SHOT 2019: WE and CIVIVI Play to Their Strengths

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WE Knife Co. is back at it with new for 2019 models – we saw the Scamp last week, but the company also brought two new mainline and two for their CIVIVI brand as well. All four models showcased the company’s usual attention to detail. The biggest surprise surprise comes from CIVIVI way: WE is clearly interested in expanding the capabilities and offerings in this line, with different approaches to value on display even between these two latest knives.

CIVIVI Statera
The new Statera exhibits attractive luxury detailing while still holding true to that value-oriented vision. It’s a flipper of medium size, with a 3.4-inch blade and a comfy handle made of G-10, but embellished with a big onlay of G-10 topped with a layer of carbon fiber. The blade itself carries a little flair: a snubby drop point shape with an attractive, broad fuller milled into it. Happily, the steel in use here is D2, so the cutting performance should live up to the looks without having an inflationary effect on cost. The expected MSRP on the Statera is $80.

CIVIVI Statera

CIVIVI Statera

CIVIVI Wyvern
The Wyvern [see featured image above] brings the dragon scale texturing WE debuted on their best-selling 604 model to a sub-$100 knife. Granted, the handle material here is FRN and not titanium, but the look should still turn heads and provide traction too. Like the Statera, the Wyvern hits a mid-size blade length of 3.4 inches, and is also made from D2 steel. Its more utilitarian construction brings it onto the market at a lower price point than the Statera, with an expected MSRP of $58.

Jixx
Mikkel Willumsen is here again with another beefy frame lock flipper. The Jixx’s entire frame moves in a gentle arc, from the tip of the M390 blade to the butt end of its titanium and G-10 handle. The flipper has been designed so that it matches up closely with the forward guard, nearly disappearing completely in the open position. The compound grind strengthens the Jixx’s tip, and the stretch of flat cutting edge behind it bolsters the knife’s standard slicing capabilities as well.

WE Jixx

WE Jixx

 

Bishop
The last new model we spotted was the Bishop, a simple, handsome in-house design. Like the Jixx, the Bishop has a bolster’d design; but where on the Jixx it was a G-10/titanium combo, on the Bishop we see a carbon fiber/titanium pairing. The Bishop’s broad, snubby blade looked ready for work, and like the other locking WE releases at SHOT hits that mid-size, 3.4-inch blade length spot. The steel on the Bishop is, of course, also M390.

WE Bishop

WE Bishop


Knife in Featured image: CIVIVI Wyvern

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