August brings bad (but expected) news for the knife world as Blade Show, the annual knife trade show rescheduled for this month, is officially canceled. The decision comes as COVID-19 cases continue to spread throughout the country, touching every aspect of life in often-unforeseen ways. Without Blade Show, where else will we get a peek at brand-new pocket knives and multi-tools? There is one place: right here.
Recently, Opinel released a 130th-anniversary knife, CRKT unveiled an impressive new limited edition and more.
Opinel 130th Anniversary No. 8 Folding Knife
The No. 8 is a true pocket knife classic, illustrating one of the least complicated constructions a folding knife can take in a timeless design that's lasted, well, 130 years. To celebrate the milestone, Opinel adorned the normally plain handle, made of French hornbeam here, with a pattern that hints at its roots in the mountains of France.
CRKT Hirin Limited Edition
It's no surprise that knife designer Dew Hara counts an obsession with Japanese anime as a youth among his inspirations — his limited-edition Hirin looks as if it's pulled from fantasy or sci-fi. The knife's impressive attributes are very real, though — they include a Böhler M390 steel spear-point blade and two-tone skeletonized titanium handle. CRKT is only producing 500 of these, all of which are made in Italy.
Tops Knives 3 Pointer
This knife's 3.13-inch drop-point blade might seem small, but the founder of Tops designed this knife with hunting in mind (hence the name). The 3 Pointer's size gives it versatility beyond the backcountry, though, a trait that's increased by the option to get it with black or tan micarta handles or skeletonized. Its Kydex sheath also allows for various carrying methods.
The MT-1 joins the growing ranks of multi-tools designed to help you navigate the world without picking up hitchhiking germs. The idea behind these tools is to harness the antimicrobial properties of copper in a functional shape; the MT-1 includes a hook for grabbing onto handles and a blunt end that comes with rubber caps for pressing buttons and interacting with touchscreens.