This limited-edition kitchen essential comes with a PANTONE Living Coral handle!

Let not the name scare you! Symbolic of how sharp their kitchen knives are, we’re here to celebrate the 4th year anniversary of Cut Throat Knives. Centered around the principle that the knife is perhaps mankind’s oldest culinary instrument, and that as an instrument that’s been with us for over a million years, knives deserve utmost reverence. Cut Throat therefore makes knives that aren’t just top notch, they’re quite literally cutting edge… and to ensure that these incredibly high standards are maintained, each knife is hand-build from start to end by a single craftsman. To stay true to ideals of the term ‘handmade’, Cut Throat’s artisans build each knife from beginning to end, hilt to heel, making sure only a single artisan handles the knife through every stage of the build right to the end. This passion reflects ultimately in the quality of end-product, as the artisan is entirely responsible for and invested in the knife’s creation.

Here to celebrate 4 grand years of making some of the finest culinary knives Australia and the world has seen, Cut Throat Knives is set to release a limited-edition PANTONE 2019 Color Of The Year variant of their world-class knives. Limited to just 5 pieces, the kitchen knife will come with a stunningly unique handle made from resin-cast coral colored in PANTONE’s Living Coral hue. A beautiful splash of white and the rosy-red of the coral, the knife will also feature a full-tang 8 inch K-Tip blade with a traditional Japanese Hamon hardening pattern on the edge. An eclectic culmination of different techniques, materials, cultures, and design cues, the knife will be released through the Cut Throat Knives website on Sunday, April 28th at 07:00AM PST.

Designer: Aidan Mackinnon of Cut Throat Knives

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Cut Throat make knives that are top notch and cutting edge and to ensure that these incredibly high standards are maintained, each knife is hand-build from start to end by a single craftsman. To mark their 4th Anniversary they have crafted the PANTONE’s Living Coral Knife, inspired by the color of the year!

A beautiful splash of white and the rosy-red of the coral, the knife features a full-tang 8 inch K-Tip blade with a traditional Japanese Hamon hardening pattern on the edge.

Limited to just 5 pieces, the kitchen knife will come with a stunningly unique handle made from resin-cast coral colored in PANTONE’s Living Coral hue.

Each knife comes in a beautiful Oak Display Box.

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The Kershaw Barricade knife also packs a seatbelt cutter and emergency glass-breaker

The Kershaw Barricade is EDC that’s absolutely worth carrying, especially while traveling. Its design doesn’t just pack a nice, black-oxide-coated 8Cr13MoV steel blade with a drop-point edge, it also packs two other potentially life-saving features. Built into the Barricade’s practically unbreakable glass-filled nylon handle (that’s also colored fluorescent orange, making it easy to spot in emergencies) are a Seatbelt Cutter, and a Glass-breaker, two exceptionally handy things to have on you no matter where you travel. The seatbelt cutter, integrated into the base of the handle, allows you to swiftly and smoothly slice through seatbelt fabric, and the carbide glassbreaker tip right at the bottom, allows you to instantly shatter the tough triplex glass used in automobiles. Together, the Barricade isn’t just a useful tool for getting yourself out of a fix, it could also potentially help you save a lot of other people’s lives… especially if you’re a first-responder. It also has a pretty darn amazing blade too, courtesy Kershaw’s experience in building some of the finest pocket knives known to man…

Designer: Kershaw

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The WESN Allman knife is a purebred modern classic

The WESN Allman takes on a pretty bold task of perfecting one of the most already-beloved quintessential knife designs. The classic drop-point flipper. One of the most popular knife styles in the world, the drop-point is called so because the spine of the blade (above the edge) drops downward, giving it a more pronounced tip. The edge of the blade travels upwards to meet the gently dropping spine at this somewhat centrally located tip, making it a knife that’s almost as functional as a spear, and an ideal knife for piercing as well as cutting. Most Swiss Army Knife multitools make use of the Drop Point knife, and have helped democratize this style. The flipper format too, is perhaps the most common format for pocket knives. The blade rotates into a hollow handle, and flicks out when the mechanism is actuated using a small trigger under the thumb.

The Allman is no different in this regard. It’s compact, like most pocket knives, and features a drop-point blade with a switchblade mechanism. However, it tries to be a specimen of absolute finesse and perfection in its category… much like a well-aged single-malt amidst a sea of spirits. The Allman knife comes in a compact 3.5-inch form factor, with a 2.75-inch blade concealed within it. It’s designed to fit perfectly into the palm of your hand, and is weighted in a way that makes maneuvering the knife easy too. The Allman features an S35vn steel blade, a material respected in both the industry and the field, and swings open from within the handle with a smooth one-hand deployment action courtesy the ball bearing pivot.

The Allman’s handle explores two classic material variants too. The G10 fiberglass handle is a complete crowd favorite, giving the knife a certain lightness yet not compromising on durability even the slightest. The G10’s anti-corrosion, weatherproof, sturdy nature allows it to last much longer than any other polymer. On the other hand, the Allman also comes with the option of a titanium handle. Titanium, the choice of connoisseurs, lasts generations long without showing any signs of stress. It also happens to have the highest strength to weight ratio of all the known metals, allowing the knife to attain a balance that makes it comfortable to use.

Using industry standards, refined mechanisms, a crowd-favorite design, and premium materials, the Allman pocket knife is what classics are made of. It comes with a pocket clip and a lanyard hole built into it too, to make carrying it around convenient at all time… and a lifetime warranty to ensure you’ll be using it all the time.

Designer: Billy Chester of WESN

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With a 2.75” blade and a 3.5” handle, the WESN Allman is a compact, lightweight knife that fits right in your hand. Available in both a titanium and G10 option, the Allman is perfectly weighted and designed to be at your side wherever you go.

The Allman is manual-open with a flipper tab for ease and their perfectly-weighted, American-made S35vn steel blade opens beautifully with a ball-bearing pivot.

The WESN Allman Titanium & the WESN Titanium Micro Blade

Whether you choose the G10 or Titanium options, the Allman is ready for whatever you throw at it. They refused to sacrifice functionality for good looks. What they did instead was to get rid of anything unnecessary or superfluous, and to let the hard-working nature of the knife speak for itself.

With both the frame lock (Titanium model) and the liner lock (G10 model), you can use the Allman in any situation with peace of mind, knowing your blade is firmly locked into place. Whether you want to use this knife as your casual all-purpose EDC, or if you want to put it hard to work as your hunting knife, the Allman’s G10 or Titanium options guarantee you’ll find the perfect fit.

Titanium is world-renowned for its toughness. Not only is it a hardy, long-lasting material, it’s also incredibly lightweight. This means that, when it comes to the Allman, you can get the best of both worlds: a knife frame unrivaled in toughness and durability while simultaneously lightweight and easy to carry. Your Allman can hang with you wherever you go without becoming a burden in the slightest. Plus, with that one-of-a-kind color that only titanium provides, it’ll look slick the whole time.

G10 is one of the most popular materials used in knife making, and for good reason. It’s the toughest glass fiber option available. On top of being durable, it’s also known for being incredibly strong and resistant to chemicals, as well as maintaining its integrity under intense climate conditions. You can take it anywhere and know it will stand up to whatever you throw at it — so naturally, this all adds up to G10 being a perfect choice for the Allman.

The Allman’s milled pocket clip ensures that your knife will be by your side wherever you go while staying sleek and unobtrusive.

Partnering up with Stock & Barrel the WESN Allman Leather sleeve has been crafted keeping simplicity in mind. The sleeve is multifunctional and gives you a variety of carry options, in your pocket, on your belt or at your side.

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The James Brand Damascus Chapter Knife looks literally and figuratively ‘sharp’

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The Chapter remains perhaps one of my most favorite knives ever. This is in part because they’re designed by The James Brand, a company that gets that sharp knives don’t need to look aggressive or tactical, and that they can channel a much more dapper aesthetic. Their knives sport a much more classy, urbane design language, and look like something a secret spy like James Bond would carry in his tuxedo (that’s not why the company is called James Brand, but it would make a great story).

The Chapter gets the distinction of being a knife I love sheerly for its simplicity. It doesn’t overdo any element, and everything is measured, collected, and ‘just right’. Then comes the Chapter’s Damascus Steel Edition, which somewhat feels like ‘classic’ meets ‘exotic’.

Encased in the black-oxide coated stainless steel casing with a titanium frame lock construction lies the blade, a drop-point straight blade made from Damascus steel. The drop-point makes the blade work wonderfully for piercing, while the blade’s straight edge works well for cutting and slicing. Sitting atop the stunning blade like a crown jewel is a lime green button that lets you deploy the blade from its folded position. Measuring at just 3.75 inches when closed, the Chapter fits into pockets rather comfortably, and a pocket-clip secures it to your pocket fabric, keeping it easy to access whenever you need. Designed with the aesthetic that works wonderfully both indoors and outdoors, the Chapter Damascus Knife’s matte stainless steel casing tells one story, but flip the marbled, Damascus steel blade open and you’ve got a contrast that’s definitely worth admiring for years to come.

Designer: The James Brand

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A perfect slice of minimalism!

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Made from a single piece of flat stainless steel, the One-Piece Knife is exactly that. Minimalism at its best, the knife is strong and features a flat blade that curls into a pipe to form a handle that’s good to hold onto. The full-tang design (where the blade extends all the way from the tip to the end of the handle) gives the knife great maneuverability too, making it aesthetic but incredibly useful too. The knife comes made entirely out of a 1.5mm thin sheet of stainless steel, with not one single rivet, screw, or glued part. In that regard, the One-Piece Knife is a hallmark of true minimalism!

Designer: Johanna Gauder

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The pocket knife that slides into your wallet

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If you’re the kind of person who’s enthusiastic about EDC, but not the kind of person to carry much around with you, the Lynx fits in that exact niche. The size and shape of a credit card, the Lynx by JHO Knives slips right into your minimalist wallet or card holder. Sitting among your regular cards, the Lynx can be pulled out whenever you’re in a fix, letting you cut or slice through any material that may require cutting or slicing through. Its VG10 steel construction is cryogenically hardened, making it one of the hardest and finest blades on the market, and the card even comes with a perforated texture on top that provides an incredible grip, letting you work the blade with sheer ease, without it slipping out of your grip. When you’re done, slip it into its bitumised paper sheath and slide it back into your wallet, to be stealthily carried around in your back pocket!

Designer: JHO Knives

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The YD Guide to Pocket Knife Design

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We’ve covered quite a few EDC knives over the years without realizing that there’s no resource that guides you through the types of knives. Knife blades have evolved from culture and from need. Some knives are designed for everyday tasks, some for rough outdoor use, some for hunting, and some for combat/self-defence. Each blade design has a distinct silhouette, and has developed over the years based on need and on use. Knife materials have evolved over time too, ranging from the various alloys of steel, to Titanium, to even some with ceramic coatings for extra strength.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but rather focuses on highlighting different common types of blade designs that exist in the world of EDC, their purposes, and showcasing one exemplary knife in each category!
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Straight Back

One of the most common knife blade designs, the straight back is called so because of the blade’s straight spine. Perhaps one of the most old-school styles, the Straight Back features a straight-ish blade edge too, with the edge curving tightly right at the end to meet the spine. These knives are common and easy to maintain and work wonderfully for cutting or slicing tasks, thanks to the long, straight blade. The County, by James Brand, embodies the simple beauty of the straight back, with a long, 2.5inch Sandvik steel blade and an exquisite ebony wood and stainless steel handle to match!
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Drop Point

A common knife design for hunting, the drop point is called so because the spine of the blade (above the edge) drops downward, Giving it a more pronounced tip. The edge of the blade travels upwards to meet the gently dropping spine at this somewhat centrally located tip, making it a knife that’s almost as functional as a spear, and an ideal knife for piercing. Most Swiss Army Knife multitools make use of the Drop Point knife, but our favorite is the Gerber Pocket Square. Almost halfway between the straight back and the drop point, the Pocket Square’s blade has a spine that does a gentle drop. Obviously, the modern drop point isn’t meant for combat or hunting, but could work well for any sort of cutting, slicing, and piercing work you’d want to do outdoors. It has an elegantly designed handle to allow it to blend into your urban lifestyle too, making it a rare piece of EDC that appeals to the urban as well as the rustic!
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Clip Point

The Clip Point follows the same style of nomenclature as the last two blade types. While the straight back came with a straight spine, while the drop point had a curved, dropping spine, the clip point comes with a spine that travels straight for a portion of the distance before suddenly clipping across in a concave cut. If the drop point provides a sharp tip for piercing, the clip point goes the extra distance by making the tip a little bit narrower and therefore sharper. A common blade for hunting, the clip point’s tip can pierce hard surfaces, but damages easily too, given how fragile and thin it can be. The Gator by Gerber is considered a classic in the clip point category. In production since 1991 (when it was voted as the most innovative knife of the year), the Gator comes with a stainless steel blade and a glass-filled-nylon handle with an alligator-leather texture for superior grip.
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Spear Point

There’s a very small distinction between a drop point and a spear point. Both of them have the spine and the edge converging and curving towards a centrally located tip, but the spear point’s spine is ground down to have a sharp edge too. While drop point blade spines are usually thick, spear point blades have thinner spines, almost like spears. This gives them the advantage of having sharper tips than drop point knives, and somewhat more resilient tips as compared to clip point knives. The CRKT Snap Lock makes the cut in this category quite simply for its brilliant design. Produced in 2004 (when it won the most innovative knife award), the Snap Lock was a runaway success, but CRKT discontinued its production after a few years to move onto newer designs. Given how popular it was (especially for its incredibly innovative folding mechanism), the company finally decided to reissue the knife and the Snap Lock was resurrected. You can’t say that about most knives!
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Sheepsfoot

The Sheepsfoot features a straight blade and a curved spine, resulting in a blade that looks almost like a sheep’s foot or hoof. In most ways, it’s the absolute opposite of the Straight Back and features a design where the tip aligns with the blade’s edge. The Sheepsfoot blade design offers a nice, long, straight edge for cutting and carving (and can be easily sharpened too), whereas the tip isn’t particularly pronounced, and doesn’t work for piercing. The SOG Snarl is a wonderful example of a Sheepsfoot blade that doesn’t let its size be a disadvantage. Small and potent, like a stick of dynamite, the Snarl comes with a one-piece construction that fits easily on lanyards or even in pockets (it comes with a nylon sheath). With an overall length of 4.3 inches (half of which is the blade), the Snarl has two ways of gripping it. Traditionally, holding the area behind the blade like a handle, or using its finger-hole for far more dexterity and control… allowing you to go about all sorts of tasks with it by holding it in a fashion that works better for you.
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Kiridashi

The Kiridashi comes with an unusually small cutting edge that occupies just a tiny part of the blade. The best and most common example is the medical scalpel. Extremely sharp and with a nasty tip, the Kiridashi is supposed to be an all-purpose utility tool that works in any and every situation. Inspired by the Japanese Kiridashi, but with a design that elevates the original, the Craighill Desk Knife is daringly unique, enough to make our selection for this category. Just over five inches long and slightly thicker than a half inch, Craighill’s Desk Knife has the proportions of a chunky metal pen, but comes with truncations on its sides to reveal a Kiridashi-style blade where the two truncations taper off. This makes the Desk Knife an absolute treat to hold, as it fits beautifully into one’s grip, and even to maneuver, making for a handy, and suave looking letter opener, box cutter, or scalpel-style paper cutter. Graceful, tasteful, and practical, the Craighill Desk Knife looks and feels remarkably unique, with a design that’s oh-so-simple but equally breath-taking!
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Tanto

Another Japanese blade, the Tanto is named after a traditional short dagger that was carried by the samurai of feudal Japan. Tanto blades come with straight lines and sharp cuts. Imagine the Straight Back knife, but instead of having the edge curving to meet the spine at the tip, the Tanto’s edge breaks into two, creating two edges and two tips. The tanto’s blade works well in combat/tactical situations as well as works wonderfully as a recreational outdoor EDC knife blade too. CRKT’s Septimo tanto blade, however, has a more intriguing backstory. Designed by Jeremy Valdez of the 7th Special Forces Group (hence the name ‘Septimo’, meaning seven), the Septimo’s main motivation for this design arose from his 2009 deployment to Afghanistan, where, the lack of a proper slicing tool prevented him from being able to cut through straps or move debris, following a helicopter crash. Duty to his fallen comrades and brothers and sisters in arms drove him to design the Septimo with a tanto-style blade for use as both a safety tool as well as a combat weapon a desert-proof black oxide finish. The blade even features a single serration at its base (near the hinge) for effective strap-cutting ability.
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Karambit/Talon

With a distinct blade that looks like an eagle’s talons, the Karambit comes from Southeast Asia. Used in both hunting and combat, the Karambit was designed to be held both straight or upside down, and used for swift, slashing motions, cutting through tough fruit/vegetables, hide, or even in combat. The Karambit, today, still sees itself being used sparingly in Filipino martial arts, but is more popular as a collector’s EDC knife, solely for its intriguing nature-inspired claw design. Probably the most intriguing of them all, CRKT’s Provoke comes with a karambit blade and an unusual folding mechanism. It uses a parallel motion linkage, as opposed to a single-point swivel. The result is a knife where the blade can slide outwards even as your palm is wrapped around the handle. The action is swift, decisive, and the blade doesn’t even have to touch your palm or fingers as it slides outwards and in, and works in the same way a jungle cat’s claws deploy or retract, probably paying the greatest homage to the Karambit’s claw-inspiration. It also makes the Provoke incredibly hypnotic to look at (especially in slow motion!).
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The power of a samurai sword in your pocket!

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We’ve been pretty interested in this phenomenon called Damascus Steel (you can read our editorial on the beautiful, marbled metal here) over the past few months. Imagine having the properties of multiple steel alloys in one single sheet of steel, and along with that, you get an absolutely hypnotic marble-effect on the surface of a metal. That’s Damascus Steel. The steel is a specially formulated sheet that incorporates different alloys with different iron and carbon ratios into one single sheet, allowing it to be stainless and much stronger than conventional knife steels.

The steel, in its most original form, dates back to as early as 400 A.D., with its application primarily used in weaponry and warfare. Now a metal that’s found its permanent home in quality EDC, Damascus Steel can quite literally put the power of a samurai’s sword in your pocket with the ultra-small, ultra-powerful Omni by Hribarcain. A small, sophisticated, and superior piece of EDC, the Omni is a mini pocket-knife with a hubless hinge that opens the blade by pressing down on the ring. The Omni comes with an aluminum body and an absolutely gorgeous patternweld steel that’s as strong and sharp as it is beautiful. The combination of multiple alloys not only give the blade a bespoke pattern (that’s unique to each knife), but also impart toughness that lets you use the blade any which way without fear of it bending or losing its sharpness. In fact, Damascus Steel stays sharp for five times longer than a regular steel edge, giving you a blade that should comfortably slice through anything, and last practically a lifetime without needing any maintenance whatsoever… making it quite literally a samurai sword in your pocket!

Designer: Hribarcain

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The James Brand Elko is the benchmark for great EDC

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The Elko is a small, unassuming piece of metal that’s no bigger than your key. In fact, if you look at the picture above, it’s barely longer than the width of your smartphone. It’ll easily fit on your keyring, becoming something you’ll always have with you, right in your pocket. That very quality of it makes the Elko a stellar piece of everyday carry, because it’s literally something you’ll unassumingly carry every day. What does this tiny piece of metal do? It opens out into a rather convenient knife with a 1.7-inch Sandvik 12C27 steel blade that’s more than capable of handling any sort of cutting, shearing, slicing, slitting, and piercing needs you may have. On the opposite end you’ve got yourself a stainless steel prytool too, that lets you do everything from opening bottles, to scraping paint, to even tightening screws. What more could you possibly need!

Ryan Coulter, the founder of James Brand, says that the Elko practically set the benchmark for EDC and the brand by being so incredibly convenient that it would always be on your person. Pair this with a smart, sleek design and you’ve got EDC worth cherishing because it looks remarkable, and performs just the way you want it to… and then recedes into your pocket, almost feeling like it isn’t there anymore.

Designer: The James Brand

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