New from the Benchmade Gold Class is the Pardue-designed 525-81 Mini-Presidio. The 2.97-inch Hakkapella Damasteel blade is at the top of the eye-popping chart. Other aesthetical features include jeweled liners, hand-polished and heat-colored bronze hardware, clip, barrel spacers plus hand-finished carbon fiber handles. Specs include: drop-point blade with ambidextrous thumb studs, reversible steel carry clip, 3.7-oz. weight, overall open length of 7.12” and a closed length of 4.15”. Each Mini-Presidio comes in a custom presentation box. MSRP is $500. For more information visit www.benchmade.com.
GREAT AMERICAN SNAP-ONS
Snap-On tools in collaboration with Great American Tool Company (GATCO) now has a line of blades and sharpeners they can call their very own. Twelve new models along with a number of specialty knives and sharpeners are available now through Snap-On dealers like ACE Hardware, Bass Pro Shops, Costco and more. One of the first items to hit the shelves is the Model 5400 Combo. The combo includes a 5230 Folding Framelock with a 2.25” 440 stainless blade and the Model 5120 Carbide Sharpener that sports two tungsten sharpening elements attached to an ABS body with an easy-to-grip Kraton handle. All blades and sharpeners in the line offer high-quality construction, yet are tagged with prices that work for the budget-conscious do-it-yourselfer or tradesman. Also on the Snap-On/GATCO fall 2009 horizon are hatchets, skinners and folders for outdoorsmen. All items feature a limited lifetime warranty. For more information visit www.snapon.com.
TRIPLE EIGHT PRO S.O.L
The 440 stainless steel 1.25-inch blade of the Triple Eight Professional S.O.L. was designed by Master Knifesmith, Kirk Rexroat. The futuristic-looking knife features a convenient pocket clip and an aggressive double-edged blade. The S.O.L.’s patent pending T8P technology delivers outstanding lateral strength and compact dimensions. Other specs include: T8P Spinner action, closed length of 3”, open length 4.25”, 1.9-oz. weight, key ring/lanyard ring for pocket or neck carry, and MSRP is $49.95. For more visit www.888professional.com.
BALI-SONG FOR COMPUTER USERS
Here’s a Bali-Song that’s legal in all 50 states! OK, so it doesn’t cut so to speak, but it does carry, store and transport computer files like nobody’s business! The new Bali-USB Drive is a fully functioning 2GB USB flash drive that swings, flips and makes it easy to carry your important files anywhere. The handy device is made of three pieces of injection-molded plastic that hinge open or shut to protect the connector module. Data gets transferred at a fast 480Mbps speed. Each Bali-USB comes pre-loaded with Benchmade computer wallpaper! MSRP is $60. For more information visit www.benchmade.com.
Pronto! Now that’s fast and easy. The new Chef’sChoice Pronto Manual Diamond Hone Sharpener 464 is being touted as the fastest manual sharpener on the market. TK editor Steven Dick put it through the paces and found the Pronto created an extremely sharp and long-lasting edge with tons of bite. With help from CC’s Criss-Cross technology, this two-stage sharpener features 100% diamond abrasives and precise bevel angle control for a 20-degree edge. The unit—made for righties—works on both straight edge and serrated knives. MSRP is $39.99. For more information visit www.chefschoice.com.