Kizer Cut­lery

Knives Illustrated - - Personal Defense -

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.

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