for a while, the SCH107 felt smaller in the hand. That’s not necessarily a bad thing either.
When engaged, the knife has an overall length of only 6 inches but fits my hand surprisingly well. The design of the knife is nothing spectacular, but that’s not why this knife is so compelling. It seems well-made and perfectly adept at tackling some of the mundane tasks you’d encounter around the house.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the knife’s components.
The blade is 2.5 inches long with a bead-blasted finish, which removes the reflective properties of the steel. Many laws restrict carrying knives that are longer than 2.5 inches, so it has the added benefit of being legal in many places. You’ll still want to double-check the laws in your area.
In the most iconic scene from Crocodile Dundee, Mick Dundee and his lady friend are accosted by a mugger with a switchblade, to which Mick comments while pulling out his own Bowie knife, “That’s not a knife? That’s a knife.”
Sure it’s a roundabout way to introduce the latest Badass Knife of the Week, but it’s 100 percent worth it because the Dundee Bowie from Condor Tool & Knife will have people constantly remarking, “Now that’s a knife.”
Every now and again, we like to take a look at the best-selling knives here at Knife Depot to find out what models and designs are currently the most popular. While the best-sellers change pretty frequently, this is usually a good indicator of the types of knives people are reaching for.
We thought I’d be cool to share this information with you, so you can also see what knives people are picking up.
We broke this information down by brand to make it easier. Again, the best-sellers change often, but these are the current best-sellers from CRKT.
5. CRKT Onion Skinner
Coming in at Number 5 is the Onion Skinner. This unique fixed blade was a previous Badass Knife of the Week honoree for its near perfect design. It took Ken Onion a couple of years to get this knife right—he even had it field-tested by hunters and taxidermists.
The skinning knife has an unusual shape, but the fact that it was tested and refined means its success has been proven. It has a Bohler K110 stainless steel blade and handle scales that are Twin-Fused with a Zytel core.
4. CRKT Endorser
The Endorser is a relatively new knife that’s a recent addition to the best-sellers. Released in 2013, the Endorser seemed like such an interesting knife that we made note. Here’s what we wrote about it a few years ago:
“This is a highlight because while the trend seems to be more innovative and unique designs (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), the Endorser is a back-to-the-basics straightforward folder that’s not without signature advances in knife technology.”