The James Brand is a small team trying to do big things — something we understand very well at Uncrate. They're all about the details. They're aiming to build a longstanding company. And they're designing knives that they want to carry themselves. We knew all of this before we approached them to do a limited edition knife earlier this autumn, and we also knew they'd knock it out of the park. The James x Uncrate County Knife is the result of our collaboration. Built in the James HQ in Portland, our edition gets the obligatory blacked-out styling, while retaining all of the utility and usefulness of your favorite pocket knife. Our County knife features beautiful ebony wood inlays, a black PVD-coated Sandvic 12C27 steel blade, black PVD-coated 416 steel handles, and a custom black paracord lanyard for easy retrieval. With a blade length of 2.5-inches and a clip-less design, the County knife will live in your pocket undetected — both by you and by anyone who thinks you shouldn't be carrying one. Delivering late January.
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Automatic knives are dangerous, and might not even be legal where you live. But if you're looking for one, the Kershaw Launch 1 Knife is a great choice. It has a 3.4-inch blade made from corrosion- and wear-resistant CPM154 steel with a BlackWash finish, a contoured anodized aluminum handle, a reversible pocketclip to accommodate left- or right-hand usage, and a quick, powerful push-button opening system. Made in Oregon.
Every belt has a buckle. But none are quite as useful as these Knife Belt Buckles. Made to work with special sheath belts, they let you carry a heat-treated, 420 stainless steel blade on your person discreetly. They're made in the USA, available in both single- and double-edged versions, in narrow or wide styles, and can be removed in just seconds, whether you're in a self-defense situation or just trying to open an especially annoying blister pack.
Designed by world record speed climber Hans Florine, the CRKT Niad Climber's Knife is the perfect blade to carry when you're heading up the slopes. It's super light, weighing just of half an ounce, and uses a two-piece design to remove unnecessary parts and complications. The stainless steel blade has a flat top serrated edge, while the handle is made of corrosion-resistant titanium and has a loop on the end for attaching to a carabiner, something you'll no doubt have on hand as you start your ascent.
Minimize your pocket bulge by trading your current pocket blade for the Baladeo Papagayo Skinny Knife. Crafted from 420 stainless steel, it has a 3 1/8" titanium-coated blade, with an open handle design for reduced weight and a Zebrano wood front handle for a touch of flair. Finished with a bright orange paracord lanyard.