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Kizlyar Supreme Croc Knife Steel: AUS-8

Tactical Echelon Line


We received Kizlyar Supreme Croc AUS-8 knife to review a month and a half or so ago. It came to us in a heavy nylon drawstring bag in ACU marked with the Kizlyar brand. In the bag was a Croc AUS-8 knife and sheath.


Initial impressions:

The nylon bag while nice, isn’t useable for much other than protecting the knife from dust. Perhaps Kizlyar could eliminate the bag in exchange for a box and pass the savings on to the customer.

The sheath is well thought out and built from heavy duty nylon with a plastic liner. With multiple attachment methods this sheath will fit a 3”belt, has MOLLE straps top and bottom on the rear and PALS webbing on the front to attach a small pouch for your multi tool, light or similar items. Grommets all around the edge allow you to attach the sheath to an arm or leg or carry horizontally on a belt. The grommets are threaded with a bootlace style cord with a spring loaded line lock.


The plastic liner positively locks the knife into position and will not allow the knife to shake free. Kizlyar also has incorporated a clip into the sheath that prevents blade chatter and wear while sheathed.


There are only two things I feel could be improved upon with this sheath. First, I think double stitching would increase its durability and value. Secondly, the knife retention strap is sewed on. I think a rivet here would be a better option so as to allow you to thumb break it the same direction whether worn on the right or left side of your body by simply rotating the strap 180 degrees.

The Croc AUS-8 knife appears well made. It is light and lively in the hand and weighs 8.6 oz. (15 oz with sheath). The blade is quite sharp from the factory and the finish appears deep and consistent. The scales are made of abrasion resistant Kraton and provide a shock absorbing soft but firm grip. The Crocs handle is rounded out with thumb jimping, a small finger guard and a lanyard hole containing a couple feet of paracord outer sheath.


The Kraton scales are attached with two Chicago style screws and epoxy. It was noted that the epoxy was leaking out from under the scale on one side. The epoxy was still tacky probably due to incorrect mixing ratios.



The specs translated from http://kizlyarsupreme.ru/tactical-echelon/croc-aus-8-black

Full Length:  283 mm (Approx.11”)

Blade length:  150 mm (Approx. 5 7/8”)

Blade thickness:  4.75 mm (Approx. 3/16”)

Width of blade:  31.7 mm (Approx. 1 1/8”)

Arm length:  133 mm (Approx. 5 1/8”)

The thickness of the handle:  20.5 mm (Approx. 3/4”)

Material Blade:  AUS-8

Processing Blade:  Black finish 

Hardness:  58-60 HRC

Material Handle:  Kraton

Trim:  Molle, Knife, cover with multi mount Molle, strap, international warranty card, gift wrap 

Warranty: Lifetime Warranty against manufacturing defects


Testing : So let’s get this thing dirty!

Our first task for the Croc was to shave a piece of Oak. A simple task perhaps but many high flat grind blades perform poorly at this. The Croc did very well. The primary grind is high enough that the secondary grind can bite into the wood easily.


Our next task was to chop through the Oak branch. Five chops would be a lot for a machete, but given the hardness of Oak, the Croc performed very well.


Moving on we decided to baton some larger Oak logs. Batoning is hard on a knife and usually only considered with full tang knives. We had no doubt the Croc, being full tang, would baton but were curious to see how well the edge and finish would hold up.


Once again the Croc preformed flawlessly. The edge showed no nicks or waves and was for the most part, as sharp as it was originally. The finish took only minor surface scuffs and showed no cracking, flaking or stress marks.



Having not been able to break the Croc yet, we decided to try harder. Throwing knives at hard targets is only slightly less abusive than hacking through steel drums or prying open ammo boxes. We had neither of those but we have trees.


From 15’ or so we threw the Croc at the tree probably 50 times with a perhaps 75% stick rate. Hitting handle first took a bit of a toll on the scales as they separated to the screw. This would most likely have happened even with good epoxy. The scuffing you see on the metal is just that, it wiped off with no noticeable damage to the blade or metal of the handle. The point of the blade after being stuck an inch or better numerous times into a tree showed no deformation or breakage. The Kraton scales showed no damage, just separation from the tang.



Final thoughts:

The thumb break strap can be easily modified if needed. The scales, since they are attached with screws can be easily removed to re-epoxy them back on. These two things and replacing the cord with paracord will be the only mods we do to this knife.

The only issue we found with the Croc was the epoxy leaking. This is in our opinion a quality control issue and while it is unfortunate that it slipped past the manufacturer, we understand that these things happen. If we see it happen again it will become a problem, but for now, we like this knife and would recommend it. We’ll let you know how it lasts down the road.

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