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Gents Hunter II

Frugal Folders For Elegant EDC

D

espite the dominance of the versatile and durable
tactical folding knife among personal-protectionminded individuals, there has always been a demand
for fashionable everyday carry (EDC) blades, often referred
to as elegant or gentleman's folders. The defining characteristics of these knives is their relatively slim and trim
profile, simple but highly functional blade designs, and
handles that eschew aggressive texturing in favor of more
aesthetically pleasing designs and materials. The knives
detailed here are fine examples in form and function, and
should appeal to consumers with refined tastes, but more
practical budgets.
Part of Browning's Black Label series, the Blind Spot features a 3.8" slender drop point blade of 7Cr17MoV stainless
steel ($40, browning.com). A liner-lock design, opening is
assisted by bilateral thumbstuds, and jimping at the base
of spine aids control during use. The black stonewash finish
lends the blade and bolster a distinctive appearance, which
is complemented nicely by the hemp Micarta handle material. The Blind Spot also has a right-side, bolster-mounted
pocket clip bearing the Browning Buckmark.
The Hollow-Point, a Ken Onion design incorporated
into CRKT's officially licensed Ruger Knives collection,
is distinguished by the gracefully curving lines of the
handle and the 3.2" trailing point blade ($70, crkt.com).

Hollow-PoInt

BlInd sPot

The 8Cr14MoV steel blade bears a satin finish, as do the
front and rear bolsters. The knife makes use of a ball
bearing pivot system for efficient openings which are
facilitated by bilateral thumbstuds and a flipper lug. The
handle features a lanyard loop in the rear bolster, a rightside pocket clip which can be mounted on the front or rear
bolster, and black polymer panels with molded diamond
pattern checkering and the Ruger logo on the left side.
The A.G. Russell Gents Hunter II is a versatile lockback
folder featuring a 3.625", 9Cr13CoMoV steel drop point
blade ($145, agrussell.com). Bilateral channels near the
base of the spine facilitate opening, and the pocket clip
is reversible for right- or left-side carry. Though the Gents
Hunter II has a wider blade profile than the others on this
list, at 3.2 ozs. it is easily the lightest thanks in part to
the Featherlight stainless steel liner and the very attractive
carbon fiber handle scales. Models featuring Cocobolo ($95)
and green G-10 ($85) scales are also available.
-J.L. Kurtenbach, Managing editor

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