So, if you’re like me, and haven’t been paying attention to Kizer, here are a few things you should know. First off, it is a Chinese company, but it isn’t the sort of manufacturer that just does contract work for other companies. Kizer has its own designs and works with many well-known Western knife makers and designers—like Dirk Pinkerton, Justin Gingrich, Justin Lundquist, Ray Laconico, Uli Hennicke, Darrel Ralph and many others—to come up with unique designs. It also imports material from Japan and the United States and constructs its knives with top end components, such as titanium for frames and high-end steels like CPM-S35VN on its higher-end models. Production is done on state-of-the-art EDM and CNC machines, and the final assembly work is all done by hand. Much of the higher-end knives retail in the mid-$200s to mid-$300s range, so last year Kizer came out with a more affordable line of knives with its Tangram series. The Tangrams still use the designs of custom makers and the same manufacturing techniques as their more expensive brethren, but they use somewhat more affordable materials. Affordable doesn’t mean poor quality though, as the Tangrams still offer solid performance at a price that most people can afford.