The best new knives & EDC of July 2022
Something very special happened 125 years ago. At that time, the Swiss cutler, inventor and entrepreneur Karl Elsener perfected his design of the Swiss Army Knife. We know this because Victorinox recently launched a special replica pocket knife to mark the occasion.
It says something about the magic of Elsener’s craftsmanship that this multi-tool – featuring multiple blades, corkscrew, can opener, screwdriver and more – can be revived and integrated fairly seamlessly into the modern EDC range.
We’ll just have to wait and see if it’s worth reintroducing the rest of the standout products below, oh 2147.
SOG Ultra XR XHP Blackout
If you want to travel light, check out the latest edition of SOG’s Ultra XR, now available in a beautiful blackout finish. The carbon fiber handle is the key factor in keeping the weight of this pocket knife at a featherweight 1.2 ounces. The CTS-XHP stainless steel blade, complete with an ambidextrous one-handed opening mechanism, ensures it’s sharp and smooth too.
Opinel 2022 Tour de France No.08 folding knife
With the world’s most famous cycling race getting underway, we’re not surprised that a French brand is celebrating with a special release – two in fact. The Les Maillots Edition of the No.08 features the colors and patterns of the tour’s iconic leader jerseys. This one sold out quickly, but you can still get landmarks featuring the Arc de Triomphe and Mont Ventoux, paired with graphics reminiscent of water, rain, and fog.
WESN x Pioneer Microblade & Global Pouch
It’s not often that two EDC brands as impactful as WESN and Pioneer come together to collaborate, but the results are almost always great. That’s true of this version of the Microblade, which benefits from a steel upgrade to S35vn (from D2) and a uniquely milled titanium handle with Pioneer’s signature hatch pattern. Top it all off with a carry case made from Pioneer’s proprietary 10XD fabric, one of the strongest synthetics in the world.
Victorinox Replica 1897 Limited Edition
Do you remember the story we told above? Here is the actual product, called Replica 1897 Limited Edition. Victorinox will only produce 9,999 pieces, all with their own consecutive numbering and the year 1897 – along with classic wooden handles, six functions, a time capsule-style plastic case and their own presentation box. Considering the cost, it’s certainly something you’ll want to show off.
Orbitkey Star Wars Collection
Every time a new Star Wars show, movie, or game comes out, tons of brands drop gear inspired by the release – mostly with moderate to little success when it comes to style and subtlety. Fortunately, that’s not the case for Orbitkey’s key organizers, Darth Vader and Obi-Wan. Released to celebrate that Kenobi Limited series, these understated organizers are crafted from premium leather, hold 2-7 keys, feature an award-winning locking mechanism, and look out of this world.
Tactile Turn Ultem Bolt Action Pen
Tactile Turn is known in the world of everyday wear for its exceptional, durable and reliable pens. While sticking to those tenets, this exclusive offering from Blade HQ has also been designed in a unique semi-transparent amber colourway, giving it a little extra style that’s sure to please Jurassic Park fans. It’s also compatible with Schmidt EastFlow 9000 medium-sized refill cartridges, has a butter-smooth deployment mechanism, and is also available in a larger size.
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