The Kizer Sheepdog C01C is like having a mini-cleaver in your pocket. It’s a collaboration between Kizer and Chris Conaway of Sheepdog Knives and features a cleaver-style sheepfoot blade fashioned from CPM-S35VN stainless steel, and with a stonewashed finish. The handle is sleek, modern, titanium, cut into a contoured and skeletonized shape that fits comfortably in your hand while cutting down on weight. The blade deploys on a ball bearing pivot, which helps it glide smoothly in and out of the handle; you can do it with one hand, without blinking an eye. The knife also includes the a reversible tip-up carry clip that lets you carry it safely either right or left-handed.

The sheepsfoot blade shape is a bit different, but provides for a smooth, clean cut when slicing, and is easily controlled. And since there’s no real tip, there is no real danger of stabbing something (or yourself) accidentally. At 3.25” long, it’s got enough heft to double as a mini meat-cleaver of sorts, whether that’s for actual meat or for anything else. The style is also very popular among first responders, who may need to cut seatbelts or cables in an emergency, as well as among sailors and fishers.  The CPM-S35VN Steel is very easily sharpened and holds its edge well.

Whatever purpose you’re going to assign it, the Kizer Sheepdog is an awesome, durable knife that looks great, feels solid in your hand and cuts through anything with ease. Good for everyday carry, outdoor and survival use, and tactical situations too. It weighs 6 ounces.

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