Knives of SHOT
Knives of SHOT
Gerber, who had a tattoo parlor in their booth, wasn’t the only knife company pushing the envelope this year at SHOT Show 2019. The SHOT Show is known for the shooting sports, but these knife companies made waves and big introductions.
The newest Provoke karambit self-defense knife utilizes “kinematic technology,” which makes up its folding system. The Provoke opens with a nudge to the upper crossbar with the thumb. When I first held the Provoke, I noticed its ease of deployment, which is a massive benefit when selecting a self-defense knife. If you plan on carrying the Provoke, you’ll need plenty of practice for it to be effective. SHOP NOW
Have I been in the dark over the last few years? There has been a movement amongst the younger crowd for everyday-use knives. They’re collectively moving toward cleaver-style blades. When I think of a cleaver-style blade, I think of a barber’s razor. The Gerber FlatIron is built for utility in a folding application. The FlatIron features a 3.6-inch blade and a frame lock design. If you are looking for a utility knife that all the cool kids are carrying, this is it. SHOP NOW
The DoubleStar booth is always buzzing. They continue to produce useful and durable blades. Their newest offering is the Brimstone, which is a Mike Vellekamp design. It features a milled black G-10 handle and black coated D2 steel design. The texture on the Brimstone is going to be welcomed when conditions worsen. Plus, it comes with a great price. SHOP NOW
Immediately, the Spyderco Efficient looks very similar to many blade offerings from Spyderco. However, the price tag jumps off the page…ONLY $40. This is cheap enough to own multiple. The Efficient features a full-flat ground drop point blade made from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. So, what does that mean? It means the user doesn’t need to worry about durability. SHOP NOW
Magpul isn’t the first name you think of when discussing knives. The new Magpul Rigger isn’t available yet but when ththis onerops, knife guys better act fast. The Rigger will be offered in a series of short, serialized production runs. The modified Wharncliffe blade is forged from Crucible Particle Metallurgy (CPM) S35VN stainless steel, considered to be one of the finest blade steels in the world and one of the first designed specifically for knife blades. SHOP NOW
Most folks glance over the knives of the SHOT show, but there is an uptick in designs in the blade category. Manufacturers are creating better knives and using better materials. Plus, these guys are listening to knife users more than ever. ~ KJ
Kevin Jarnagin (KJ) hails from Oklahoma but quickly established Louisiana roots after joining the Gun Talk team. KJ grew up as a big game hunter and knows his way around a bass boat. Whether it’s making his way to British Columbia for elk or training with pistols, Jarnagin always seems to find a gun in his hands and adventure on his mind.
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