Pros: Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: Handle Feel, Lock Ease of Use, None
Outstanding utility folder and great upgrade to the Kiwi 3
I just got the Kiwi 4, and I have to say it is (almost) everything I was hoping for. I carried the Kiwi 3 for a year or so as a more utilitarian, people-friendly companion to my Esee Izula 2 which I EDC everyday. And while I like the Kiwi 3, the Kiwi 4 improves upon the design in many ways, including the following:- The Kiwi 4 has locking mechanism, the tried and true lockback, while the Kiwi 3 is slip-joint. While the lockback is not my favorite lock, it is great on the Kiwi 4 as it keeps the profile very slim. As an added bonus, you can open the Kiwi 4 one-handed with the Spydie Hole, while the Kiwi 3 is way too stiff to be opened with one hand.- The G-10 handle scales on the Kiwi 4 are a big improvement over the old stainless steel Kiwi 3 models. They provide excellent traction and make the Kiwi 4 about the same weight as the Kiwi 3, even though it is bigger (approximately 1/2 inch longer blade length and 1/2 inch longer closed length). - The Kiwi 4 has my favorite clip, the Spyderco wire clip, while the Kiwi 3 is clip-less. It rides deep in the pocket, and I prefer to have a clip on my knife. - The steel has has been upgraded from 8cr13mov to VG-10, which in my opinion is one of the better blade steels commonly available. Fairly easy to sharpen, holds a good edge, and is pretty corrosion resistant. So overall the Kiwi 4 is a pretty nice package. It is a very slim, unobtrusive knife that still feels very nice and solid in your hands thanks to the outstanding double choil grip, my favorite feature of this knife. The G-10 handle provides excellent traction, while the VG-10 wharncliffe blade is perfect for lighter duty EDC tasks like opening packages and mail, cutting zip ties, whittling, and food preparation.All that being said, I do have some minor gripes. For one, the tip on the Kiwi 4 is not as sharp and acute as the one on the Kiwi 3. While this will make the tip stronger, the needle-like tip of the Kiwi 3 is gone. Also, I feel for a smaller knife, the price is high. Sure it has good steel and the G-10 handles, but why should a knife this size be about the same price as the Paramilitary 2? And like I said previously, the lockback is not my favorite locking mechanism as it is hand to close one-handed, but it keeps the knife slim and can be closed one handed with a little extra fine motor skill. So if are like me and want a bigger, better Kiwi 3, or you are simply looking for a good, small utility blade and you got the money, get one of these. You will not be disappointed.