Exclusive Release | GiantMouse x Carryology Riv Auxikko
GiantMouse x Carryology Riv Auxikko
One of our favorite knife brands on earth. Laying a foundation with a Carry Awards Highly Commended winner and working in our signature upgrades. The result? A highly functional compact tool perfectly sized for everyday carry, in an iconic timeless silhouette. Titanium, lasers, a brand new locking mechanism for the Riv, and a reversible pocket clip for all your carrying styles. Razor sharp right out of the box.
Introducing the GiantMouse x Carryology Riv Auxikko.
Sometimes, a collaboration was just meant to be. We’ve been loving GiantMouse for years and years now and we’re always excited to share the next new thing they release with you the very moment we’ve gotten our hands on it. Most of our Carryology team members own at least one product from the folks at GiantMouse – and many of them own more than three. Carryology senior team member, the legend himself, Piotr Ma, easily has a dozen or more GiantMouse knives. Probably more.
A quote about GiantMouse and the Riv knife from Piotr Ma:
“I’ve known Jens and Jesper for many years, and I’ve been using their GiantMouse knives since day one of their launch. It’s one of my favorite brands now. And certainly the most carried and used. When a full-size blade is not an option due to either local law or simply a social context… here comes my Riv. It’s lightweight, low profile, but I can really choke up on it and apply full power. It performs way above its size! And I can carry it 24/7 without even noticing the weight.”
Giant Love for GiantMouse
Well, sure, that’s great that we love their wares. But our community loves their gear too, sharing photos of their everyday carry loadouts in our Carryology Classified private Facebook group. And while we’re on that topic, one super attractive thing about GiantMouse is their love for and participation in the carry, knife, and everyday carry community. In fact, when they launched, the idea of building a community was so important to GiantMouse that they created their own community as well, the Shank Sharpeners Union (SSU).
The Humans Behind the Mouse
Now, who are the brains behind GiantMouse? Glad you asked. At the helm of the US-headquartered team, there are three co-founders. Jim Wirth, CEO, located in the US (Michigan), and Jens Ansø and Jesper Voxnaes, designers hailing from Denmark, and world-renowned knifemakers in their own right.
Back in 2016, the three of them serendipitously met at a knife show when they happened to all be wearing the same Panerai watch and had a laugh about it. As legend has it, the three got along famously, shared the same values and vision, and decided to launch a brand together with their combined experience in the fields of everyday carry tools and knives. In time, as they like to put it, they set out to design a better mousetrap, so to speak. Since the launch of their first knife, the GM1, the brand has grown dramatically, and GiantMouse have made their mark, crafting pieces with innovative lines, cutting-edge materials and fine attention to detail. Now worthy contenders among the giants of the knife industry.
“At GiantMouse, our designers collaborate to craft high-quality production knives that we are confident our customers will take pleasure in owning and using. Our design team is deeply involved in every stage of production, exercising complete control over design choices, materials, finishes, and more. Production proceeds only after the entire GiantMouse team conducts a thorough review and testing of prototypes and production samples, ensuring that the finished knife is one they would proudly carry and use themselves.”
Photos by Piotr Ma and his personal EDC GiantMouse Riv
Photos by Piotr Ma and his personal EDC GiantMouse Riv
Now, Why Do We Love the Riv?
First off, it’s inspired by the larger Biblio, which was inspired by the GM1. The Riv wasn’t just shrunken down. No, Jens and Jesper are too sharp for that. It was completely redesigned and brought down to a more everyday carry-friendly size, using the same lines and design language, while maintaining the perfect usable size and blade length (Blade Length: 2.44″ and Handle Length: 3.375″). It’s a fantastically compact design that’s still useful for everyday and outdoor tasks. It can be used for general slicing as well as be used for precision cutting, thanks to the ergonomics and hand/finger grip placement. It’s available with micarta scales/handles, but of course we’re drawn to the all-titanium version because #AllTitaniumEverything.
The Elmax steel is durable, corrosion resistant, and can be sharpened to a razor’s edge. The build is incredibly tough and durable. The flipper tab allows the blade to scream out of the closed position, flicking to the open, locked, and ready position in fractions of a second. Seriously, it’s crazy fast. And frankly, the last but still very important part… it looks damn cool. Aesthetics matter in some cases. The styling is minimalist, allowing you to use it in an office setting when necessary. Simply put, it’s one of our favorite compact EDC knives ever.
What’s a “Riv”?
Another fun fact about the Riv and GiantMouse in general… just like our collabs, GiantMouse has a great time naming their products, as they use locations that are meaningful to them.
“In 2020, GiantMouse moved its headquarters from the San Francisco Bay Area to East Lansing, MI. So we felt it only fitting that we should commemorate this event by naming our latest model after an equally meaningful local establishment. Turns out “The Riv” is a historic local dive bar in East Lansing that was frequented regularly by GiantMouse CEO Jim Wirth while he attended Michigan State University in the second half of the 1980s. The bar is still a local landmark today, and you can be sure to find us hanging there on the corner of Albert and M.A.C. Ave. If we’re not there – check next door at Pinball Pete’s.”
Let’s Do It
As a team, we got to talking. What if we took one of our all-time favorite EDC pocket knives, and gave it some signature Carryology tweaks and some upgrades? With a loose plan, we reached out to our friends over at GiantMouse and hoped for the best. Jim Wirth replied quickly and with excitement about the idea. But he did mention he wanted to run all ideas by his partners, the design geniuses behind the brand, Jens and Jesper. We waited anxiously… and sure enough, both of them were in. Let’s do this. But now… how do you mess with the near perfection of the Riv?
Different Carry Options
The current Riv only has a clip on one side, for righties only. And that’s cool. But what we really wanted and our first move was to add the option to add a screw and slot on the opposite scale/handle so the Riv could be carried in left pockets or other carry configurations. Lefties, righties, front and back pockets, whatever the user prefers without any friction or troubles.
Decide to change your carry method later? Swap the clip back to the other side. Takes mere seconds.
Riv’s Brand New Locking Mechanism
Okay, so the benefits of having a reversible clip are awesome, but that’s easier said than done. The Riv is a frame lock-style pocket knife. And if you add the clip to the other side, the deep-carry wire steel pocket clip will press upon the locking bar mechanism. Not really ideal. So in order to pull this off? The trio of Jim, Jens, and Jesper came back with a brilliant idea. They’d change the locking mechanism entirely, offering the very first liner-locking Riv pocket knife. This moves the locking system to the inside versus on the exterior. Made from super tough titanium, this liner lock spring bar keeps the blade locked open when you want it, but allows you to close the blade without having to change your grip, unlike a frame lock design.
It opens fast as lightning via the blade’s flipper tab, locks up rock solid, and drops closed smoothly when you’re done thanks to the velvety smooth ball bearing pivot mechanism.
And finally, as an added bonus: the liner lock design allows for both sides of the handles/scales to be clean, as the locking mechanism is removed from the exterior. Sure, it’s preference, but we love the aesthetics even more now. After some redesign, reengineering, a few rounds of prototyping and serious field testing, Jim, Jens, Jesper, and our team all signed off on the final sample. The very first Riv liner lock design was perfect.
One thing to note, the Riv’s blade comes razor sharp from the factory. Lucky enough to have played with a few regular production Rivs, our collaboration Riv is no different, slicing paper into ribbons straight out of the box. This is thanks to GiantMouse’s selection of highly durable and corrosion-resistant Elmax steel. While there are endless discussions and opinions of which blade steel is best, be certain the Riv’s Elmax steel is in the top-tier premium blade steel category, with toughness greater than S30V, better edge holding than S35VN, and Rockwell hardness of 62HRC. Ultimately, when comparing blade steels, you’re splitting hairs with the other variants, via a balancing act of pros and cons. But long story short, for everyday carry tasks as well as for when things get gritty in the outdoors, this drop point blade shape from Elmax steel won’t let you down. Machined jimping onto the top/rear spine of the blade allows you to do precision cutting and slicing, whenever you need.
We love titanium. It pairs up perfectly with our other collaborations like the Foursevens P1 Onibi Flashlight, Big Idea Design Raijin Pen, The James Brand Rover Capsule, Glow Rhino Cairn, and more. But we love adding a little texture and style. So we asked Jim about bringing some lasers into the mix. We had just finished developing our own custom-designed Carryology Auxikko pattern, inspired by samurai armor and Japanese geometric patterns. It was the obvious choice. After a few Photoshop sessions for scaling and placement, we sent it off to go under the high-strength laser.
The size/scale, darkness, and texture are all perfect. And the micro depth of the Carryology Auxikko pattern engraved into the titanium even adds a bit of additional grip for when your hands might be wet, cold, or gloved.
Branding, Tiny As a Mouse
While we were blasting away with the lasers, we thought we should figure out branding. While our script wordmark logo is generally our go-to, on a product this small, it’s way overkill. Plus, we prefer minimalist branding in general. So we opted for our “C” icon logo and placed it next to the existing GiantMouse mouse head icon logo onto the Riv’s stonewashed satin-finish steel blade. Nice contrast, small, simple, classy. Easy. Done.
Orange You Glad We… Okay.
Our signature brand color, used when appropriate in the details. The production version of the Riv has a brass backspacer, which is handsome and functional. But for this one? It allowed for a perfect location to give a little subdued and tasteful touch of the EDC blaze orange. The backspacer has machined jimping into its solid one-piece construction and then is hard anodized with blaze orange for just enough visual pop. Bonus, the backspacer has an eyelet so you can run your Riv with a paracord or Dyneema lanyard loop, if you so choose.
A Little Bonus Bag
Just because, GiantMouse decided to include a black soft fabric drawstring pouch with the collab branding printed onto it, in orange of course. Use the pouch to transport your knife when you need to pop it into your checked luggage or you can use the pouch to store some Haribo Super Piratos licorice candies.
RELEASE TIME AND DATE
We are proud to introduce the…
GiantMouse x Carryology Riv Auxikko
Release Article with shop links will go live on Carryology.com on:
Friday May 26th at 12PM Noon Eastern US (Chicago)
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