KIZLYAR’S SUPREME WHISPER FEATURES ELEMENTS OF 3 CULTURES
Do the math. Three great cultures come together to bring the best of each into one amazing EDC folder with the Kizlyar Supreme Whisper.
American design. Japanese influence. Russian manufacturing. Blend these three cultures, and the result is one amazing EDC knife. Everyday carry knives get used for a myriad of mundane daily tasks, including opening boxes, cutting twine, and slicing up apples or your sandwich for lunch. They don’t have to be sexy to be functional. But then again, we live in the golden age of personal cutlery with more choices available to us than ever, so there’s also no reason they can’t be sexy and still be extremely practical at the same time … such as the Kizlyar Supreme Whisper from CAS Iberia.
Kizlyar Supreme has established itself as a top-quality manufacturer with a stable of very good domestic designers from their home base in Russia. Through a collaboration with CAS Iberia, they’ve worked with American knife designer, Jason Breeden, to come up with a truly international design in a Far East, meets East, meets West way.
Jason’s Whisper is heavily influenced by Japanese design and channels the traditional tanto in its blade shape and handle cues. Rather than the angular Western tanto, the Whisper uses the more gently curved traditional tip profile that is time-proven for its strength and penetrating power.
Despite the historical blade profile, the materials are completely modern. It features a tough, resilient D2 tool steel blade with a black titanium coating for added durability and corrosion resistance. The Whisper uses a high, flat grind on its 3.75-inch-long blade and has a set of dual thumb studs, mounted for ambidextrous, onehanded opening. The action is smooth, and—with a little practice—the blade is easily snapped open with just the flick of the thumb.
Lock up is handled via a well-centered liner lock, and there is no noticeable play in the blade when opened. A subtle cutout in the left scale makes it easy to access the liner lock to release and close the blade. The D2 blade is mounted to the handle via a sturdy pivot pin with stylish heads that look like shuriken.
The Whisper’s handle is milled from black and red G-10 in a diamond pattern reminiscent of the Japanese handle wrapping used on traditional katanas, wakizashis and tantos. A basic black version is available as well, if the two-tone red and black aren’t to your taste. The G-10 is backed by a set of stainless liners for added strength. The Whisper uses an open-frame design to make it easy to clean and to keep crud from building up. A nonreversible, deep carry pocket clip is set up for right-hand, tip-up carry. The clip is skeletonized and features a Japanese mon, or family crest, at its end, which is another nice detail and nod to the blade’s historical influence.
“… THE WHISPER USES THE MORE GENTLY CURVED TRADITIONAL TIP PROFILE THAT IS TIME-PROVEN FOR ITS STRENGTH AND PENETRATING POWER.”
I’m not one to keep boxes, but I must say that the Whisper comes packed in one of the nicer boxes I’ve seen. It’s a sturdy black cardboard affair tastefully adorned with the Kizlyar Supreme logo and contact information, which is in gold. The flap is secured by a magnetic latch, and the knife is safely nestled in a foam cutout and accompanied by a warranty card that explains Kizlyar’s lifetime warranty in both English and Russian. The MSRP for the CAS Iberia is $112.
The Whisper Day to Day
To get a good grasp on how it carries and how it works in a variety of environments, I carried the Whisper off and on, both at work and home, over a couple-month period. Although in my work as a police officer, most of my knife use is the same as anyone else’s— basic utility tasks—i always do keep in mind that a blade could be put into
play as a last-ditch defense weapon or to aid in weapons retention. With that on mind, I usually carry my knife in my left-rear pocket, opposite of my duty weapon. I found the Whisper worked quite well in this position. Its deep carry clip kept it discreet and secure, and its flat profile made it comfortable to carry. The profile of the clip made it slide over the edge of the pocket easily and had enough retention to stay in place but not so much that it made it hard to draw. The symmetrical handle design and ambidextrous thumb studs made it as easy to use with my off hand as my primary, which isn’t always the case with knives I try. As far as defense use goes, I can’t say I got into any knife fights while I was carrying the Whisper … or at all for that matter. With that said, when looking at the Whisper from that standpoint, it has some great features in its favor. The diamond pattern G-10 handles provide a solid grip, even when wet. They do a nice job of keeping your hand in place so that it doesn’t ride up on the blade when stabbing, even without the presence of any sort of
“THROUGH A COLLABORATION WITH CAS IBERIA, THEY’VE WORKED WITH AMERICAN KNIFE DESIGNER, JASON BREEDEN, TO COME UP WITH A TRULY INTERNATIONAL DESIGN IN A FAR EAST, MEETS EAST, MEETS WEST WAY.”
guard. They also provided enough tex- ture so that it worked well in a gloved hand. The good sized 4.5-inch-long handle is comfortable in both saber and ice pick grips, in either the edge-in or edge-out position. The tanto point gave good penetration on stacked cardboard test targets, even when punching through layers of denim and leather to simulate heavy clothing.
The bulk of my work with the Whisper was day-to-day tasks, and it shouldn’t be any surprise to hear that it performed these quite well. With its easy draw and fast one-hand opening, it was convenient to deploy for quick mundane chores like opening the steady stream of packages and Amazon boxes that I seem to get, as well as cutting cord and rope, trimming strings and the like. I got a number of compliments on the design, even from nonknife folks. It’s a good-looking design that transcends knife enthusiasts. I like the long 3.75-inch blade and flat grind for impromptu kitchen chores. It did a great job of dicing up apples, and it had enough length to handily slice bagels and cut up subs and hoagies. The open-frame design made it easy to clean up before and after food prep.
Overall function and practicality on the Whisper was excellent, and I found the combo of G-10 handles and D2 blade held up nicely under use. The only minor issues I noted during use were that while the factory edge on the Whisper was good, it wasn’t hair-popping sharp. A brief time on a diamond stone cleaned that up quickly though, so it wasn’t a big deal.
The only other thing was the non-moveable pocket clip. I prefer tip down and like to have the option of reversing the clip, but I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority there. Most folks I talk to prefer tip up so that likely won’t be an issue for most users.
Competitively Priced EDC
The Whisper is an international blade that has the strength design characteristics to make it a good defense and backup blade, but it still has eminent practical utility for common everyday tasks that most of us perform with
“THE WHISPER IS AN INTERNATIONAL BLADE THAT HAS THE STRENGTH DESIGN CHARACTERISTICS TO MAKE IT A GOOD DEFENSE AND BACKUP BLADE...”
Top: The Whisper uses a 3.75-inch blade of D2 tool steel with a black titanium coating.
Bottom: The Whisper uses a deep carry pocket clip adorned with a Japanese mon, or family crest, at its end.
Bottom: The Whisper from Kizlyar and CAS Iberia makes a great everyday carry piece.
Left: The Whisper's handle is milled from black and red G-10 in a diamond pattern similar to the handle wrapping used on traditional Japanese swords.
Top Left: The Whisper may handle mundane chores with ease, but it also makes for a fine, sturdy tactical blade as well, and the author carried it on duty as a backup blade. Bottom Right: The Whisper's clip is low profile and allows the knife to ride deeply and securely in the pocket.
Bottom: A discrete “Made in Russia” stamp rests on the spine of the blade, proudly announcing the Whisper's origin. CAS Iberia (800) 635-9366 www.casiberia.com
Top Middle: With a touch up on a diamond stone, the Whisper was up to tough tasks like cutting through hemp rope. Top Right:the long handle of the Whisper makes it comfortable to hold in a variety of grips.
Top Left: The D2 tool steel blade kept a good edge even after extensive testing on a variety of materials, like this hemp rope.