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Greg Moffatt Knives Can Opener Pikal

Greg Moffatt Knives’ new Can Opener Pikal is about as simple and straight forward as you will find when it comes to reverse edge knives. The straight handled design is a compact 6″ in overall length terminating in a 2″ sharpened edge. The Can Opener is made from 1095 steel with a Cerakote finish and cord-wrapped handle. It comes with a kydex sheath set up for static line carry.

Given the clever simplicity of the design, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it is one of the most affordable pikal knives available, custom or production. This is especially true when you consider that it comes ready to static line to your belt and go. Greg Moffatt Knives sells these for $110. The initial run sold out quickly but there is a new batch on the way soon.

Keep your eyes on GregMoffattKnives.com.

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Review: Gearward HemiSERE Titanium Lapel Knife

Gearward’s HemiSERE Titanium Lapel Knife is a throwback to the OSS Lapel Knife… at least in terms of function and intended use. It is thoroughly modern in material, a titanium-ceramic composite, which makes it feather light and gives it aggressive cutting properties. This knife is designed to be immanently concealable. Its size and the materials chosen for its construction are in keeping with that design goal.

Overview

The HemiSERE is a diminutive 3.375″ in overall length. It is ground from 0.05″ thick non-ferrous titanium/ceramic composite material that is most commonly found in high end kitchen knives. That small size, wafer-thinness, and material mean that this little knife weighs in at just 4 grams.

The wharncliffe blade shape is chisel ground. It has a full height flat primary grind with a secondary bevel on only one side. The tip is very slightly ground off, sort of like a micro reverse tanto, to render a still very acute but slightly stronger tip.

It ships already stuck to dummy credit card and with 12 3M Glue Dots.

Observations from Use

I’ll start first by saying this knife is VERY small and that means that the handle design has to be on point or it just won’t work. Fortunately, Gearward did their homework. The handle has a bead blast finish and a deeply dished choil that locks the knife into the users hand. Without the choil, this knife would probably be nearly impossible to use and retain. Handle design is exceedingly important on knives this small and thin.

The HemiSERE is so light and concealable that it can be stuck just about anywhere with the included (and easily replaceable) Glue Dots. Gearward shows the HemiSERE stuck, without a sheath, under the collar of a shirt which caused a bit of an uproar when the knife was announced here on JTT. I tested this and found that it actually seems safer than you might think with a stiff collared dress shirt and the edge turned down but I likely would not carry it that way. This knife was designed by a world traveler for world travelers… and I don’t mean Sandals resort. If you are already the type of person who is taking risks with the places you travel, under collar carry might make more sense.

The carry methods are only limited by your imagination. It can be stuck inside a phone case, inside your wallet, on a credit card (replace the dummy with a real card that you don’t use anymore), in an out of the way place inside a bag or briefcase, inside an Altoids tin, or anywhere else you can safely carry a razor sharp knife. Your carry options could be expanded if you fashion some kind of a small sheath for it. My favorite way to carry it is on the back of a credit card though that might not be the most accessible in an emergency.

There are a number of thoughtful touches in this knife, many of which I think are unique to the HemiSERE. I have already mentioned the well designed handle and bead-blasted finish that promotes grip. The material itself is interesting. The titanium/ceramic composite is extremely lightweight. It cuts better than titanium alone and is more durable than ceramic alone while retaining the non-ferrous, lightweight properties of both which are desirable for a knife like this. Gearward grinds the tip off very slightly. It still penetrates quite well but the needle like point that would likely break off anyway is gone. Finally, the choice of a wharncliffe blade shape puts the point forward and gives plenty of straight cutting edge to lever through cuts.

Speaking of cuts, this is an aggressive cutter… I mean very aggressive. It cuts like a paring knife! It is wafer thin which helps and comes sharp with a somewhat toothy edge. It bites deeply into soft materials, slicing cleanly thanks to the full height flat grind. Sharpening is a little tricky but not impossible – definitely easier than sharpening all ceramic blades.

I would like to see Gearward make a small, non-metallic sheath available for this knife. I would pay extra for some kind of minimalist blade cover just to have some expanded carry options.

Wrap Up

Gearward went all in on concealment with this knife and it shows. It is purpose built. The design, the material, even the philosophy of use baked in with the included credit card and glue dots speak to the extent to which this knife is to be concealed. This knife is meant to disappear and it does so readily.

HemiSERE on Gearward.com

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TOPS Knives Tundra Trekker

The Tundra Trekker is the newest knife from TOPS Knives and if you love big choppers, you’re going to love this. It has Kukri bloodlines with dose of TOPS style and it is clearly made to wreck whatever you put in front of it.

The Tundra Trekker is a Kukri-esque design that has the blade heavy balance and general shape of a standard kukri with TOPS unique style. It has a robust powder coat finish, comfortable handles, opposing pitch saw teeth, and a forward curved blade all designed to excel in several uses. Anything from chopping wood, to making traps and tent pegs, clearing brush, and whatever else you might decide to throw its way. The open backed Kydex sheath comes equipped with a dangler to make it easy to carry through thick brush and trees. This is a great option for those looking for something in the 9” blade range.

Pick up the Tundra Trekker from a TOPS authorized dealer or directly from TOPS at www.topsknives.com/tundra-trekker

Specs:

Overall Length: 14.25”

Blade Length: 9.0”

Cutting Edge: 9.0”

Blade Thickness: 0.19”

Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58

Blade Finish: Tactical Stone

Handle Material: Green Canvas Micarta

Knife Weight: 16.6oz

Weight w/ Sheath: 23.8oz

Sheath Material: Black Kydex

Sheath Clip: Dangler

Designer: Leo Espinoza

MSRP: $230

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RMJ Tactical Jungle Dagger

RMJ Tactical’s newest knife, the Ryan Johnson designed Jungle Dagger, is now available in a limited pre-production run of 50 knives. It is 11.5″ in overall length with a 6.75″ blade. The double-edged, hollow-ground dagger blade is ground from 80CrV2 steel, coated with tungsten Cerakote, and fitted with sculpted G-10 handle scales. The knife comes with a multi-position kydex sheath.

RMJTactical.com

TOPS Knives Backpacker’s Bowie

TOPS Knives has released their new Backpacker’s Bowie and it scores some major nostalgia points with me. When I was a teen, a good friend of mine had a Jet Pilot Survival Knife that I thought must have been the coolest knife in the world. The blade shape and grind of the new Backpacker’s Bowie bears a strong resemblance to that iconic knife.

When I am backpacking, I want a knife that is stout but not dead weight. The Backpacker’s Bowie weighs in at just over 7 ounces. It is stout enough to help with emergency tasks like wood processing and shelter building. It is also useful in camp with its built in pot lifter notch so you won’t have to wait for an emergency to use it.

From TOPS Knives:

Bowie knives have long been popular among knife enthusiasts. They are versatile in a wide range of uses. Most Bowies are larger knives, however. TOPS set out to make a shorter version that even a backpacker would carry (every ounce counts). The result is a 4” blade that could be the most important piece of kit that goes on the backpacking trip. Aside from the normal uses a knife affords, the notch on the spine is for breaking wire or pulling a pot out of the fire and the swedge can be sharpened upon request. The Backpacker’s Bowie, because you should always carry a knife.

Pick up the Backpacker’s Bowie from a TOPS authorized dealer or directly from TOPS at www.topsknives.com/backpacker-s-bowie

Specs:

Overall Length: 8.25”

Blade Length: 4.5”

Cutting Edge: 4.13”

Blade Thickness: 0.16”

Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58

Blade Finish: Tumble

Handle Material: Green Canvas Micarta

Knife Weight: 7.2oz

Sheath Material: Black Kydex

Sheath Clip: Rotating Spring Steel

Sagewood Gear Pack Strop

The Pack Strop from Sagewood Gear is a compact, double sided strop. As you might guess from the name, this compact strop is designed to be easy to carry in a pack for use in the field. It is about 5.5″ x 1.25″ in overall size and constructed from 1/4″ Walnut oiled wood with 6 oz leather pads.

The Pack Strop is available with bare leather or pre-loaded with black (aggressive) and green (fine) stropping compound.

SagewoodGear.com

TOPS Knives Operator 7

Everything about the new Operator 7 from TOPS Knives is overbuilt. It is ground from .31″ blade stock which is far thicker than most knives. It has double layered micarta slabs on the handle for a hand filling grip and a striking appearance. It is a tank of a knife.

Here’s how TOPS Knives describes it:

Classic American “fighting” knife aesthetics create the basis for the Operator 7. TOPS went big with thick steel and handles to make a hefty, well-balanced knife that will excel as a workhorse tool. Because it is a tool, it’s also got to be comfortable. The rounded handles and hand guard make it a joy to use and the finger choil allows the user to get great precision for finer cuts. The included Kydex sheath with dangler attachment makes it easy to carry on the job site, in the woods, or in whatever scenario you find yourself.

Pick up the Operator 7 from a TOPS authorized dealer or directly from TOPS at www.topsknives.com/operator-7

Specs:

  • Overall Length: 12.5”
  • Blade Length: 7.25”
  • Cutting Edge: 6.50”
  • Blade Thickness: 0.31”
  • Blade Steel: 1075 RC 56-58
  • Blade Finish: Acid Rain
  • Handle Material: Tan Canvas Micarta/Black G10
  • Knife Weight: 18.9oz
  • Weight w/ Sheath: 24.5oz
  • Sheath Material: Black Kydex
  • Sheath Clip: Dangler
  • Designer: Leo Espinoza
  • MSRP: $240

Production CCW Blades from MilMak Industries

Milmak Industries has opened pre-orders for the new production versions of their CCW and CCW-L knives. The production CCW blades are being produced by WE Knife Company to MilMak’s specifications and offer a very affordable option for those looking for a defensive knife for center-line carry.

Both the CCW and CCW-L are ground from 5/32″ S35VN steel and come with a kydex sheath from the factory. They feature sculpted black G10 handle slabs with black handle screws over full tang construction. The CCW is 7″ overall with a 3″ blade while the CCW-L is 8″ overall with a 3.75″ blade.

Check out the production CCW and CCW-L at MilMakAZ.com.

New from TOPS Knives – The Little Bugger

TOPS Knives offers more compact fixed blade knives than just about anyone and they just released their newest, the Matt Graham designed Little Bugger. There are a lot of big features packed into this little knife – ferro rod notch, palm swell micarta grips, thin blade stock, and the list goes on…

Here is what TOPS Knives has to say about the Little Bugger:

The Little Bugger was designed by Matt Graham, who is much more than just a “survivalist”. He is an athlete – ultra marathons, triathlons, rock climbing, etc., a martial artist – several styles, and an expert in primitive weapons, hunting, and shelters. He has more “dirt time” than almost anyone else out there.

The reason he designed the little bugger was to have a sharp, full-tang fixed blade that can be carried when everything else is left behind. Imagine running an ultra-marathon with a backpack full of gear and this starts to make sense. In order to meet that need, he designed the little bugger.

It’s made of 3/32” 1095 steel with thin tan canvas Micarta handles and black liners. The knife weighs in at about 2.4oz. The sheath, also lightweight and minimal weighs les.s than two, giving you a total package of less than 4oz. The narrow j-clip on the sheath is great for wearing this on a belt or on a pack. It can also be worn with most shorts without falling off. The thin, straight blade is complimented with TOPS’ modified Scandi grind, making this knife razor sharp with a proven utility-style blade. This might just be your next EDC.

Check out the Little Bugger at TOPSKnives.com

Overall Length: 5.75”

Blade Length: 2.38”

Cutting Edge: 2.38”

Blade Thickness: 0.09”

Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58

Blade Finish: Tumble

Handle Material: Tan Canvas Micarta

Knife Weight: 2.4oz

Weight w/ Sheath: 3.7oz

Sheath Material: Tan Kydex

Sheath Clip: Injection molded nylon

Designer: Matt Graham

MSRP: $120

Bastion Titan Fixed Blade

Bastion continues to turn out new knife designs. Their latest is an affordable fixed blade knife called the Titan.

The Titan features D2 steel with a black PVD coating. It has black G-10 handle slabs over a full tang. The handle includes an unobtrusive guard, jimping on the spine, and a scallop to allow for a comfortable pinch grip. The knife is 8″ overall with a 3 1/4″, saber ground blade.

So far, this all sounds pretty good for $40… However, the Titan does not come with a sheath so the end user will need to source their own.

Check out the Titan on BastionGear.com.

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