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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

New to the market - Fixed Blade Knives and Folding Knives

Over the past few months, there has been several new additions to the cutlery market.  I won't list them all, but will focus on a select few.

The Cold Steel Mackinac (pronounced Mackinaw) Hunter is an updated version of more traditionally styled folders.  The Hunter features Cold Steel's patented Tri-Ad Lock which essentially adds a stop pin to the mix of the internal workings.  That addition aids in the reduction or elimination of vertical blade play that is present in many lock back type folders. 

The blade is AUS-8A stainless steel and features a plain edge and a 3.5" (89 mm) length bringing the overall open length of the Hunter to approximately 8.25" (210 mm) and a overall weight of 6.6 ounces (187 grams).

Cold Steel Mackinac Hunter, 3-1/2" SS Blade, Faux Stag Handle 54FBT
Spyderco has put out some great knives in recent times and one of my favorites is the Gayle Bradley Air.  This sweet little liner lock features an M4 steel blade which is renown for it excellent cutting abilities.  The blade is a 2.5" (76 mm) sheepsfoot style, plain edge and is approximately 3/32" (2 mm) thick.

This incredible knife features gray glass fibers scales that offer a bit of texture for grip, but also helps keep the weight down.  As the name implies, the Air is a lightweight knife coming in about an incredible 1.3 ounces (37 grams).  That is a whole lot of knife in a very lightweight package.

Spyderco Bradley Air, 2-1/2" M4 Blade, Glass Fiber Handle C159GFP
The Air is definitely one of my favorites in the world of new releases, however, there is another Spyderco that is competing for top spot in my book.  It is the Spyderco Techno.  What a great knife!  Not as light as the Air, in fact if it is more than twice the weight of the Air and comes in about 3.5 ounces (99 grams).  Like the Gay Bradley Air, the Techno features a flat ground 2.5" (76 mm) blade, but that is where the similarities end.  The Techno's blade features Carpenter Steel's CTS-XHP stainless steel (stonewashed) and is almost twice as thick as the Air's blade at 5/32" (4 mm).

The Techno also features a titanium handle with a built in frame lock and accommodates a right hand or left hand tip up pocket clip option.

Spyderco Techno, Plain 2-1/2" CTS-XHP SS Blade, Ti Handle C158TIP
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