Light isn’t always right. Take beer, for example. How many people would choose a light beer over a regular version, judging by taste alone? With the SOG Kiku XR LTE, you can have your cake and eat it, too. That’s because, with this lighter version of those found in SOG’s popular East-meets-West Kiku line, you get a 3.02-inch blade and 7.34-inch configuration overall that only weighs 4.10 ounces. SOG has done this by using carbon fiber liners instead of steel but keeping the blade beefy for this size knife. Read on to see what editor Steven Paul Barlow discovered about this lightweight but powerful modified-tanto folder.
The Kershaw Strata is a modern evolution of the Spanish Navaja, which dates back to the late 1600s. Kershaw took the 1600s’ design and pulled it into the 21st century with an update in materials, engineering and styling, while still keeping true to the lines and function of the originals. The Strata series consists of two models, both of which could fill either the fighter or the utility role. Each Strata model features a clip-point blade of D2 tool steel with a high, flat grind and a matte finish. The blades ride on a KVT ball bearing system and open by means of a spine mounted flipper. Feast your eyes on the elegant reimagining of a historical gem.
Jutland is a low-laying peninsula in Western Denmark, which separates the North and Baltic seas and borders Germany to the South. It is also the name of GiantMouse’s newest folder, designed for the outdoorsmen and hunters among us. Available in both Orange G10 and Green Canvas Micarta, the Jutland is the ultimate outdoor tool. The bright hunter orange allows for visibility when you’re out deep in the woods at dusk, and the Green Canvas Micarta provides a non-slip grip, even in wet conditions. The Jutland is available in Green Canvas Micarta with a satin-finished blade, and Orange G10 with a stonewash-finished blade. Both versions feature Elmax blade steel, ball bearing pivot and a steel liner lock.
Would you really use one of these beauties for everyday carry? There certainly is nothing “everyday” about this collection of folding knives; it wouldn’t be crazy to be reluctant to carry such elegant creations in one’s pocket. But what better way to flaunt your exquisite taste than with an EDC folder? Your EDC will likely get more use and more views than any of your other blades. Don’t be afraid to add some “extra” to your otherwise “ordinary” day. Behold a slew of jaw-dropping pocketknives by masterful makers.