IWA OutdoorClassics 2017

Knife News
IWA OutdoorClassics 2017
The IWA OutdoorClassics is Europe’s largest trade fair for hunting, shooting sports, equipment for outdoor activities and for civilian and official security applications. It is also one of the industry’s biggest knife shows with over 300 participating companies. We have made a small selection of what they had to offer.
Lionsteel SR 11
According to the Italian Lionsteel company, the SR 11 represents the evolution of the original SR-1. Unlike its predecessor, the SR-11 has a flipper, ball-bearing system to facilitate the opening and closing of the blade, and a window breaker at the rear of the grip. Blade steel is Sleipner 60-61 HRC. The handle is available in titanium or aluminium, manufactured from one solid block. Blade length is 94 mm, tot length 211 mm.

Big Daghetta
The Lionsteel Big Daghetta is a larger version of the Daghetta designed by Max in the 2000s. It has Lionsteel Tactical Operation Lock system which allows the user to open the knife with one hand and blocks the blade in the open position. The blade is made of D2 stainless steel, the handle is of G 10 in grey, black or green. Blade length 94 mm, total length 218 mm.

The Cage
In 2015, the Italian company of Extrema Ration introduced a new line of ‘tactical cutlery’. What may have started as a gimmick became a great success, with an ever-increasing line of kitchen knives based on Extrema Ratio’s military models. But where do you keep your tactical cutlery? Not in an ordinary knife block of course, so here is Extrema Ratio’s solution: ‘The Cage’. The knives are kept in place through a Lexan structure in the walnut lid. The Cage is almost 40 centimetres high.

Sector 1 and Sector 2
The Extrema Ratio Sector 1 and Sector 2 are table knives with Forprene handles and military-style blades. The Sector 1 is the smaller version, with a 47 mm blade and a weight of 70 grams. The Sector 2 has a 76 mm blade and weights 79 grams. For both knives the blade is made of N690 Böhler steel.
‘The Nightmare’ is Extrema Ratio’s vision of a Karambit: a folding knife with rescue characteristics. The 73.5 mm curved Tanto blade is made of Böhler N690 steel and is partly serrated. The handle is anticorodal anodized aluminium, with a replaceable belt cutter. The finger ring has a glass breaker.

The ‘Wildsteer Krypton’ is a new outdoor/bushcraft knife. The knife is drop-forged from 416N steel. The blade is 17.5 cm long and has a width of 7.9 mm near the guard. The grip has a Kraton over-mould and the two-coloured Kydex sheath has a FireSteel.

The Fox Knives TUR is a fixed blade, designed by the Danish knife maker Jesper Voxnaes. There are two versions, differing in the grip material: Black G10 or Cocobolo wood. Both have a 11 cm blade from N690Co stainless and both come with a leather sheath.
Fox Knives comes with their own version of a Karambit. It has a carbon fibre/titanium frame and a 6.5 cm long N690Co blade with either a satin finish or a black Hidroglider coating. The Karambit has a framelock and a tip-up pocket clip.

Hill Knives
A few years ago, the Dutch company Hill Knives made an improved version of the famous Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife. Fox Knives makes three versions of the Hill Knives model, with either a black anodised aluminium or walnut handle and a blade with satin finish or black PVD coating. The blade measures 17 cm, the overall length is 30 cm.
In 2008 the Italian company Maserin began a collaboration with the Italian knife maker Attilio Morotti. For this year’s show, Morotti designed the AM-3: a linerlock folding knife with a 75 mm blade made of Böhler M390, and a handle composed of G-10  Black Blu and Orange, and the new material Titanium /Carbon.

Pit Bull
The Maserin Pit Bull was designed by Italian knife maker Sergio Consoli. This military style knife has a 105 mm blade of Böhler M390 steel and anodized aluminium grips with a stainless steel pocket clip. The blade opens through a flipper. Overall length is 230 mm.

The Marttiini ‘Wild Boar’ is a collector’s knife from this Finnish manufacturer. The pommel of the knife is a boar’s head cast in bronze which combines with the dark waxed birch wood handle. The 11 cm blade is made of stainless steel. The knife comes with a black leather scabbard and a wooden presentation box.
The French company Claude Dozorme presents its ‘Hipster’: an ‘urban knife’ which can be easily carried in a variety of ways. The blade is made of X50CrMoV15 steel.

Morakniv Rookie
Morakniv presents a new kid knife: the Morakniv Rookie. The knife has an extra rounded safety tip, designed to prevent sticking injuries while woodcarving. The guard prevents the fingers from slipping onto the blade and the small, spindle shaped handle is suited for children’s hands. The knife comes with a black polymer sheath.

Böker limited edition
Every year the German Böker company makes some limited-edition collector’s knives. One of them is the Cox Slim Zirconium, of which only 99 pieces will be made. The knife is a design by Danish knife maker Jens Ansø. This special edition has a handle made of solid Zirconium (Zr) from the titanium-family.

Böker 1674
The Böker Company was established in 1869 and since then has carried the tree-brand. Recent research has showed that this has been used by the Böker family from 1674 onward, albeit not as knife makers. Nonetheless, Böker decided to make a special series of ‘1674’ knives, consisting of their most popular models with a special medallion set in the Amboina grips.

The Böker Scout 1674.
70 Years Kalashnikov
The AK-47 assault rifle celebrates its 70th anniversary. Böker has been making Kalashnikov knives for a long time and therefore presents some commemorative models. Pictured here is the version with a damask blade, made from hand-forged Russian damask.

A ‘Jagdnicker’ is a classic German hunting knife. This design by Austrian knife maker Stefan Gobec has been revived by Böker. It is a drop-forged integral knife with either stag or maple grips. The knife is made of Solingen 4034 steel. The blade measures 103 mm and the total length is 216 mm.

The French Corolius company introduced the brand name Deejo in 2014. These are simple framelock folding knives, which can be made with a large number of ‘tattoos’: laser etchings on the blade. In the meantime, there are some 80 different motifs to choose from. The 2017 collection has ‘Nature’ as its guiding motif with the pictured hunting dog as an example.