CIVIVI Knives are the kind that you give as a gift to a friend, whether or not they’re into knives. Anyone will feel the quality and attention to detail as soon as they pick one up yet their price points will signify that these knives are built to be used. As direct competitors against the Spyderco Tenacious and Ontario RAT 1, it’s honestly no comparison and we definitely know which is the best choice. Considering the materials are comparable, the amazing action that CIVIVI Knives possesses makes them the knives to beat in terms of the value folding market.
The original Synergy was designed by retired mechanical design engineer turned competitive shooter Jim O’Young and produced by CIVIVI’s sister company WE Knives. Jim leveraged his knowledge and experience to design and engineer the SpeedTech Synergy folding knife using SolidWorks, a state-of-the-art, 3-dimensional, solid modeling CAD software tool. It was the very first knife created using this technology and featured several design elements never seen before in a production folding knife: an ergonomic, fully 3D digitally sculpt surface handle machined from a single, solid billet of material, a captive floating bearing system, and a button lock with increased engagement geometry.
The Synergy was truly way ahead of its time and was awarded the Most Innovative American Design at the 1999 BLADE Show by its industry peers. On the 20th anniversary of the original Synergy design, Jim partnered with WE Knives to continue the legacy and introduce an updated and re-engineered Synergy 2 to the next generation of cutlery enthusiasts.
The CIVIVI Synergy 3 gives you the exact same profile as the original and WE Knives designs with much more attention paid to the price point. You still have the impressive action thanks to the caged ceramic bearings and the same wildly ergonomic handle, now made from 3D machined G10. It’s been shrunk down a tad making it more suitable for everyday carry and not catching an unwanted eye.
- Blade Length: 3.24″ (82.4 mm)
- Closed Length: 4.43″ (112.5 mm)
- Overall Length: 7.67″ (194.9 mm)
- Blade Material: Nitro-V Stainless Steel
- Blade Thickness: 0.118″ (3.0 mm)
- Blade Hardness: 59-61HRC
- Blade Style: Trailing Point
- Blade Grind: Flat
- Blade Finish: Stonewash
- Handle Material: 3D Machined Black G10
- Liner Material: Stainless Steel
- Handle Thickness: 0.57″ (14.5 mm)
- Locking Mechanism: Nested Liner Lock
- Pivot Assembly: Caged Ceramic Bearings
- Pocket Clip: Stainless Steel (Tip-Up, Right Carry)
- Weight: 3.59 oz. (101.9 g)
- Designer: Jim O’Young