Friday, December 4, 2015

Kizer Gemini Review

A note before I get to the review itself.  This knife was sent to me, unsolicited, as a gift from a reader, Elliot.  Elliot and I have emailed back and forth and he is a super cool dude.  This gift is really something I am grateful for and happy to have.  He told me it was because I provided good content (which I think many would debate, see the Kershaw Cryo Review and comments).  Whatever the reason, the generosity is much appreciated.  This knife, like all gifts, is going in the permanent collection.   

Kizer is 100% legit.  I think that was established by the time I reviewed my first Kizer.  Aside from some skirmish with a wholly disreputable source (so disreputable that I am not going to link to his particular brand of baloney), which is an unfortunate part of starting in any business, they have a great reputation for making good blades at a reasonable price.  They were generally non-descript, but they were good.  Now with the collaboration with Ray Laconico, they have some true winners on their hands.  My favorite of the three collabs is the Gemini, as production version of the Jasmine.

Here is the product page. The Gemini is a production version of the Laconico Jasmine.  I have had both the custom and the production knife, so it will be fun to compare the two.  The Kizer Gemini costs $170. Here is a written review. Here is a video review. Here is a comparison between the Jasmine and the Gemini.  Here is a link to Blade HQ, where you can find the Gemini, and all proceeds benefit the site when you purchase things through this link:

Blade HQ

Here is my review sample:


Twitter Review Summary: A-mazing.

Design: 2

Ray Laconico's original design was simple and elegant.   The Kizer production version is that plus more.  Instead of slab handles we are treated to fully contoured handles. There is a lock bar overtravel on the production that was missing from the handmade version.  There is a steel upgrade (my Jasmine ran D2, this knife runs S35VN).  And there are a few nice decorative touches with the blued screws and pivot.

But the bones of Laconico's knife were really excellent.  A simple, full-flat grind and the best flipper tab shape in the business are carried over and make this knife an excellent blade.  One complaint that I have is that I think, for whatever reason, that this knife would work better as a smaller blade, even if it were just a touch smaller.  Perhaps its the simple look or just my preference for blades under 3 inches, but if this thing came in at 2.75 inches it would be perfect.  In many ways, this is the same reason I like the Dragonfly II over the Caly 3--both are truly superb designs, but there are knives that lend themselves to smaller shapes and I think the Gemini is one of them. 


Fit and Finish: 2

Kizer's fit and finish is on par with ZT, Spyderco, and probably a bit above Benchmade.  They aren't quite in that Al Mar/GEC/CRK tier, but its not too far away.    

Grip: 2

I am especially impressed with the contouring on the handles.  It is even, rounded, and quite pleasing to the hand.  The lack of jimping here is a perfect example of why jimping doesn't matter.  Jimping is a design crutch, not a feature.  If well-thought out, a knife never needs it and the Gemini is proof of that.   


The previous Kizer I reviewed had a massive hotspot where the clip was, but here thanks to a more shapely and better positioned clip, the knife is fine, even during high pressure use.

Carry: 2

The river rock smooth shape that is good in the hand is also good in the pocket.  Nothing whatsoever to complain about here.  I wish the knife were a bit smaller, but that's just not what this knife is and compared to other similarly sized knives, like the Kershaw Strobe, I felt that the Gemini did well when carried. 

Steel: 2

S35VN is a very good steel.  I have no complaints whatsoever and Kizer's implementation of Crucible's flagship stainless formula is as good as any.  I am not sure where the heat treat is done, but for a long time that was a stumbling block (that and shipping costs) to getting go steel on Chinese knives. That problem is fixed and the market is better for it.

Blade Shape: 2

This is a beautifully simple blade shape, more of a drop point than anything else, but the Spyderco fan in me (the small part of me that I let enjoy branding) thinks this is very close to a leaf shaped blade.  Whatever the name (and really at some point, the name of the blade shape doesn't matter), its a good one allowing for a great deal of control and precision.  


Grind: 2

Like everything else on the Gemini, this knife is expertly ground.  The grind lines were even and clean.  I wish there was a true ricasso, but a lot of knives, great knives like the PM2, lack that.  The cutting bevel was super clean, though I wish it were a bit wider.  These two points however are nothing but nits to pick.  This is a very good grind.  

Deployment Method: 2

No production knife I have handled, including some of the craziest blades ever, has flipping action better than the Gemini.  Only the truly elite handmade flippers match its effortless snappiness.   Stunning, instantly and obviously superior to the competition, and a testament to just how good the Chinese have gotten at making high end production folders--the deployment here is first rate.

Retention Method: 2

There is the clip:


Its simple, very much like the Spyderco Spoon clip without the flared tip.  Its plenty tight and yet it doesn't require a ton of force to get the blade in and out of the pocket.  This is, however, the one place where the custom exceeds the production knife as the very end of the handle placement of the Jasmine's clip is great.  Not a big deal, but worth mentioning.

Lock: 2

The lock functioned flawlessly.


It opened and closed without effort.  It stayed put.  There was zero blade play in any direction.  The lockbar stabilizer really worked.  As with most things about the Gemini, there are no complaints to register with the lock.

Overall Score: 20 out of 20

This is a great knife.  Probably the best blade I have reviewed or handled in 2015 (note this is true by a technicality, I reviewed the Mnandi in December of 2014 and it is a clearly better blade).  This is not a perfect knife, but it is one without major flaw or even a drawback.  I don't like its size, but its not fair to ding every knife bigger than the Dragonfly.  I also think there is some things I'd do different on the grind, but nothing that effects performance.  In all this is a great blade and a wonderful addition to the market.  Kizer has a major hit here.  Chinese made knives are for real.  The American companies better pay attention or, like with the shelves at Wal-Mart, they will be driven out of the market by foreign competition.  Setting aside jingoism for a second--knife knuts are better for the competition.  Competition and markets are inherent in the American worldview and this knife is competition for everyone--ZT, Chris Reeve, Spyderco.  If you make a blade, regardless of price or country of origin, Kizer is your competition now.

The Competition

This is one of the better productions knives out there right now.  I think it is easily in the same class as the Lionsteel G10 TRE

For me, the more interesting comparison is how it stacks up to the custom original.  First, I will tell you that my custom Jasmine had some issues.  The blade play was really crazy bad.  But I think that is better explained by the vagaries of the secondary market.  Assuming that its fit and finish was perfect, I still think the production is a better knife.  Put another way, if they were marked identically and the coloration was the same I do not think a rational person would take the custom over this knife.  Both flipped great.  The custom had a better clip with better placement.  But after that the differences all favor the production.  It has better steel, S35VN to D2.  It has a lock bar stabilizer and insert.  The custom doesn't.  The production has fully contoured handles.  The production doesn't.  I can't really think of a major benefit to the custom, other than it is made by a very talented craftsman in the US.  In short, I think I'd take the production.  Of course, outside the thought experiment I would always take the custom because I could sell it, buy the production and end up with a superior knife in my pocket along with an extra $400-$600.  I am sure Ray can make a knife superior to the Gemini.  My Jasmine wasn't one of them.  And that, my friends, is as good an endorsement as I can muster.  This knife is superior to my custom version.  


  1. Ray has been contouring his frames for a while now. He also uses a lot of CTS-XHP now so I'm not quite sure comparing an older model that you got second hand with issues is the fairest of comparisons.

    1. Good points but that means the steel and handles are roughly equal. The lock bar stabilizer isn't huge but it is better and then there is the price....

  2. Man, I wanted this knife all year... But then spyderco went and discontinued the caly 3 and I had to blow all the knife money I had set aside on that instead...

    You mentioned the lack of a true choil - this was something I noticed about Ray's knives too. But lately (after using and sharpening a few more knives) I have come around to the idea that blades with 90 degree plunge lines (like the Gemini and most spydercos) really don't need a true choil. You can sharpen the heel all the way back with rods and a bit of care and you don't have the drawbacks a true choil can present (such as material getting hung up in the choil while cutting). So I've gone from disliking the lack of a true choil on some knives to actually preferring it that way (on appropriately ground blades, of course).

    Great review, as always. Hopefully I'll get my hands on a Gemini in 2016.

    1. I know I'm a little late to this party, but I agree with Ameer's comment here. I don't find a choil to make sharpening that much easier, and the lack of choil makes cutting cardboard much simpler.

  3. LBS isn't that big of a deal, neither is the steel lock insert. You know that customs favor form over function sometimes and the less screws and hardware, the better (unless you're Tony Marfione...).

    Price is an obvious but specious comparison. People buy production knives and specifically Chinese production knives because of the value they can offer. NO ONE buys a custom knife because it offers a good value. You buy it for the craftsmanship, the story, the esoterics basically. It's the same reason why you wear a Sinn 556 and not a sub $100 Casio G-shock or Seiko 5.

    1. I guess the problem I have is that we have reached a point where production companies can equal the refinement of many custom makers. The Steelcraft Begg knives are truly a clarion call--if production can do these knives only the very best custom makers are offering better.

      As for the story and esoterics, in most sales avenues that is known as puffery.

    2. We've been at that point for a while.

      Do you think custom makers who are doing all of their work with a few power tools can reach the level of precision of a Sebenza? Most custom makers will tell you they can't make a knife as tight as the Sebenza, and why should they?

      The Steelcraft Begg is meaningless in my mind. Its basically the same as a regular Begg, just done in China. All their knives are just extremely expensive productions anyway. Its not like Todd is doing any of that work himself (on the regular items, not protos).

    3. Why should they? Well, Roger W. Smith and George Daniels say hello. These two custom watch makers are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in horology. Daniels coaxial movement was purchased by Omega.

      This is proof that handmade stuff can rival and surpass even big production stuff. If knife makers don't care to do that, bad on them and bad on us for accepting that level of work and paying a premium for it. I have handled some customs that were really impressive, worth the premium, but I am not going to pay that premium for a maker that doesn't bring something more to the table than a production knife simply for the "joy" of owning something hand made or whatever. I am not opposed to custom stuff. I have five myself, but the ones I own I think do something different from what I can find in the production world, either design wise, fit and finish wise or both.

    4. For Daniels it is a "were" as opposed to "are". He is dead.

    5. And yet that fancy Co-axial movement in that $4,000+ Omega can't tell time better than a $15 Timex or your phone. It was also invented in 1974 so by that logic the Walker liner lock is proof that handmade stuff can rival a production piece... or the wave, the flipper, the axis lock, anything the Hawk's have ever done, the thumb disc, bearing pivots, sub frame locks, titanium, lock bar stabilizers etc etc.

      It's not like EVERYTHING the production world has for the most part didn't come from custom makers innovating. Just because the production people have finally caught up to the custom makers if anything should reinforce your 'Golden Age of Gear' mantra.

      I wonder what your Fellhoelter Dauntless has over a production Dauntless. The new dauntless is contoured and on bearings which the Fellhoelter isn't I believe. What does your Steve Karroll bring to the table besides an interesting design? If he licensed the design to Reate, would you turn on the knife immediately?

      I know you got a bummer Jasmine on the secondary but I have handled several of Ray's knives and I also handled the proto Gemini and the two aren't even close. It's like the people who criticize high performance sports cars because they could make a Civic outperform it cheaper. Yeah, they might perform similarly and it might be cheaper but it's still a Civic. It's just not a relevant comparison.

    6. TAD confirmed for me that the Fellhoelter Dauntless inspired TAD to rework their clips on the production models. I also think that the fit and finish on the Fellhoelter is especially impressive.

      As for the car comparison, I think you have assumed that customs, by default, are performance cars. My main point is that this is a faulty assumption. Just because something is hand made, made by one person, or a "custom" doesn't necessarily make it better or more important or higher performance. The gear community has become obsessed with this idea that custom equals better, even when the production world is doing things that rival or surpass the custom world. What I am advocating for is a sober look at the two, shorn of the "story" and "allure" of the custom label.

      I have handled a Tony Bose and Reese Bose custom. They are nicer than any production traditional. I was struck by just how amazing the flipping action was on a Tim Gaylean custom. It is still my high water mark for good deployment. But I have also handled a slew of customs that weren't all that special and paying three or four times the price just because it was made by a dude doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

      Enrique's lights are special because he gets runtimes no one else does. Don's lights are special because they have a perfect beam pattern. I find Gedratis's knives worth the premium because of their fit and finish and because he makes sensibly sized and designed blades. I like Steve's stuff because he has shapes and handles that are unique in the knife world. Gazza's Shamwari has a very unusual design in terms of its flipping action. Each of them brings something unique or at least different to their handmade stuff. I can't say the same with some of the custom stuff I have seen.

      I'd also note that the custom flashlight world is a bit saner (SPYs excluded). The McGizmo is pretty amazing and it caps at $500. Enrique's stuff is in the same ballpark. And the Sinner I reviewed is CHEAPER than a lot of production stuff, but higher performance.

      I guess it comes down to this--the knife world, in particular, is infected with an sort of magical thinking when it comes to customs. Some are great and stand apart, some do not. But the idea that because it came from one guy makes it great, even if that guy is "famous" is silly.

    7. I've handled plenty of Chuck's work, he's a great guy and a great maker. His stuff isn't any better than Ray's work. Again, I know you had a bummer one but you have to acknowledge that and stop using it as a reason to jusifty the argument. It doesn't hold water.

      Again, you are punishing a maker who clearly had a excellent design in a great size because they got a production model made by a good company.

      The Fellhoelter Dauntless inspiring the production Dauntless to change is a meaningless argument. The current production Dauntless is better than the custom, fact. And by your logic in this Gemini vs Jasmine comparison, that's all that matters, right?

    8. First your getting hung up on examples instead of looking at the bigger point.

      Second I have acknowledged I got a bum Jasmine but then I assume that even if it were perfect it would still be objectively inferior to the Gemini. Yes objectively inferior. S35VN is better than D2. The insert while not a big deal but better than no insert.

      As for Chucks work I am assuming you haven't seen his art knife stuff because it shows a mastery of the craft far beyond anything in his tactical line.

      As for the dauntless, I like the smaller size, but yes, if they made a mini I'd dump it.

    9. I've handled plenty of Chuck's work, he's a great guy and a great maker. His stuff isn't any better than Ray's work. Again, I know you had a bummer one but you have to acknowledge that and stop using it as a reason to jusifty the argument. It doesn't hold water.

      Again, you are punishing a maker who clearly had a excellent design in a great size because they got a production model made by a good company.

      The Fellhoelter Dauntless inspiring the production Dauntless to change is a meaningless argument. The current production Dauntless is better than the custom, fact. And by your logic in this Gemini vs Jasmine comparison, that's all that matters, right?

    10. Again you are comparing an older model to a current one.

      CTS-XHP is objectively better than S35VN and ceramic bearings and detent are objectively better than steel bearings of unknown quality. The lock insert being better than no insert is debateable. Most competent knife makers have been making framelocks that have never worn out from use. Lock bar inserts are popular with production companies because it gives them a margin of error they don't have when doing regular Ti locks. Poorly done locks will wear out of create lock rock. By adding a steel insert, have flexibility.

      It's the same reason bearings and assisted mechanisms are so popular. Building a smooth a silk knife on washers is very difficult and requires a high level of precision. By using bearings or a spring, you can just crank down on the pivot to make up for your play and still have it open properly.

      If you're a knife maker that can set your locks properly, why ruin the clean look of your knife with a steel insert and extra screws?

      And yes, I have handled art knives from Chuck, they are great too. Chuck makes awesome stuff. But he doesn't stand head and shoulders above other top end makers and I bet his tolerances are still not as good as a Sebenza.

      Would you agree then that is it unwise for a knife maker to allow a company to license their design as a 100% faithful production model because then the custom version becomes undesireable? That sounds like an argument you are trying to make.

    11. XHP is not clearly superior to S35VN. They have a lot of chemical similarities and XHP has had issues with carbide formation. Derrick from KSF had problems with his run of the stuff. I haven't heard of similar issues with S35VN. But again, this is an example and not the argument itself.

      Here is the argument in its simplest form:

      There is a class of custom maker that offers knives that are not superior to production knives in ANY WAY and thus they are not worth the premium. Either the knives are lacking in terms of fit and finish or unique design or both. In those cases, its both smarter and cheaper to buy the production version of that knife. Any other justification is based on "soft factors" or story or magical thinking or whatever.

      This is different than the $15 Casio v. the $5000 Omega. There the basic function might be the same, but how you get there is a different story. In the case of the Gemini v. Jasmine, its the same (noting the upgrades you referenced). Its not like the $15 Casio has a Co-axial movement TOO. They get to the same level of precision in different ways. Here, the knife is the same through and through.

      The corollary of this argument, that makers shouldn't make one for one copies of their customs, is just good business sense and something I agree with wholeheartedly.

    12. Just a thought on the lockbar insert vs no lockbar insert - from a practical standpoint the lockbar insert is better. Sure, some makers may be able to fine-tune a lock to work just as well, and most titanium framelocks won't have a longevity problem, but the insert removes the problem entirely. It's analogous to the quartz vs mechanical watch example; yes, it's really impressive what you can do with mechanical movements and all their intricacies, but the quartz watch completely bypasses all of that and works better for vastly less effort.

      Also, as a side note, I'm not sure about the pivot bearings, but I believe that Kizer uses a ceramic detent ball.

    13. So I just want to be clear; you'll accept a clearly inferior and more expensive knife by most measures except it's in a size you prefer (dauntless) but you won't accept a better built knife because you can get a similar knife in shape and size cheaper.

      A quartz movement and even a COSC mechanical movement aren't even on the same level when it comes to accuracy. Cosc accuracy is measures in seconds per day, quartz movments are measures in seconds per year. Add in a small premium for a GPS watch and you have a watch that is forever accurate. And still have several thousands leftover.
      Also, my cheap Hamilton Khaki is way closer in accuracy to the Omega using the same base movement without the fancy escapement than the Omega is to a quartz movement. You're paying all that money for the name, the hand work, the story and the esoterics, just like custom knives.

    14. I am not sure the Fellhoelter is clearly inferior, but yes, if they made a Mini Dauntless with the same materials and fit and finish as the full sized Dauntless I'd sell the custom.

      Size is by far the most important criteria for me for a knife. I will never carry a knife bigger than the Paramilitary 2. They don't have any additional utility for me, they attract unnecessary legal attention, they are not as people friendly, and they are more difficult to carry. The Small Pathfinder really interested me, as did the Karroll and the Fellhoelter, because of their sub-3 inch blade. That is very uncommon in the custom world. For me, utility and carry are really important. I carry and use every knife I own. I don't treat them like collectibles or investments because, in the end, they aren't. The chance that I, or anybody else, gets the right person and score a custom that is valuable in a decade, a century or a millennium from now is basically zero. If you look back over the history of art, often the things that were most popular at the time aren't valuable now, either because they were too closely tied to the style of the time or because they were produced in more limited numbers.

      Watches and knives are hard to compare directly. They make good analogies because, like with a watch, a cheap knife can work just as well as an expensive one. But in terms of actual engineering, a watch is orders of magnitude more complex. The esoterics of a watch are legitimately esoteric. The stuff that passes for esoteric in most custom knives is decidedly not. Carbon fiber and titanium aren't a big deal. Timascus isn't a precious metal. Ceramic bearings are off the shelf parts. There are very few custom knives that approaches the craftsmanship of something like a Roger W. Smith watch.

      The point is simple--in an age when production knives are as good as they are, its hard, even when you accept the economics of custom stuff, to justify buying knives from certain makers. Most custom knives aren't handmade Michael Walkers, Ron Lakes, Todd Beggs and Tony Bose knives.

    15. I'm not sure. I think handwork, engraving, jeweling, mill work, hand finishing, artistic touches etc are all esoterics befitting watches and custom knives.

      But again, the vast majority of the cost of a luxury watch, like most luxury items is in the story and the name.

      Also, don't appreciate the implication that I don't carry and use all of my knives. Size is also a high meaningless need for me. I've never had my pants pulled down because of a couple of extra ounces in my pants. I also live in a area where I can walk through Target with a 10in fixed blade on my hip in the open and no one bats an eye.

      You know I'm a regular reader/listener so I understand your proclivities when reviewing and suggesting stuff but I think you are doing a disservice to people who happen across yourself by not being more upfront with your inherent biases.

    16. I follow you on IG I know you use your stuff. I can think of others that don't though.

      Also I did publish a piece on my preferences and biases. I try really hard to be up front with them but it's hard.

    17. Certain things can come across as objective statements when they are really subjective feelings based on your preferences.

      I appreciate you admitting that the issues with your Jasmine are not representative of Ray's work but again you left out crucial details such as Ray contouring his handles and now using XHP more than D2. We can go round and round arguing the build quality and value but those are facts we can both agree on.

    18. I'm mostly following this "debate" with fascination and without an opinion on the issue since I've never handled a custom knife. Scurvy - I definitely appreciate your pov on this as it seems you have quite a bit of experience with customs.

      But I did want to chime in to say this - I think it's a little crazy to say Tony isn't upfront about his biases. Certainly no review website or reviewer is perfect, but one of the reasons I continue to read this site over others is that Tony goes to painstaking effort to make his biases and point of view very clear to the reader.

      Lastly, is Kizer really breaking any new ground here as far as a production version of a custom being as good as or better than the custom? I think the same argument could have been made for the techno being at least as good as/possibly better than the mouse.

      I just don't think it's all that controversial to make the claim that the gemini is "better" than a custom jasmine, even when taking into account the upgrades to the more recent jasmines. I'm not even sure Ray would disagree - at this point, he's probably done with that particular iteration of the jasmine and is moving on to different/better things that don't have a production equivalent (and his instagram pretty much supports that).

  4. FYI: The fit and finish text cuts off suddenly in mid-sentence.
    This is another example of a Chinese manufacturer making their own products at the standards that others have been paying them to make products. With manufacturing you get what you pay for, so cheap Chinese stuff isn't good(at least not consistently, see Gerber F&F crap shoot), just like cheap American stuff. But Kizer is doing what would happen if the Taichung OEM decided to make their own branded product.
    I was just saying on a forum thread recently that there are great products from other countries, and that buying American just because it's American is harmful to American manufacturing. It just encourages more bad products.
    I've pretty much fallen into a Spyderco trap when it comes to collecting knives. I started with the DF2(for which I will always be grateful to this site) and I've only recently gotten where I could start really buying knives. So my wish list of knives is pretty Spydie-tactic. But I really like this knife, especially the overall looks and quality, and I'd probably buy it if it weren't for the above. In fact, and this will probably bug someone somewhere, I'll buy the Positron before this thing(I think they differ enough aesthetically that I personally don't compare them directly). But if I had a friend who said "recommend a nice $180 knife" I'd say this one just as fast or faster than most out there.

  5. Probably my favorite knife purchase of 2015 as well. It is full of refinements, like how there is no jimping but the text on the spine of the blade is engraved and offers some traction for the thumb. I only wish it was about 8% smaller, having a 2-7/8" blade instead of 3-1/8. I have the same feeling about the ZT 0770CF.

    Interesting point my Ameer, as I came to the same conclusion lately too. I noticed the choil on some of my knifes (Mini Recon and Mini-Grip, for example) was more trouble than it was worth due to getting fabric caught up in the choil. I usually use a pocket sharpener with a diamond rod to sharpen my knives rather than a flat stone or Sharpmaker so it hasn't been a problem getting the last fraction of an inch above the ricasso sharp.

  6. I am maybe too cautious amount Chinese goods, because of all of the good-looking-crappy-functioning goods I have bought from there, but I would like to see someone really tear down these Chinese knives, analyze the bearings, bushings, fittings, etc., and even do the metallurgy.

    They can probably make as good of a product in most areas of basic manufacturing as anywhere else, I just don't often see it. Until I know more I cannot help but feel that this is a good looking well designed item that may not have the quality I am being told that it has.

    1. I haven't seen any specific tests on the other parts, though neither have I seen or had any complaints after extensive usage, but if you're worried about the steel, Crucible themselves confirmed that Kizer buys S35VN.

    2. This discussion happened a long time ago. Kizer buys its steel directly from Crucible, and the latter has verified that fact. They've been making excellent products for several years now, as attested to by many, many knife enthusiasts. Your impressions are seriously outdated.

    3. Regardless of the steel if the blade geometry heat treat is not right, the blade will be junk. All too often disproportionate emphasis is put on steels; XHP is better than S35VN, S110V is better than S90V and so on... Better for what?? These discussions miss the point. These state of the art steels require state of the art processing to get the best from a particular steel for a particular application. I can't say if Kizer are competent in this regard, they could well be.

  7. Thanks Tony! Great knife. I loved it too.

  8. Any custom/aftermarket pocket clips yet for the Gemini?

  9. I recently purchased this knife based partly on this review, partly on the reviews of others but mostly because I thought it was the most beautiful knife I had ever seen in a photograph. It is unequivocally the most expensive knife I have ever purchased but it resides amongst a rotation of Spydercos and CrKTs among others. In the hands it is a work of art, relatively speaking, balanced, functional and as beautiful in person as it was in the pix. I am indebted for your review as I likely would not have found this knife without it it. Yet a bit miffed that you have enabled me in the purchase. I love the site and thanks for your continued efforts in providing coherent and reasonable information to the EDC world.

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  11. I recently purchased this knife based partly on this review, partly on the reviews of others but mostly because I thought it was the most beautiful knife I had ever seen in a photograph. It is unequivocally the most expensive knife I have ever purchased but it resides amongst a rotation of Spydercos and CrKTs among others. In the hands it is a work of art, relatively speaking, balanced, functional and as beautiful in person as it was in the pix. I am indebted for your review as I likely would not have found this knife without it it. Yet a bit miffed that you have enabled me in the purchase. I love the site and thanks for your continued efforts in providing coherent and reasonable information to the EDC world.

  12. Great review. Mine arrived with a less-than-sharp edge, though that might be a problem with the seller rather than the manufacturing.