Rive is a fairly new company who's trying to assert themselves in a very competitive industry. Rive's mission statement is to make tools that are innovative with cutting edge components. On their site they say, "Inspired by the renegades, rebels, and rogues." That's cute considering today we're checking out the companies only offering at the moment, the Rogue Mini.
Andrew Demko has been a knife maker since the 80's and his passion for engineering and attention to detail got the attention of Cold Steel. Working with Cold Steel, Andrew designed some of the most innovative, strongest locking mechanisms in the industry. The legendary Tri-Ad Lock, the Scorpion Lock, and most recently, The Shark-Lock. Since the purchase of Cold Steel, Andrew has grown his business to include his brother John Demko. Demko Knives has been on the scene since 2021 and it's making waves with its production version of the famous AD20.
Vosteed Knives have such a huge assortment of styles and options available. Like any good company who diversifies themselves, they have knives that come in various blade steels, opening methods, and handle options. One popular knife that the company decided to expand on is their workhorse, the Gator.
Case knives have been an America staple for over a century, they have stuck to what they know best, traditional knives. They did dabble in modern tactical knives back in 2012 with the TechX line. These knives were designed to provide the "ultimate utility knife for a wide range of applications, whether it is everyday tasks around the house, camping or field dressing in the outdoors." These knives were imported and had specs similar with what we see out of Camillus today.
The Shilin Cutter is a Taiwanese knife that was first made in the mid-19th century by a cutler named Kuo He. By the 1960s, there were more than 20 knifesmiths making the cutter in northern Taipei. The Shilin Cutter is a slip joint with a san mai blade shaped like a bamboo leaf, and an eggplant-shaped handle made out of horn. It was a common knife in Taiwan and Japan, and was used by market vendors, mechanics, fishermen, and even carried by bureaucrats.