Lone Wolf Knife of the Year Award
Lone Wolf Knives
Lone Wolf Knives won two awards at the 2009 Blade Show in Atlanta, Georgia. Lone Wolf’s new Paul Defender won the “Overall Knife of the Year” award and Lone Wolf’s new Blackfoot won “Best Value Knife of the Year”. Lone Wolf Knives is the creation of Jim Wehrs, President and Owner. The company is located in Wilsonville, Oregon and the knives are made in the USA. Lone Wolf Knives specializes in semi-custom knives. They work with knife makers to develop knife designs and manufacture their knives using the best materials available.
The Defender – Blade Show 2009 Overall Knife of the Year
The Paul Defender was designed by Paul W. Poehlmann. Mr. Poehlmann is a custom knife maker and holds patents for folding knife mechanisms including the “Axial Locking Mechanism” used in the Paul Defender design. He brings his unique background in engineering to knife making and the results speak for themselves. The “Axial Locking Mechanism” locks a knife open and closed. It easily opened and closed with one hand.
The Defender is totally ambidextrous. The pocket clip and handles can be swapped from one side to the other. The 3.9 inch blade is 154CM high-carbon stainless steel. The Defender is one handed open and close with the Paul “Axial Locking Mechanism”. It is made in the USA. It is a new design for 2009. Lone Wolf describes the Defender as a “Gentleman’s Tactical Knife”. Overall length is 9 inches. The blade is heat treated, tempered and cryogenically frozen which gives the knife a tough long lasting edge. The edge is flat ground for ease of sharpening. The knife feels great in your hand. The Defender that won the award had a Cocobola Wood handle. The knife is also available in Black G-10.
The Blackfoot – Blade Show 2009 Best Value Knife of the Year
The Blackfoot is a Lone Wolf design. It is a tough locking-liner design. The CPM-S30V stainless steel blade is 3 inches long and opens one handed with the thumbscrew. The blade is titanium nitride coated for a tough non-glare surface. It is cryogenically heat treated. The knife weights less than 5 oz. The handle is Ebano wood. Overall length is 7 inches. It has a stainless pocket clip. It is made in the USA.
All Lone Wolf knives carry a lifetime warranty on materials and craftsmanship. They use the best material available, stainless steel pocket clips, liners and frames. Pivot hardware and liners are heat treated for durability. They make a great product in both design and craftsmanship.
The Blade Show awards are won in competition with all major knife companies. Winning these awards shows that Lone Wolf has a great product and design. You will not regret purchasing either of these knives.
In October of 2010 Lone Wolf Knives was bought by Benchmade Knives. I am putting some Lone Wolf knives made before October 2010 aside because I think they will go up in value also because I like them.
If you are a collector the interest in pre-Benchmade lone wolf knives is picking up. Especially the knives with the Axial Locking Mechanism and the automatics.
As of May 2011 it doesn't appear that Benchmade is going to make the types of knives that Lone Wolf made. There are still Lone Wolf knives around so buy them if you like them.
08-20-11, Lone Wolf knives are selling at a good pace. The prices are going up. There are still plenty of nice ones available except for the D-2 automatics and Hersheys which are getting hard to find.