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Benchmade Surprises With 2017 Discontinued Knives

The onslaught of discontinued knives continues.

So far, most of the discontinued knives haven’t been that surprising, whether it’s due to upgraded models or lagging sales. But Benchmade shocked the knife community with the immediate discontinuation of its entire Heckler & Koch line.

We’ll keep up the tradition writing obituaries for certain models getting the axe (according to Knife News).

Benchmade 586 Barrage

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The Barrage has quietly become one of my favorite knives over the past few years. I like the premium versions of the Barrage—the 581 and the 586 mini—because of the aluminum bolster and M390 steel. Now, Benchmade is doing away with the mini version of its assisted-opening Barrage.

From the sound of it, the 581 will still be available, but as someone who lives in Los Angeles at the moment, I appreciate all the blades under 2.91 inches that comply with the carry laws. For now, you can still pick up the knife in the 3.6 iteration, but the smaller version will be missed.

Benchmade Presidio

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According to Benchmade, the Presidio is one of the most recognizable tactical Benchmade knives. Well, not anymore.

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Boker Magnum Damascus Stubby – Badass Knife of the Week

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In a world of sleek and rail-thin knives, the Stubby stands alone.

The Damascus Stubby from Magnum by Boker is simple, elegant, and downright eye-catching. It’s a knife you could comfortably take to the woods during the day and then take to a black tie event in the evening.

It all starts with the Damascus steel blade. The Damascus is created by hammering together 37 layers of steel with a strong core to make a powerful and handsome blade. At a short but stout 2.38 inches, the drop point blade profile is versatile. It engages easily with the thumb stud and locks securely with a liner lock.

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10 Knife Gift Ideas For Under $20

It’s the time of year to stress out over every gift. What could I get my coworker that’s cheap? I need a stocking stuff for my brother. My Secret Santa gift has to be good but it can’t be more than $20.

Those are just a few of the thoughts probably running through your mind. Don’t worry, though; we have your back.

Here’s a look at 10 easy knife-related gift ideas that are sure to get some genuine smiles and thanks. The best part is that everything’s under $20.

1. Engraved HallMark Lockback

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We’ll start with an easy one—the HallMark Stainless Steel Lockback. This is one of our bestsellers at the moment. Why? You can get this reliable little folder laser-engraved with an inscription of your choice for only $14.99. That alone makes this gift a no-brainer.

The knife is nothing to scoff at either. It’s a HallMark folder with a 2-inch blade and smooth stainless steel handles. It’s the perfect little knife to fit in your pocket.

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2. Kershaw Shuffle

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Kershaw makes a darn good knife, and you can see its eye for design with the Kershaw Shuffle. This $19.99 knife is an excellent stocking stuffer thanks to its compact design. But this hugely popular knife isn’t just for show. It’s a tough utility knife with a built-in bottle opener and screwdriver/lanyard hole in the handle. The interesting K-texture is grippy and durable.

The Shuffle comes in a few different colors, but our favorite aside from the black model featured here is the Lime Green Shuffle.

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3. Cold Steel Karambit

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You can get more than just folders for under $20 too. Check out the Cold Steel FGX Grivory Karambit. The karambit is designed after the claws of large cats found in the jungles of Indonesia. It’s primarily a fighting or self-defense tool, but it also makes a great addition to any collection.

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ESEE Izula – Badass Knife of the Week

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The latest Badass Knife of the Week takes much of its design traits from an ant. But not just any ant—one of the most ferocious ants you’ll ever encounter.

The ESEE Izula is inspired by an ant found in the rainforests of Peru. The locals call it the isula ant, but we know it better as the bullet ant. Named after an excruciating sting that some people say is akin to getting shot, the bullet ant is mean and aggressive but also tough and adaptable.

These traits perfectly translate into one of the most beloved fixed blades around. The blade of this iteration of the ESEE Izula is 2.63 inches and made from 1095 carbon steel. It has a black textured powder coat finish that reduces the glare of the knife and adds an extra layer of corrosion resistance. An outline of its namesake is imprinted on the blade to remind you of the knife’s capabilities.

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See New 2017 Spyderco Knives

Just as we were mourning the discontinuation of knives from a number of brands, Spyderco released its 2017 catalog, revealing a wide array of new models, notable upgades, and sprint runs.

Spyderco has undergone a few pretty cool changes for 2017. One of the changes I’m most happy about is an updated website, which was long overdue. And the new knives, of course.

There’s a lot to digest, so for now I’ll just highlight some of the most notable knives for 2017. At the end of the post, you can find all the new knives for 2017 (which includes some that were previously announced earlier this year). You can also check out Spyderco’s 2017 catalog yourself.

Spyderco Para 3

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It’s here… it’s finally here. People have been climbing up the walls in anticipation of the Paramilitary 3 (simply called the Para 3) for a while. The Paramilitary 2 is widely considered one of most popular and best folding knives of all time (and was a recent Badass Knife of the Week). Many were hoping for a smaller version—whether because of legal restrictions or preference.

Spyderco has answered your prayers. The Para 3 is a scaled down version of the hugely successful PM2. It retains the same CPM S30V steel, Compression Lock, G-10 scales, stainless steel liners, and opened back construction. The only difference is the 3-inch blade and overall length of 7.27 inches.

It’ll be your new favorite knife.

Spyderco Police 4

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We mourned the loss of the Police 3 in our obituaries for Spyderco’s discontinued knives, but the sadness was short-lived. Introducing the Police 4.

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Schrade SCHF43 – Badass Knife of the Week

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Some say the ultimate survival tool simply doesn’t exist, that you need a whole host of tools to tackle the various types of tasks you’ll encounter in the outdoors. Those people have never seen the Schrade SCHF43.

The SCHF43 (sometimes known as Jessica-X) comes from the mind of Chris Tanner of PreparedMind101 fame. This unique knife is an amalgamation of different styles, from the Bowie knife to the parang.

The massive knife boasts a 9-inch coated blade made from 1070 carbon steel with a saber grind.

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FINI Cutlery Chef’s Knife & Paring Knife Review & Giveaway

FINI Cutlery is giving our readers a chance to win one of two sets of its knives. Enter at the bottom of the post.

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Go to your kitchen, grab a chef’s knife, and look at how you’re holding it.

Unless you’re a chef, you’re probably holding it “wrong”—according to some people anyway.

The general design of the chef’s knife hasn’t changed much over the years. If something works, why change it?

That’s where FINI Cutlery comes into the picture.

The relatively new company designed a set of knives with handles that look a little different than your average kitchen knife.

FINI Cutlery reached out to the Cutting Edge blog to review a set of two knives: a chef’s knife and a paring knife. I said yes, so they sent me a sample to review. As always my reviews are done with honesty and fairness.

Let’s see how well these knives held up.

About FINI Cutlery

Before we get to the knife, let’s look at FINI Cutlery.

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FINI Cutlery launched with a Kickstarter campaign to fund these knives on September 14, 2015. Inventor and long-time chef Peter Rigas created these knives with an eye toward proper gripping and efficiency.

Here is a quote from Rigas via the Kickstarter campaign page:

Between my long restaurant career and my personal life I have given many hundreds of knife lessons. I was taught when I was 15, working in a busy diner, by a chef who cringed while watching me work. He also offered me a cot, saying “you’ll be here all night if you keep holding the knife like that.”

So the idea was to create a knife that automatically placed the user’s hand into a proper position.

Apparently many out there agree with this sentiment, and the campaign was successfully funded for more than $100,000, exceeding the original goal of $40,000. There was some trouble in getting the knives out to people (as there is with pretty much every funded project), but all the orders were filled and a company was born.

Initial Impressions and Specs

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“Where’s the handle?”

That’s the first thing my wife asked when she saw the knives I’m reviewing today. It’s a fair question. The handle is short and stubby—completely unlike all the other kitchen knives out there.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

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Fallkniven A1 – Badass Knife of the Week

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A knife doesn’t have to be flashy, adorned with bells and whistles, or huge to save your life. In fact, as our latest Badass Knife of the Week shows, simple can be just as effective as gaudy.

That’s not to say this knife is some simpleton that can’t hold its own against the wilderness. On the contrary actually.

The Fallkniven A1 is the ultimate survival knife that all others should strive to be. This is a rugged all-purpose survival knife that runs the gamut of what a knife is capable of accomplishing.

Here is a quick overview from WillzOutdoorz:

Sleek and minimal, the Swedish Survival Knife from Fallkniven cuts a serious figure. Its black Cera-Coat 6.3-inch blade is made from laminated VG-10 steel and can clear tree branches just as easily as it can open cans or make kindling.

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Spyderco Paramilitary 2 – Badass Knife of the Week

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When a knife has as much hype and praise heaped upon it as the Spyderco Paramilitary 2, it’s easy to assume the knife is overrated. We’re here to tell you that it not only deserves all the praise but should get even more.

The Spyderco Paramilitary 2 is widely considered one of the most effective and well-designed knives ever made. This has been such a popular model that it’s frequently out of stock around the web because demand is so high.

So why is the Paramilitary 2 such a great knife?

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Spyderco Releases 2017 List of Discontinued Knives

Spyderco Rubicon from a 2014 YouTube review by Sup3rSaiy3n

Spyderco Rubicon from a 2014 YouTube review by Sup3rSaiy3n

It’s that time of year again. Beloved knife models are dropping like flies and there’s nothing we can do about it.

Knife brands are publishing their lists of discontinued knives. First there was Kershaw. Then Benchmade (which we’ll get to in a few days). Now there’s Spyderco.

Some of these aren’t surprising and were predicted (considering many have sequels upcoming) but that doesn’t make it hurt any less. As I did with Kershaw, I’ll write obituaries for a few of my favorites. If you want to see the full list (along with links to those still available at Knife Depot), skip to the bottom.

Spyderco Friction Folder

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The Friction Folder was an original. A few months ago, I wrote a thorough post explaining what a friction folder is, how it works, and why anyone would want one. I also named four factory-made friction folders you can buy. Yes, the Spyderco Friction Folder was on the list.

This was a non-traditional folder that used friction to keep the blade engaged. While this isn’t the type of knife you’d use for tough tasks, it’s great for simple EDC jobs. Not only that but this was one of the few knives legal to carry in the United Kingdom.

While the number of factory-made folders is dwindling by the day, you can find a number of friction folders from custom makers. Farewell old friend.

Spyderco Rubicon

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The Rubicon is dead. Long live the Rubicon 2. The death of the Rubicon was one of the least surprising discontinued knives this year because of the arrival of the new Rubicon 2—a cheaper but faithful version of Peter Carey’s original masterpiece. What did the handsome Rubicon in was the high cost. I would have loved to use it as my EDC, but it went for more than $300.

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