Editor’s Note: Welcome to The Best New Knives and EDC, a monthly column surfacing the latest knives, tools and any other item worth carrying in your pocket.
It’s August. When did that happen? If you haven’t planned a summer foray of some sorts, skip the drawing board and get to it. If that entails stocking up on new gear, make sure to dig around for end-of-season sales — new fall products to are popping up every day now. Not all items come out in launches tied to seasonal changes, though. Pocket knives and EDC tools are a prime example.
The companies and designers that make these items work year-round, and manufacturers rolling out as many as 50 new knives and multi-tools per year spread them out over that time, so there’s something new to scope out every week. We make it our mission to keep you in the know in regards to the new knives and tools that have the potential to become your next daily driver or entry into an ever-growing collection. In case you missed one, we’ll round up our findings here in one concise, easy-to-scroll article.
Recently, Chris Reeve Knives updated its iconic folding pocket knife, The James Brand revealed its second EDC carabiner, Gerber paid homage to barbershop blades and more.
Chris Reeve Knives Sebenza 31
Devotees of the original Sebenza can rest easy knowing that the update to the iconic folding knife doesn’t include too many changes. The handle ergonomics are modified slightly but are mostly unnoticeable, the clip is now angled instead of straight, and there’s a new ceramic ball interface on the lock. There’s also a new inlay pattern made of a single slab of material instead of two (box elder burl, ebony and bog oak are the options there).
To create an homage to the old-school straight razors wielded by professional barbers, Gerber made the Jukebox with a 2.7-inch sheepsfoot blade and a unique extended flipper tab. Those features are accompanied by an acrylic resin handle that’s available in either tortoiseshell or marble, imparting a certain showiness that belies the fact that, however retro the Jukebox appears, it’s still a useful — and affordable — EDC pocket knife. (This one came out in June, but we missed it then so we’re including it now.)
Cut Throat Knives x WKRMN Apollo 11 Knife Set
Many lunar-themed products appeared in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, but Cut Throat Knives and WKRMN’s limited collaboration knife set might be the best. The release consists of a carbon steel chef’s knife and an EDC folder — both adorned with unique resin handle scales that depict the cratered surface of Earth’s nighttime satellite. Even if you can’t stomach the high AU$1,600 price tag, these blades are still fun to ogle.
Benchmade 1500-191 Gold Class Cigar Cutter
Benchmade went all-out on its limited line of Gold Class cigar cutters. There are three versions here, all made in a folding knife style with a ring gauge of 60, an overall length of 4.185 inches and a weight of 4.02 ounces. The beauty is in the differences though. The first has handles made of a semi-transparent resin with brass and bronze mesh suspended inside — it costs $450 and will be available for one full year. The second, of which there are 50 that cost $900 each, has blue poplar burl handles and sapphire blue hardware. The third, also available in a limited 50-run quantity, has spalted beech handles and gold titanium nitride PVD coated hardware. That one goes for a cool $1,200.
The James Brand Holcombe
The Holcombe is smaller and lighter than The James Brand’s first dual-compartment carabiner. That might limit the number of items it can cling to, but it also increases its everyday practicality — measuring the width of a traditional belt loop, the Holcombe is neatly positioned for carrying keys without the risk of becoming cumbersome. It also has a scraper/driver tool for those small yet all-too-common tasks that arise. The carabiner is available in titanium or coated stainless steel.
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