This week it’s a mix of old- and new-school knifemaking, with an Axis-style crossbar locking knife from Gerber at an unbeatable price, a modern flipper from Civivi with a nod to traditional knifemaking, the latest Reate collaboration, and a celebratory slipjoint from Maserin that turns up the charm. Let’s take a look!

Gerber Sumo

Here at the KnifeCenter, we’re proud to stock excellent tools at every price, and the Gerber Sumo is shaping up to be an excellent budget knife. If you’re looking for a low-cost, high-strength folder with fidget-friendly deployment, do not overlook Gerber’s new Sumo folder. The banner feature here is its upscale crossbar-style lock: an innovative design that we’ve watched trickle out to different knifemakers once Benchmade’s patent expired some time ago. The crossbar lock — which Gerber is calling a “Pivot Lock” — has a number of advantages: it’s completely ambidextrous, strong, safe, quick, and easy to operate one-handed.

The blade steel is nothing special, but the blade shape is perfect for all manner of hard work. Coupled with the thick, sculpted G10 handle we think it would make a great camp knife or large EDC. 

Gerber Sumo Specs:

  • Blade Length: 3.875″
  • Overall Length: 9.02″
  • Blade Material: 7Cr17MoV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Style: Spear Point
  • Blade Finish: Stonewash
  • Handle Material: Black/White Layered G10
  • Locking Mechanism: Pivot Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: Bearings
  • Weight: 5.02 oz.
  • Made in China

Civivi Dogma

The Civivi Dogma isn’t exactly new, because we’ve had the plain jane G10 versions in stock for about a month. What is new, however, are the striking brass and copper scales pictured here! Coated in black then partially buffed back to bare metal, it’s a bold new look for a very old-school handle material. The jigged handle texture definitely adds to the classic feel, but the quick ball-bearing flipper deployment is as modern as they come. 

Civivi’s willingness to play around with traditional materials and techniques, like brass and jigged handle scales, really cements their place as a brand offering “enthusiast-grade” knives at an accessible price. 

Civivi Dogma Specs:

  • Blade Length: 3.46″ (88.0 mm)
  • Closed Length: 4.24″ (107.7 mm)
  • Overall Length: 7.70″ (195.7 mm)
  • Blade Material: D2 Tool Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.118″ (3.0 mm)
  • Blade Hardness: 59-61HRC
  • Blade Style: Clip Point
  • Blade Grind: Hollow
  • Blade Finish: Black Stonewash
  • Handle Material: Milled Black Polished Copper
  • Handle Thickness: 0.47″ (12.0 mm)
  • Liner Material: Stainless Steel
  • Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: Caged Ceramic Bearings
  • Pocket Clip: Deep Carry Stainless Steel (Tip-Up, Right/Left Carry)
  • Weight: 5.01 oz. (144 g)
  • Made in China

Reate T3000

Designed by Tashi Bharucha, the Reate T3000 is made with superlative attention to detail and is sized just right for everyday carry. Falling into place between the smaller T2500 and larger T4000, the T3000 has a 3” M390 blade and is available with a selection of Micarta inlays, including the burlap pictured here. 

Tashi Bharucha’s designs always manage to look muscular, streamlined, angular, and organic all at the same time. The result here in the T3000 is a unique looking knife with comfortable, locked-in ergonomics and a spectacularly satisfying flipping action. Even though the competition at this price point is fierce, Reate never fails to exceed our expectations!

Reate T3000 Specs:

  • Blade Length: 3.0″
  • Cutting Edge: 2.85″
  • Closed Length: 3.93″
  • Overall Length: 7.0″
  • Blade Material: Bohler M390 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.157″
  • Blade Hardness: 61HRC
  • Blade Style: Recurve Tanto
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Material: 6Al4V Titanium with Burlap Micarta Inlays
  • Hardware Finish: Blue Anodized
  • Handle Thickness: 0.44″
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: Ceramic Bearings
  • Pocket Clip: Titanium (Tip-Up, Right Carry)
  • Weight: 3.53 oz.
  • Designer: Tashi Bharucha
  • Made in China

Maserin Sessantesimo

Maserin is celebrating their 60th anniversary with the release of the Sessantesimo slipjoint. Even if it wasn’t for a special occasion, the Sessantesimo is worth talking about. There are a lot of modern slipjoints out there these days, but most of them have forgotten what really makes vintage slipjoints special, namely: lazer-thin blade grinds and hand-finished details. 

Well, the Sessantesimo is proof that Maserin hasn’t forgotten! It features two blades — a plain edge main blade plus a serrated pen blade — on the same spring. Building a two-blade slipjoint with a single backspring is a challenge, since the blades have to fold up side-by-side without getting in each other’s way. Here on the Sessantesimo, both blades work beautifully, with crisp half-stops for safety. Every surface on the handle has been neatly rounded, and the blade tangs are hidden for a seamless look and comfortable carry. Really, the only concession to modern knifemaking is the use of threaded fasteners instead of pinned construction. If you’re looking for a dress knife or a polite slipjoint to carry alongside another knife, don’t skip over the Sessantesimo!

Maserin Sessantesimo Specs:

  • Pen Blade Length: 2.50″
  • Cutting Edge: 2.25″
  • Serrated Blade Length: 1.625″
  • Cutting Edge: 1.25″
  • Closed Length: 3.45″
  • Overall Length: 7.75″
  • Blade Material: 420 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.087″
  • Blade Hardness: 56HRC
  • Blade Styles: Pen and Serrated Sheepsfoot
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Finish: Stonewash
  • Handle Material: Gray Anodized Aluminum with Yellow Micarta Onlays
  • Handle Thickness: 0.37″
  • Locking Mechanism: Slipjoint, Half-Stop Safety
  • Pivot Assembly: Washers
  • Pocket Clip: None
  • Sheath Material: Leather
  • Weight: 1.35 oz.
  • Weight with Sheath: 1.98 oz.
  • Made in Italy

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Seth Vietti

After surviving a career in the music industry, Seth co-founded KnifeNews.com in 2015 to share his lifelong passion for knives with other enthusiasts online. There, his incisive coverage of knives, knife makers, and the knife industry caught the attention of the KnifeCenter, who recruited him to join their team in 2019. These days, in addition to his work here on the blog, he runs the KnifeCenter’s social media channels, where he is always happy to answer your cutlery questions.