Artisan Cutlery is getting in on the budget brand trend with CJRB Cutlery. The label will be a repository for affordable designs in quality materials; Artisan tells us they have plans to expand CJRB with additional new models.
Keeping pace with the knife market’s shift to a new generation of budget materials, the CJRB lineup’s standard materials are G-10 for handle scales and D2 semi stainless blade steel. It was important for Artisan to keep the blade steel and other materials as high-quality as possible, which meant sensible cuts elsewhere. “With the CJRB line we’ve fine-tuned the designs of the knives to shave off some of the additional cost of production without sacrificing the overall quality of the piece,” says Artisan’s Russell Soffiotto. This means full liners instead of inset ones, stand-offs instead of backspacers, and other such tweaks. “They’re all pretty small details but in the end we’re able to cut the cost of the knife down without sacrificing important things like steel type and handle material.”
I have been impressed with Kizer’s Tangram line and WE’s Civivi knives. Artisan has joined those two at the top of the Chinese Premium knife pyramid. I imagine these will be pretty nice too.
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