The first batch of new for 2023 Kizer models is arriving this week – later today, in fact. And among the fresh faces is the Mad Tanto, first collaboration between Kizer and Adrian D’Souza of Damned Designs.
The Mad Tanto collab is interesting because, really, it’s a partnership between two different production outfits. Damned Designs is a label run by D’Souza; beginning a few years ago he started rolling his knife designs out, including the Oni and the Wraith. As is often the case with young, solo brands, the first few knives came out slowly, but in the years between D’Souza picked up speed, and now the Damned Designs catalogue includes quite a few different blades.
I am not a huge tanto fan, so I will pass on this one. Much more excited about the XL Begleiter from Kizer’s new 2023 lineup.