New & Sharp | Tactical, Survival & Hunting Knives

We review an array of new knives and knife products on the cutting edge.

NATURALLY GREAT FOLDERS
Pat and Wes Crawford have done it again for CRKT. They’ve designed the Natural series that’s about as close to custom as you can get. Premium blade steels coupled with natural materials and the lightning-fast OutBurst assisted opening technology are making the four knives in the series must-haves for folder fanatics. The Natural is a 10.4-ounce, 3.88-inch bladed number four hitter in the lineup. The blade is of 8Cr13MoV polished stainless sporting a Crawford Marauder clip point with a scalloped top edge and dual ramped thumb studs. The three Natural 2s are similar in design to the big bopper but carry 3.25-inch blades and come with handles of natural white bone, natural jig bone or black Micarta. MSRP for the Natural is $99, while the smaller, but just as high in quality Natural 2s go for $89.

newvariable-001.jpgNECKERS FOR DEFENSE
Custom maker Dirk Pinkerton created two neck knives in his Variable series with input from an Ohio police officer looking for a true ambidextrous blade that he could deploy by instinct under crime-fighting stress. The BroadHead fit the bill for the officer with its easy to find finger hole and centered handle. The comfortable grip allows the handy necker to be used as a push dagger when you’re in a real pinch. The BroadHead is 4 inches overall with 1.5 inches of slice! The other Variable is called the Claw—another versatile, compact blade for self defense. The Claw is 5 inches overall with a 2.5-inch blade.

01bo047.jpgBOKER PLUS URBAN SURVIVAL
The new addition to the Jim Wagner Series has arrived—The Boker Plus Urban Survival. With an overall length of 5 ¾ inches and a blade length of 1-inch, the Urban Survival is compact yet loaded with a variety of functions. The new Wagner design features a lightweight, textured aluminum handle, 440C stainless steel blade, belt/pocket clip, liner locking mechanism, glass-breaker tip and a pen tip as an added accessory—all in a scant 1.5-ounce package! The Boker Plus Urban Survival, model number 01BO047, is available for purchase through Boker USA, Inc. MSRP is $39.95.

humvee-combo.jpgREADY FOR HUMVEE RECON
Before you bug out, check out CampCo’s new HUMVEE Emergency Rescue Knife and LED Combo featuring a ½-watt, ultra-bright white LED light that operates on a single AA alkaline battery and a folding knife outfitted with an emergency seatbelt cutter and glass breaker. The LED light is a compact 4 inches in overall length and comes with a detachable lanyard. The modified spear point blade is coated with a black anti-reflective finish and has a blade length of 3.25 inches with a serrated edge. A metal pocket clip provides for a tip-down carry. The HUMVEE blade features a liner lock for smooth operation, a glass fiber anti-slip grip and opens to 8 inches in length.

finaldustar.jpgDU STAR UTILITY KNIVES
The master blade and tool making team of Alex Shamgar and Meir Aziz has two new creations—the Lahva and Magen utility blades for hunting, camping and more! Each fixed blade is made with form fitting, non-slip handles designed to make field work easy. The Lahav and Magen are made of D-2 steel and treated to an RC of 57. Both models are available with a Black-T coating, flat gray or an untreated bronze color. Handles are made of reinforced fiberglass (black), G-10 (ivory) or Micarta (brown). The Lahva (MSRP $180) and Magen (MSRP $200) come standard with form fitted, brown leather sheaths. Chief designer, Alex Shamgar is an Israeli paratrooper (retired) with over 30 years experience in the field, fought and trained in both urban and mountain environments. Alex’s designs are based on his quest to find the perfect knife that meets his extreme needs. Meir Aziz is one of Israel’s foremost tool and die makers and manufacturer of precision parts. Their motto says it all, “DU STAR Knives Bring You Home Alive.”

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