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2018 Discontinued Spyderco Knives We’ll Miss the Most

It’s that time of year again.

The guillotine is falling on a few of our favorite knife models as companies begin announcing the knives being sent to the glue factory next year.

Spyderco was the first to release its list on the Spyderco Forum. You can see the full list of knives being discontinued for 2018 at the bottom, but I’ll be writing an obituary for a few of the most notable models being put out to pasture first.

It’s important to note that some of these knives may come back in updated iterations, so don’t be surprised to see the Nirvana 2 with different materials and a more streamline design. Also others have already received updates like the Salt 1 series, so it’s kind of a moot point.

Spyderco Nirvana

As Neil Young once sang, “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.” The Nirvana was a short-lived, having only been released for 2016. Despite only seeing light for a couple of years, the knife burned bright and got a lot of people excited.

The Nirvana was Spyderco’s first integral folder from custom knifemaker Peter Rassenti. Its handle was made from a single piece of titanium and featured the Reeve Integral Lock mechanism. The 3.76-inch blade was made from S90V steel while the overall design was sexy.

So where did the Nirvana go wrong? It ran into production problems since titanium is such a difficult material to work with. A few people had complaints about the larger size and a lackluster design.

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Benchmade 162 Bushcrafter – Badass Knife of the Week

 

It wasn’t long ago when the term bushcrafting – the art of practicing wilderness survival skills — was considered underground and outlandish.

But now even the most amateurish bushcrafter can embrace using the natural resources of the land to survive with the latest Badass Knife of the Week.

The Benchmade Bushcrafter combines tried-and-true design principles with modern materials to create a knife that won’t just withstand the elements but excel.

Here’s an excellent overview from HighCarbonSteel Love:

Designer Shane Sibert has earned a reputation over the past 20+ years for making hard-use knives that are functional and durable like the Benchmade Adamas family. The Bushcrafter is made in the same vein.

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It starts with the 4.4-inch satin blade made from CPM-S30V steel, which keeps its edge like few others. The blade features the classic and versatile drop point profile, making it ideal for all the tasks you’d encounter in nature.

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15 Pocket Knives That Weigh Less Than an Ounce

Every ounce counts.

When it comes to knives, you might be thinking to yourself what’s a few ounces? Is the Cold Steel Spartan at 10 ounces really so much heavier than the Kershaw Chill at 2 ounces? The answer is yes.

If you’re just going for a walk around the block, you might not notice the weight, but carry the knife for hours on end and you’ll feel that sag in your pocket like a ton of bricks.

I’m starting a series of posts about knives under certain weights for those looking to cut back on their EDC weight. So let’s start with the lightest a knife can get: less than an ounce.

Yes, knives that weigh in at under an ounce can be just as useful as those boasting bigger designs. Here’s a look at some of the best.

Spyderco Manbug

When you want a small knife, look no further than Spyderco. The famous spider brand is well-known for creating minuscule knives that look identical to some of their bigger counterparts. The Spyderco Ladybug and Honey Bee could have been on this list, but instead of completely stuffing it with Spydies, I thought I’d stick with a few, including the Manbug.

Nothing against the feminine-sounding Ladybug (which is a fantastic knife), but if I had to choose one knife with a typical Spyderco design under an ounce, it would be the Manbug. This knife is a little beefier and easier to wield than the Ladybug. It has a 1.875″ blade made from VG-10 and FRN handles. Coming in at .65 ounces, the Manbug is a hard-working knife that you’ll barely feel in your pocket.

Gerber LST Ultralight

The Gerber LST Ultralight was one of our Badass Knives of the Week a while back. How does a sub-ounce knife get that distinction? It features a reliable lockback design and has history on its side. The original LST was brought to market more than 35 years ago by Pete Gerber himself.

The ultralight version has a 1.96-inch blade made from 420HC stainless steel and glass-filled nylon handles — one of the first knives to ever use it. The best part is that this inexpensive and .6-ounce knife is made in the United States.

Victorinox Classic SD

When it comes to knives, it doesn’t get more iconic than the Victorinox Classic SD. This Swiss Army Knife model may be the best-selling knife ever with countless being sold around the world. The reason is simple: this tiny knife is lightweight, multifunctional, and all anyone can ask for in a small pocket knife.

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10 Ways to Store or Display Your Knife Collection

If you’re a knife collector like me then you know the importance of knife storage. My knives are considered invaluable to me, and for most collectors, they hold a certain sentimental value, so it only makes sense to store them properly and preserve their beauty and longevity for generations to come.

Keeping them sharp, oiled, dry and out of the sun is key to ensuring they stay rust free and last forever, but how you store them can also be crucial. Throwing your knives in a drawer and letting them get beat up is a bad way to go.

Here are some different ways to store your extensive knife collection:

1. Knife Bag

The knife bag is a great option for folders, especially if you like carrying your knives from time to time. Brands like Zero Tolerance, Benchmade, and Case all have great storage bags for knives that come in an array of sizes.

Bags can be made from top grain leather, vinyl, canvas, and heavy-duty polyester with insides that include felt, thick foam padding, and soft cloth material for scratch-free storage. Most come with adjustable shoulder straps for easy carry and zippered or Velcro closures for safe keeping.

My Pick: The Spyderco SpyderPac large bag is a hard-to-beat proven seller. Made of black heavy duty polyester denier with large clear individual viewing pockets. This is a great solution for outdoorsmen who like to not only transport their folders but store and display them as well. Choose between the small or large version.

  • Small measures 16″x18″ holds 18 folders with a MSRP $39.95
  • Large measures 25″x8″ holds 32 folding knives MSRP of $49.95

2. Protector Cases

Protector cases — like those used for guns — are a surprisingly effective method for storing knives. Well, maybe not that surprising since they’re designed to hold guns and other gear, but the cases that feature egg crate material hold knives in place extremely well. On top of that, many of these cases lock, so you don’t have to worry about little ones with candied fingers getting in.

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Ontario Carter Prime – Badass Knife of the Week

When the work day begins, it’s Carter Prime time.

This workhorse folder is a collaboration between Ontario Knife Company and knife designer Robert Carter. If you aren’t familiar with Carter, the man has tiny knives embedded in his DNA.

Carter is the grandson of Mel Pardue, best known for Benchmade designs like the Griptilian, and the son of Joe Pardue, of OKC Utilitac fame. But instead of just relying on the reputation of his ancestors, Carter has forged his own path using the knowledge he’s soaked up over the years.

Just look at Carter Prime.

Based on his Generalist custom design, the Carter Prime is an overbuilt flipper with a thick cut 3.37-inch blade made from D2 tool steel. D2 is a semi-stainless steel that’s often underrated because it’s not new or expensive, but it’s a tough steel that will get the job done.

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7 New CRKT Knives You’ll Want in 2018

Sure, there are more than two months left in 2017, but that hasn’t stopped CRKT from quietly adding new models to its  online catalog.

What I love most about CRKT is the effort they put into creating unique knives with interesting technology. While they would get a definite boost out of using better steels and materials (though the price bump may be too hard to overcome), CRKT is definitely always pushing the boundaries.

Although nearly two dozens knives have emerged on the site, I’m only highlighting the seven you’ll want to buy when they’re released.

7. CRKT Cuatro

Richard Rogers put in two designs with CRKT this year, but I’m more fond of the smaller Cuatro (as opposed to the larger Maven). It’s a straightforward folder with a small flipper and IKBS ball-bearing system. It doesn’t have a ton of ergonomics, but the grip is G-10, so it should feel pretty secure in the hand.

The blade is 3.2 inches, which is a great size for everyday carry.

6. CRKT Williwaw

Would the Williwaw go on our list of worst knife names ever? It would until you actually look it up to see that it means a sudden violent wind. When you know that, it all makes sense. This great design from Jim Hammond has a wind-kissed handle reminiscent of squalls. The handle itself is 2Cr13 stainless steel with wintry contours.

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Firefly: The Swiss Army Knife Add-On You Never Knew You Needed

Sometimes the best ideas are those that make you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” and “It’s so obvious.”

Those were exactly the phrases that came to mind when I saw the Firefly.

The Firefly is a custom sparking-steel fire starting tool that’s designed to fit into the toothpick slot of a Swiss Army Knife. This small tool is an aftermarket accessory made by a company called Tortoise Gear and is not affiliated with Victorinox.

The project launched on the crowdfunding service Kickstarter on September 26 with the goal of $28,000 by November 7. As of this writing, the team is already at about $25,000 just a few days into the campaign, so things are looking pretty good.

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Gerber E-Z Out Skeleton – Badass Knife of the Week

Sometimes it’s a crapshoot trying to figure out which knife models will become hits and which will become duds that fade away after a few years. Our latest Badass Knife of the Week shows the winning formula a long-lasting knife must have.

The Gerber E-Z Out is a simple folder with a reliable design made right here in the United States. When you put all those elements together, you undoubtedly get a winner.

The knife gained a cult following when it was first introduced decades ago. The knife is so old, you can find threads on BladeForums spotting the knife in the hands of Fox Mulder during the original run of the X-Files.

But just because the knife is old doesn’t mean it hasn’t been updated.

The Skeleton version of the popular E-Z Out line reduces the weight and narrows the profile of the knife without compromising the utility and functionality of the E-Z Out.

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8 Awesome (and Impractical) Kitchen Knife Block Designs

I can’t tell you when the kitchen knife block was invented or who it was invented by, but it remains one of the best inventions for the kitchen since sliced bread.

Prior to the knife block, the vast majority of Americans simply tossed their fine kitchen cutlery into a drawer, only to get dinged up and scratched.

The knife block offers a solution that saves space and keeps your kitchen knives protected from wear and tear. While knife blocks have their flaws — they’re often impossible to clean, sometimes dull the knives, and often come in unnecessary sets — they are one of the most popular kitchen knife storage solutions around.

With all that said, the basic design of the knife block and its prevalence in kitchens across the world make the knife holder ripe for parody and creativity. That’s where these knife blocks come into the picture.

These knife blocks prioritize artistry over function and they’re entirely impractical but they’re just so darn visually stimulating.

Wolverine Knife Holder

This is the block that inspired me to write this post. Behold the pinnacle of insanity in all its glory. The Wolverine Steak Knife Holder is one of the coolest and most creative knife blocks around, and it’s also the least functional.

The fists are made with a 3D printer from plastic but can only hold six knives. You’d only be able to store your steak knife set and would have to find another solution for your chef’s knife/paring knife. On top of that, the knives aren’t that easy to get out. Oh, and did I mention that the knives stick up out into the air?

The maker of this holder on Etsy seems pretty cool and straightforward about the piece as more of a conversation starter than a functional knife storage system.

Buyer assumes all responsibility for safety once purchased…. seriously, steak knives set backwards in a knife block? Use your best judgement when displaying, using, populating your home with animals or children… or drunk people.

All of you looking to get your hands on one of these hands is out of luck for now. The item sold earlier this month.

Star Wars X-wing Knife Holder

If you thought the Wolverine knife block was insane, the creators of this knife block said, “Hold my Bantha milk.” You may have already seen this knife block before — if you haven’t already bought a few as housewarming gifts — but it’s modeled after the starfighter most commonly recognized from the Battle of Yavin in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.

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‘Knife Kid’ Captures the Joy We All Experience with Knives

Viral videos are often lame, but every now and again a video permeates the knife community by perfectly capturing what we have known all along and what the world at large often forgets: knives are awesome.

Behold, the knife kid.

Welcome back. You undoubtedly watched that video at least five times in a row. It’s not your fault necessarily since some videos may be scientifically impossible to watch just one time.

Here’s the back story before we get into what I love about the video.

According to an interview with The Washington Post, 22-year-old Chelsey Ryan was hosting a party Labor Day weekend when she Snapchatted a video of her 5-year-old cousin who was being particularly rambunctious that day.

That’s when the hilarity ensued.

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