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The Drop: CIVIVI Qubit Knife

Authored by:
Chris Van Hoven
The Drop: CIVIVI Qubit Knife

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We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to pocket knives. With all the great options available in the market, it sometimes becomes challenging to differentiate what makes one knife better than another, even when you’re looking within a brand’s own lineup. The CIVIVI Qubit’s distinction is made rather clear, however. The objective that CIVIVI is targeting here is value for money.

The CIVIVI Qubit isn’t going to wow anyone with its materials. The handle is made from aluminum, and its 2.98” drop-point blade from Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel. Both are respectable choices but far from being unique in the knife world. Aluminum is often used because it’s lightweight yet durable, and 14C28N is regarded as the best budget knife steel on the market, offering outstanding corrosion resistance, edge retention, and effortless cutting. What sets the CIVIVI Qubit apart from other knives is its affordable price tag which sits below $100 and can be found for as low as $70. But unlike other affordable knives, CIVIVI doesn’t scrimp on build quality. It even comes with a pretty cool mechanism.

The Qubit features a two-way opening mechanism with a button lock and a thumb stud opener, providing two effortless and efficient ways to open it. The button lock is on the handle and releases the blade or locks it in place with a press. The thumb stud sits on the usual spot on the blade and can be pushed or flicked to flip the blade open. Both methods are smooth and fast, thanks to the ceramic bearings that CIVIVI uses for its knives. They provide silky smooth opening and closing, as well as durability and stability. It’s so fun to use that the Qubit can even double as a fidget toy. The knife has a satisfying click sound and feel when it opens and closes, making it addicting to play with.

The CIVIVI Qubit is also equipped with a bottle opener integrated into the blade's spine and can be accessed when the knife is closed or open. It is designed to be ergonomic and efficient so you can enjoy your favorite beverage without any hassle. And speaking of ergonomics, a reversible deep-carry pocket clip gives the knife ambidextrous carry options for both left- and right-handed users.

One of the best things I love about the CIVIVI Qubit is that since it’s so affordable, I don’t shy away from demanding tasks like I usually would with a more expensive knife. Get it dirty, and it’s easy to clean. It’s an actual tool: honest, durable, and effective, and using it as such is a refreshing change of pace.

What we like: The Qubit is both functional and fun at a near-unbeatable price, and continues CIVIVI’s commitment to blades that cut way above their weight.

What to watch out for: The aluminum handle has no etching or inlay, which would have given it better grip, but it does come in a number of colorways and even a Damascus-style blade.

Final verdict: Versatile, reliable, and not afraid to do the dirty work, the CIVIVI Qubit is an easy recommendation for anyone looking for a no-frills pocket knife that’s also a ton of fun to use.

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Chris Van Hoven is a multifaceted writer with a keen interest in technology, watches, and the world of automobiles. When he geeks out about technical details and specifications, his enthusiasm for these subjects is contagious.

Having contributed extensively to renowned publications, he has made a name for himself as an authority in the Philippine automotive industry. His expertise can be seen through his engaging articles as Editor-in-Chief of C! Magazine, a prominent car magazine where he offers insightful reviews and comprehensive analysis of various vehicles.

In addition to his automotive pursuits, Chris's horological inclinations are evident in his work for Calibre Magazine and Vintage Grail. Here, he explores the latest watch releases, trends, and the significance of various vintage timepieces, captivating readers with his knowledge and enthusiasm.

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Combining his love for technology, watches, and automotive wonders, Chris Van Hoven stands as a versatile writer who has built a reputation for his expertise and engaging style. His ability to weave together captivating stories and detailed analysis continues to capture readers and fuel his dedication to these ever-evolving fields.

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