We’re often overloaded with EDC gear these days. Our pockets are bulging at the seams with countless gadgets, gizmos and essential tools like pocket knives. With pocket and pack space at a premium, it’s no longer good-enough for a product to be effective at its intended purpose – it needs to be well designed too […]
Price: About $550
The Good: Unique eye-catching design, quality construction and materials, nice ergos
The Bad: Not the best cutter, a little pricey versus competition
Bottom Line: A beautiful and worthy third installment to the Rike Thor line
Kershaw Knives is a subsidiary of the Japanese KAI Group, one of the biggest knife manufacturers in existence. KAI also owns the Zero Tolerance brand (which I liken to a Lexus to Kershaw’s Toyota) producing high end heavy duty knives, as well as Shun, a high end kitchen knife brand. Pete Kershaw started out as […]
Price: About $180
The Good: Good looking, deployment includes middle-finger flick fun-factor
The Bad: Crooked ergonomics make for poor ‘usability’
Bottom Line: Good option for a fidgety collector, but hardly the perfect EDC
The concept of a Gentleman’s Folder is simple – smaller knives that focus on quality of materials and a dressy ‘public-friendly’ look that pairs equally well with your suit or jeans pocket. Tacticool has no place here, these knives are not intended for gutting deer, piercing body armor or accompanying mall-ninjas. Gentleman’s knives are purely small, simple […]
Price: About $25
The Good: Ergos and lockup, durable, feels good in hand
The Bad: Some blade play, hot spots on the thumb ramp and flipper tab, rough in the pocket
Bottom Line: Decent budget tanto option but lacks any wow-factor
What can we say; sometimes you need to blur the lines a bit. Here at Knife Informer we tend to focus specifically on production knives, but today we will deviate from that trend and present to you a full-on custom knife in the Grimsmo Rask, the second offering from the brothers Grimsmo. Check out Grimsmo […]
Price: About $120
The Good: A PM2 for people that need a sub 3” knife, cuts great, comfortable rounded handle edges
The Bad: Terrible clip placement, non-adjustable stop pin, better similar-priced options out there
Bottom Line: Buy a Sage 5… or a PM2 if it’s not a legal issue.
Price: About $300
The Good: Well made from quality materials, functional, well executed blackwash finish
The Bad: Detent is a little too strong, may need some pivot tightening
Bottom Line: Solid flipper that both cuts well and looks good in your collection.
While blade steel and handle materials are important aspects, the true heart of a pocket knife is the locking mechanism. There are a wide variety of locking mechanisms used by manufacturers, each with their own pros and cons. In this guide we take a closer look at the different lock types so you’ll know what to look for in your next purchase.
Price: About $40
The Good: Incredible value for money, great fit and finish, smooth action, solid as a tank, affordable
The Bad: Heavy, 8Cr13MoV requires frequent sharpening
Bottom Line: Hardly any compelling reasons not to buy one. Designer excellence for every budget
Headquarters: New York, USA
HEAdesigns is a relatively new company in the high-end, low-volume production knife and EDC market. Still a small operation right now, HEAdesigns is setting itself up for a future full of success. The brand gets its name from the initials of owner and creator, Housam E. Abdelrahman, or Sam, as he prefers. With the philosophy of Design Different, HEAdesigns is poised to shock and delight as they grow!