Civivi Keeps New Reveals Coming with the Simple, Rugged Riffle

It looks like another new Civivi knife is on the way: meet the Riffle. The Riffle continues the recent Civivi trend of showcasing their interior team’s design chops in the mid-size EDC realm.

While the Riffle’s visual style does echo some of Civivi’s popular collaborations, it’s the work of the company’s in-house engineers, designed to fill a flexible EDC role. The 3.46-inch drop point blade opens with a flipper or an extended triangular thumb cutout, and, as is usual with Civivi knives, comes set up with a ceramic ball bearing pivot despite its reasonable price (although it’s worth noting that, with an MSRP of $105 the Riffle is a little spendier than the average Civivi release).

Off side of the Riffle

The blade steel is neither D2 or 9Cr18MoV – two of Civivi’s commonest picks – but 14C28N, a stainless that isn’t completely unheard of in their lineup, but in shorter supply than the other two. It was also an option for the recently revealed Brazen model (at least in its drop point configuration), so maybe this is a steel Civivi wants to continue working with. For those who don’t know or have forgotten, 14C28N is a beginner-friendly stainless that brings decent performance across the board and is particularly impressive in the corrosion resistance department; all in all, a more than adequate steel for EDC slicing, snipping, and piercing.

Looking at the handle, there’s a gradual, gentle downward curve toward the butt end, evoking the pistol grip style without full committing to it. As is the Civivi M.O., the liner lock Riffle is rolling out out with multiple handle scale options: you can pick it up with one of three different colors of Micarta, sandalwood (with Damascus blade), or even a carbon fiber laminate on G-10 variant. All these Riffles come equipped with the standard Civivi loop over pocket clip, and weigh around 3.4 oz.

Civivi had a quiet beginning to 2021 but things are definitely heating up. It has been revealing and shipping new models, not least of which is a button lock Elementum and the aforementioned Brazen.

Knife in Featured Image: Civivi Riffle

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