Vitesse Design Makes Kizer Debut with the M_Stealth

Knife maker Joel Scott-Turner of Vitesse Design is stepping onto the full production knife stage later this year with the release of the M_Stealth through Kizer.

The M_Stealth seeks to play up Scott-Turner’s aesthetic emphasis while maintaining high EDC capabilities. With the blade itself, he prioritized the ratios, pushing the design until he achieved a 1:1 parity between the blade and handle for maximum efficiency. The blade shape is a wharncliffe, modified ever so slightly to give it a bit of a belly and a raised tip. These changes make the M_Stealth a capable slicer, piercer, and general do-all blade as well as a stylish, visually appealing product. Kizer is producing the blade in S35VN steel, a standby powder metallurgy for the company whose well-rounded attributes complement the M_Stealth’s flexible blade shape.

Scott-Turner outfitted his knife with a front flipper. These are a common sight on his work, providing a reliable opening method without the additional visual clutter that the more common opening options often entail. As we have come to expect from Kizer, the M_Stealth’s pivot benefits from silky smooth ball bearing action.

The purposely sterile blade is matched with a minimalist, refined handle, devoid of any unnecessary hardware. Although the M_Stealth is not an integral knife, Scott-Turner kept the visible show side screws to as few possible: one for the pivot, and one for the clip. In terms of shape the handle is a kind of bent hourglass, with equally mild finger guard and beak at the either end. As the steel choice would indicate, the M_Stealth appears to be destined for Kizer’s Bladesmith line, and thus its scales are made from titanium and it has a frame lock with stainless steel interface.

This is the first design from Scott-Turner to appear in the Kizer lineup. His various prior projects include the Rockit wharncliffe scalpel and the Camden, which was a collaboration with Keanison Knives.

The M_Stealth, along with the recently revealed, revamped Dirk Pinkerton Shard, might indicate a second wave of reveals from Kizer this year. The company has kept relatively quiet since their SHOT Show 2020 reveals, but these two prototypes show that they have been working behind the scenes on additional products. No release date has been given for the M_Stealth at this time.

Knife in Featured Image: Kizer M_Stealth