Buck Knives

Buck's innovative, patent-pending Shift Mechanism is the driving force behind
its new Paradigm knife line. Instead of a liner lock (or frame lock), the
Paradigm's unique lock is located in the bolster. To unlock and open the
knife, use your thumb to slide the bolster sideways; do the same to unlock
and close it. This procedure means a user never puts his thumb in the way
of a closing blade.

The Paradigm 337 Pro (shown here) has an S30V stainless-steel blade, and the
ergonomic handle is made of rugged, virtually indestructible G10. SRP: $180.
The blade on the 336 Paradigm Avid is 13C26 Sandvik stainless steel, and the
handle is contoured Micarta. SRP: $150. The blades on both are 3 ¼-inch-long
drop point, and each also has a reversible stainless-steel clip. In keeping
with Buck's "American Commitment," both Paradigms are made in the
USA and are backed by Buck's respected Forever Warranty. (800-326-2825; buckknives.com)