Civivi Comes Out with Exarch Front Flipper

The newest knife to come out from Civivi is the Exarch. This is a knife that follows the visual cues of another recent Civivi release, but changes things up in terms of blade shape and deployment method.

To anyone who has been following Civivi’s recent releases, the Exarch will look immediately familiar. It hews very closely to the shape and size of the Chronic, a flipper knife that Civivi showed off back in January, just prior to SHOT Show. The blade lengths are exactly the same, a mid-sized and flexible 3.22 inches long. However, the Exarch’s blade shape is a drop point rather than a clip, made from D2 semi stainless blade steel instead of the 9Cr18MoV that we saw on the Chronic.

The shift in blade shape has a larger impact on aesthetics than it does on use category. Like its predecessor/stablemate, the Exarch can pierce and slice through any number of EDC chores. The drop point blade secures in place via a stainless steel liner lock.

The Chronic was a standard flipper, but the Exarch comes with a front flipper setup instead. Rather than pulling a tab with the forefinger, users roll their thumb over an extended portion of the tang protruding from the pivot side of the handle. This opening is given ample fluidity thanks to the ceramic ball bearing pivot that Civivi often implements on its folders.

Moving on to the handle, once again there are few if any changes from the Chronic. Slender, rectangular, with G-10 scales given some basic 3D shaping, the Exarch’s handle is very much a minimalist affair. Although the knfie is best suited for standard cutting chores and thus the common grip options, the neutral quality of the Exarch’s linear shape does facilitate just about any grip a user desires or needs. The pocket clip is unsurprisingly also a carry over from the Chronic: a loop over, deep carry pieces that can be switched to either side. The Exarch is about a tenth of an ounce heavier than the Chronic but still lightweight at 2.61 oz.

According to Civivi, the Exarch is slated to be available in about three weeks.

Knife in Featured Image: Civivi Exarch

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