BUYER’S GUIDE

NON-FERROUS BLADES

Recoil - - Front Page - BY PATRICK VUONG

Most knife nuts know that a blade’s steel is made up mostly of two com­po­nents: iron and car­bon. But did you know you could have a blade with­out iron?

Non-ferrous knives are noth­ing new. Hu­mans have slashed and bashed each other with weapons made of stone then bronze (which is tin and cop­per) long be­fore the Iron Age. But thanks to ad­vanc­ing tech­nol­ogy and cheaper man­u­fac­tur­ing, we now have a va­ri­ety of non­fer­rous blade ma­te­ri­als avail­able — poly­mers, ti­ta­nium, and ceram­ics, just to name a few.

Why would you need a knife with­out iron?

No, not for sneaking past a metal de­tec­tor. Non-ferrous blades have plenty of le­git uses, in­clud­ing in ma­rine en­vi­ron­ments (they don’t rust) and around med­i­cal and in­dus­trial equip­ment (they’re not mag­netic). An­other bonus is the “low-carb” fac­tor; al­most all the tools in this buyer’s guide are half the weight of their ferrous coun­ter­parts. And for the knife nut, they’re an­other spec­i­men to add to the col­lec­tion.

1 MAKE:

Schwartz Tac­ti­cal

MODEL:

ST Vengeance Gen­er­a­tion II

OAL:

6.625 inches

BLADE LENGTH:

2.625 inches

BLADE MA­TE­RIAL:

Car­bon fiber, ti­ta­nium, and tung­sten car­bide

WEIGHT:

2.2 ounces

MSRP:

$225

URL:

www.schwartz­tac­ti­cal.com

2 MAKE:

Brown­ing

MODEL:

Speed Load Ce­ramic

OAL:

7 inches

BLADE LENGTH:

3 inches

BLADE MA­TE­RIAL:

Ce­ramic

WEIGHT:

2.9 ounces

MSRP:

$40

URL:

www.brown­ing.com

3 MAKE:

Bas­tion Gear

MODEL:

Gen­tle­men’s Carry Knife

OAL:

7.5 inches

BLADE LENGTH:

3 inches

BLADE MA­TE­RIAL:

Car­bon fiber

WEIGHT:

1.5 ounces

MSRP:

$82

URL:

www.ama­zon.com

4 MAKE:

Boker Plus

MODEL:

Anti-MC

OAL:

7.7 inches

BLADE LENGTH:

3.2 inches

BLADE MA­TE­RIAL:

Ce­ramic

WEIGHT:

2.5 ounces

MSRP:

$96

URL:

www.bokerusa.com

5 MAKE:

Cold Steel

MODEL:

Delta Dart

OAL:

8.125 inches

BLADE LENGTH:

3.25 inches

BLADE MA­TE­RIAL:

Zy-Ex poly­mer

WEIGHT:

1 ounce

MSRP:

$6

URL:

www.cold­steel.com

6 MAKE:

VZ Grips

MODEL:

Dia­mante Dag­ger G10

OAL:

9.875 inches

BLADE LENGTH:

4.5 inches

BLADE MA­TE­RIAL:

G10

WEIGHT:

2.3 ounces

MSRP:

$99

URL:

www.vz­grips.com

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