The Kizer Matanzas is a slim EDC flipper knife designed by Nick Swan. This model sports a practical drop point blade made from CPM-S35VN stainless steel with a fuller groove and a gray finish. Its titanium frame lock handle is outfitted with a micarta inlay. A secure titanium pocket clip and ultra thin profile allows comfortable daily carry.
I had been wanting to try another Kizer as my first had Great action and a sharp N690 blade. Kizer, Ti and S35vn @Pre Christmas Sale price- sure how bad can it be? Well Contrary to other reviews my sample arrived with Great Action, Excellent fit & Finish and not quite shaving sharp. Detent with flipper is perfect. Access to Lock bar visually looks like it will be problematic as cut out on both scales are identical, however I do not have any issue engaging lockbar with my thumb. Overall Very Happy with knife. Its at the lower limit size wise of what I am comfortable manipulating but I have XL-2XL hands. Definitely not the quality of my ZT 0640 but at sale price I am Very satisfied.
The handle shape, geometry and construction are great. However, the grind is too thick, and the stock isn’t thick enough to be slicy enough for a pocket knife. I couldn’t get it scary sharp like most of my knives because of the angle of the grind. If they made it a hollow grind, or the blade wider, or simply a full flat grind, it would slice better. The blade thickness compared to wideness is simply too high to do any fine slicing. Due to this I can’t rate it anything higher than a 3-3.5
The action is really rough; the blade was not very sharp. it felt feels cheap and not worth the price
I had to take the knife apart and bent the lock bar out a little to make it easier to open, the knife came dull but sharpening won't help. Hear me out, I have over 500 knives sharpening under my belt, mainly freehand sharpening and it took me around 10 minutes to get it to shaved since I had to set a new bevels because the original bevels are set at a pretty high degree but that still won't help on it cutting ability because this knife has a very thick grind. You can sharpen your heart out on this knife but at the end of the day, grind and edge geometry matters, so I wouldn't recommend this knife at all.