Civivi Caps off July with the Arrival of the Cetos

Another wave of Civivi releases are inbound, and among the new faces is the Cetos. A fresh folder from the Civivi crew themselves, the Cetos brings a hybrid style to a mid-size design, with features that evoke both tactical knives and gent’s folders.

“Cetos” is a Greek root in many of the words that pertain to whales and dolphins: cetology, cetaceous, etc. Whether Civivi chose the word on purpose or just because it sounds cool we can’t say, but the Cetos’ 3.48-inch spear point, in profile, brings to mind the streamlined snout of some of the sleeker members of the order Cetaceae. The mild curve promises well-rounded cutting characteristics, while the centrally-aligned, elongated tip heightens the knife’s piercing capability. We wouldn’t go so far as to classify the Cetos as a pure “tactical” knife, but the huge swedge and fuller give it an aggressive look that wouldn’t be out of place in knives of that (somewhat nebulous) genre.

The carbon fiber Cetos comes with a Damascus blade, too

The opening method is that most ubiquitous of mechanisms, a flipper, riding as usual on Civivi’s caged ceramic bearing pivot setup. Meanwhile, the steel is 14C28N – not a stranger to the Civivi family, although maybe not quite as common in their lineup as D2 or 9Cr18MoV. Performance will be solid across the board, with maintenance in particular less of a concern than with the semi-stainless D2.

Gracefully arching, and terminating with the mildest of “tails,” the Cetos’ handle continues with the sea life inflection. Ergonomically, it’s more notable for what it lacks – aggressive jimping, cutouts, major chamfering – than what is present. The off-side scale is a steel frame lock, while the show side comes eith a contoured scale made of one of several materials: cuibourtia wood, carbon fiber, or coarse Micarta (itself in three different subdued hues). A deep carry pocket clip is here, of course, and in total the Cetos weighs 3.9 oz.

Civivi has been showing off the Cetos on social media to whet customers’ appetites for most of the month, and it is available now.

Knife in Featured Image: Civivi Cetos


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