New Knives out this week (just a couple out of MANY):
|Benchmade's new manual version of their venerable Bedlam folder promises to kick as much ass as the original auto. I actually prefer manual knives over autos, and I'll be snatching up one of these ASAP when $$ allows.|
Survival expert Doug Ritter has teamed up with hard use camp fixed blade forefather & Joy of Cooking author Ethan Becker, click his name here to listen to an audio interview. The project is made by Rowen Manufacturing, who is Esee Knives' primary manufacturing partner, and has apparently done work with Tops Knives. I own 3 Esee Izulas, made by Rowen, and the quality is fantastic, we can anticipate a big brutal knife from this collaboration. See it at Knifeworks, looks like it'll go for about $120 USD. The description of the knife comes across as sort of defensive of (IMO) the very reasonable price:
"As with the original Doug Ritter RSK® Mk1, one of the guiding principles in developing the Doug Ritter RSK® Mk2 Perseverance™ was to provide an exceptional value. Becker knives already had a well-deserved reputation for providing an incredible price to performance ratio, which has been one of the keys to their success. The challenge was to not mess that up. Doug has succeeded, producing an extraordinary hard use fixed blade knife, a knife you can bet your life on®, at a price that is a good value for a low-rate production blade. That's the rub. You can't do a high quality, low-rate production knife for the same low cost as you can a more mass produced production knife such as Ethan's KA-BAR Becker Knife & Tool knives. We hope that you find the unique properties of Doug's RSK® Mk2 Perseverance™ are worth the extra cost."
I feel that it's a fair price, but find their double mention of "low rate" both confusing, and potentially conveying some subconscious negativity to the target demographic. Companies should not have to justify the prices they charge, unless their products are prohibitively expensive for most "average" people. Anyway, looks like one hell of a camp blade.
|The Long awaited Esee Knives Robert Young Pelton HEST (Hostile Environment Survival Tool) Folder made for them by Italy's fantastic Lion Steel brand, with a reputation for big chunky folding knives.|
|Princeton Tec Byte, my written & video reviews coming soon.|