Kizer Ki401T - Caligine Tanto

Discussion in 'Kizer Cutlery' started by Rasco, May 15, 2015.

  1. Rasco

    Rasco Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    Hi Kizer fans.
    I've got my eye on this Kizer Ki401T Caligine Tanto in black.


    Auston H reviewed one pretty favorably on his YouTube channel, and I generally agree with his opinion on most knives.
    Just wanted to get some feedback from owners. Particularly owners of the tanto version. That hollow ground recurve looks like it would be a bitch to sharpen.
    But I really dig the overall style of the knife.

    Any size comparison pics would also be fantastic.
  2. Rival1314

    Rival1314 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 17, 2012
    love the blade profile on this one:)
  3. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    That's the exact model of the Caligine that I've been looking at: tanto blackwashed.

    It's great to see Kizer use bearings instead of washers and torx pivot instead of propriety. I'm hoping they'll soon add a lock bar steel insert to address lock stickiness and wear.
  4. Rasco

    Rasco Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    That would be a much appreciated addition. Especially since I see Kizer's prices *kinda* creeping up, along with all the other Chinese newcomers from the last year or two...
    So I guess it can't be helped, but once you get around the $200 neighborhood, lottttttta great options out there.
    It's usually the $1xx pricetag that attracts me to Kizers, the one above being the first exception I've seen. That's just a damn good looking knife.

    It's speaking to me like how the Horizon C spoke to me, that is to say, it's yelling my name, whereas all the other models to date have just given me a disinterested "hey" :p
  5. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    I got two different models of the Kizer 3404 with 3" blades for around $115 about 15 months ago. Nice light flippers. They're washers, proprietary pivot and no lock bar insert. Once you approach $200 all of those plus extra milling are necessary.
  6. gibmoniplz


    Sep 17, 2014
    Auston made a video for this one? Nice, I've been thinking of getting the Caligine. There is a drop point version of this somewhere, and another one with grey/silver colors.

    EDIT: I have bad reading comprehension, he didn't make a video on this particular Kizer.
    Last edited: May 18, 2015
  7. xICEMANx

    xICEMANx Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    I like that a lot better in black. Very good looking knife.
  8. Wavester


    May 5, 2008
    3404 is a nice knife!

  9. austonh

    austonh Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 26, 2012
    I think these newer editions have upgrades over the model that I reviewed. Could be wrong, but I think they are now on bearings as opposed to washers.
  10. brancron

    brancron Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2011
    I believe you are correct, and the Blade HQ description of this knife states it is indeed on bearings.

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