The Best Knives 2014 Gave Us

You knife addicts out there probably don’t need someone to tell you that SHOT Show is happening this month because you’ve already been looking forward to it since last January. For those of you who might not be as familiar with SHOT Show, allow me to enlighten you. SHOT Show is a glorious event that takes place every January. Knife makers (among others) go there to display the new product they’ll be releasing over the course of the year, and buyers and knife enthusiasts get to come and drool over the product they have to look forward to. You can think of it as a second Christmas for knife addicts. With SHOT Show 2015 practically upon us, I thought it might be a good idea to highlight the spring assisted knives that came out this year in honor of the year 2014. Take a look at a sampling of the best knives 2014 gave us:

 

SOG Boot Camp

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This 2014 knife comes in both a mini size and a full size. The mini version totals 7.275 inches in length with a 3.25-inch blade, while the full-size version totals 8.60 inches with a 3.75-inch blade. One thing that’s pretty awesome about this SOG is that it has a groove toward the base of the handle that you can use to cut cord, seatbelts, or anything else you need cut. (The SOG Trident pictured below features the groove, as well.)

 

SOG Trident Elite

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The Trident Elite is great for everyday carry, partially because it’s also a great emergency tool; it sports a slot cutter (found in the groove near the base of the handle) and a glass breaker to help you get out of tight situations. Also, because it’s a spring assisted knife, you can have this knife out and ready to use in the blink of an eye.

 

H&K P30 Assisted Opening Knife

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Interestingly enough, it looks like this model hasn’t been released yet, so perhaps it will also technically be new for 2015. I don’t know much about guns, but I hear this knife is patterned after the H&K P30 handgun—that’s how you know it’s a solid knife. It has super speedy assisted action (appropriate for a knife named after a handgun) and totals 6.75 inches in length with a 2.95-inch blade.

 

CRKT Steigerwalt Incendor

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This CRKT is a Ken Steigerwalt design. It’s a pretty affordable knife that is great for everyday carry. Overall, it totals 6.94 inches and has a 2.96-inch blade. The knife also has a Fire Safe lock to prevent accidental blade deployment, which is always a plus.

 

 

This post doesn’t include all of the spring assisted knives that were released in 2014, but it should give you a small sampling of what the best knives 2014 brought to the table were as far as spring assisted knives go. What was your favorite spring assisted knife from 2014?

I hope you’re getting super pumped about all of the new stuff that will be coming out in 2015! Be sure to check back for updates on SHOT Show 2015!

 

Knife Gift Ideas for the Holidays

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Iconic Knives: Spring Assisted Style

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What is a spring assisted knife?

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Kershaw Leek Composite

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CRKT Cobia Matthew Lerch Spring Assisted Knife

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Limited Edition Benchmade Mini Barrage – New for 2014

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You’re probably already familiar with the Benchmade Mini Barrage, but this is a new, limited edition Mini Barrage that’s pretty awesome: This Mini Barrage is new for 2014, and it’s got all of the nice features you’d expect to see in the Mini Barrage—like the AXIS locking mechanism—but its handle is a little bit different than what you find on the original Mini Barrage. On … Continue reading

H&K Nitrous Blitz

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The H&K Nitrous Blitz is a pretty sweet spring assist. Honestly, my favorite thing about this knife has got to be the swedge—it looks sick, and it sets the knife apart from your normal everyday folding knife in terms of looks. In terms of function, though, the Nitrous Blitz is equally amazing. The knife uses a “spring assisted Nitrous mechanism” that is “built directly into … Continue reading