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This story begins with theft. I’ll explain that later. But first, I’m stoked to present the Baby Banter from Civivi Knives! It’s a smaller and lighter companion to the Original (OG) Banter.
Now, let me explain the theft: in 2012, I was working my first job out of college filming YouTube videos for a knife retailer. It was a no budget, no crew, low-paying ordeal. But I had a lot of passion. Work weekends? Sure thing. Pay for a project out of my own pocket? Absolutely. This unfettered exuberance drove me to plan a video to film on vacation in Southern Utah. Before leaving, I took a small pocket knife out of the company inventory for the project. Normally, these would have been sold as used merchandise post-project, but I never gave it back. I stole it. It was my time off I donated. It was my pocket knife to take. I regret nothing.
I’ve carried that little pilfered Spyderco Dragonfly pocket knife for many years now. I still love that little thing, but over the years, I’ve realized it was missing something— many somethings. Nothing crazy, but these were things I could easily fix. In 2019, I put pen to paper and started sketching. The result was the kid sister to the OG Banter. I hadn’t planned to make a small version of Banter, but as I sketched, I kept returning to the same lines, curves, and theme. When the dust settled on the new design, it was clear the two knives were family.