The Catshark from Azo and Yue is a multi-functional non-locking EDC knife with incredibly snappy action and a ton of features packed into its compact design. These include a Hex bit driver, lanyard hole, and light-duty pry bar tucked neatly into the titanium lockside which also includes a deep carry pocket clip. The detent lock allows the crisp opening action as well as keeps the blade open in place without a lock – making it legal to carry in many more jurisdictions. It also includes a bit that can be placed into the hole in the handle and blade in the open position, locking the blade into place just like the ArtisanCutlery Archaeo. It should be thrown onto a lanyard and attached to the knife so it’s always handy, and it serves the dual purpose of being a ferro rod to throwing some sparks when necessary. This is a very cool, very well thought out design from Azo and Yue and a strong competitor in the realm of top EDC knives.
The Vanguard Series brings excellent value to high-quality designs. Since the start of Kizer Cutlery, they have focused on the high end of the knife market with their impeccable quality and premium materials. This has earned them a place in the hearts of their fans. To increase the accessibility of Kizer brand products, they took the designs of the Bladesmith and Prime Series, and while keeping the quality at the same high level, re-forged them using materials that bring extra value for the money spent. Kizer uses only materials that have stellar performance, such as N690 for the blades and G10 or stainless steel for the handles. This way, Kizer products are available at all budget levels but still maintain that incredible quality of construction.
Tools share a common goal and purpose. That purpose is performance, reliable to the end. Kizer brings you the Vanguard Series created with the purpose of distilling the essence of the Bladesmith and Prime Series into tools that excel in being used. This may not be your only knife, but this will be the knife you carry and use every day!