Kizer In Yan: Sometimes You Just Want a Bigger Blade

I don’t have a lot of EDC knives, though I can see myself acquiring several in the future. As I always say, “You never know when you’re going to need a knife.” And I’ve always had a knife on me, be it a Swiss Army knife or even a little box cutter. But as of late, I’ve caught the EDC bug and want to have a variety from which to choose.

Up to this point, none of my blades has been longer than 3-inches. But I actually found myself in a situation a couple of weeks ago where a bigger blade would’ve been much more ideal for what I was doing than a smaller gentleman’s blade. So I started looking around…

And ended up going down a rabbit hole on an hours-long search. The problem was that I didn’t quite know what I wanted. But I did know that I wanted a few things:

  1. Manual flipper
  2. Micarta handle
  3. Blade length of at least 3 1/2″
  4. Either a Wharncliffe, drop point, or spear point blade shape
  5. “Decent” blade steel
  6. Under $100

Yeah… that narrows it down to a couple of thousands of knives… So you can imagine I spent lots of time searching. Then just when I was about to give up, I ran across a first impressions video from Jared Neeve, a knife reviewer whom I follow on YouTube:

I have a lot of respect for his knife reviews and so after I watched that video, I was sold and pulled the trigger.

I got the knife a few weeks ago and have to say: I just DIG this knife! The blade is almost 4″ long – it’s huge. When I first deployed it, I laughed out loud at the size of the blade. But despite its size, it didn’t feel cumbersome. Though it’s a little over 5-ounces, it carries well in my pocket.

It came pretty sharp out of the box, but I gave it a little work on my Spyderco Ultra-fine stone, then stropped it to get a nice, clean, razor blade-like finish. Though looking back, I probably may not sharpen it to this level of finish in the future. It’s a working knife, after all, and I prefer a little more bite to the edge. But yes, it weel cut.

Here are specs for the knife (from where I bought it):

  • Blade Length: 3.875″ (98 mm)
  • Closed Length: 5.125″ (130 mm)
  • Overall Length: 9.00″ (228 mm)
  • Blade Material: Bohler N690 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.126″ (3.2 mm)
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Finish: Black
  • Handle Material: Green Micarta with Black G10 Bolsters
  • Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
  • Liner Material: Stainless Steel
  • Pivot Assembly: Bearings
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Right Carry
  • Weight: 5.22 oz. (148.0 g)
  • Designer: Arsenyan Arsen (Assassin Knives)

Thus far, I’ve used it to cut up heavy boxes, some vinyl tubing, and cutting up some old upholstery. It performed all those tasks amazingly well and still held a good edge. After each task, I just honed the blade on my ceramic rod and the edge came back to true real easy.

If I had one gripe with the knife it’s that the detent is a little snug out of the box which makes the front flipper tab a little tight. But after a few hours of fidgeting (which I admit is what I love to do with my folders), it freed up, and deployment is smooth while retaining a nice detent so it won’t deploy in my pocket. With a knife this big, that could be quite painful.

All in all, like I said, I dig this knife. It looks great, but moreover, it has some great features that ticked off all the boxes for me!