After having reviewed Kizlyar Supreme’s Survivalist X in the D2 tool steel, I chose to review another of Kizlyar Supreme’s knives… the Urban!
The Urban is small full tang knife with a 3.5” blade. It is available in D2 or AUS8, both good choices for different applications/environments.
D2 is tougher than AUS8, and will hold its sharp edge longer, but it will be harder to sharpen; whereas AUS8 will need to be sharpened more often, but will be easier to sharpen; also, AUS8 is more corrosion resistant than D2.
AUS8 is a Japanese stainless steel that has only 0.75% carbon content so it has excellent resistant to corrosion and rust. It is also easy to sharpen to a very keen edge due to its vanadium content which also improves wear resistance and refines the grain for good toughness, but will also need to be resharpened slightly more often than a higher carbon content blade which typically have excellent toughness.
D2 is a “semi-stainless” tool steel with good (not excellent) resistance to corrosion and rust as its chromium content of 12% is just shy of the 14% that qualifies a steel as stainless. It is excellent at holding an edge, but is harder to sharpen to a very fine edge. It has a carbon content of 1.50-1.60%.
The Urban is available with a titanium ceramic black coating or a stonewash finish. Here is my video review of the Urban, which I mistakenly refer to the stonewash finish as the titanium coating that is also available on this knife:
I am very impressed with this very capable and durable knife. It makes for a great belted camp knife and backup to a larger knife. A few things I really like about this knife:
- Extremely sharp and very tough… cuts easily through a variety of materials
- Sheath can be changed from vertical to horizontal carry
- Squared spine makes a ferrocerium rod spark easily
- 1/8″ thick full tang batons through wood reliably
Besides all this functionality, the Urban feels awesome to hold, providing a variety of gripping styles for finer work. Kizlyar Supreme’s Urban Knife is an expertly crafted and truly beautiful knife that I’m sure you will rely on and love once you own one for yourself.
Do you have a favorite smaller fixed blade knife?
Speak Your Mind Below!!!
Like this article? AWESOME it is! Awesome YOU ARE!