A refined budget knife, that’s what I would call the Civivi Elementum. Civivi is a subsidiary of WE Knives, which to me gives the Civivi knives I’ve used an advantage over other budget knives. It gives Civivi branded blades access to better manufacturing, even if they are using lower tier materials. If you read no further, just know that this $50 knife is well worth the money, but let’s find out why.
Overall Length: 6.99″ / 177.6mm
Blade Length: 2.96″ / 75.2mm
Closed Length: 4.03″ / 102.4mm
Blade Thickness: 0.12″ / 3mm
Handle Thickness: 0.43″ / 11mm
Weight: 2.89oz / 82g
Blade Material: D2
Blade Hardness: 59-61HRC
Blade Grind: Hollow
Blade Finish: Satin
Handle Material: G-10
Pocket Clip: Tip-up, Right Hand
Locking: Liner Lock
Impressions of the Civivi Elementum
Overall I’m a big fan of the Civivi Elementum. It’s got a great design and is highly functional. In addition to this, the manufacturing quality is much higher than you might expect from this or other $50 knives. Aside from the clean design, it’s super comfortable in the hand. The skeletonized liners (like the Praxis) stand out from the scales a little, they’re very smooth and I find no sharp edges on them. The G-10 scales are also chamfered for added comfort when handling the knife. These details make the knife a joy to use.
I find some of the details of the knife, like the spine jimping, the small jimping on the forward edge of the flipper tab and the little D2 blade steel label on the clip side of the flipper tab, very well done. It’s this attention to detail that really impresses me at the price point. Additionally there are no hot points in hand and where you need to get good purchase on it, like the spine jiping, it’s chamfered again to make the grip on it solid but comfortable.
The rest of the Civivi Elementum follows along with what has already been mentioned. The vertical satin finish on the blade looks really nice and uniform. The deep carry pocket clip will surely make some users very happy. That said, because it is not reversible and it’s not recessed, some may find the clip lacking. I am right handed and typically use a pocket slip so these points do not bother me. For fans of the lanyard hole, you’ll be happy to know that the G-10 scales have been cut away to reveal the hole cut out of the liners.
If you like clean lines and high quality manufacturing in a budget friendly package, then you will like the Civivi Elementum. This knife is readily available to buy in a number of configurations so you’re going to find a version you like. It’s a classy, no-nonsense knife that will not leave you hanging when you need a quality tool. It’s not doing anything revolutionary but what it is doing, it does it right and does it better than the competition.
What do you think of the review? Do you agree or disagree with anything in here? What color are you going to buy? Let me know in the comments below, I love hearing what you all think.
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