Kizer Isham Minitherium Flipper Knife Carbon Fiber (3" Stonewash) Ki3502

Item #BHQ-85390
MSRP: $280.00
Our Sale Price: $109.99!
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Specifications

  • Overall Length: 7.10"
  • Blade Length: 3.00"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.00"
  • Blade Width: 1.375"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.12"
  • Blade Material: CPM S35VN
  • Blade Style: Wharncliffe
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Stonewash
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.10"
  • Handle Width: 1.00"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.45"
  • Handle Material: Carbon Fiber
  • Color: Black
  • Frame/Liner: Titanium
  • Weight: 2.96 oz.
  • User: Right Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Flipper
  • Lock Type: Liner Lock
  • Brand: Kizer
  • Model: Minitherium
  • Model Number: Ki3502
  • Designer: Elijah Isham
  • Country of Origin: China
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry
  • Product Type: Knife

The Kizer Minitherium is a compact version of Elijah Isham's artistic Megatherium design. This model has a modified wharncliffe blade made from S35VN steel and a carbon fiber handle. The Minitherium comes equipped with Isham's "Edge Below Tab" flipper system, that conceals the flipper in the open position for unobstructed performance. Item includes a titanium tip-up pocket clip for secure everyday carry.

Features:
  • Premium CPM-S35VN stainless steel blade offering superb edge retention and corrosion resistance.
  • Lightweight and durable carbon fiber handle scales with nested stainless steel liners.
  • 3D milled titanium pocket clip and backspacer.

Customer Reviews

A more EDCable version.
Jenna E. on Oct 28, 2018

Same great quality as the original, just a more civilized size. Awesome design by Elijah.

Amazing knife
Michael M. on Jan 11, 2019

This is an amazing knife. My only quirk is that the detent is a little weak, but I might have just been spoiled by the ZT 0450's amazing action as it is the only other flipper I own. Once you get used to the detent, it is amazing. Presentation was a nice touch too.

Beautiful Bargain
Justin M. on Jul 15, 2022

I bought this in the sale. I'm glad I didn't listen to the negative reviews and purchased one because this knife is good to go in all dimensions. I don't know why this model was discontinued?

Nice
Paul N. on Oct 27, 2018

I'm new to the knife game, so I don't have a wealth of knowledge to draw on to write a well-informed review. Disclaimers aside, these are my thoughts on this beauty. What I like: I love the design. The flipper tab tucks into the handle when deployed and doesn't protrude too far out when the knife is closed. The clip works well--not so tight that it'll tear your jeans off and not so loose that you'll worry about losing the knife. The knife is extremely lightweight for its size, which makes it a viable EDC candidate. It's made of premium materials (S35VN, titanium, carbon fiber) and given that, is priced relatively cheaply. What I don't like: It doesn't deploy as easily as my other flipper (mini sheep dog). This isn't really a big deal, but it does require a little more oomph to get this thing to fire. (I've gotten used to it though). Also, the cut out really doesn't work well when spidey flicking to open--it's next to impossible. Again, not a big deal since I prefer using the flipper tab anyways (don't you??). Lastly, the knife didn't arrive very sharp. It failed the paper test out of the box. I was rather surprised since my mini sheepdog arrived razor sharp and both knives are made by the same manufacturer. Again, not a major issue if you own a sharpener, which any self-respecting knife owner should.

Beautiful, but some issues
Jason K. on Jan 28, 2020

Absolutely gorgeous knife, but as the others have said, the action is weak, and my knife wasn't particularly sharp out of the box. With a little work-in, I'm sure the action will improve, and a little touchup will address the sharpness.

Minitherium
corey b. on Dec 23, 2018

I saw the megatherium when it came out and liked the blade shape, and I thought to myself that if they came out with a smaller version of the knife I would be interested. Well, here it is. I really like the knife, but it isn't perfect. Mine has a good detent. I know detents seem to be hit or miss with these Kizer knives, but mine is good. Despite having a good detent, it isn't a snappy deploying knife. I've tried the pivot both looser and tighter, and this knife just doesn't snap open for me without a wrist flick, which is odd considering it is on bearings. Definitely not the end of the world seeing as the detent and lock up are good. Also, it was not hair popping sharp out of the box. I should not have to sharpen a new knife, but that is what I did. I went straight to the sharpmaker and touched up the edge, and now it is hair popping sharp. Overall I really love the knife. Great blade shape, good ergonomics, lightweight, and unlike anything else in my collection. I will be buying more Isham designs. I own this and the Blackstar and they are both great. Looking forward to the progeny.

Sadly Disappointed
Mike T. on Jun 21, 2022

I really wanted to like this knife with the design and materials, but there are just some problems with this knife that are hard to overlook for its price. The factory edge was not as sharp as I expected it to be at this price. (Still pretty sharp though). The deployment methods have slight issues that puzzle me. The index finger grove is quite aggressive and when you flick out the blade with either pointer finger or thumb it almost "hooks" your finger in, making deployment this way kind of weird. I'm sure over time you could get used to this, but it's still something to note. The blade hole is quite nice and smooth so deployment this way is comfortable if you get used to it. The flipper is just strange and pretty poorly designed. If you flick down like a light switch, as you get halfway through the flipper, the pointed body of the handle is pressing into and past your finger which can get annoying over time. If you deploy with the flipper by pressing into the handle this isn't as bad but is still present. Look at the flipper area when the knife is closed to get a better idea of what it might be like. The detent on this knife. Bad. It's pretty weak and the factory oil in the pivot must have gotten sludgy overtime or something because it's pretty bad. With how much the blade weighs, the detent should've been slightly heavier. I love the color and material of the pocket clip and the back spacer. Too bad the pocket clip is god awful. It looks cool, but it is terrible trying to get it into my pocket (regular normal casual jeans). Taking it out is no problem, but into the pocket is just annoying, as it curves off to the side for some reason. Might be nitpicking, but personally, I expect more out of a knife for this price.

Blade HQ response:
We're very sorry to hear about the trouble you're having. Have you contacted our customer service department yet ([email protected])? We'd like to help you get this resolved. Thanks -BHQ
Maybe 2 1/2
Daryl Y. on Nov 2, 2018

It's an interesting design, but... Detent is WAY too weak, even after trying to tweak it. Not just shake open weak, but fail to deploy weak. Prior to disassembly it would open and fully lock maybe 10-15% of the time. After making adjustments to get the detent ball fully seated in the hole it still only gets there about 50% of the time without an additional wrist flick. Additionally, the fitment on the backspacer was very poor. Had to file down the inside to add clearance near the tip of the blade, and the outer half only sits flush with the CF scales about half way up the spine, then sticks out past the scales. Rather disappointed. Given the price, i should've returned it rather than trying to fix it myself.

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