This video by The Late Boy Scout features the Shane’s top knives of 2016. His standout pieces for the year were the Stedemon ZKC D-01, Ruger CRKT Follow-Through, Benchmade Mini-Griptilian, Spyderco Paramilitary 2, Benchmade 940-2 and Microtech Ultratech.
The Stedemon ZKC D-01 is a great knife with a blade made of 440C steel. The knife has a liner lock, a pocket clip and a lanyard hole. Shane notes that he particularly loves the big flathead screwdriver pivot on the knife. He also states that the blade has fantastic balance.
The Ruger CRKT Follow-Through has a flipper opener set to an IKBS ball bearing pivot, which provides incredibly smooth action. A liner lock mechanism also keeps the blade securely in place. The knife’s handle features diamond-checkered, glass-reinforced nylon scales over stainless steel liners. It also includes a reversible tip-up carry clip.
The Benchmade Mini-Griptilian is a lightweight knife that has an exclusive AXIS locking mechanism. It also features an ambidextrous thumb-stud opener, a grip textured molded handle, and a movable carry-clip.
The Spyderco Paramilitary 2 was originally designed to condense the crucial features of Spyderco’s Military Model into a more compact format. The Paramilitary 2 has a lean, open-backed design. The knife features nested stainless steel liners, a high-strength compression lock mechanism, an oversized trademark round hole, and a four-position clip.
The Benchmade 940-2 is an everyday carry knife that Shane claims to be the best version of the Osborne in the entire line. It features a reverse tanto blade, ambidextrous dual thumb-stud opener, AXIS locking mechanism, reversible tip-up pocket clip and green anodized barrel spacers.
The Microtech Ultratech is a dual action out-the-front knife that serves as the foundation for the entire Microtech OTF line. It is slim and lightweight. It features an improved tri-grip texturing on the handle and thumb slide, one handed open and close action, as well as a scalpel sharp blade.