As in past years, Terrill Hoffman and Steven Dick wandered the aisles and booths of the May 31 to June 2, 2013 Blade Show at the Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta, Georgia, searching for interesting new customs to share with the readers of Tactical Knives. Here is a collection of the folding models they discovered while in the Peach State. And stay tuned for a rundown of the fixed blades they saw, in the January issue of Tactical Knives.
SHORT & STOUT: Jonathan McNees’ FMUK features a 3-inch blade of 1095 carbon steel with hammered copper bolsters, lighting-strike carbon-fiber scales, and titanium liners. The blade turns on a unique caged ball bearing and carbonized lock face system. For more information, call 205-915-3254 or visit mcneescustomknives.com.
SWAT RAIDER: Barry and Phillip Jones’ Entry Tool Folder was specially designed for heavy-duty law enforcement use. The 4.5-inch blade is ground from S30V stainless steel and mounted on a 6AL4V titanium handle. Its extended backspacer allows the folder to also be used for light hammering. For more information, call 434-793-5282 or visit customknives.com/jonesbrothers.
DESERT STINGER: Sal Manaro’s Stingray Persian offers a 4-inch, classic Middle Eastern-style blade of CPM 154 stainless steel on a titanium handle frame with an integral pocket clip welded to the grip. For more information, call 631-872-1787 or visit manaroknives.com.
FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY: Craig Camerer’s Balisong butterfly knife sports a 4-inch bowie-style clip blade of high performance Elmax steel. The handle frame is titanium with carbon-fiber scales. For more information, call 618-753-2147 or visit camererknives.com.
PALOMINO WARHORSE: This small but massive flipper-opening folder is a joint project between AlphaHunter Tactical and knifemaker Jake Hoback. The 3-inch modified tanto blade is CPM M4 steel that is 0.2 inches thick and on a titanium handle frame. For more information, call 812-449-1248 or visit alphahuntertactical.com.
MEAN STREETS STEEL: Mikkel Willumsen’s Urban Dagger features a 4-inch blade of premium Chad Nichols bacon-pattern Damascus on a titanium handle frame with G10 scales. For more information, visit willumsen-cph.com.
GURKHA FIGHTER: Mikkel Willumsen’s Folding Kukri—and, yes, I said folding—sports a 13-inch blade of CPM 154 stainless on a G10 handle. For more information, visit willumsen-cph.com.
BIGGER IS BETTER: The second Craig Camerer Balisong butterfly knife offers a 5.5-inch clip-point blade of Elmax stainless steel on a solid titanium handle frame. For more information, call 618-753-2147 or visit camererknives.com.