Kizer Cutlery Vanguard V4461A1 Kesmec Folding Knife 3.5" VG10 Drop Point Blade, Black G10 Handles

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KUV4461A1: Vanguard V4461A1 Kesmec Folding Knife, Black
Kizer Cutlery
The Vanguard V4461A1 Kesmec folder by Kizer Cutlery is a very ergonomic, very high-quality everyday carry (EDC) with a nice stout feeling in the hand. The avid fisherman among the Kizer Cutlery designers saw the Coelacanth and became inspired by the living fossil. The Ichthyo and Kesmec are the resulting tributes to the world of the deep. The handles are made from G10. The angular design of the handle makes it very comfortable to hold and to use. The 3.5" drop point blade is crafted from VG10 stainless steel with a brushed satin finish. VG10 is a high-grade steel with exceptional edge retention and wear resistance.It features a reversible spring pocket clip, stainless steel liners and is sure to become an everyday carry favorite in no time since it's priced well below its design and quality levels.

Kizer uses high-tech wire EDM machines to cut the parts. This method is slower than laser or water jet but Kizer feels the quality is worth the wait. Each component in Kizer knives is 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 cutlery masters. Dedicated craftsman honoring the long-term goal of making the best knives possible is what Kizer brings to you.

Vanguard Series

The Vanguard Series brings excellent value to high-quality designs. Since the start of Kizer Cutlery, they have focused on the high end of the knife market with their impeccable quality and premium materials. This has earned them a place in the hearts of their fans. To increase the accessibility of Kizer brand products, they took the designs of the Bladesmith and Prime Series, and while keeping the quality at the same high level, re-forged them using materials that bring extra value for the money spent. Kizer uses only materials that have stellar performance, such as VG10 for the blades and G10 or stainless steel for the handles. This way, Kizer products are available at all budget levels but still maintain that incredible quality of construction.
Tools share a common goal and purpose. That purpose is performance, reliable to the end. Kizer brings you the Vanguard Series created with the purpose of distilling the essence of the Bladesmith and Prime Series into tools that excel in being used. This may not be your only knife, but this will be the knife you carry and use every day!
Kizer Cutlery Uses
  • High grade materials
  • High quality workmanship
  • High speed CNC Milling machines
  • Wire EDM cutting tools
  • Blade Length: 3.50" (89 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 3.50" (89 mm)
  • Closed Length: 4.50" (114 mm)
  • Overall Length: 8.0" (203 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.157" (4.0 mm)
  • Blade Material: VG10 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Hollow
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Material: Black G10
  • Locking Mechanism: Liner
  • Pocket Clip: Titanium (Tip-Up, Right/Left Carry)
  • Weight: 4.7 oz. (134.6 g)
  • Designer: Azo
  • Made in China
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
VG10 Stainless Steel
VG10 Stainless Steel This Japanese super-steel is known for it's ease of sharpening, ability to take a super fine edge, and outstanding corrosion resistance making it one of the best bang-for-buck steels on the market.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
Kizer Cutlery Vanguard V4461A1 Kesmec Folding Knife 3.5" VG10 Drop Point Blade, Black G10 Handlesrated 4.750 stars out of 5 (4 reviews)
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Kizer Cutlery Vanguard V4461A1 Kesmec Folding Knife 3.5" VG10 Drop Point Blade, Black G10 Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Amazonas, Brazil
Jun 10, 2019
Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Wonderful medium-large EDC
I bought this from Knifecenter a couple of weeks ago, and have been carrying it everyday. This is is a very well designed and crafted pocketknife. It’s about as large an EDC blade as I would generally carry, as I usually prefer a bit smaller and slimmer knives, but I bought it mainly to accompany me in the jungle where I work in Brazil. This knife is damn impressiveand I’ve had occasion to use it several times. It opens as fast as any flipper with a thumb flick in the blade cut-out (just like you might flip a coin) but without the flipper tab to knock against your other pocket items. It travels very well in the pocket, and doesn’t weigh me down at all. Not a super deep carry, but definitely not riding too high either. The blade cut-out is a matter of taste when it comes to the size and shape of it, but I like it personally. Its edges are perfectly chamfered, and it’s comfortable to use with thumb or fingers from below. The knife came very sharp from the factory (and I mean scalpel sharp, even on this thicker blade), it has excellent balance and feel in my average/larger sized hands, and the material selection for both blade and scales are perfect for a “user” blade, which should last for a lifetime of general daily cutting tasks. I think it will also hold up well to much heavier use with its thicker blade stock. Speaking of the blade, this is the perfect material selection for this knife. I’m a fan of VG10 stainless. Compared to S35VN, it has only very slightly less edge retention, but with equal corrosion resistance, and hardness, all at a much lower cost for the steel. The G10 scales are contoured perfectly. Their comfortable thickness and shape, combined with the not overly-done jimping on the blade and liner backs provide all the grip and traction necessary for strong control. This knife is a definite winner, and I’m looking forward to years of service from it in this tough climate. Thanks!
Kizer Cutlery Vanguard V4461A1 Kesmec Folding Knife 3.5" VG10 Drop Point Blade, Black G10 Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Oct 18, 2018
Pros: Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type, Blade Material, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: Blade Sharpness, None
Highly recommend
The Kizer Kesmec is a nice sturdy knife at a great price. The blade could have been sharper out of the box, but the VG10 sharpened up nicely on my Sharpmaker. Overall, the quality is good. The blade is nicely centered with a strong lockup and no play in any direction. I highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a nice sturdy edc blade.
Kizer Cutlery Vanguard V4461A1 Kesmec Folding Knife 3.5" VG10 Drop Point Blade, Black G10 Handles
rated 4 stars out of 5
Deer Hunter
Nov 28, 2017
Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Weight, Handle Material, Lock Type
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
Nice Knife
Nice knife for the price, not real crazy about the long oval for opening, but overall a good knife, pretty big fan of VG10, Kizer is giving the other knife makers a run for their money.
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