Graphic Artist Paul Munko Draws up Second Knife for Kizer

Paul Munko, the graphic artist-turned-knife designer behind the Kizer Comet, is teaming up with the company again for his second production release, the Clairvoyant. While the Clairvoyant still benefits from Munko’s artistic background, it scales up the size and leverages a totally different blade profile and locking mechanism.

The Comet was a scaled down EDC knife, with a slick, stylized 2.87-inch clip point. The Clairvoyant trades that in for a cleaver-ish modified wharncliffe, wider and more robust than the Comet’s clip. It’s also much longer, measuring 3.65 inches long. It’s not enough real estate to push the Clairvoyant out of everyday carry territory, but it does calibrate it to emphasize raw cutting, putting larger jobs in the realm of possibility. Further, whereas the Comet aimed for a sub-$100 price tag, the Clairvoyant trades in some wallet-friendliness for higher performance, beginning with the blade steel, which is S35VN stainless. That being said, Munko tells us that, while nothing is definite yet, he hopes to eventually roll out a second, less expensive version of the Clairvoyant with materials similar to that of the Comet.

The Clairvoyant prototype next to Munko’s first Kizer design, the Comet

How do you open this blade? With a thumb stud, which is another difference between the Clairvoyant and its baby brother. And here, instead of a liner lock, Kizer incorporated a button lock mechanism, a format they’ve played around with on a handful of releases prior to the clairvoyant (as well as some models in their Tangram lineup). There are thumb studs on both blade flats but the button lock, of course, can only be operated on the show-side scale.

Like its blade, the Clairvoyant’s chassis benefits from some premium materials – 2/3rds carbon fiber inlays set into a sculpted titanium frame; a matching carbon fiber collar distinguishes the pivot from the button lock and connects the Clairvoyant visually to its predecessor, which had an identical flourish. The wire frame of the handle is nice and simple, with a forward finger groove keeping the user’s grip right where it needs to be. The 3.7 oz. Clairvoyant comes with a sculpted pocket clip too.

Munko made his production knife debut just earlier this year with the Comet, which we first saw at the end of June. There is no set release date for the Clairvoyant at this point.

Knife in Featured Image: Kizer Clairvoyant Prototype

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