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Limited Edition Knives: Coast Unveils ‘1919 Reserve’

Coast builds on its heritage with the new 1919 Reserve — modern designs made with long-lasting steel and unique safety locks.

The Coast 1919 Reserve knives harken back to the year its founder, Henry W. Brands, created a strong fillet knife with a cleaning scoop on the end of the handle. It was a hot commodity and laid the foundation for the brand.

From there, Coast grew its offering to include other workplace needs, from cutting tools to lighting. The 1919 Reserve collection targets a variety of uses and needs, while maintaining its use of stainless steel blades, patented locking mechanisms, and modern practical features.

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1919 Reserve Limited Edition

Coast says it prides itself on its locking systems, and claims it puts extra focus on this in the design and manufacturing process. The brand’s patented Double Lock and Max Lock systems are designed for added protection beyond the traditional use of a liner lock.

The Max Lock prevents assisted-opening mechanisms from triggering while in your pocket, and both locks hold the blade open to prevent an accidental closure from cutting into your knuckles.

DX342

COAST Portland 1919 Reserve Limited Edition DX342
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  • Lock Type: Double Lock system
  • Blade Length: 3.5 in.
  • Length Closed/Opened: 5 in./8.5 in.
  • Handle Material: G10 peel-ply
  • Blade Material: 7Cr17

An all-around knife for everyday carry, the DX342 has a G10 Peel-Ply composite handle with stainless steel liners. The 3.5-inch full-bevel blade is made from 7Cr17 steel with an anti-corrosion coating.

Coast’s Double Lock system with tension adjuster gives the user control on securing the blade. And it has a reversible thumb stud and pocket clip for holding and opening with a preferred hand.

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RX357

COAST Portland 1919 Reserve Limited Edition RX357
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  • Lock Type: Max Lock System
  • Blade Length: 3.58 in.
  • Length Closed/Opened: 5 in./8.46 in.
  • Handle Material: Nylon
  • Blade Material: 9Cr18Mov stainless steel

This 3.5-inch, partially serrated Tanto-style blade is made from 9Cr18Mov steel with a corrosion-resistant coating. It is designed to hold its edge through repeated piercing, cutting, and slicing.

An injection-molded handle has pronounced bumps for grip and uses Coast’s patented blade assist to open with a thumb flick. Additionally, the brand’s Max Lock helps keep the blade open against pressure.

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F401

COAST Portland 1919 Reserve Limited Edition F401
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  • Blade/Total Length: 4 in./9 in.
  • Construction: Full-tang
  • Handle Material: G10 peel-ply
  • Blade Material: 9Cr18Mov stainless steel
  • Accessory: Sheath

The F401 is a fixed-blade model with a 4-inch drop-point blade of high-carbon 9Cr13Mov Steel. Its handle has a dimpled texture of G10 peel-ply built around the full-tang blade. The included sheath has an injection-molded nylon liner to help it slide in and provide a protected carry.

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FDX356

COAST Portland 1919 Reserve Limited Edition FDX356
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  • Lock Type: Double Lock System
  • Blade Length: 3.5 in.
  • Length Closed/Opened: 4.5 in./8 in.
  • Handle Material: G10 peel-ply
  • Blade Material: 9Cr18Mov stainless steel

Designed to work for a range of tasks, from skinning game to cutting rope, the FDX356 aims for a slim, pocket-friendly profile. That sleek styling includes a steel and G10 composite handle with dimples for grip.

And the drop-point blade provides a longer cutting radius at the tip. It stays closed with the Double Lock system and locking frame.

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FDX306

COAST Portland 1919 Reserve Limited Edition FDX306
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  • Lock Type: Double Lock System
  • Blade Length: 3.5 in.
  • Length Closed/Opened: 5 in./8.5 in.
  • Handle Material: G10 peel-ply
  • Blade Material: 7Cr17 steel coated

The FDX306 is an all-steel EDC with a 3-inch Tanto-style blade made of 7Cr17 steel, and partial serration at its base.

Holding the blade in place is Coast’s frame lock and locking system. Negative spaces in the handle were milled out to save weight.

A stonewash finish gives it a worn-in appearance that should prevent a knick or two from hard use from standing out.

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A Century of Functionality

Coast builds these knives to be used, not collected.

The 1919 Reserve collection aims for a mix of function, safety, and durability in these limited-edition blades. To back that up, the brand uses high-carbon stainless steel and sturdy handle materials. Plus, the brand backs up their knives with a lifetime warranty.

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