The new Rancor Executive VIII assisted opening knife from Bear & Son Cutlery ($224.99) is fitted with a 2-3/4-inch, taper ground blade made from S35VN steel, an advanced alloy with vanadium and niobium carbides added to improve its toughness, wear resistance and ability to hold an edge much longer than other tool steels. Open length is 6-1/2 inches, closed length is 3-3/4 inches and weight is a mere 1.7 oz. The The Rancor Executive VIII’s light weight is due in no small part to its hybrid grips: stonewashed Titanium on the tip-up pocket clip side and full-coverage checkered carbon fiber on the front side to provide the ultimate in grip traction, even with wet or bloody hands. With the blade stowed, its large, assisted opening tab protrudes prominently from the bottom for instantaneous deployment of the blade.

Contact Bear & Son Cutlery; Tel.: (256) 435-2227; Web: www.bearandsoncutlery.com