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Kizer Ki3471 Laconico Gemini in stock at Knife Center!

Discussion in 'Kizer Cutlery' started by brancron, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Kizer Gemini trumps my Spyder Domino. They're both about the same blade length and price. However, Gemini is full titanium, lighter, shorter handle and most importantly for me much narrower (width when closed).
     
  2. Gary W. Graley

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

    Mar 2, 1999
    I had the Domino but never cottoned up to it as I thought I would.

    This one ticks off several 'goods' for me;

    Size, seems quite handy without getting in it's own way

    Flipper, also looks to be a smooth opener

    Integral lock with overtravel prevention, that hasn't ever been an issue with me, but if you can put it on, by all means it can't hurt

    Blade shape, very utilitarian with the point being slightly lower than center line

    Blade grind, love full flat grinds

    Blade thin grind, goes hand in hand with the FFG point.

    Blade edge...yes, it is uninterrupted ! major point for me!

    Blade steel, should be good as well

    Handle Ti scales, looks nicely contoured, not just a flat slab of metal

    Clip, well the clip could be deep pocket carry but I'm betting someone will be around to come up with a replacement

    Clip position...right handed knife, just need the one side, big thumbs up on that, makes the other side so much sleeker looking!

    Lanyard hole, always like a knife with a lanyard hole you can use

    That about wraps it up...now...how much longer before they get back in stock :) ????

    G2
     
  3. raylaconico

    raylaconico

    Jan 30, 2004
    I'm glad you guys are liking the Gemini. I have not yet had the chance to handle the production version. All I have is the pre production prototypes that we worked from.
     
  4. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    My Gemini weighs 3.73 ounces.

    A matte finish on the handle and everything is rounded with no hot spots anywhere. Very comfortable to hold.
     
  5. Gary W. Graley

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

    Mar 2, 1999
    Hey Ray !!! Shame that they didn't send you one

    Edited to say I guess I'll need to hold off a while and get one later on, sure looks great though!
    G2
     
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2015
  6. Neo

    Neo

    Sep 12, 2002
    What I like in the production version is they loose the cut-out for the frame lock on the presentation side.
    The knife looks a lot better that way, just as I also like it on the spyderco gayle bradley. :thumbup:
    I hope they won't change a thing now the first run is sold out.
     
  7. Neo

    Neo

    Sep 12, 2002
    I've ordered it from retailers in Europe and would feel disappointed if they make some changes in the next run
     
  8. humblerodent

    humblerodent Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    I'm so glad they decided not to make the clip reversible. Looks nice and clean now. I might have to pick one up.
     
  9. humblerodent

    humblerodent Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    FYI, these are back in stock at KC.
     
  10. Gary W. Graley

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

    Mar 2, 1999
    Stock less one ;)
    G2
     
  11. Hackenslash

    Hackenslash Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    Mine is set for Saturday delivery. I'm really eager to handle this knife, it might kick something out of my EDC rotation!
     
  12. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    In stock at GP Knives.
     
  13. humblerodent

    humblerodent Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    My Gemini came in today and it is fantastic. Ray's design really comes through and they executed it very very well. This is my first Kizer and I'd say the quality is up there with Taichung Spydercos, which I consider to be the best full production knives available. This is definitely a keeper.

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  14. Gary W. Graley

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

    Mar 2, 1999
    Very short lived ;) seems they are out of stock all over right now, KC has them listed now as a Pre-Order and GP shows out of stock.

    G2
     
  15. Havoc5J

    Havoc5J

    90
    Jan 4, 2014
    Mine just arrived in the mail and I'm loving everything about this knife except for one thing...

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    There's enough thread locker that the pivot just spins on both ends instead of tightening or loosening and there's no torx slot on the lock side to hold it. I'll try to google up a solution.
     
  16. whp

    whp

    Apr 26, 2009
    I wish there was an option for opening with a thumb stud or hole.
     
  17. Misanthropia

    Misanthropia Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 10, 2011
    Boil some water and submerge the pivot for like 30 seconds, the heat should break just about any thread locker.
     
  18. Gary W. Graley

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

    Mar 2, 1999
    Mine arrived safely from KC yesterday, while she was very sharp, I felt it was just a tad thick at the edge bevel shoulders on this one, my meager means of measuring told me it was about .030" at the shoulders. I was fixed to send her back, but I see everybody is out of stock to try a different one ;) impressive knife and impressive sales on a hot item like this! So I took the knife to my stones and ground in a lower angle than it arrived with, not sure what it was, nor what I made it to as I free hand sharpen, but I had to do a similar sharpening on my ZT0770cf.

    NOW, she be very sharp, cleanly push cutting light receipt paper as well as cutting down through several layers of heavy layers of leather too.

    Knife opens super nice too, it's hard not to just sit here flipping it open, very solid lockup as well.

    And my initial listing of likes ended up being spot on too, overall, a great folder here.

    G2
     
  19. Havoc5J

    Havoc5J

    90
    Jan 4, 2014
    Thanks for the response. I tried your method as well as the soldering iron method all to no avail. The pivot remains immovable. In my frustration I over torqued the pivot stripping the head, creating a whole new issue. I'm just going to set the knife aside for a while then revisit the issue with a calmer head. Lesson learned I suppose. If there's something wrong, just send it back.
     
  20. Hackenslash

    Hackenslash Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    Mine came in today and it's an excellent execution. It's the equal of more expensive ZTs and Spydercos. Probably better than most of my Benchmades. The downside of the success of these collabs is I'm afraid they're going to vaporize the value advantage Kizer has offered.
     

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