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Kizer Cutlery Ki401B1 Folding Knife 3-1/2" S35VN Stonewash Blade, Titanium Handles

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Part Number: KUKI401B1
Manufacturer: Kizer Cutlery
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KUKI401B1: Ki401B1 Folding Knife
Kizer Cutlery
Kizer Cutlery Titanium Framelock. 4-3/4" closed. 3-1/2" CPM-S35VN stainless blade with dual thumb studs and flipper. 6AL4V titanium handles. Lanyard hole. 6AL4V titanium pocket clip. Weight: 4.9 oz. Made in China.
Kizer uses high-tech wire EDM machines to cut the parts. This method is slower than laser or water jet but feel quality is worth the wait. Each component in Kizer knives are precision machined and engineered to the finest tolerances. The final fit, finish, action, and sharpness of each knife is achieved entirely by hand, employing the irreplaceable craftsmanship developed by generations of cutler masters. Dedicated craftsman honoring the long term goal of making the best knives possible is what Kizer brings to you.
Kizer Cutlery Uses
  • High grade materials
  • High quality workmanship
  • High speed CNC Milling machines
  • Wire EDM cutting tools
Frame Lock
Frame Lock
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
A tougher steel than S30V, it retains the excellent corrosive properties and ability to take an edge, but improves on the ability to hold that edge.
Titanium Handles
Titanium Handles
A nonferrous metal, it's prized for its high strength to weight ratio and is often used on higher end knives.
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R Lee
Hong Kong
Mar 03, 2016
Pros: Lock Type, Blade Material, None
Cons: Handle Feel, Lock Ease of Use, Weight
Better options are out there
I have this knife for a while and use it occasionally. Overall, the materials on blade and handle are good. That is all the good things I can say about it. The opening is far from smooth. Everything I need to add the wrist flipping action to have it fully deployed. Or I can press the flipper stud really really hard. Like most flipper knives, this flipper stud performs as both hand guard and flip switch to deploy the blade. The switch shapes like a shark fin. There is a small jimping / "teeth" on the concave side of the fin. First, the jimping is no help for deploying the blade. Worst. When it acts as hand guard, it actually hurts the middle section of my index finger. The CNC machined 3D handle may look nice. But my palm becomes very painful after a short time of use. Problems can be overcame by wearing gloves. Given the price, it is reasonable. If you are willing to pay more, more better options are out there.
4 out of 5
Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov 10, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Handle Material, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening
Great-Looking Folder w/ A Few Oversights
The Good: • Handle - very nicely done with both texture and appearance. This knife really draws a lot of attention because of the polished ridges and matte finished valleys. In terms of size it's perfect for EDC. My favorite aspect of this knife is definitely the scales. • Blade is sharp and utilitarian. At this price point there are no worries using this as a working knife and the stonewash finish is nicely executed. The Bad: • I have several Kizer knives and they all seem to suffer from some inattention to detail or possibly haste in the crafting process. Some would say "You get what you pay for" but in all honesty I have seen some very inexpensive Kershaw frame locks that don't have workmanship oversights. In this case the grind on the blade is uneven all along the swedge. When you look at the blade from the top, the profile is uneven and the tip is offset. It does not impair functionality, but it's annoying because the craftsman's attention to detail was mediocre and it also did not get caught in quality control. The Kizers I own have been purchased for EDC working knives so it's not a big deal but I have noticed one or more workmanship defects in every knife of this brand that I own. • The pivot is washers on this model and the knife does not fire well until it's been broken in for quite a while. •Some of the surfaces such as along the edge of the frame lock have not been beveled (again a shortcut) and are actually unreasonably sharp. Ultimately this is a great-looking, reasonably priced knife made from solid materials. Some labor corners are obviously being cut to keep costs down, which is not entirely unexpected given Kizer's value proposition which is to present a product that often sells for $250 to $300 based on the materials and make it in China to bring the price down.
5 out of 5
Savannah, GA
Nov 17, 2014
Pros: Ease of Opening, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Great Knife - Handsome & Functional
A very handsome, solidly made knife suitable for EDC. It has a very unusual and interesting looking handle obviously very much “inspired” by the Tim Britton models. I was initially hesitant about paying so much for a ‘Made in China’ knife but I was tempted after seeing other reviews of this model. I have not been disappointed and in fact was so impressed that I have since bought a couple of additional Kizer knives. My only design complaint is that the thumb studs are very tall, extending high beyond the edge of the handle, and have somewhat sharp edges. So if the lining of your pant pockets is not substantial enough the thumb stud rubs quite uncomfortably against the skin of the thigh! But other than that I have no complaints. In summary this is a really good looking and well-made knife which I highly recommend.
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