When the calendar flips over to a new year, the steel is sure to follow. Here are six factory folders debuting this year.

Spyderco Hanan

Brad Southard designed this 2.9-ounce folder named after the Hebrew word for “gracious gift.”

Here’s a spec illustration from Spyderco:

Spyderco Parata

spyderco parata knife

Automotive engineer Paul Alexander designed this folder with a big-bellied, VG-10 blade. 

The specs:

CRKT Raikiri

“When you want a sword, but need an EDC,” is how CRKT describes this latest addition to sport Field Strip tech. 

  • Blade Length: 3.759″ (95.48 mm)
  • Blade Length: 3.759″ (95.48 mm)
  • Blade Edge: Plain Edge
  • Blade Steel: 1.4116 SS
  • Blade Finish: Satin Finish
  • Blade Thickness: 0.134″ (3.4 mm)
  • Closed Length: 5.112″ (129.84 mm)
  • Weight: 5.0 oz
  • Handle: ADC12 Aluminium; Casting
  • Style: Folding Knife w/Locking Liner
  • Overall Length: 8.938″ (227.03 mm)

CRKT Offbeat

crkt offbeat

Originally designed in the 1970s by Pat and Wes Crawford, this creation makes its factory debut in 2018. True to its name, it sports the Crawford Lockback.

  • Blade Length: 3.522″ (89.46 mm)
  • Blade Edge: Plain Edge
  • Blade Steel: 8Cr13MoV
  • Blade Finish: Satin Finish
  • Blade Thickness: 0.109″ (2.77 mm)
  • Closed Length: 4.483″ (113.87 mm)
  • Weight: 2.9 oz
  • Handle: 2Cr13; Brush Finish
  • Style: Folding Knife w/Lockback
  • Overall Length: 8.0” (203.2 mm)

Benchmade Vector

The blue-class Vector offers something for flipper fans, but with the twist of Benchmade’s AXIS® Assist tech.

  • Designer: Benchmade
  • Mechanism: AXIS® Assist flipper
  • Action: Assisted-opening
  • Blade Length: 3.60″ (9.14cm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.100″ (2.540mm)
  • Open Length: 8.42″ (21.39cm)
  • Closed Length: 4.82″ (12.24cm)
  • Blade Steel: CPM-S30V (58-60 HRC)
  • Handle Thickness: 0.60″ (15.240mm)
  • Weight: 4.11oz. (116.52g)
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Blade Finish/Color: Satin
  • Blade Style/Shape: Spear-point
  • Clip Type: Standard
  • Clip Position: Tip-Up
  • Glass Breaker: No
  • Handle Material: Black Contoured G10
  • Lanyard Hole: Yes
  • MOLLE Compatible: No
  • Sheath Type: No

Benchmade Foray

On the other end of the Benchmade spectrum, the gold-class Foray uses Damasteel and a mother of pearl inlay for an art knife feel with the heart of an EDC.

  • Designer: Benchmade
  • Mechanism: AXIS®
  • Action: Manual-opening
  • Blade Steel: Loki™ pattern Damasteel® (58-60 HRC)
  • Blade Length: 3.22″ (8.18cm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.137″ (3.480mm)
  • Overall Length: 7.34″ (18.64cm)
  • Handle Thickness: 0.56″ (14.22mm)
  • Weight: 3.46oz. (98.09g)
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Blade Finish/Color: Damasteel
  • Blade Style/Shape: Drop-point
  • Clip Type: Deep-Carry
  • Clip Position: Tip-Up
  • Glass Breaker: No
  • Handle Material: Marbled carbon fiber
  • Lanyard Hole: No
  • MOLLE Compatible: No
  • Sheath Type: No

 

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