Last year, we reported that the Wenger brand of Swiss Army knives was no more. After absorbing Wenger, Victorinox decided it was retiring the Wenger name and would only sell knives under Victorinox.
Since many people lamented the loss of the unique Wenger knives, Victorinox decided a selection of Wenger knives would be integrated into the Victorinox collection.
In August, the new Victorinox/Wenger models were introduced. These new models, which undeniably take cues from Wenger, are from the new Delémont Collection. (Delémont is the name of the city that housed the old Wenger factory.)
The Delémont Collection features rebranded Wenger knives with a few modifications and the Victorinox shield. The main things that really set the two Swiss Army knives apart was Wenger’s unique ergonomic handles, blade serrations, a button locking mechanism, and different tools like pliers.
Case Knives and Harley Davidson have teamed up to create a series of knives for all the knife nuts and/or chopper riders out there. Each of these companies has more than a century under their belt, so it seems like a long time coming for this series to finally come to fruition.
These officially licensed knives come in five different styles. Here’s a quick breakdown of each.
Silver and Black Layered G-10
These H-D knives are simple and sleek, which makes for a strong and durable blade. The handles are made from layers of glass cloth laminated with epoxy resin and feature a nickel silver H-D shield.
The Tec X family is a bit more modern with a 440 or AUS-8 stainless steel blade. They have thumb studs for one-handed opening and are highly versatile.
The knife industry is so vast — what with factory knives, custom knives, collaborations, new releases, etc. — that it’s very easy to overlook something.
But I spotted a press release over at Ammoland about the partnership between legendary Japanese knife maker Kiku Matsuda and SOG and, boy, I am sore I didn’t notice this collaboration sooner.
The Kiku Series is the first-ever production series of knives designed by Kiku Matsuda, who is well-known for his skills as an expert knife grinder. Matsuda can create an array of knife grinds free hand.
That’s why the knives in the Kiku Series are so unique and good-looking.
In his latest collaboration with CRKT, Ken Onion has done it again.
The Hi Jinx from CRKT is a high-end folder based on Ken Onion’s Old Scallywag custom design made with quality materials and fine craftsmanship that would leave even casual knife fans drooling. The 3.32-inch blade is made of Böhler Uddholm’s Sleipner steel from award winning manufacturer LionSteel and uses a flipper for quick deployment.
With an overall length of 8.1-inches when engaged and a weighty 6.4 oz., the knife packs a big punch.
I can’t imagine certain tools getting any better than they already are. For example, a fork is never going to get better than the stainless steel three-pronged utensil we all know and love (although I can imagine Google or Apple sticking wifi into the fork so you can track what you eat and adding a camera to take selfies inside your mouth).
So when Slate Magazine put one of their usual sexy headlines claiming a brilliant redesign of the ax, I was highly skeptical.
Meet the Vipukirves (which translates to Leverax).
According to Slate, the ax uses a lever action that makes this one much stronger than the traditional ax and features red and yellow coloring to make it easier to spot.
Emerson Knives are some of the most coveted knives out there, both because of how few new ones are released and how expensive they can be. That’s why 2014 is such an unusual year for Emerson Knives. The company showed off three new knives at the SHOT Show earlier this year.
There are different models of the knives being released as we’ll explain below.
The ETAK, which stands for Emerson Tactical Assault Knife, is a folder with an overall length of 9 inches.
Readers of the blog will remember that the Warcraft Tanto was the Badass Knife of the Week not too long ago, but the Magnum Warcraft Tanto is billed as a bigger and better version. The Magnum, like its younger brother, is made with CPM 3-V steel, it boasts a foot-long blade to make it more of a mini-sword.
1917 Frontier Bowie
One of the most anticipated of the new Cold Steel knives is the 1917 Frontier Bowie. With a blade length of a little more than 12 inches, the Frontier Bowie is one huge knife. The knife, which is larger and heavier than the Magnum, has a rosewood handle and a 1055 carbon steel blade. Although it’s almost laughably big, you’ll definitely make an impact with this blade.
Next up is the Eland, a folder with a ring lock. The Eland is similar to the Kudu, but the blade is an inch longer at 5.25 inches. The design is inspired by ring lock folders found more prominently in Africa. It has German 4116 stainless steel.
We’re already three months into the year, but we’re still making our way through products jumping onto the market this year. We’ve gone through new knives from CRKT, Zero Tolerance and a few others and today we’re looking at some of the new items from ESEE.
ESEE Knives, which focuses mainly on gear for the outdoors and survival situations, only has four new products slated for this year, but they definitely don’t disappoint.
First up, we have the Terrill Hoffman-designed ESEE-CM6. It’s billed as the joining of “tactical and practical,” meaning the knife excels out on the battlefield or in the forests. It has a hefty overall length of 11.13 inches with a blade length of 5.88 inches. The drop point blade is made from 1095 carbon steel with a textured black powder coat. A canvas Micarta handle covers the full tang of the knife.
We’re still slowly but surely making our way through the new knives of 2014 and we continue with new products from Condor Tool and Knife. The relatively new company has already has a wide assortment of machetes, axes, knives and survival tools to pick from, but everyone agrees that this year’s lineup is fantastic.
The Bombus is a nice fixed blade knife with an overall length of 5 inches and a 1075 high carbon steel black finish blade. The knife comes with a Kydex sheath and chain, so it can be carried around the neck.
The Crotalus is a longer fixed blade knife that’s 10 and 3/4 inches overall. Like the Bombus, it features a Micarta handle, 1075 high carbon steel and comes with a Kydex sheath.
Zero Tolerance, a perennial winner of the Knife of the Year award from BLADE Magazine, is releasing six new products this year.
Along with the knives below, Zero Tolerance added a few modifications to other models, including a BlackWash finish to the 0560, 0350 and 0300 and a carbon fiber handle to the 0770.
The first product we’re showing you (based on the model number) is the ZT 0102, which is Zero Tolerance’s introduction to the tactical tomahawk. It has an overall length of 16 inches and a handle with G-10 scales. It boasts Vanadis 4 extra powdered steel for durability and protection. The back spike is great for penetration and the pommel can be used as a pry bar.
Based on Rick Hinderer’s Fieldtac, this tough fixed blade is lighter and smaller with a Vanadis 4 extra powdered steel blade. The blade is 9.2 inches overall with a 4.2-inch blade.