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Carbon Tactics Ti Slice

Carbon Tactics is a crowdfunding veteran at this point. They have already successfully funded 9 projects including a number of belts. Their latest project, their tenth, is a slick EDC utility knife called the Ti Slice.

The Ti Slice is a compact utility knife that is made from premium materials and with a smart, minimalist design. It has just three parts including the disposable utility blade. The body of the Ti Slice is machined from a single billet of titanium and the blade holder is machined from bronze. The blade holder simply slides inside the Ti housing and locks into place with either the blade exposed or completely contained. There isn’t a single screw or bearing in the design.

The titanium housing and Carbon Tactics’ in house production capabilities leads to variety of available machining and finishing options. The Ti Slice is available anodized in variety of colors and with a number of machined patterns. If they reach their $20K stretch goal, they will also offer multi-color anodizing.

The Ti Slice is barely longer and taller than the utility blade itself so pocket carry should be easy. It has a lanyard hole that can be used to attach it to a split ring for key chain carry or to further customize the Ti Slice with a lanyard.

Check out the Ti Slice on Kicktarter.

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Bastion Braza Bro

Bastion’s Braza folder has been one of their most successful designs to date. So much so, that they have created a much smaller, even more EDC friendly version called the Braza Bro.

The Braza Bro has all the sleek curves of its big brother but it is barely larger than a house key when folded. In spite of its small size, Bastion still managed to shoe horn in a ton of features that set this apart from most keychain knives. It is deployed via a flipper and the 2.12″ D2 steel blade rides on a ceramic ball bearing pivot. The Brazo Bro is held together with stainless steel Torx fasteners. It can be carried on a key chain via the included lanyard hole or in your pocket with the stainless steel pocket clip.

There just aren’t many knives this size with these kinds of features. Check out the Brazo Bro on Kickstarter.

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Mossy Forge Tomahawks

Mossy Forge is a blacksmith that hand forges a variety of different tomahawks with some interesting shared features. Their tomahawks are often forged from reclaimed materials like 5160 leaf springs or quality vintage metal tools. Their designs also tend to have deep relief cutout behind the beard of the tomahawk (the lower part of the cutting edge) that lightens the tomahawk and allows the user to choke up for controlled cuts or carving.

They are probably best known for their Viking Axe (previously known as the Goshawk). This is a hammer poll tomahawk with a curved cutting bit. It is has a distinctive, deep beard that allows the user to grip high on the haft, behind the cutting edge. The Viking Axe features a lugged head that gives it more surface area to engage the haft. It available with a number of different haft lengths, wraps, and sheath options as are many of Mossy Forge’s tomahawks.

You can check out Mossy Forge on Etsy.

ESEE HM Series Kydex Sheaths

The HM series of knives from ESEE are similar to their staples like the ESEE3, 4, and 6 but with modified handles that allow greater control while using the knives. Previously, these knives were available only with leather pouch sheaths but ESEE has now introduced a kydex sheath option.

The new HM series kydex sheaths are currently available with the HM series knives. They may be available for purchase separately at a later date.

ESEEKnives.com

Izula Sheath Upgrades from Sagewood Gear

Sagewood Gear just rolled out two new sheath upgrades for the popular ESEE Izula. The Izula comes with a molded plastic sheath that is functional and durable but has limited options for attaching it to your belt. The new Vertical Carry Belt Loop and Scout Straps work with this original sheath so you don’t have to replace it altogether.

The Izula Vertical Carry Belt Loop is designed to attach to the hard plastic Izula sheath and provide a more comfortable ride on your belt by dropping the sheath below the belt line. It is constructed from 9oz Wickett & Craig leather. It attaches to the sheath via included Chicago screws and features a fold-over, dropped belt loop with 24 DOT Mil Spec Button Fasteners.

The Izula Scout Straps attach to the Izula’s original plastic sheath and allow it to be carried horizontally on the belt – AKA Scout Carry. Scout carry often places the knife’s handle very close to the belt so Sagewood Gear has thoughtfully included spacers in the design that make the handle easier to grasp. These straps is also constructed from 9oz Wickett & Craig leather and features the same 24 DOT Mil Spec Button Fasteners.

New from Attleboro Knives – The Berlin Strike Folder

The new Berlin Strike Folder from Attleboro Knives is exactly the type of EDC knife you would expect from them. It is sleek and made from premium materials but it is also stout. The influence of the Attleboro Knife fixed blade is clear in the design of this folder.

The Berlin Strike’s blade is 3.5″ from tip to scale, has an all-around useful drop point shape, and is hollow ground. The scales are black carbon fiber over a titanium frame with a frame lock. The clip can be switch for left or right side, tip up carry.

 

  • Overall Length – 8 ¼ in
  • Folded length – 4 ¾ in
  • Blade Length – 3 ½ in
  • Width – 1 ¼ in
  • Blade – D2 steel, hollow grind
  • Titanium Frame
  • Black Carbon Fiber Scale
  • Ambidextrous Clip w/ added Torx TM T6 wrench
  • Frame Locking Mechanism
  • Flipper Opening Mechanism
  • Functional Jimping on the blade and finger notch

Check out the Berlin Strike at AttleboroKnives.com

 

Sneak Peek: Bastion PERSWAYDER

Bastion’s line of premium folding knives will grow by one very soon. The new PERSWAYDER, named for its PERsian inspired blade with plenty of SWAY, will be available to pre-order very soon. This knife sports a Ti handle and clip along with a blade ground from M390.

The PERSWAYDER will be produced once, numbered, and when they are gone… They’re gone. Look for more details soon.

BastionGear.com

Think Carbon Fiber Knives Will Pass a Metal Detector? Not So Fast!

Carbon Fiber has long been a popular choice for knifemakers who create cutting tools for non-permissive environments. It is strong and has increased cutting ability when ground to a thin edge versus other non-metallic materials like G-10 or Micarta. However, recent testing on the part of Special Circumstances and BFE Labs has shown that carbon fiber can in fact be detected.

If these sort of topics are germane to your interests, I highly suggest you read more about the testing and its implications at BFE Labs: Failure of Carbon Fiber Knives to Pass Metal Detector Screening

 

New from TOPS Knives: Mini Scandi Folder 4.0 and El Chappo

TOPS Knives just rolled out two new knives – the Mini Scandi Folder 4.0 and the El Chappo Cleaver.

Mini Scandi Folder 4.0

The Mini Scandi Folder 4.0 is a folding version of the popular Mini Scandi Knife: Mini Scandi Folder 4.0 at TOPSKnives.com

When you have a knife that is as popular and useful as the Mini Scandi Knife, other versions of it are bound to make sense too. That’s the reason the Scandi Trekker exists, and now it’s also the reason for the Mini Scandi Folder or MSF 4.0.

The MSF is a flipper style folder (non-assisted) that boasts a full Scandi grind that is great for slicing and perfect for EDC. The blade steel is N690Co, which is a very stain resistant steel that holds an edge well and is fairly easy to resharpen when needed. The frames are also stainless steel with tan canvas Micarta handle scales for a smooth, comfortable grip. Ball bearing washers on the pivot point ensure a smooth action opening and closing, and it has a reversible pocket clip for all you lefty’s out there. For a great EDC with a touch of class, check out the new Mini Scandi Folder.

Note: The MSF is a collaboration piece. It was designed by Leo Espinoza, but TOPS has teamed up with Maserin Knives to have the MSF made in Italy.

Overall Length 7.38″
Blade Length 3.25″
Cutting Edge 3.13″
Closed Length 4.25
Blade Thickness 0.120″
Blade Steel N690Co / Cobalt Vanadium
Blade Finish Tumble Finish
Handle Material Tan Canvas Micarta
Knife Weight 3.5oz
Designer Leo Espinoza

El Chappo

El Chappo chops in the kitchen. El Chappo chops in the woods. El Chappo doesn’t care where it chops… It just chops: El Chappo at TOPSKnives.com

Leo Espinoza, TOPS’ President, has played with a few cleaver designs in the past and decided that with the success of the FMS knives and since TOPS is debuting a chef’s knife this year, it was time to make El Chappo happen.

While this cleaver can be used for heavier veggie chopping tasks, it’s primarily made to cut meat. With a blade length of 6” and a thickness of 3/16”, this cleaver has the weight and capability to help you take care of whatever meat processing you may encounter. It’s made of 1095 high carbon steel and has TOPS’ new Acid Rain finish. It comes with a Kydex Blade cover that is held in place with an elastic shock cord.

El Chappo is a cleaver that is as useful in the kitchen as it is in the field. So whether you are in the kitchen making dinner or in the hunting camp processing your latest harvest, El Chappo might be exactly what you need.

Overall Length 11.00″
Blade Length 6.00″
Cutting Edge 5.88″
Blade Thickness 0.190″
Blade Steel 1095 RC 56-58
Blade Finish Acid Rain
Handle Material Black Canvas Micarta
Knife Weight 15.9oz
Weight w/ Sheath 16.6oz
Sheath Included Yes
Sheath Material Black Kydex
Designer Leo Espinoza

The Wait is Over: TOPS Knives Fieldcraft Folder

The TOPS Knives Fieldcraft Folder might be one of the most important knives TOPS Knives has ever produced. It is modeled after their best selling fixed blade, it has been teased for years and hotly anticipated for just as long, and it is the first folding knife they they are producing in house. It had to be just right before they let it out the door.

From TOPS Knives:

The Fieldcraft by Brothers of Bushcraft fixed blade knife has been a #1 selling knife for TOPS since it was released and it continues to be a top seller even a few years later. Its ergonomics, modified Scandi grind, and heft have made sure that it finds its way into bug-out-bags, daily carry, and camp kits for guys all around the world. There have even been a few used in military trainings and overseas.

The folding version promises to be every bit as popular for the same reasons. While it’s larger than many folders out there right now, it carries well with a reversible tip up pocket clip. We know you’ll appreciate a blade longer than 4” in a lot of cases. The blade is made from 1095 high carbon steel. The handles are tan canvas Micarta on top of stainless steel liners. It has nearly all of the usefulness of the fixed blade, now in a folding version.

This knife is a bit of a throwback… thoroughly modern, but still a throwback. Their aren’t many modern folding knives that feature carbon steel any more (which is a shame) and check out that leather pouch sheath! How cool is that?

You can check out the new TOPS Knives Fieldcraft Folder at TOPSKnives.com.

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