Civivi Anthropos Voted Best New Value Folder 2019

Presented by: Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpeners

The Civivi Anthropos is the KnifeNews Readers’ Choice for Best New Value Folder 2019 (MSRP of $100 or less)! The first of the Elijah Isham budget knives snagged the gold from some strong foes including the CRKT Slacker, Gerber Jukebox, Kershaw XCOM, and Steel Will Shaula.

Makers are completely redefining what we can expect for our dollar in the sub-$100 knife market. They’re pushing for better materials, better steel, cutting edge designs. Releases are coming out in that arena that are exciting, dynamic, and representative of how high the quality bar has been raised for virtually all price points. In 2019, the Civivi Anthropos was a shining example of this phenomenon.

Until the release of this knife, Elijah Isham’s avant garde style was relegated to the upper echelons of the production world. His work with We Knife Co. and with his own private label releases were well-loved, but not really within the reach of the entry-level user. The Anthropos changed all of that, and opened the floodgates for a trilogy of Isham designs under the Civivi label.

The Anthropos design shows that Isham’s flair for unconventional forms does more than catch the eye; it manages to be visually arresting while also remaining a hard-working utility tool. The sweeping, broad-bellied blade has undeniable swagger, but also chews through EDC cutting chores. The silhouette of the handle is traditional, functional, but the multi-tiered carbon fiber/G-10 scales, cut with sinuous, almost psychedelic lines, make it feel pleasingly strange and new. The Anthropos is an affordable knife that’s also a conversation piece.

Isham/Civivi’s work here also possesses another important feature of excellent sub-$100 knives: the potential to appeal to hardcore collectors as well as more casual knife users. The Anthropos embodies so many hip trends in the industry that it serves as a great starting point for a new collector, but also an intriguing buy for season hobbyists. There’s truly something here for everybody.

Visit tomorrow to find out the winner of the KnifeNews Readers’ Choice Award for Best New Folder 2019.


Monday, December 2ndBest New Tactical Fixed Blade 2019 (WINNER: Spyderco Respect)

Tuesday, December 3rdBest New Fixed Blade for EDC 2019 (WINNER: Ferrum Forge Lackey)

Wednesday, December 4thBest New Outdoors Fixed Blade 2019 (WINNER: ESEE Knives AGK)

Thursday, December 5thBest Knife Upgrade 2019 (WINNER: Kershaw D2 Emerson Models)

Friday, December 6thBest New Slipjoint/Non-Locking Knife 2019 (WINNER: Chris Reeve Knives Impinda)

Monday, December 9thBest New High-End Knife 2019 (MSRP of $300 or more) (WINNER: Spyderco Paysan)

Tuesday, December 10thBest New Value Folder 2019 (MSRP of $100 or less) (WINNER: Civivi Anthropos)

Wednesday, December 11thBest New Folder 2019

Thursday, December 12thMost Innovative New Knife 2019

Friday, December 13thWork Sharp Knife of the Year

Monday, December 16th: Best Overall New for 2019 Lineup