In the wake of the instant success of this new project, that already won the “Collaboration Knife of the Year” Blade award in 2018, together with the Maniago Knife Makers consortium, the four Italian companies belonging to the Mikita network (Fox Knives, Lionsteel, Mercury and Viper) decided to revive the challenge by presenting a new collection. The first prototypes of this new series were introduced in this last edition of the IWA in Nuremberg, an exhibition of absolute worldwide standing that’s just begun today, where the consortium will try to get feedback and opinions from the numerous institutional clients who will visit their booth (Hall 5, booth 334)
Four new folding knives of the Mikita Collection at IWA 2019
The Mikita Collection 2019 consists of four new folding knives, conceived together with two of the most successful designers in the world, Jesper Voxnaes and Lucas Burnley. As with the 2018 collection, in this case too the companies have focused on high-quality materials and very sophisticated workmanship to offer products that, as the brand’s slogan says, climb the edge.
Always attentive and closely linked to the territory, the Maniago Knife Makers consortium decided to continue the tradition started last year giving the knives names that are important for the Italian region where the Knives' City is located, that is Friuli Venezia Giulia. If last year the choice had fallen upon the mountains, this year they switched to the rivers that have always been very important for the development and growth of every civilization. In the particular case of Maniago, they represented the birth of manufacturing in the 14th century, the driving force that spinned the hammermills and so moved the machines that forged the first blades in Maniago. Not all these rivers flow near Maniago but are still important for the history of the Friuli area. In alphabetical order, the names of the knives included in the Mikita Collection 2019 are: Cellina, Colvera, Isonzo and Timavo.
The Cellina is a folding knife made with a satin-finished M390 steel blade. This is a two-hand opening knife with PTFE washers and with a slip joint system – therefore without blade lock, an increasingly important feature considering the new safety laws that are emerging in different countries of the world. The spring is stainless steel and the knife, featuring no clips, will be accompanied by a leather sheath with a belt loop for ease of carrying. The knife was initially presented in 6 versions that will differ for the materials used in the handle:
- Sanded natural titanium handle
- Bronze anodized titanium handle
- Titanium bolsters, carbon fiber grips, titanium liner
- Titanium bolsters, green Canvas Micarta scales, titanium liner
- Titanium bolsters, olive wood grips, titanium liner
- Titanium bolsters, Santos wood grips, titanium liner
This is the name of the river that gave birth to the Maniago smithing tradition in the long-gone 14th Century. The knife we're talking about is obviously very far from the look of the first locally-produced blades but it fully represents the technological evolution, prevalent in recent years, which characterized knife manufacturing.
The Colvera is a folding knife featuring a M390 steel blade with different finishes, satin or stonewashed depending on versions. It's a knife with removable flipper opening mechanism and a nail grip for two-handed opening when the flipper lever is removed, featuring an opening system with ball bearings. In this case we 're talking about a framelock knife with spacer and titanium clips machined from solid blocks. The 3D ornaments on the handle embellish the knife and make it a perfect example of the technologies used for its construction.
The versions presented are:
- Natural titanium handle, satin blade
- Bronze anodized titanium handle, satin blade
- Natural titanium frame and carbon fiber handle, satin blade
- Natural titanium frame and black G10 handle, stonewashed blade
- Natural titanium frame and green Canvas Micarta handle, stonewashed blade
Another special version is being studied and will probably be introduced at the next Atlanta Blade Show.
The Isonzo is a folding knife featuring a N690 steel blade with a stonewashed finish. It is a knife with an opening thumb-hole that can be also used for what they usually call a "finger flick". It uses a ball bearing system. The locking system is a liner lock with stainless steel liner. The reversible wire clip in stainless steel too. The knife is equipped with a spacer that allows for the use of a carabiner, making it an excellent companion for your excursions. The knife will be presented with three different blade designs – cleaver, drop and forward recurve wharncliff – each blade available with different handle materials:
- Injected plastic handle in different colors and with aluminum spacer
- G10 handle and spacer in different colors
The Timavo is a folding knife featuring a M390 steel blade in different finishes – satin, stonewashed and black stonewashed. It is a knife with a flipper opening system equipped with a ball bearing system. The blade locking mechanism is a liner lock with stainless steel liner that, in the versions with titanium handle, is inserted in the handle itself for a touch of class that is always nice. Spacers and clips vary depending on the models, from spacers with aluminum bushings and stainless steel wire clip to spacer and clip machined from solid anodized titanium blocks.
The Timavo versions presented are:
- Titanium handle and blade both with black stonewashed finish, anodized solid titanium spacer and clip
- Titanium handle and blade both with stonewashed finish, anodized solid titanium spacer and clip
- Sanded natural titanium handle and blade with stonewashed finish, anodized solid titanium spacer and clip
- Bronze anodized titanium handle and blade with stonewashed finish, anodized solid titanium spacer and clip
- Titanium handle with double anodization, blue and bronze, blade with stonewashed finish, anodized solid titanium spacer and clip
- Carbon fiber handle and blade with satin finish, spacers with aluminum bushings and stainless steel wire clip
- Black G10 handle and blade with satin finish, spacers with aluminum bushings and stainless steel wire clips
- Green Canvas Micarta handle and blade with stonewashed finish, spacers with aluminum bushings and stainless steel wire clip
These are the 4 new knives making up the MKM- branded Mikita Collection 2019 that you can find until Monday, March 11, at booth no. 334 in Hall 5 at the IWA fair in Nuremberg.