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Front Flippers - Feist & Wakulla, changing the game!

Discussion in 'Kizer Cutlery' started by Kizer Cutlery, Dec 1, 2016.

  1. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    What's the latest ETA on Feist?

    It looks like the street price will be around $155.
  2. kizer news

    kizer news

    Oct 14, 2015
    I just keep being asked when the Feist will be released, now I am happy to tell you that it will be available at the end of April and maybe will reach to the dealers at the beginning of May. And it is FFG.
  3. evltcat

    evltcat Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    I think I'm gonna have to try a Feist out! :thumbup:
  4. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
  5. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Feist looks pretty nice right there, have to save up the pennies again!
  6. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    way too much for that knife. i really dont understand Kizers pricing of different models of knives. they have other models that are using more materials, more design work etc yet this one cost more than them. are the prices based on the name and popularity or something?
  7. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    I thought the price would be lower like around $150 but it's not unreasonable based on other S35VN titanium frame lock bearings flippers in the Kizer line.

    Of course, now that there's the Massdrop/Ferrum Forge Falcon flipper (S35VN, titanium frame lock, bearings, machined titanium clip) made by WE for $125 a new baseline price has been set.
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  8. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    honestly this is a no more than $125 knaf. im guessing there is markup and MAP involved some how. im sure the price will go down with time. ill either get one in the exchange or when they go on sale for a more reasonable price.

    ive got one of the best front flippers around, so its not like im missing out (burger knives LEXK w/m390) and its not like im cheap cause thats a custom knife that cost alot more than this one.
  9. Bigbluefish


    Aug 19, 2009
    Funny. I got the e-mail saying it was in stock and on BHQ site it said "out of stock." Anyway, I like it, but I'm going to wait a bit on this one, see how the reviews come in. Never been much of an early adopter. My next Kizer is going to be the T1 Uli, and I'm also looking at the Pinkerton Escort. So the Feist is looking like Kizer no. 3, which probably won't be until '18.
  10. The Burgh

    The Burgh Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 22, 2015
    Have been checking weekly all over the Interweb for the release of the Feist.

    Put off by the price. I also will wait.
  11. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016

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  12. flash900

    flash900 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    Sadly, my Feist is gritty and difficult to open. I kept working it, hoping the action would break-in. It got worse.

    It's beautiful and, out-of-the-box, looked like a real winner.

    I have a fair number of Kizers, including all of Ray Laconico's models, both Ti and G-10. Kizer has been my favorite brand lately.

    This is my first Kizer that isn't perfect. I'll be returning it to the dealer.

    I love the design and may pick one up later. For now, you might want to pass on the first shipment.
    Last edited: May 9, 2017
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    Oct 31, 2016
    Mines same. Super gritty.
  14. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    Love my burger knives (trevor burger custom knives) EXK FL front flipper m390 steel. it cost a pretty penny, but its a perfect front flipper unlike these poorly made and executed mass produced examples.
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  15. NickShabazz


    Aug 10, 2014
    I'm hearing lots of reports of grit and bad machining on the Feist, actually, and I handled one from a buddy which had burrs and other nastiness in the action. Considering that Kizer usually does much better than this, and these specific sorts of machining issues are really weird even for their duds, I'm wondering if they farmed the production out to a third party on this guy, and got screwed.

    Hopefully they'll iron this out in Gen 2.
    Last edited: May 22, 2017
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  16. TFBraden

    TFBraden Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 22, 2016
    I guess I was really lucky with my Feist. It's action is nice and smooth and it has no machining problems.
  17. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    A couple of knife buddies had uncommon issues with their Feist. Ergo, I backed off. It's on my list once a good batch shows up.

    Hope it's not a sign of QC issues at Kizer!
  18. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    Keizer is no where near the quality of WE knives, reate, rike. Kizers quality control is sub par in comparison. better than benchmade tho.
  19. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    I have seven Kizer flippers. No QC issues at all in any of them. However, the flipper action and detent are not very consistent. Also, the Splinter could have been finished better.

    Reate, WE and Rike have much better and more consistent quality and it's usually reflected in their prices.
  20. NickShabazz


    Aug 10, 2014
    I emailed Kizer about these issues, and the guy I talked to said, roughly, that they're trying to figure out the problems with the Feist, and that they're hoping to make some improvements for the next run. He also asked for any details about problems people are having to pass on to the production team, so if you've got Feist issues from this first batch, it'd probably help to post pictures or descriptions here.
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