Fox Closes 2017 With New Black Fox Budget Folder

Fox is wrapping up its 2017 Black Fox offerings with the classy new Carbonix model. This gents’ folder-style EDC flipper brings a different look to the Italian manufacturer’s growing budget label lineup.

Black Fox showed that it’s interested in incorporating outside collaborations with knives like the Mikkel Willumsen-designed Nidhug, released earlier this year. But the internal team took the helm on the Carbonix and drew up an uncomplicated, streamlined EDC blade. The knife sports a widely legal 2.75-inch 440C drop point blade and an ergonomic handle that accommodates a full four finger grip.

Fox gave the Carbonix a swedge for increased piercing power, and outfitted it with a full stainless steel frame for solid lockup. Sometimes stainless steel frame locks result in too-heavy knives, but half steel/half composite construction keeps the Carbonix at a carry-friendly weight of 3.7 oz. “It’s an EDC knife, but overbuilt and up to the challenge of everyday carry,” says Fox’s Alessia Pitton.

This unassuming design is complemented by two flourishes that are new to the Black Fox line: a ball-bearing pivot and a show side scale with a layer of carbon fiber onlaid over a G-10 base. Fox completed the look with some decorative milling.

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Even with these refined features, the Carbonix should still sit firmly in ‘user’ territory for most buyers, with an affordable MSRP of $80. However, the upgrade in materials means an uptick in price relative to other Black Fox folders. Compared to its stablemates, the Carbonix sits in a higher price category. But Pitton is confident that potential customers will appreciate the added range of options as Black Fox continues to grow “Yes, they will like this new EDC knife, with its modern design.”

Maniago, Italy-based Fox plans to keep expanding the Black Fox line. The high-value label received lots of love in 2017 with releases like the Nidhug and the Vesuvius fixed blade helping to develop interest. Pitton tells us that the new year will bring another series of offerings for the growing line. “At SHOT Show 2018 we will present a complete new line of Black Fox knives.”

Knife featured in image: Black Fox Knives Carbonix