We know the Editor hates when we call things cute. He’s actually put it on our list of verboten words more than once. But the Kizer Contrail is so stinkin’ cute, we bought one and named it Herbie. (You know, like in that 1982 movie.) Why? Well, first, the Contrail has personality in spades. Second, while it first glance it looks like a too little, it’s not only bigger than you’d think it’s a reliable knife that isn’t one bit fussy. Seriously. We love this knife.
Designed by Justin Lundquist, the Contrail has a 2.07” 154Cm sheepsfoot blade with a satin finish. The blade thickness is 0.11” and the blade width is about 1.25”. It has a long, sweeping slicing edge with a flat grind that gives you a ton of cutting length. There’s jimping along the thumb ramp for a secure grip, and the swedged spine leaves plenty of meat to reinforce the cutting edge.
This knife is a manual thumb stud opener with a high fidget factor and a fantastic snap. It’s a linerlock with milled G-10 handle scales with three grooves that not only increase slip resistance, they look fantastic. It has a contrasting pivot collar and backspacer. Their color choices were, we believe, absolutely spot on. It’s currently available in OD Green G-10 with black accents, Black G-10 with blue accents, and Denim Blue with sky blue accents.
The handles are 0.44” thick and 1.125” wide. Even though it’s a small knife, it feels beefy in hand. There’s plenty of room for at least a three-finger grip, even in larger hands. If you added a really cool lanyard to this knife, you’d definitely get the full four-finger grip. It has a tip-up pocket clip. It’s 3.2” closed and weighs about 3.14 ounces.
- 154CM, Satin Finish
- 2.07” Sheepsfoot
- 0.11” Blade Thickness
- Ambidextrous Thumb Studs
- Milled G-10 Handles
- Contrasting Pivot Collar and Backspacer
- 0.44” Handle Thickness
- 1.125” Handle Width
- Tip-Up Pocket Clip
- Lanyard Hole
- 3.14 Ounces
- 3.2” Closed
- 5.27” Overall
Designed by Justin Lundquist, the Kizer Contrail is a great little knife with a long slicing edge and a snappy action. You can pick up any one of these fun little knives for about $60. To get these knives, click any link in the article or simply click the button below.
All images courtesy of Smoky Mountain Knife Works – smkw.com.