This week on Spotlight Series we’re taking a look at the new collaboration between Kizer Cutlery and Justin Gingrich, the Ki4448 GTi flipper. This is a really well-constructed assisted opening knife that ably balances a functional build with an appealing design.
Personally, I find this model much nicer to look at than Gingrich’s other designs for Kizer. The sleek shape, gray TiCN coating, and unique radial pattern in the G10 all combine to make a pretty attractive piece. While its appearance isn’t as utilitarian as his other models, it’s still designed primarily with functionality in mind.
Handle is super sturdy thanks to the thick titanium liners under the hardy G10 scales. It’s a very stout shape that feels formidable in the hand. There’s some wide jimping up top leading into the spine of the blade, as well as some towards the butt of the handle to assist with your reverse grip. The pronounced finger indent and overall curve made for a comfortable general hold, though you do feel the bump of the pocket clip pressing into your palm. Pocket clip boasts a sturdy titanium construction and allows for a left or right side, tip-up carry. The butt of the handle has been outfitted with both a lanyard hole and a glassbreaker tip.
There are two options for blade deployment here, either the dual thumb studs or the flipper. Both are perfectly feasible, but given the low profile of the thumb studs I think the flipper is easily the best option. The assisted action is fast and solid, making for a super confident deployment. Blade is a 3″ hollow ground drop point made from S35VN stainless steel. It sports just a hint of a recurve, enabling a great slicing performance. Blade is held in place by a very sturdy liner lock thanks to the thickness of those titanium liners.
When it comes down to it, Kizer Cutlery’s Ki4448 GTi flipper is a super solid everyday carry option with sharp looks. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our full inventory, visit knifecenter.com