Kizlyar Supreme is an up and coming Russian knife company, and for Day 51 we are giving away a D2-bladed, G10 scaled Kizlyar Prime, courtesy of the folks at CAS Iberia.
Sale Creek, Tennessee’s CAS Iberia is a multifaceted company with a reputation built upon thirty years of importing superb Japanese swords, reproduction and role-play edged weapons, and high quality knives from the best foreign manufacturers. Currently these include Russia’s Kizlyar Supreme, Cambodia’s Citadel Knives and Swords, and Casstrom of Sweden.
One of our most popular knives since the beginning of Kizlyar Supreme – Prime – has now received another great looking version adding to the beautiful Prime with carbon handle that we released a couple of months ago.
The new stylish and daring version features nice bright 3D G10 scales coupled with D2 steel that is famous by its high wear resistance.
Developed by Kizlyar Supreme’s Australian designer Julius Conrad, Prime received a serious upgrade for the year 2015 – all elements were redesigned and its ergonomics improved. It is an every-day-carry knife of a modern urban man, who definitely has style.
Spear-shaped blade of Prime has a very pointy, almost symmetrical, tip, that can pierce anything with ease, while the razor sharp blade made of D2 steel ensures long term cutting without needing constant resharpening. Instead of thumbstuds for opening, a disc covered with jimping against slipping is installed, which makes the process of opening the knife with any hand even easier.
The handle is designed in such a way that even without a pronounced guard, the risk of fingers slipping onto the cutting edge is minimal. This is aided by underfinger relief on the handle as well as bolster that is increased in size in relation to the rest of the handle. Beside this, bolster improves overall strength of the knife’s structure, which is important in heavy duty use.
As genuine urban EDC, Prime features a nice clip in a shape of an arrow, which is installed at the end of the handle so that when the knife is worn the traditional EDC way – on the inner side of the jeans pocket – only a very small part of the knife sticks out.
At the end of the handle there is a lanyard hole that a lot of users use for inserting a cord, preferably with nice beads for decoration purposes as well as for easier pulling out of the pocket.
Specs: from Kizlyar:
Knife, international warranty card, gift box
Lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects (See Warranty section)
There is a comforting heft to the Prime. The blade centering is very good, and I do not notice any blade wobble out of the box.
It flips open easily with the thumb disc, though a flipper tab or thumb studs might increase the appeal of the knife. The lock bar is easy to access and operate.
The pocket clip is fairly unobtrusive, and the knife rides comfortably in the pocket. Not a full deep carry, but close.
Ergonomically the knife is fairly nice. The handle is thicker than many comparable knives, and consequentially it fills my hand comfortably. Just the slightest of hotspot on the belly of the handle, from the gap where the blade sits when closed. But this is only when I really grip tightly. I wouldn’t want to do extended wood processing with it, but for everyday tasks it is fine.
Since I can’t test the knives we are giving away, I have to rely on outside reviews. I was not familiar with Cedric & Ada Gear and Outdoors, but the review is solid and I gave them a youtube follow. I don’t quite see the same issue with the factory edge that he had. I can’t comment on the blade play other than this feels solid in its “new” state, and the pivot can be tightened if necessary.