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

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MSRP: $99.00
Our Price: $69.00
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Item #BHQ-80400


  • 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:OD Green
  • 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:V3488A2
  • 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. OD green 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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Cool design but disappointing quality and sevice
Ryan H.
Iím going to skip what is great about this knife because you can find that in other reviews but I do agree with them besides the following points.

First negatives come from the design. The lock is difficult to disengage because it is flush with the scales and the detent is difficult to overcome when closing similar to most frame/liner lock flippers. The pocket clip makes this knife really difficult to put in and take out of pocket.

Next comes fit and finish and experience with purchasing. I first purchased this knife through amazon but promptly returned it because the action was gritty and the centering was terribly off to the right. I decided to come to BHQ because I figured they might check the qc for me... They did not and never acknowledged my request through both an order comment and an email. Upon receiving my second sheepdog from BHQ, the centering was off to the left, the action was gritty and there was blade play no matter how I adjusted it. My theory is the issue came from the liners/blade's bearing race being machined poorly. I'm confused because I can't find any of these issues in any other review through any medium and I've now experienced it twice. After flipping the blade for a while the centering and blade play has improved to an acceptable level for a $69 Chinese knife with break in and I think whatever machining imperfections are slowly wearing down.

Another thing I have to mention is Blade HQís shipping; I ordered the knife the late morning of a Wednesday and it didn't leave their warehouse until the next Monday. I understand they just moved locations but come on, they already charged me for slow shipping on a $69 item.

In conclusion for my experience purchasing this knife: I really like it for most of the same reasons as others but the fit and finish in my experience are no where close to what other reviews say and even though I love what BHQ does on YouTube and with their inventory, their shipping kills me.
Great edc
Christopher l.
Love the blade size and shape. Wanted a stubby little box cutter and this clever fits the bill. Handle is a little small for me solid three finger but manageable. Fit and finish is ok spaces on pivot and g10 not even and locks early, centering is good. Also wish the knife had jimping I think it would really improve the handling.Over all happy with the knife for the price itís what I expected. Packaging was on point patch and microfiber included. I have knifes 4 times the price that didnít include swag like that. See you on the next one BHQ
Loving it!
Eric W.
This is my first ever Kizer and I must say I'm impressed. The fit and finish on this knife are on par with some well known American made kives. I wear a medium/large glove and this knife locks in my hand perfect with a three finger grip. I've seen some say theirs wasn't all that sharp mine came razor sharp. Absolute home run with this one Kizer!
Love this knife
Andrew h.
Just received my preorder today and first off the bladehq staff are fantastic helping me with shipping. The sheepdog is a great little knife , centering is good and no blade play on mine. As others have said the action feels great . You also get a C10C patch and cleaning cloth with the knife , was a nice little surprise .
cool blade for price.
eric s.
fit and finish is good but not great. there is small gaps in the g10 but nothing that will effect the user. lock up is extremly early but tight. action is great and fun to play with. it is a very small knife. smaller than a mini grip and delica. i havent carried it yet but out of the box i dont think you would be disappointed for the price.
Kizer Sheepdog Mini
Paul J.
First, Blade HQ is great! Helpful staff, fast shipping and this knife is amazing. Thanks for the recommendation. The knife shows obvious quality and design. I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived. The craftsmanship is apparent and the blade is flawless. I have a dozen Spyderco and Benchmade knives in my collection; some are limited production models that cost 4-5 times what this knife cost and honestly the sheepdog belongs in the same class. This is my new EDC. Love the design! I think I need a full size one next.