With 2014 coming to a close in just a few days, it seemed like the perfect time to reminisce about all of the really stellar knives that were introduced in 2014. The 2015 SHOT Show is also coming up quick in just a few weeks with a host of new knives (can you believe it?), so here’s a look at some of the best knives 2014 brought with it.
The Benchmade 940-1 was definitely a popular choice among Blade HQ employees. It’s basically an upgraded version of the 940. It has a beautiful carbon fiber handle with stainless steel liners, but another equally beautiful aspect of this knife is its blue anodized aluminum barrel spacers.
Take a look:
I’m not exactly sure why something as simple as blue spacers can add so much class and originality to a knife, but they definitely make me love the 940-1 even more. The spacers are a detail that add charm to the knife if you take the time to notice them.
There are just too many awesome things going on with this knife to describe them all. LionSteel has always implemented top-notch quality and innovation into its knives, and this knife is no exception. The TM! TiDust is created using Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), and it’s the first knife to be made with this technology. You can kiiiiiind of sort of think of DMLS like 3-D printing, except that it basically fuses titanium powder in to the finished product.
Great things always come from ESEE. This CM5 is 11.125 inches long overall and a 5.7875-inch, 1095 blade. Because it’s such a long knife, it would be great for camping, survival, or tactical use. This ESEE is a Terrill Hoffman design.
Props to Spyderco for making this outstanding knife and custom knife maker Peter Carey for designing it. This uniquely shaped blade has a drop point blade shape, G-10 scales, and carbon fiber bolsters. The gray is a nice touch for the carbon fiber, don’t ya think?
This knife is one of our favorites from 2014 because it showcases the classis Grant and Gavin Hawk innovation we’ve all come to know and love over the years. In my own, non-technical words from my non-sciency brain, the Griploc’s handle can stay open as long as you’re holding the knife in hand. As you release the pressure on the handle, you can close the blade. It’s pretty ingenious, if you ask me. Also, the knife has a sliding safety that can be used to lock the blade in place permanently.
We also really like the new Protech Rockeyes that were released this year. They’re collaborations and adaptations of Les George’s custom design. These are also limited run knives, but they’re available with a few different blade and handle styles.
The Boker Kwaiken is a classic every knife enthusiast should have in his or her collection, and we especially love it with a carbon fiber handle. This version actually didn’t come from SHOT Show this year, but it was a new Blade HQ exclusive from 2014. This version of the Kwaiken has a flipper, VG-10 steel, and an IKBS pivot.
These are just a few of our favorite knives from 2014. What do you think the best knife that came out of 2014 is?