The Deviant is another collaboration with Chris Conaway at Sheepdogknives. Just like the Sheepdog C01C, the Deviant has excellent user ergonomics and great cleaver/sheepsfoot blade shape. On the other hand, this knife has more of a classy, gentleman's knife vibe with it's two tone handle and bolster design. This model sports a green micarta handle with copper bolsters. Dual thumb studs provide smooth ambidextrous deployment while riding on a ball bearing system. The blade is made of Bohler M390 stainless steel in a stonewash finish.
I very much like the copper and micarta combination. The size and proportions are perfect, and the quality is what I'd expect from a knife of this value. I have nothing negative to say about this knife and would recommend it without reservation.
First off I want to say that this is by far the nicest knife I've held and owned. (I've held my friend's Sebenza and I much prefer the Deviant) The knife was a little off center when I got it but nothing that couldn't be fixed with a touch up. The clip however does feel a bit flimsy. I have been trying really hard to find a good replacement for it but no luck yet. I'm very pleased that it's remained extremely sharp even after months of ownership and daily use. This is my first Kizer and definitely won't be my last if they keep making beautiful sheepsfoot knives.
I like this knife quite a bit despite a few minor nitpicks. The detent is a little tight, deploying is not as easy as my Benchmades or Spydercos. Also the copper bolster is easily scratched. The clip while serviceable feels like it could be tighter. None of these are a deal breaker for me but that's why it's 4 stars.
I got my Deviant today, so this will be an initial impression. The first things I noticed were that the Micarta has exposed edges all around, with very little shaping, which strikes me as rather crude, and that the edges of the back of the blade are rather sharp… Just as quickly I noticed that this knife is quite heavy, which no doubt is a consequence of stainless steel liners and to some degree the copper bolsters. It’s not too heavy to carry, but it is HEAVY, and it’s also rather broad… this knife will take up some room in the pocket. It was not long before I discovered the worst problem, in MHO, which is that deployment is quite heavy, i.e. when I first tried to flick the blade out with the thumb-studs, it didn’t budge! I may have small hands, but most other thumb-stud knives I own or have tried deploy much more easily. Yet, when you finally get the blade to move, it absolutely snaps into position (I think that that pressure is needed to get past detents, which are set a little too high)! For, me it seems that rather than being flickable, these studs require rather high, steady pressure until the knife just flies open! Then it drops closed perfectly. It’s not that it’s not fun to open/close, but my thumb does begin to get sore before long. I certainly like the quality materials, especially the M390 blade, however, the price just pays for the blade! The rest, despite some excellent materials,