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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.

TOPS Knives El Chete

TOPS previewed a number of new products this year at SHOT Show and their no holds barred chopper, El Chete, was among the most popular. This absolute brute of a knife isn’t for ultralight hikers. El Chete is now available directly from TOPS Knives and their dealers.

From TOPS Knives:

How does TOPS define destruction? El Chete. It has a wicked new blade finish called Acid Rain. The sandwiched Micarta handles fill the hand well and look outstanding too. The sheath is a clever out-the-back design that comes with either a spring steel clip or a leather dangler. On top of the aesthetics, TOPS president Leo Espinoza designed it to demolish wood as a chopper thanks to its heft and thick tang. If you’re in the market for a large knife, you’ve definitely found it.

El Chete at TOPSKnives.com

  • Overall Length: 17.5”
  • Blade Length: 12.0”
  • Cutting Edge: 11.38”
  • Blade Thickness: 0.25”
  • Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
  • Blade Finish: Acid Rain
  • Handle Material: Sandwiched Black Canvas and Green Canvas Micarta
  • Knife Weight: 29.5oz
  • Weight w/ Sheath: 37.5oz
  • Sheath Material: Black Kydex
  • Sheath Clip: Spring Steel or Leather Dangler
  • Designer: Leo Espinoza
  • MSRP: $300

Bayou Custom Sheaths RMJ Tactical Jenny Wren Bit Cover

Bayou Custom Sheath is a full service kydex sheath maker meaning they make sheaths for a ton of different knives and tools. I became aware of them when I was searching for a more compact bit cover for my RMJ Tactical Jenny Wren Tomahawk.

The Jenny Wren, like all RMJ Tactical Tomahawks, comes with their excellent sheath system but I was looking for something a bit more compact since I often carry the Jenny Wren in a pack. Bayou Custom Sheaths had just what I was looking for and even had a TAD Edition Jenny Wren like mine to mold the sheath.

Their bit cover is a simple fold-over design with 3 eyelets to prevent the cutting edge from coming though the sheath. It leaves the hammer pole exposed for use and features a shockcord retention strap to ensure the bit cover stays put even if it is wallowing around in your day pack.

You can check out Bayou Custom Sheaths at their website or get an even better look at their work on Instagram. They mold bit covers for a number of popular tomahawks.

TOPS Knives Tracker Digger

What happens when you cross the venerable Smatchet with the iconic Tracker knife design? Well, you get something that probably looks a lot like TOPS Knives new Tracker Digger.

Those of us who use knives usually take care to ensure the knife stays out of the dirt and rocks where it will inevitably be dulled or even chipped. The Tracker Digger is designed to be plunged into the earth beneath your feet and shrug it off. Feel free to chop a stubborn weed out of your garden, limb a pole close to the ground, or dig a fire pit. It wants to chop, dig, and root around. It might even like it.

Check out the new TOPS Tracker Digger at TOPSKnives.com

Specs:

  • Overall Length: 10.5”
  • Blade Length: 4.75”
  • Cutting Edge: 4.75”
  • Secondary Cutting Edge: 4.75”
  • Blade Thickness: 1/4″
  • Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
  • Blade Finish: Black Traction Coating
  • Handle Material: Black Linen Micarta
  • Knife Weight: 18oz
  • Weight w/ Sheath: 24.5oz
  • Sheath Material: Black Ballistic Nylon
  • Sheath Clip: Molle Backing
  • Designer: TOPS Team

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