CIVIVI Ki-V Front Flipper Slip Joint Knife

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While it’s tempting to chase the latest and greatest in technology when looking for a new EDC knife, don’t overlook tried-and-true designs from the past. For example, the CIVIVI Ki-V draws inspiration from the Japanese kiridashi, a traditional utility knife used for carving wood and other everyday tasks. CIVIVI tapped designer Ostap Hel to bring these traditional design cues to the present day with modern materials and a convenient front flipper deployment. The result is a unique, compact utility folder designed to handle quick cutting tasks that’s easy to carry, even in locales with stricter knife laws.

CIVIVI Ki-V knife, partially open

Just like the traditional knife it’s based on, the Ki-V stays compact and discreet at just 2.39“ when closed and weighing only 1.4 ounces. It can easily slip into a pocket or ride deep with an included pocket clip, too. The 1.55” 9Cr18MoV steel blade deploys via a front flipper, or by using two hands to overcome its double detent. As a slip joint knife, the Ki-V features no locking mechanism, making it a more viable carry if you live in an area with strict knife laws or want a tool that won’t raise eyebrows in public. Jimping on both the spine and base of the Ki-V’s flat ground, wharncliffe blade affords more precise control when cutting and carving.

Natural Jade G10 and Black G10 versions of the CIVIVI Ki-V in hand

While traditional kiridashi knives tend to be fixed blades, the Ki-V folds back into a stainless steel liner finished with black or natural G10 handles for extra grip while keeping the knife lightweight. With its combination of small size, flipper deployment, G10 handles and deep carry pocket clip, the Ki-V earns its niche as an EDC-worthy kiridashi you can actually carry in your pocket. Check out the recently released CIVIVI Ki-V in natural G10 or black G10 at the links below.

Black G10 @ BladeHQ

Natural Jade G10 @ Amazon

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