The Kizer Splinter is the latest collaboration knife with TomCat designs. This elegant gentleman's folder features a contoured titanium handle with a S35VN steel blade. Ceramic ball bearings allow for super smooth opening with the integrated blade flipper. A titanium frame lock provides a reliable lock up of the blade with minimal blade play. There is a natural stonewash finish on the blade and handle that adds to the sophisticated look of the knife. The handle is equipped with a custom pivot, lanyard hole and a reversible titanium pocket clip. The Kizer Splinter offers the slim profile and durable construction that are essential to a good EDC knife.
When I see made in China I normally steer clear, but with kizer there is no problem at all! It’s a weird knife and kinda awkward in the hand, but is still a great slim lite edc knife! For the price point you get sub 3oz knife with full titanium scales and s35vn blade steel and that’s incredible! If your looking for a nice gentleman’s carry blade you should definitely consider this one! I now own 3 different kizer knives and have no problem putting them in the spyderco/zt fit and finish category.
I can honestly say that any time I see the words "Made in China", I make the following assumptions: cheap materials, poor QC, mediocre build. However, I can now, even more honestly say, Kizer has a convert in this knife owner. I ordered the Splinter and the Sheepdog recently due to the unique blade shapes and the fact that nowhere else can you get something with these premium materials for this price tag. When they arrived, I noticed that the packaging was a good quality and they came with a polishing cloth and a small zippered carry pouch. The fit and finish on the Splinter are near perfect, and the only minor nitpicks I would have are that the detent which holds the blade in the closed position was incredibly stiff out of the box, but loosened up with some use, and one area near the frame lock where the edge is not rounded and it seems slightly sharp to the touch if your hand brushes against it. Again, these are minor things and in no way make me regret the purchase. The knife arrived hair shaving sharp, and with a very consistent grind profile. It fits nicely in the hand and is so light/slim it has an outstanding EDC pocket profile. My conclusion on this knife is that it is a great knife on its own merit, and an outstanding knife for the price. I plan on buying other Kizer blades before they see their market share increase too much and their unit pricing start to adjust upward because of it.