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Our Favorite New Knives from Benchmade for 2021

Our Favorite New Knives from Benchmade for 2021

Few names are as synonymous with EDC as Benchmade. They’ve made some of the most iconic and most-carried knives on the market, and every year they come out with refreshed old favorites, practical new models, and collectible additions to their catalog. This year is no different as they hit the ground running for 2021, and we’ve picked out some of our favorites from the release below. Read on to check out Benchmade’s solid new options for your next everyday carry knife.

533BK-2 Mini Bugout Blackout

As the smaller sibling to the massively popular Bugout, the Mini Bugout is one of the most sought-after and talked about everyday carry knives released in the past few years, now available in arguably its most desirable colorway: a full blackout treatment. And with its mix of great ergonomics, solid performance, and ultra light weight, it’s likely to see a place in even more pockets in the year ahead. Its standout feature is the premium 2.75" CPM-S30V stainless steel blade, held in place with Benchmade’s signature AXIS lock and deployed via the traditional thumbstud mechanism. The CF-Elite handles offer the user plenty of grip during even hard use, but it also complements the barely-there weight quality of the knife itself, which weighs in at a meager 1.5 ounces in total. And with its reversible tip-up deep carry pocket clip, it’s not just small and lightweight: it disappears into your pockets when you’re through.

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535-3 Carbon Fiber Bugout / 535BK-4 Aluminum Bugout

While the Mini Bugout Blackout may become the more popular and affordable option, there’s no denying that the original Bugout is still a heavyweight when it comes to EDC. It struck a perfect balance of size, performance, and features for the price, so it’s no surprise that it’s an enduring model for the brand to riff on in new styles and materials. Two new models for the year offer some premium iterations of the Bugout. The 535-3 Carbon Fiber features a top tier CPM-S90V satin blade paired with a carbon fiber handle with blue accents, and the 535BK-4 flips the colors and changes up the materials, opting for an elite and blacked-out M390 steel paired with a lightweight aluminum handle and red accents. For both models you get the same versatile 3“ drop point cutting edge paired with a comfortable handle design, with an reversible deep-carry clip, dual thumb studs, and a lanyard built into the backspacer/handle for the ultimate in carry versatility.

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945 Mini Osborne

Last but not least is the Mini Osborne, a compact re-imagining of the original and crazy popular 940 Osborne, down to the satin blade and iconic green handles. The Mini Osborne features a smaller 2.92" blade, brought down from the original knife’s 3.4" length. It keeps the unique flat-ground reverse tanto blade shape of the original however, including the top swedge that makes it easy to stick this knife in thin spaces and the curve at the tip that makes for excellent detail slicing when the task calls for it. Its CPM-S30V stainless steel blade composition means it can achieve and retain a sharp edge for longer, and you should be able to use this knife for utility tasks without having to worry about it getting dull quickly. Like the original, the 945 comes with aluminum handles, but the smaller size means the knife weighs in at a meager 2 ounces. You get the same black hardware and reversible pocket clip as the original, with an added twist—vibrant pink spacers give the 945’s interior a nice color pop and distinction.

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Trending: Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight

Trending: Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight

At just 2.4 oz weight in total, the Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight truly lives up to its name as it steadily climbs our trending charts. And with a premium BD1N stainless steel blade featuring a full-flat grind and Spyderco’s trademark leaf-shaped design, it’s ready to take on any EDC task you bring to the table. The compression lock at the spine is built sturdier than their regular liner and lockback mechanisms as well, making this agile knife ready to take on heavy duty use when it’s required. And don’t just take our word for it: the Para 3 Lightweight won "Most Innovative American Design" at Blade Show 2019, and it features in many EDCer’s pocket dumps as a result.

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First Look: New 5.11 Gear for 2021

Normally around this time of year, we EDCers would have our eyes glued to news from SHOT Show to scope out the latest and greatest gear right as it’s announced. But times have changed and just as 2021 isn’t quite back to normal, neither are the product release schedules for many EDC manufacturers. That’s why our friends at 5.11 teamed up with us to give you all a virtual Day 1 preview of their 2021 product lineup to look forward to this year.

This year, 5.11 is updating their venerable RUSH line of mission-ready backpacks with their new RUSH 2.0 series. A couple of quality of life improvements have been made to these bags to make them a great option if you’re looking for a hard-use bag for everyday carry. It starts with the RUSH12 2.0, with a carry capacity of 24 liters and a design that makes it well-suited for daybag use. It has enough space for your commute essentials, but with its 16 pockets and PALS webbing it can be easily extended further to suit your needs. That’s followed by the medium-sized RUSH24 2.0, with a carry capacity of 37 liters. The RUSH24 2.0 is best suited for overnight adventures away from home, whether that’s for travel or extended work trips. Both the RUSH12 2.0 and the RUSH24 2.0 have been given a new CCW compartment and a padded laptop sleeve for more versatility. Both models have had the size of the quick-access sunglass holder enlarged to be more useful, and the hydration tube ports have been moved to the rear to better mesh with your overall ensemble when you’re on the go. Rounding out the RUSH2.0 series is the RUSH72 2.0, boasting a generous 55 liters capacity that makes it the perfect bag for extended duty and deployment stints as well as for long-term travel and hiking use too. The contoured yoke makes it easier to carry around substantial loads with this bag, and its immense customization options with MOLLE compatibility make it a one-bag wonder.

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The new 5.11 Ridge Pant has a slimmer, more low-profile cut compared to most other tactical pants on the market, helping you blend in with the crowd when you’re out and about. It’s made to be comfortable too, with a polyester cotton blend with elastane that’s offers a bit of stretch during more strenuous activity. It’s also built with security in mind, with a hidden cuff key pocket and hidden pockets that allow you to stash important essentials in places where pickpockets might not think you would have valuables.

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The Norris sneaker has been updated with three new colors: Desert Multicam, Grey, and Coyote. The same great quality design remains the same, giving you the looks of a casual high-top sneaker that doesn’t look overly tactical despite its serious durability and ASTM certification against puncture resistance for safety. The Vibram Marbani outsole features XS Trek technology making it much more grippy and resistant against slipping on wet surfaces when compared to the standard fashion sneaker, and the Ortholite footbed makes them a comfortable choice for all-day wear too.

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BOLDR Supply Co. Venture Chaigo Watch

BOLDR Supply Co. Venture Chaigo Watch

"A limited-edition titanium version of Boldr Supply Co.’s Venture watch, created with graffiti artist Kenji Chai. The watch features a dial designed by the artist, a matching titanium link band, and comes with a custom NATO strap also designed by Kenji. Also inside the box: an action figure of his alter ego Chaigo, and a..." (via The Awesomer)

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Victorinox Alox Limited Edition 2021

Victorinox Alox Limited Edition 2021

For decades, Swiss Army Knives (SAKs) have offered some of the best value and performance as an everyday carry multi-tool. They come in all tool configurations, sizes, and colors, with their popular Alox line offering essential tools while taking up minimal space. If you’re looking to pick up an Alox SAK of your own, Victorinox puts out a limited edition version of their flagship models every year, and this year’s Tiger Orange colorway is a bold addition to any collection. With striking scales and timeless utility, the Classic, Pioneer X, and Hunter Pro continue to be staple tools for any EDC.

The Classic Alox boils down the SAK experience to key essentials: a sharp Sandvik knife, nail file, flathead screwdriver, and spring-loaded scissors, all in a compact 2.3" frame that fits right on your keys with the included split ring. As a member of the Alox line this Classic comes with durable, yet lightweight embossed aluminum scales with anodic oxidation that are highly resistant against wear and corrosion. The textured surface also offers better grip than the standard Cellidor scales. The Tiger Orange color is unique for 2021, and they add a bit of flair and collectibility to the versatile tool.

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While the Cadet Alox will be missed for this year’s colorful iteration, the next best (if not better) model takes its place to wear the Tiger Orange scales. The Pioneer X is unique and popular among its 93mm models due to the presence of the ever-useful pair of scissors, while still carrying a full complement of eight other functions. Your bases are covered thanks to  a large blade, two screwdrivers and openers, and a reamer among others, while still keeping the weight down to a compact and EDC-friendly 3.3 ounces.

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The Hunter Pro Alox is not to be confused with its smaller cousins in the Victorinox lineup. It’s designed for the outdoors, which means that the use case for the Hunter Pro is more than opening packages in the office. When the cutting jobs get tougher, the knife needs to be up to the task, which is why this comes with 3.75” drop-point blade and a matching 5.375” handle for maximum comfort while slicing. The ribbed Tiger Orange Alox scales also help with grip so every cut is taken with confidence. The lockback mechanism also keeps the blade securely in place when you don’t need it. A clip and paracord lanyard rounds out its features, and offers you multiple options for carry and retrieval.

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Clip & Carry Swiss LinQ Keychain Case

Few tools offer the sheer value and capability per square inch that a 58mm Swiss Army Knife does. For something small enough to sit on your keychain, you get an entire EDC’s worth of functionality, from tweezers to blades to scissors to so much more. But the tool does have its drawbacks. By dangling freely on your keychain it’s prone to making noise or get damaged by its proximity to your keys. And worse, it’s harder to use the tool itself with the rest of the keychain in the way of your task. Clip & Carry’s Swiss LinQ is a simple solution to all these problems. By offering a secure way to stash and deploy a Swiss Army Knife, it brings the tool to its full potential for EDC.

The efficiency of the Swiss LinQ is in its simplicity. Instead of hooking up your multi-tool onto your keychain, the Swiss LinQ instead allows you to dock the tool into its ABS and PC plastic shell. By taking the place of the SAK on your keychain, it protects it from damage and jangle, while at the same time giving you quick access when you need to deal with a task. When duty calls, you can detach the tool itself without the burden of the rest of your keys.

Its durable construction lets the Swiss LinQ withstand the rigors of daily use, and retains its shape even after extended use. It measures 76mm tall by 11.5mm wide, making it compatible with the Victorinox Classic SD, Jetsetter, and Rally 58mm models. It weighs 0.025 oz and is designed to to fit your multi-tool like a glove, saving your keychain from any extra bulk.

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Trending: CRKT Minimalist

Trending: CRKT Minimalist

This week’s trending knife features a versatile favorite with a great balance of form and function. Custom maker Alan Folts had in his mind to help people learn about knives as tools, and created the CRKT Minimalist with utility in the forefront. Designed with ergonomics in mind, the Minimalist is a full tang 5Cr13Mov knife that comes in a variety of blade shapes for every occasion, all of which come at an average of 2” in length. Sheathed in Zytel, it works well as a neck knife or in the pocket alike. The handle is contoured to afford a secure 3-finger grip, and a lanyard helps with added purchase for larger hands. Jimping along the thumb ramp and linen Micarta scales finish off the package. A compact blade that fits in the hand like nothing else, its popularity for EDC comes to no surprise. Check it out at the link below.

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