Are you a wolf, a sheep, or a sheepdog?
I’m something of an aficionado of fine steel, and recently I came across something that really caught my eye: the Sheepdog XL by Kizer knives. This knife is almost a 10-inch flipper, and it’s definitely designed for the “sheepdog” citizen. Weighing in at 8.4 oz., the blade is made from 154CM steel—which is known for being an amazing steel for knives. This badass blade is a sheepsfoot-style shape, which gives it kind of like a cleaver-like appearance.
My first impression is that Kizer has not let anyone down with this beast. It is a big knife, but it flips open with so little effort it is unbelievable and blows my mind every time. Despite its size, Kizer’s design comes with a deep-carry pocket clip and, remarkably, doesn’t take up too much room in your pocket. The Sheepdog comes with a liner lock and micarta scales for handle material.
The blade is stable and very secure while locked, but the lock is so easy to open that this knife only takes one hand to open with ease. The pivot is a smooth ball-bearing, which makes the action effortless, but when the knife is closed, it locks up very solidly.
This blade is a perfect mix of steel, micarta, and a good helping of whoop-ass. The steel is heavy, but the micarta is light and together the balance is amazing. The knife is very elegant and feels like a perfect fighting knife, but it is a cleaver. Carrying this knife around gives you what I call the “big knife disease,” with symptoms that include a big smile on your face, to skipping like a Disney princess.
The Sheepdog is very eye-catching, and if you use it as an everyday carry knife, don’t be surprised if it garners you a bunch of attention and trance-like stares, or perhaps a quote or two from “Crocodile Dundee.”
This knife is big but if you are willing to sacrifice a little bit of pocket space there is no reason why the Sheepdog couldn’t be your next EDC. The blade is light, agile, and very sharp. I have carried this knife, and I have yet to find one thing that this knife was bad at. This knife blew my mind when I pulled it out of the box and still does to this day. Kizer did an amazing job with this knife and has really set the bar high for big knives in the industry. KizerKnives.com
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