Oct 20, 2018263 views

Artisan Cutlery Waistline (Kwaiken)

Just picked this up from:
https://www.bladehq.com/item--Artisan-Cutlery-S-Waistline-Liner--87220
Artisan Cutlery makes this model in everything from M390 blade steel with titanium frame locks in colors never seen in nature to the basic model I got with D2 steel and G10 handles.

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The shape of the G10 handles is reminiscent of CRKT's DogBone. Nice knife, but I don't like metal handles - the get very slippery when wet! Other nice features:
  • The G10 handles are beveled at the edges, the knife feels good in the hand, no sharp edges to abrade the hand while using.
  • Pictures 1 and 3 show the left handed drilled and tapped grip / stainless steel liners. You can change the clip to a left hand configuration with a standard Torx driver and blue Loctite.
  • Pictures 2 and 4 show the non-rotating pivot screw. The blade had a scosch of side-to side play when the licking liner was disengaged, so a standard Torx driver and blue Loctite solved that.
  • Picture 5 shows the blade is .15 inch at the base, well centered, and the captured ceramic bearings on both sides of the pivot.
  • Picture 6 shows the bottom of the knife, very open build, good pass through on the left grip and liner for right thumb unlocking (left thumb can also be used with a little practice), about dead center lockup on the rear of the blade.
  • Picture 7 shows the top of the knife, again, open build, dead center lockup, detent ceramic ball bearing visible. This knife has a very strong detent, the blade cannot be "thrown" open like other models.
While the flipping action is not as smooth as the Boker Kwaikens, it is positive and acceptable.
I snagged two of these while they were at $52 + some change with free shipping. Two for less than the price of a basic Boker Kwaiken, and it feels better in the hand than the Boker.
I use my knives for cutting, slicing, and sticking. What do you use yours for?
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That is an artisan cutlery knife I like. Definitely going to try one out. I don't have any artisan cutlery knives and have been wanting to try one. I don't find many of their designs appealing. Thanks for bringing this to light.
Gunnersmate2
If you get one, let me know what you think!
48thRonin2
Will do.
I've found this one really appealing too! Nice price for the materials, and perfectly acceptable blade shape for office and light EDC use. Thanks for the review!
idoc72
You're welcome! If you get one, let me know what you think!