Today is the last day of the Shot Show in Las Vegas and the knife industry was well represented it sounds like! You can always count on some exciting new products coming out of that show whether its new knives, guns or hunting socks! A quick look at the web page for Knife News was pretty interesting seeing a few new products related to the knife industry. I haven’t had time to go through all of the offerings, but here’s a link you might like to check out. knife News
The have a ton of videos on the site with coverage of a lot of new releases. At first glance it appears that most are tacticals with a few traditional folders and of course, the bushcraft hunting knives as well. I like the videos because most are under a minute and give you a quick overview of the knife without a 10 minute sales pitch and 2 minutes of photos of the box from all different angles. If it’s something that looks interesting, I can make notes and do more research later. The point is, if your into sharp things, there’s bound to be something that catches your eye!
It’s really interesting how so many of the folding knives are taking on what I call a European flair. Let’s face it, there are a lot of knives coming in from overseas and the origins are reflected in the styles. Some I like the looks of and others, not so much. So much of it comes down to the blade steels and how it actually feels in the hand. Many of them seem to have a very slim profile which is great if you have a smaller hand or want a knife that will disappear in your pocket. Too often when it comes to using them they don’t feel comfortable.
A surprise arrived this morning in a box of Blackjack Knives I hadn’t anticipated seeing until next week.
As promised, I’ll get a few of these listed in the store hopefully yet today. In the meantime, I refer anyone interested to a recent post where I spent a little time explaining what I liked about the Blackjack line. In all honesty I haven’t spent a lot of time actually using one in the field and that’s going to change.
I like using the bigger knives like my trusty Fallkniven A1, That knife is a handful, capable of most any serious work including splitting firewood.
But I’m drawn to trying one of the Model 125 Blackjacks for a ‘medium’ sized work knife.
The Blackjack 125 maintains that long handle I like plus the mid portion of the handle features a hand filling ‘swell’ that really feels good. The long guard on the Blackjack combined with the long ricasso should really make for a ‘safe’ knife on detail work. Another element I like about the Blackjack is the relatively rapid thinning of the blade as you move towards the tip.
One of the dislikes I have of my A1 is the blade is quite thick it’s entire length. While that’s not really a criticism, it means that thin slicing isn’t a strong point for that type of blade. That thick blade is meant to split, not slice.
And I guess that’s why we need more than one knife, right? At any rate, I plan on spending some time using one of the Blackjacks and really get a feel for it. Always like a challenge!
Some of you have noticed I’ve been adding a few older GEC’s to the storefront this week. I had a small collection come my way and there are/were a few real gems in the mix. There will be a few more next week. Always fun to get an opportunity to pick up a collection when I can.
A final note is I see the first of the GEC #56’s has shown up on their website. Based on that, I’d anticipate we’ll see the first of them start to come through next week.