The revolutionary high-tech statement by Knife makers' Guild member and designer "Daddy K.I.S.S." Ed Halligan stood for Keep It Super Simple." It inspired many other knife designers, some to copy it, and some to suggest additional features, as with our K.I.S.S. Two-Timer™. In this case, the question was, could we make such a compact and elemental knife into an assisted opener?
It took some thought and a lot of precision machining, but we're proud to introduce the K.I.S.S. ASSist™. We found a way to build in our patented OutBurst assisted opening with the patent-pending* Fire Safe mechanism. When closed, the blade is safely locked by a special cam-over pin that extends from the assist spring. It cannot be opened until the safety button on the end of the thumb stud is firmly depressed and the thumb stud is nudged outward.
It is both very fast, and very safe, because simply pressing the Fire Safe button does not open the knife. You must both press down and nudge the blade outward deliberately. One-hand closing is also fast and easy. The mechanism is covered by a thin lightweight layer of inset carbon fiber. When closed, the single-sided blade is securely sealed by the single glass filled nylon guard. The AUS 4 stainless steel blade receives a high satin finish, while the 420J2 stainless steel frame has a contrasting non-reflective bead-blast surface. Two blade grinds are available, a single-side drop point grind, and a single-side Tanto grind. Both blades are available with razor-Sharp or Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges. All models have a removable bead-blast stainless steel pocket/money clip.
The result is a handsome new line of K.I.S.S. knives with fast assisted opening, rigid lock-up, and a sophisticated high-tech mechanism that is integrated into the frame, all with a weight that is only slightly more than the original K.I.S.S. Ed is a remarkable innovator in his own right, but we can't imagine that when he started this design over a decade ago, that he envisioned this new wrinkle.
I have the original KISS and a RMJ Chogan THawk, with which I a very pleased.
This is a terrific knife and was "paper cutting" and "shaving" sharp out of the box.
My only complaint is that I don't like release buttons that place fingers in the path of the blade.
Other than that, an outstanding EDC blade.
2014-01-16 Chicago, IL
A really cool looking knife, but that's about it. Not near as sharp as expected, and it actually failed after a few months of use. Granted, I need to keep my hands occupied and I often find myself opening and closing whichever EDC I have on me that day, but after only a month or two of having this knife in my rotation, the little button that is used to push out the lock had worn down to the point where there wasn't enough material left for it to contact the lock, push it out of the way and allow the knife to open. Just a really cool looking paperweight now. No gimmicky opening technology for me in the future.
2013-07-17 Julian, PA
Pros: Fast, Thin, light, strong, sharp and useful.
Cons: Not for every hand type.
With a little practice this blade FLASHES out. However there is a trick to this and I must say I have larger, fairly strong hands. Because the knife is so thin and relatively small, I kind of have to keep my fingers tight and back along the handle (I wouldn't recommend removing the clip for this reason as it gives a place for the fingers to grip/rest) because if they protrude in front of the back of the blade it inhibits the assist action. Along with this I find the lower part of my thumb/palm I have to keep pulled away as otherwise it overlaps the back of the blade.
This is a great knife if you can get it on sale. Not sure I would pay full price for it. It's my new money clip :) (An unforeseen use)