ZU Bladeworx Shrapnel Voted Best New Tactical Fixed Blade 2018

Presented by: Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpeners

We are pleased to announce that the ZU Bladeworx Shrapnel is the KnifeNews Readers’ Choice for Best New Tactical Fixed Blade 2018. The Shrapnel was a write-in nominee and managed to take the big prize against some very stiff competition: the Benchmade Infidel fixed blade, CRKT SiWi, and the TOPS Operator 7.

The word “tactical” means a lot of different things in the knife world. Many associate with self-defense or specialized martial uses; for some old school makers it simply means any knife that has modern contrivances: one hand opening, a pocket clip, modern synthetic materials. The team at ZU Bladeworx took the term at face value and produced a striking, streamlined take on a fighting knife. The Shrapnel is purpose built for tactical applications, and every design decision has been made with that goal in mind.

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In the folder world, small but stout folders have become a bit of a trend. In some ways, the Shrapnel takes that same “small but strong philosophy” and applies it to a fixed blade pattern. Originally conceived as a clearing knife for the Australian Defence Force, the Shrapnel blends a compact build with rugged construction. “ZU Bladworx is a registered vendor to the Australian Defence Forces,” says Matt from ZU Bladeworx. “The Shrapnel was developed by a request from members in the Australian Army as a suitable tool to compliment the Australian Army Combatives Program.”  Its blade is made from A2 tool steel, which brings a suitable mix of edge retention and toughness to the table – performance attributes that are further increased by an intelligent grind that thins out its double-sided cutting edges while reinforcing the acute tip.

The Shrapnel probably won’t find its way into many day-to-day EDC roles, but it combines an everyday slicer’s edge geometry with the heightened durability of a bigger knife. Ergonomically the knife keeps things simple. The full tang handle terminates in a finger ring, and is skeletonized with a series of holes lighten this slender blade even further – the whole package comes in at just 3.3 oz.

ZU Bladeworx is a knife company in Australia. Located in Queensland, ZU has been accruing fans with a string of Australian-made fixed blade releases. The Shrapnel itself will be expanded with a tanto version soon.

Visit KnifeNews.com tomorrow to find out the winner of the KnifeNews Readers’ Choice Award for Best New Fixed Blade for EDC 2018.


Monday, November 26: Best New Tactical Fixed Blade 2018 (WINNER: ZU Bladeworx Shrapnel)

Tuesday, November 27: Best New Fixed Blade for EDC 2018 (WINNER: TOPS Little Bugger)

Wednesday, November 28: Best New Outdoors Fixed Blade 2018 (WINNER: Benchmade 200 Puukko)

Thursday, November 29: Best Knife Upgrade 2018 (WINNER: Ontario RAT 2 in D2)

Friday, November 30: Best New Slipjoint/Non-Locking Knife 2018 (WINNER: Isham Bladeworks Blackstar)

Monday, December 3: Best New High-End Knife 2018 (MSRP of $300 or more) (WINNER: Zero Tolerance 0470)

Tuesday, December 4: Best New Value Folder 2018 (MSRP of $100 or less) (WINNER: CIVIVI Baklash)

Wednesday, December 5: Best New Manual Folder 2018 (WINNER: Spyderco Chaparral FRN)

Thursday, December 6: Most Innovative New Knife 2018 (WINNER: WE Knife Co. Double Helix)

Friday, December 7: Best Overall New for 2018 Lineup (WINNER: Spyderco)

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