Autumn's influence on products is inescapable. Pumpkin spice is everywhere — even running shoes — earthy tones abound and you can bet that holiday-themed atrocities aren't far behind. Thankfully, pocket knives and EDC accessories remain free from such seasonal proclivities. October's latest batch might've been borne in any season, and in this case, that's a good thing.
Recently, Victorinox released new Swiss Armies, The James Brand updated an EDC essential, Field Notes revealed new notebooks and more.
Victorinox Onyx Black Swiss Army
Victorinox's Swiss Army line needs no introduction. New to the lineup is this seriously sleek Onyx Black Collection, which includes three models in varying size and tool count. We're partial to the Spartan, which is most like the classic tool with a knife, bottle/can opener, corkscrew and more.
Civivi Mini Mastodon
Enough knife makers have produced folding pocket cleavers that there's a proper subcategory, but new takes on the format never fail to impress. Civivi's latest is a diminished version of its Mastodon; at 2.97 inches, its blade is nearly an inch shorter than its predecessor's. The rest of the design remains though: G-10 handle scales, a flipper tab, lanyard hole and reversible pocket clip.
Spyderco filled its latest knife drop with upgrades and modifications to knives that have long been in its catalog, but one new design that stood out is the Pattadese. The liner lock-equipped folder traces its roots to the Sardinian town of the same name, a place well-known for the blades produced there. It comes with a 3.16-inch drop-point blade, G-10 handles, a wire clip and Spyderco's signature cut-out.
The James Brand Hardin Cerulean & Canary
The Hardin fills the gap between climbing carabiners and the flimsy ones we often keep our keys on. It's not new, but now it comes in anodized cerulean and canary colorways too gorgeous to ignore.
Field Notes United States of Letterpress
For its latest quarterly release, Field Notes teamed up with nine separate letterpress operations scattered across the country to design a full stack of unique press-printed covers for its pocket-sized agricultural notebooks. There are three sets of three, all of which include 48 pages of small-square graph paper inside.
The Best New Knives and EDC of September 2020
Benchmade announced a new custom option for a famous folder, Leatherman made a limited-edition multi-tool, VSSL revealed an EDC-worthy coffee grinder and more.