Kizer released two fixed blades recently that I picked up -- the Butcher, a collaboration with Macho Blades, and the Harpoon, a collaboration with Maverick Customs.
It doesn't come with a lanyard but y'all know how it works around here.
Decent steel and lovely Micarta:
It's got a great grip:
but if I were going to ding it, I'd say 'how can you make the handle that ergonomic and not jimp the choil and spine?
Feet of clay for an otherwise nice blade that a lot of people will prolly pick up. Still, I'm happy with it. It has a little character and that goes a long way.
so this obviously is going to remind many people of several knives by TOPS, with that coloration, the black stucco blade finish, and the general lines of the knife.
And, yeah, the steel too -- TOPS is well known for working with 1095.
It seems kind of intentional, because the original Harpoon knife by Maverick Customs has a much more neutral look, and used stainless steel instead of a high carbon steel like 1095.
Is it as good as the TOPS knives it's meant to look like? Mmmmno. The ergonomics are fairly generic by comparison, and the handle has no sculpting to it at all, no liner either. And there's no jimping on the steel. I'm kinda Johnny One Note when it comes to jimping, but I don't understand how you put that thumb scoop on the spine of the blade without giving it some additional traction.
On the other hand, it's about half the price of what you'd pay for a TOPS knife of the same size, so the comparison isn't 100% fair despite the fact that they themselves were obviously going for it. And the grip is still ok -- just not as good as that you find on the knives they're clearly trying to emulate with this build:
Of the two, the Harpoon is probably more practical, but I'd rather have the Butcher.