This model is manufactured in various configurations (distinct for finishes and handle materials) and in different steels such as AUS-8, CPM 4V and PGK; this last material is the one we tested. PGK steel, produced by Lohmann, is considered as a D2 on steroids because - compared to the latter - it has better toughness and resistance to chipping at high hardness. It gives good cutting performance, good sharpness and improved resistance to impact stress.
The full-tang knife is characterized by a drop point blade with full flat grind; the blade is 115 mm long and 4 mm thick. On blade spine, in correspondence of thumb positioning, there is a thick anti-slip jimping. This model features the "TacWash" finish, a durable surface finish that makes scratches less noticeable than other finishes and some coatings.
The handle consists of ergonomic scales made in ABS core and Kraton; the tool is very handly and the Kraton offers a good grip. To protect the hand, a small guard has been made; it protrudes almost 5 mm from the handle profile.
The Sturm is supplied with a molded PA (polyamide) sheath, very well made, with multiple configuration possibilities. It can, in fact, be comfortably carryed on belt with various inclinations thanks to a plate adapter. It is also possible to replace this configuration with a nylon support that allows a lower positioning on belt, as well as being compatible with the MOLLE system.
The knife has been tested at quality level, carrying out some cutting tests on various materials (ropes of different types and diameters, car safety belts, and so on). The factory sharpening turned out to be of good quality, and the knife offers good performance. The knife has also successfully passed a tip strength test, sticking it on the wood and levering the knife.
The Sturm retail price of the PGK steel version is around $ 170 (€ 155), while the AUS-8 version is around $ 133 (€ 120).
There is also a nice minuscule version of the Sturm, belonging to the EDC / neck knife line, made of AUS-8 steel and equipped with a leather sheath.
Kizlyar Supreme, with the Sturm, has managed - in my opinion - to give character to a knife that even if it shows a simple blade design, turns out to be an extremely functional, versatile, compact and handly tool. With respectable performances, the Sturm goes to the top of my list of favorite knives manufactured by Kizlyar Supreme.
Manufacturer: Kizlyar Supreme – kizlyarsupreme.ru
Model name: Sturm
Typology: Fixed blade, full tang
Blade: drop point, full flat
Steel: PGK 62-63 HRC
Blade length: 115 mm
Blade thickness: 4 mm
Blade width: 31 mm
Total length: 250 mm
Handle: Kraton on ABS base
Weight: 188 g
Sheath: PA with rotatable clip on a highly versatile rotatable (SP) platform
Made in Russia