Kizer Vanguard Mini Sheepdog C01C Liner Lock Knife Black G-10 (2.6" Satin)

MSRP: $99.00
Our Price: $69.00
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Item #BHQ-80398


  • Overall Length:5.77"
  • Blade Length:2.63"
  • Cutting Edge:2.50"
  • Blade Width:1.25"
  • Blade Thickness:0.11"
  • Blade Material:VG-10
  • Blade Style:Cleaver, Sheepsfoot
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:3.14"
  • Handle Width:1.125"
  • Handle Thickness:0.45"
  • Handle Material:G-10
  • Color:Black
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:3.17 oz.
  • User:Right Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Flipper
  • Lock Type:Liner Lock
  • Brand:Kizer
  • Model:C01C Vanguard
  • Model Number:V3488A1
  • Designer:Chris Conaway
  • Country of Origin:China
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife


The Kizer C01C Vanguard knife offers a more affordable version of the cleaver design from Chris Conaway of Sheepdog Knives. Its wide blade is made from VG-10 stainless steel with a satin finish. The blade deploys effortlessly on a smooth ball bearing pivot, and locks up solid. Black G-10 handle scales provide a secure grip and a lightweight build. This knife offers a remarkable combination of tactical functionality and a refined, stylish appearance.

  • VG-10 stainless steel takes a razor sharp edge.
  • Textured G-10 handle ensures excellent grip security.
  • Caged ceramic ball bearing pivot for swift, responsive blade deployment.

Customer Reviews

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Kizer Mini Sheepdog
Rick P.
Just received the knife itís awesome. Flips like butter very sharp out of box fit and fit and finish is spot on . I have medium size hands feels great but not for larger hands . I have many Kizer Knives they are in my opinion the best bang for the buck.
Awesome little knife
keith h.
Awesome little blade I ordered another for a backup. Detent is very good. Came very sharp out of box. Looking forward to the Damascus one now.
Surprised and impressed.
Matt R.
I've owned Benchmades, Spydercos, Bokers, Kershaws, etc.
I've owned knives worth up to $700.

This one I took a shot in the dark on when preordering. For $70, the specs were unbeatable. I hadn't owned a Kizer before, so I had no idea what to expect in terms of performance.

So let me start with the specs. G10 handles, with steel liners, and vg10 supersteel, all riding on ball bearings. That alone is worth the money.

The action is perfect. Smooth as butter. Rides like a $200+ knife. Detent is very responsive on my knife, and very much so does its job. Any stronger, it would be annoying, any weaker, you'd have misfires. Right in the sweet spot.
It also has a distinctive click.
It's also ergonomic in the hand, the g10 has a great texture. A lot like Spyderco's texture on a pm2. Very comfortable, no hotspots.

Now for the tolerances.
Also perfect. I'm a freak when it comes to tolerances and performance. The blade centering was legitimately perfect right out of box, and this knife has NO play, at all. My lockbar makes contact about 90-95%, (looks like 100% at a glance), which is fine with me. I prefer my liner locks to have that much contact, I'm not sure how everyone else feels. It has a tiny bit of room to travel, but still makes extremely safe surface contact. Best of both worlds.
The cutting edge is hair popping sharp, shaves clean. Nice bevel.

The fit and finish is an A. I don't know what factory this knife was made in, but Kizer needs to continue using them. I don't care what country it's in, these results are incredible. The only "flaw" in finish is a small polish streak on the pivot screw, just a tiny crescent moon shaped polish mark, which could easily be fixed by some extra fine sandpaper.
The pocket clip screws do sit a little out of the liner, but the blade has a load of space. Nothing I haven't seen before in even more expensive knives.

I love the design. This knife is unique, comfortable, and very functional. This blade shape kills. It's very sleek and robust, and usually I'm not into sheepsfoot styles of blades.

This quality, this performance, it's unseen by me in any other knife below or at this price. Maybe I just got lucky on getting one that is flawless, so count this review as just my experience with this knife.

Applauses for Kizer.
If this is the usual to expect from this company, I'm very impressed.

Buy this knife. Buy two.
This thing is hilarious!
Mike K.
I read the dimensions of the knife before ordering but was still surprised by how small it is. Itís smaller than a Spyderco Delica. Awesome fit and finish, flips great. It came sharp enough to cut paper but I already sharpened it. At a 40 degree inclusive angle, itís razor sharp now. Thereís just something funny about a cleaver style blade on a knife the size of a Spyderco Dragonfly.
It's "Funsized"
Scott M.
Great little version of the C01. Action and lock up is excellent on both of mine, but one is significantly sharper than the other out of the box. Both will cut fine though. Also, one of mine has comically long clip screws that extend through the liner, with about a mm clearance to the blade when closed. I think someone just grabbed the wrong screws. Otherwise, for the money these are really cool. Understand though that these are three finger handles at most. I'm not a fan of the way VG10 is finished on Spydercos, but on these it looks great.
Detent is weak?
Jason W.
This knife is really well made for $70 and the size is great for EDC. But the unit I received has a weak detent. The blade only flips out reliably when I flick my wrist. Without the wrist flick, the lock engages only about 20 percent of the time.
Kizer Sheepdog C01C Mini
Al W.
With regards to this review, I've had a prototype for around 4 months. In this time, I carried this knife as well as the XL-C01C prototype. Both of them are going to be incredible for whatever tasks you may put them through. Considering the mini is the first, I should say that this is going to be the hot seller of the two. Phenomenal action, liner lock, cutting power and comfortable in the hands. With the VG-10 blade, it will handle most things you'll encounter on a daily basis. I believe Kizer Cutlery has another great item available for their product offering, and I can personally suggest this knife to anyone. I personally will be placing an order for between 5-10 just so I can give them out as gifts; these knives are well worth every dollar.