Giant Mouse has started hitting its stride as of late. Specifically, with its exceptional and detailed Riv blade.
When Giant Knives first started making knives, the designs got people’s attention, but the fit and finish, while not bad, was never quite up to snuff. Recently, with a change from an manufacturer in Italy to one in China, Giant Mouse is firing on all cylinders. Its best knife so far is the small, refined Riv.
This is a knife that hangs with the best the production world has to offer, and it is finally back in stock after quickly selling through its debut offering. If you are looking for a compact folder that performs with aplomb, looks good, and is made well, the Riv should be on your shortlist.
Giant Mouse Riv Specs
The Riv Is a Masterclass in Detail
From the excellent guardless full-forward choil, to the crowned spine, to the wire clip — every detail is considered and intentional. The result is a knife that absolutely sings in the hand and the pocket. The Riv drops into a coin pocket on jeans easily and rides in a regular pocket securely.
The blade itself is flat ground. Starting with relatively thin stock, the full height grind reduces the edge to near-atom-splitting sharp. The modified wharncliffe blade results in a strong, yet pointy tip.
Finally, the deployment, thanks to a crisp detent and a bearing pivot is sure and predictable if you finger flick the knife open. In all, the Riv is as nice in hand as it is handsome.
The only downside is the less-than-predictable flipping action thanks to a somewhat stunted and very polished flipper tab. I think of it more as a finger guard and finger flick the knife open, thus avoiding the knife’s one weakness.
While some may balk at the nearly $200 price tag, finding a knife as nicely designed and made for less is virtually impossible in the current market.
Solid, compact, and high-end without costing a fortune — the Riv is an easy recommendation. We highly recommend.