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If you're looking for an affordable new EDC knife, don't let the newest releases from CRKT slip under your radar. They’ve teamed up with knife designer Jesper Voxnaes to produce durable knives that look way more impressive than their price tag would suggest. As part of their newest collaboration, the Pilar is a compact EDC folder that’s packed with features and design you’d expect in a much more expensive knife.
His minimal, nordic-inspired designs are both functional and tough. Sandwiched between two stainless steel handles is a 2.4” blade made from 8Cr13MoV steel. The small blade is easy to control, and the unique bevels add both strength and visual appeal. Since the knife is on the smaller side, there’s a generous index finger choil between the blade and handles ensure you can get a secure grip. The Pilar’s blade stays in place with an integrated frame lock system that has an interesting engraved pattern where the steel is thinned out.
Carry options include a two-way pocket clip will accommodate most carry preferences, and a lanyard hole. At just under forty bucks, this EDC folder is sure to be up there with the classics. Check it out and pick one up for yourself via the link below.
"A modern hunting knife with a traditional bowie shape. It’s got a substantial 7″ black powdercoated blade, and a durable composite nylon/fiberglass handle offering a solid and stable grip, embossed with..." (via TheAwesomer)
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Renowned knife maker Jesper Voxnaes teamed up with CKRT to design the original Amicus, a solid knife overall. The thing is, you may find it a little too big and heavy for everyday carry. Thankfully, the newer Amicus Compact comes in at a much more manageable size. It takes all the sturdiness and beefy design features that made the original Amicus great, then scales it down for a more compact carry.
The Amicus Compact isn’t just smaller, it’s lighter too. Instead of two steel handles, one is made of G10. This resin material is much lighter than steel and it's textured for better grip. Your pockets will appreciate the drop in weight too. The Compact comes in at just 3.8oz— just about half the weight of the original. The blade is scaled down from 3.4” to an EDC-friendly 3”. It’s a slightly different shape too, falling somewhere between a tanto and a drop point, ideal for a variety of slicing and piercing tasks. You still get the premium features and attention to detail seen in the larger knife including the framelock, grippy backspacer with lanyard hole, and inset pocket clip.
The CRKT Amicus Compact is a great knife for both fans of Jesper Voxnaes and those looking for a solid, yet budget-friendly blade. You can pick one up at the link below for right around thirty bucks.
This past week, EDC brands you know and love came together to show off their latest and greatest gear at the industry's biggest annual trade show—SHOT Show 2017.
The show is massive, with literally tons of new products on display within the tactical, hunting, and outdoor industries.
We scoped out some of the biggest names in the EDC scene to check out what they're bringing to the table this year.
In this quick post-show recap, we're giving you a sneak peek at some of our favorite new knives, lights, and other EDC gear we saw that should definitely be on your radar.
While you could spend time and money chasing the latest and greatest blade steel, sometimes all it takes is a new angle to make your cutting tasks easier. An efficient angle and larger blade make the 'kukri' an excellent knife design, but it's those same features that make it a little hard to carry. With design help from custom knifemaker Lucas Burnley, CRKT put forth their take on a kukri knife in a convenient folding form factor with the Buku.
The Buku delivers on the main draw of a kukri knife: a uniquely angled blade. Having the blade at that angle allows you to make short work of your everyday cutting and chopping tasks. The deep curve on the blade also gives it the usable cutting length of a longer knife while keeping a compact profile at just 3.75" of actual blade length. Finally, its 8Cr13MoV stainless steel ensures the blade retains an edge well and can be easily maintained.
At 7.7 ounces, this is a hefty knife, but its deep pocket clip makes for a more manageable EDC. When it's time to put it to work, the large thumb slot in the knife lets you open with one hand, even if you're wearing gloves. Once deployed, the blade secures thanks to a solid stainless steel framelock.
With such a strong design pedigree, you'd expect a mini folding kukri to run you a pretty penny, but you'd be surprised. The Buku is available at an accessible price point at the Amazon link below.
The “holy grail”—it's the elusive, be-all and end-all item at the top of your wishlist that's just outside the realm of obtainable. As EDCers, we've all got that one knife we aspire to own. And more often than not, it's custom made, bordering on “if money wasn’t an option” territory.
You've seen every picture of that knife on Instagram pining for it, you've read every review, and you've even re-calculated your budget over and over again. And after all that, you still can't see yourself dropping two grand on a knife.
But don't worry, there is hope. More and more custom knife makers are teaming up with manufacturers you know and trust to bring their designs much more within reach in the form of collaboration production knives.
We've rounded up our favorite (relatively) affordable grails from 2016 in this guide. With any of these picks, you’re getting as close to all the design, functionality, and looks of a custom, on a blade you can use without worrying about its cost.
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