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Big Changes at Survive! Knives

Survive! Knives has been hinting toward big changes for a while now and their upcoming SK series of knives hasn’t exactly been a secret though details were sparse. That all changed yesterday when Survive! rolled out new details on the future of the SK and GSO series.

The Survive! GSO series of knives have been in high demand and that is an understatement. The demand has easily outstripped the pace at which the semi-custom line can be produced and the knives are back ordered out more than a year in most cases. Enter the SK series. The SK series of knives will be more of a high end production line. Millit Knives will be handling the production grinding for all of the SURVIVE! knives. The SK Series blades will be completed at Precision Plus. The hope is that the SK series would be able to be kept in stock to meet the demand of most users and the GSO series can continue to be Survive! Knives’ more hand finished line.

The SK series consists initially of 3 different models: SK 3.5, SK 6, and SK 12. Pre-orders are already open on the SK 6 and SK 12. You can read details on all the SK models on their product page: SK product page at SurviveKnives.com

You can read what Survive! Knives has to say about the transition on their blog and view the video below for more details.

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Hard Point Equipment Releases Manticuda Trainer

Hard Point Equipment is now offering training drones for their Manicuda knives. These trainers are machined from steel to replicate the full weight of the Manticuda and are designed to fit your existing Manticuda sheath.

Check out FistKnife.com for more details.

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RMJ Tactical’s First Sword!

If you are headed to Blade Show, make sure you stop by the RMJ Tactical booth to feast your eyes on their first sword – the Wyvern. It will be one of several new items that RMJ Tactical is exhibiting at the show.

Specs:

Steel: CPM-3V
Heat Treat: Cryo HRC 58-60
Weight: Sword – 20.8oz.
Sword and scabbard – 33oz.
Length: Overall – 21.2″
Blade – 14.25″
Thickness: Oversized 3/16″
Scabbard: Leather
Carry options: MOLLE & belt

RMJTactical.com

Emerson Knives to Debut Balisongs at Blade Show 2017

Blade Show 2017 is already stacking up to be a great one with several high profile new releases. The upcoming Emerson Knives Balisongs stand tall among those hotly anticipated new knives. They gave the first sneak peek at their one of their Blade Show Attention Grabbers today in the form of this single image…

Details are sparse, of course, but these look like everything you would expect from Emerson with their textured black G-10 scales and sloping thumb ramp with jimping and Wave Opener.

TOPS Knives Frog Market Special XL – Now Shipping

When you think TOPS Knives, you probably don’t think of kitchen knives but you probably should. Their Frog Market Special (FMS) has been in their line up for years and it is right at home in the kitchen. Now, the FMS has a big brother – the Frog Market Special XL.

From TOPS Knives:

The highly anticipated release of the Frog Market Special XL is here. It has all of the aesthetics and function of the original in a larger package. Many users out there have this knife in their kitchen, camp kit, and some have even carried the FMS as an EDC knife. The longer blade and handle, and the slightly thicker steel give the XL an advantage in certain food prep tasks. “The Frog Market special and XL are both great knives. Almost every TOPS employee has the original in their kitchen and the XL will quickly follow suit,” said Craig Powell, General Manager of TOPS Knives. The Frog Market Special XL can be purchased by itself or as a combo with the smaller Frog Market Special.

Specs:

Overall Length: 12.75”

Blade Length: 7.5”

Cutting Edge: 7.5”

Blade Thickness: 0.09”

Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58

Blade Finish: Black River Wash

Handle Material: Green Canvas Micarta

Knife Weight: 9.4oz

Weight w/ Sheath: 13.3oz

Sheath Material: Black Kydex

Sheath Clip: Rotating Spring Steel

Designer: Steven Dick

MSRP: $200

TOPSKnives.com

BFE Labs SOCP Sheath Concept

The Benchmade SOCP knife is designed around a strong, secure grip concept which makes it especially ironic that most sheaths available for it cover the grip all the way up to the index finger ring. BFE Labs is playing with a sheath concept that covers only blade, allowing the user to establish a full grip before the knife even clears kydex.

The prototype sheath is shown attached to PALS webbing but the concept could likely be adapted to belt carry. It could work especially well with a static line as well.

If you have an SOCP and would like to see this concept come into production, sound off in the comment section.

Clever Kydex Retention Strap Concept from PYRENEES.TAC

French kydex bender, PYRENEES.TAC, is doing some very interesting things with kydex knife sheaths including this clever retention strap.

The shock cord strap wraps over the guard of the knife to act as a secondary retention aid. The sheath has a small stud that the strap hooks onto via a pull-tab that is molded to fit the stud. This is a very clever way to use standard, pre-existing hardware to create something new.

You can check out PYRENEES.TAC on their Facebook page.

Sneak Peek: Updated RMJ Tactical Shrike

When you picture an RMJ Tactical tomahawk in your mind, there is a good chance you picture the Shrike with its distinctive, drop forged construction. We reported months ago that the Shrike was going to see some changes and would be machined from billet rather than drop forged.

RMJ recently released a first look at the new machined Shrike (below). Everything that made the Shrike great is still intact. The thin tanto spike that easily fits inside the hasp of many padlocks is still there. The wicked sharpened beard is still in place. It also looks like RMJ used lightening cuts similar to other machined tomahawks in their line to preserve the Shrike’s balance.

RMJTactical.com

Sneak Peek: Hard Point Equipment/Max Venom Product Group Collaboration Knife

Max Venom Product Group and Hard Point Equipment will be collaborating on a new knife design. The knife will feature many of the same design and manufacturing processes utilized in Hard Point Equipment’s Manticuda Knife. The image below represents one of the first steps in the process. It will eventually be translated into a 3D model which can then be used to code for machining.

This knife is recognizable as a Max Venom design from across the room. It’s straight lines and slightly dropped/offset blade echo their previous designs like the Dimachaerus. This will be one to watch.

TOPS Knives – Amazon Rain Forest Proving Grounds

TOPS Knives may not send every prototype to the Amazon rain forest for testing but they do send more than a few. Joe Flowers, who has designed a number of knives for TOPS, also happens to run a venture called Bushcraft Global – a survival/bushcraft training business that gives students the opportunity to train along side locals in the Amazon rain forest. TOPS Knives has been closely aligned with Bushcraft Global and that partnership has produced opportunities for real world testing of prototype products.

If you have ever wondered what kind of testing TOPS does before bringing a knife to market, this video about TOPS Knives Yacare prototype can give you a taste.

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