Kizer x You Contest Nets Winner a Contract with the Company

If you’ve ever thought you could design a knife yourself, Kizer Cutlery is giving you a chance to strut your stuff. The Kizer x You Contest opens the doors for would-be designers to put their own spin touch on a a new Kizer model, possibly winning big in the process.

The competition is a straightforward one. Reach out to Kizer’s R and D department and they will send you a DWG file of an in-process, as-yet unproduced knife design. This knife will serve as the basis for your own folder concept, providing the frame to build on. Then submit your design to Kizer and await the results. Their team will go through the submissions and choose a winner; whoever takes first place wins a contract with Kizer, presumably to work on more knife designs in the future.

What kind of knife has been provided for renovation? Something very much in line with other no-frills, mid-range EDC folders that Kizer has always steadily produced. There’s a flat ground drop point blade, a plain Jane handle, and a button lock – a mechanism Kizer really favors. It’s a pretty pared back design, a perfect blank canvas for aspiring bladesmiths to put their unique spin on.

This isn’t the first time that Kizer has given fans a chance to make it big. The folder now known as the Walnut originated in a similar contest, where entrants were asked to create something under some pretty strict size restrictions: three inches in length, two inches in width. The winning design came from Mister J and it is part of the Kizer catalog to this day, available for purchase from dealers like any other model.

The contest is quickly drawing to a close, with today, May 9th, being the last day the company will be accepting submissions – so if you haven’t gotten yours in yet, you need to stop reading KnifeNews and get to work! The winner will be announced next Monday, May 15th, during a Kizer live steam at 9:30pm EST.

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