This Blade HQ Exclusive Kizer Vanguard Sheepdog features a black stonewashed blade and a black micarta handle.
The Kizer XL Sheepdog C01C Vanguard knife offers a more affordable version of the cleaver design from Chris Conaway of Sheepdog Knives. Its wide blade is made from stainless steel and deploys effortlessly on a smooth pivot and locks up solid. The handle scales provide a secure grip and a lightweight build. This knife offers a remarkable combination of tactical functionality and a refined, stylish appearance.
The Kizer Sheepdog Folding knife comes in multiple options of XL, regular, and mini sizes with varying handles and blades! Grab yourself one of each!
Kizer got everything right with this knife. Removing the huge flipper tab, and replacing it with a thumbhole for deployment was a great move. Not only is it more comfortable in the pocket, but you gain a usable finger choil. The stonewash finish on the 154-CM blade is gorgeous. The micarta handle has a nice, grippy texture and has a cool 3-D quality to it. The ergos feel right, and the knife surprisingly lightweight for its overall size. One nitpick though. While the oval thumb-hole is nicely chamfered, I wish it was round like a Spyderco. This is a big blade and to flick it open, you need more space to fit your thumb. With practice, it gets easier, but it’s certainly not as easy as my Para-3. At 99 bucks though, this is an absolute five star winner.