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Beautiful sculpting on that Flashbang Brancron! Did you do that yourself?

That was done by Derk Razor Sharp, aka DRS Bladeworks. He's in Canada but does great work for a fair price. He's on instagram under those two names and also has a website (drsbladeworks.com).
 
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Derk certainly did a great job! Would love to have that work done on some of my knives! But shipping back and forth (from Europe <-> Canada) will be very costly...
I'll shoot him an email anyway to find out more.
Thanks for the info!
 
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I really like that knife. In your picture it looks like it has a mirror finish? Also what model is it?
My latest Kizer. I'm testing and evaluating it right now for a coming review. I'm planning on translating that review to English and post it here on BF as well. :)

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Intrepid, Vanguard-Series


/ J
 
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Top to bottom, Nomad, Escort, Rogue. Anxiously waiting for the Nomad flipper to ship for inspection!
 

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I really like that knife. In your picture it looks like it has a mirror finish? Also what model is it?

It's not really a mirror finish a la Rockstead, but it's very nice satin finish. This is the Laconico Vanguard Intrepid. I don't own this or the premium Ti version...yet...but I imagine I'll pick up one sooner or later. By all reports, an incredible knife and a great value.
 

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Top to bottom, Nomad, Escort, Rogue. Anxiously waiting for the Nomad flipper to ship for inspection!

Hey Dirk, do you know if it's in the works to offer any of these in the Vanguard line? I want them all but I don't think my budget can handle all three in premium form :eek:
 
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Hey Dirk, do you know if it's in the works to offer any of these in the Vanguard line? I want them all but I don't think my budget can handle all three in premium form :eek:

The possibility has been mentioned but, nothing more at this point.
 
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Just got my first Kizer, a Cucchiara Dorado. I was apprehensive about this knife, I usually buy American made knives. This thing is changing the entire game for me.

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It's interesting, my two best built knives are from Taiwan and China...
 
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OK, Kizer...at what point do I admit I might have a problem?

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From Left to right
Ki5414A3
Ki4447A2
Ki4443A1 Tomcat
Ki4421A2
Ki4419A1
Ki423
Ki405
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Ki404B1
Ki403A2
Ki401B1 (this is the knife that started the whole Tim Britton kerfluffle)
Ki3471A1 (Laconico Gemini)
Ki3411-1 (Klecker)
Ki3310 Mistral
Ki3404A1
Ki3416A1 (Gingrich)

That Ki423 looks very nice! How do you like it?
 

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I like it a lot. It's one of my favorite Kizers...and when you consider these go for around $100, it's an amazing value knife. http://www.bladehq.com/item--Kizer-Folding-Knife-Green-Titanium--26139

When the Ki423 first came out, I think it was Kizers most "daring" design to date. The Greco key design around the edge along with the scale pattern down the center make for a really unique look. Coupled with the neat, greenish ano finish and the big belly clip point blade, it makes for a very unique knife.

It opens well either by flipper or thumbstud and has a very decent feel in hand. The only upgrades I could wish for would be a steel lock bar insert and torx pivot hardware...but at this price? I'm kind of surprised that Kizer never offered the Ki423 in different colors and finishes. It seems to be a popular blade with anyone who owns one.

Edit: It looks like now this knife has been renamed the Sovereign Ki4423 and they call the design Dragon Thunder Glyph.
 
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Here's a Mistral with the factory colored annodizing removed, replaced by the solid grey annodizing. Misenzo in Europe did the work.

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Thinking about having someone replace the red/black G10 inserts with wood inserts, but don't know who might do that. Suggestions?

Also have the old-school KI3404A3 and the original (with name) Gemini. Dollar for dollar, Kizer is my favorite brand for modern folders.
 
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I like it a lot. It's one of my favorite Kizers...and when you consider these go for around $100, it's an amazing value knife. http://www.bladehq.com/item--Kizer-Folding-Knife-Green-Titanium--26139

When the Ki423 first came out, I think it was Kizers most "daring" design to date. The Greco key design around the edge along with the scale pattern down the center make for a really unique look. Coupled with the neat, greenish ano finish and the big belly clip point blade, it makes for a very unique knife.

It opens well either by flipper or thumbstud and has a very decent feel in hand. The only upgrades I could wish for would be a steel lock bar insert and torx pivot hardware...but at this price? I'm kind of surprised that Kizer never offered the Ki423 in different colors and finishes. It seems to be a popular blade with anyone who owns one.

Edit: It looks like now this knife has been renamed the Sovereign Ki4423 and they call the design Dragon Thunder Glyph.

Hi there Hack, thank you for the info that is higley appreciated! I just ordered one, it will be here tomorrow. I payed only € 130,- inclusive insured shipping, which is not bad at all!
As far as the steel insert is concerned: the lock face seems to be carbinized. And, correct me if I am wrong, lock-rock only seems to occur when the angle between the blade and the lock-bar is too small, which doesn't seem the case the case with Kizers.

and i found some additional info regarding the pattern on the scales:

"The Kizer Cutlery Titanium Framelock is the first folding knife from Kizer to use pure Chinese Traditional Culture on the handle scale design. Kim Ning, the designer of it, put two important Chinese Ancient Elements on the knife handle, LingZi and Hui ZhuanLun, by using a high-technology Laser Carving machine. It has among the smoothest actions of any knife in the building and the sheepsfoot S35VN blade is as beautiful as it is practical. An excellent design and superp quality folder from Kizer.

“Ling Zi (Pheasant Tail)”, a decoration material for Chinese ancient Generals and hero's armet, like Zhou yu, Lv BuWei and Cao cao. And the Sun wukong, a famous character of Chinese Myth Novel, also wears an armet with two long “Ling zi”. Wearing it always indicates that you are a capable, strong, brave, smart and powerful man.

“Hui ZhuanLun (Gyroscopewheel)”, another vital element of Chinese ancient culture, became famous from the Warring States Period of China (About 2000 years ago). You can find Hui ZhuanLun (Gyroscopewheel) on a lot of Chinese ancient utensils. LingZi is laying along the horizontal line of the knife handle, and the HuiZhuanlun are spreading around Ling Zi, like many guarding soldiers protecting the King or the General.

Mr Kim Ning was inspired by a Chinese ancient treasured sword which has more than 2,000 years of history and just unearthed recently.

Kizer uses high-tech wire EDM machines to cut the parts. This method is slower than laser or water jet but feel quality is worth the wait. Each component in Kizer knives are precision machined and engineered to the finest tolerances. The final fit, finish, action, and sharpness of each knife is achieved entirely by hand, employing the irreplaceable craftsmanship developed by generations of cutler masters. Dedicated craftsman honoring the long term goal of making the best knives possible is what Kizer brings to you".

 
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I got mine KI423 this morning! It is an outstanding knife with a buttersmooth action! You were right all the way Hack! This might be the best knife-deal out there! Did I tell already that the detent ball and ball bearings are ceramic???

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Not many knives at this price point have sculpted, milled clips either. Glad you like it! Kizer's 2016 lineup is hazardous to my wallet;)
 
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It's not really a mirror finish a la Rockstead, but it's very nice satin finish. This is the Laconico Vanguard Intrepid. I don't own this or the premium Ti version...yet...but I imagine I'll pick up one sooner or later. By all reports, an incredible knife and a great value.

Correct! Both on the model and the value! I've tested the knife properly for a review I've written for a Swedish knife shop but I'm have plans for a translation. By the way, the knife is notoriously hard to take pictures of just because of that shine in the Satin. Another fun fact is that many pages, including Kizers own website say that this is stonewashed finish. I don't agree! :)

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