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Vulpex Knives Brings Custom Fixed Blade Design to Bestech

The second Bestech/Vulpex Knives collab is on the way, and this time it’s a fixed blade. The Bestech VK-Core emulates a popular custom model from the Berlin-based maker.

One of the enduring pleasures of the knife hobby, particularly for those of us with limited funds to spend on our passion, is when a custom model gets a production counterpart, bringing the lines and the function of the less-accessible original to a larger audience. As cool as a brand new design is, sometimes you just want to get your hands on a knife that you’ve only ever looked at in pictures; the VK-Core should check the box for lots of people.

It’s a production take on the Vulpex VK, a fixed blade model that maker Steven Kempa has iterated on throughout his burgeoning custom career. The VK-Core models itself after the wharncliffe-bladed version, with a 3.19-inch blade in that popular shape. The length and shape allows the Core to do a little of everything, whether you want it to slice up foodstuffs, or be a daily carry, or accompany you on outdoors adventures. The blade steel is 14C28N, a highly reliable stainless steel that is easy to maintain, and it sports the copper stud insert that is the Vulpex Knives signature visual flourish.

The sheath has a cutout for the brass stud to show through

The handle arches subtly but noticeable behind the guard and, after the deep finger groove, the handle as whole tapers down to a narrow back end. Three large holes have been cute into the tang, which makes the Core quite a light knife at 2.7 oz.; there’s also a lanyard hole implemented and a Kydex sheath for all your carrying needs. While there are no official add-on scale options for the VK-Core, it seems like it would be an amenable platform for custom scales.

The VK-Core is expected to arrive at the end of February. In the meantime you can preorder it if you’d like.

Knife in Featured Image: Bestech VK-Core


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