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Factor Iconic Carbon Fiber – Compact Folding Knife

5.00 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)

The Iconic knife offers the highest quality components in a clean compact 4.25 inch body. The manual flipper features a drop point stonewashed blade made of CPM S35VN steel from Crucible Industries. A ceramic ball bearing system flashes the blade out in a moments notice. The knife locks via its titanium frame lock and is finished with a front facing carbon fiber handle and titanium pocket clip (tip up).

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Model: Iconic Carbon Fiber Compact
Model #: FI003

Overall Length: 7.39”
Weight: 3 oz.

Blade Length: 3.14”
Blade Thickness: 0.12”
Blade Material: CPM S35VN
Blade Style: Modified Drop Point
Blade Finish: Stonewash
Blade Grind: Flat
Edge Type: Plain

Handle Length: 4.25”
Handle Thickness: 0.63”
Handle Material: Carbon Fiber and Titanium
Handle Color: Carbon Fiber
Lock Type: Titanium Frame Lock

Knife Type: Manual/Folding
Opener: Flipper
Pivot Assembly: Ceramic Ball Bearing System
Pocket Clip: Titanium (Tip-Up)
Best Use: Everyday Carry

Additional Features


CPM S35VN (Crucibal Industries)
CPM S35VN is one of the most coveted knife steels in today’s premier and custom knives. Designed and developed in cooperation by one of the best custom knife makers in the US and released to the tool and knife community in his honored knives; this steel offers great edge retention, toughness, stain resistance and still easy to sharpen.

A martensitic stainless steel designed to offer improved toughness over crucibal’s S30V. It is also easier to machine and polish than CPM S30V. Its chemistry has been rebalanced so that it forms some niobium carbides along with vanadium and chromium carbides. Substituting niobium carbides for some of the vanadium carbides makes CPM S35VN about 15-20% tougher than CPM S30V without any loss of wear resistance. CPM S35VN’s improved toughness gives it better resistance to edge chipping. Because both vanadium and niobium car bides are harder and more effective than chromium carbides in providing wear resistance, the CPM stainless blade steels offer improved edge retention over conventional high chromium steels such as 440C and D2.

The CPM process produces very homogeneous, high quality steel characterized by superior dimensional stability, grind ability, and toughness compared to steels produced by conventional melting practices.


Carbon Fiber
We love Carbon fiber for our premium knives. It’s an extremely light weight, highly durable product with a clean, cool look. As one of the strongest materials available, our carbon fiber handles can be 4 to 5 times as strong as steel handles and provide a lifetime of durability. Perfect for a knife of the high end class.


Opening via the flipper

While knife is closed, hold knife firmly allowing for knife opening to be clear to open blade. Then apply pressure with your index finger on the flipper. The more pressure, the faster the blade will fully open to locked position.

knife flipper open

Unlocking the Blade

The blade will automatically secure when fully opened by the frame lock. To unlock the frame lock, simply push the left frame in the left direction with your thumb until blade is clear. Then push blade down to close. Be sure all fingers are clear before fully closing blade.

knife lock


Reviews 7

7 reviews for Factor Iconic Carbon Fiber – Compact

  1. Michael Moore (verified owner)

    Had to take a chance on this knife and now I am glad that I did,This is an unbelievable awesome knife,The carbon fiber is great,The lock up is outstandingsnd with the cpm s35vn blade steel you cant go wrong on this one,Like it so much that Im gonna order a second one next payday and put it up incase I ever loose the one I have now,And plus once they are gone they are gone as it is being discontinued,If you are thinking about buying it but afraid to pull the trigger,Trust me you want regret it

  2. Paul

    Very Nice Indeed
    By Amazon Customer July 29, 2017
    Verified Purchase
    Ordered Tuesday Delivered Friday. Spoke to Factor Customer Service Thursday as to expected delivery and they said by Saturday. Under promise Over deliver, Love it!
    I am not by any means a high end knife collector, but got started in this hobby/addiction enjoying the design/execution of folding knives. My first which I still own is a Benchmade Emerson CQC-7 in ATS34. Still smooth but she has seen hard use, and has been retired.
    On to this knife.
    The value could not be greater for under $100.00
    Premium CPM S35V steel
    Ceramic Bearings
    6AL 4V Titanium and Carbon Fiber.
    Overtravel stop, Steel lock bar insert, Custom Pivot, Milled Titanium backspacer, Spring Titanium Clip.
    Action is comparable to some midtech’s I own, both open/close.
    Solid lock up at approx. 20%, no lock stick.
    I’ve seen videos where the clip has been modded for deeper carry, but find it acceptable as is, and carries nicely at 3.75 oz.
    The blade has a finger choil, nice belly, and is a great slicer, yet the point profile is good for piercing as well. Fits nicely in my large hands with no hotspots.
    For the price I am highly impressed.
    Note: I am aware that there are some design characteristics that this knife shares with the Giant Mouse GM1. I feel however that there are substantial differences as well. If you go to Giant Mouse’s site you will see that this was a limited production of 300+100 variants and both sold out.
    Neither of the GM1 models has carbon fiber scales, just titanium.
    One major difference of the Factor Iconic is the lock bar relief is milled on the outside of the scale whereas the GM1 has internal milling, there are many other differences but I will not get into splitting hairs.
    Suffice it to say that at this price this knife could just NOT be passed up.
    It will be sharing edc time with my also brand new ZT 0055 designed by GTC.

  3. Knife Lover (verified owner)

    This is the perfect size pocket knife. It is not too big/heavy where it is flopping around in a pair of shorts like a brick. The materials used in this knife is similar to those in the +$200 range. The blade is a flat ground drop point/sheeps foot shape slicer. The blade rides on ceramic bearings for smooth deployment. The blade was perfectly centered and had no blade play. The carbon fiber handle side appears to be basket weave design with Factors logo engraved in the handle. It looks very nice. There is no liner on the carbon fiber side, but it dose not appear to be an issue. The titanium lock bar has a blade stop that is most likely SS. I am very pleased with this knife and I am very seriously thinking of purchasing an all titanium. You will not find this design for this price anywhere.

  4. Christopher (verified owner)

    I usually EDC a bigger blade, but went with the compact here for some spontaneous reason. I own folders worth upwards of 2k, and This has not vacated my pocket since I received it weeks ago. Says a lot as being that my collection suffers from 200+ knives. I’ve no idea (and have done no research) as to thIs knife’s country of origin, but Factor’s flashlights claim USA, so I’m assuming these follow suit. If not, no matter. The quality is there – S35VN /CF/TI. Blade centering and deployment, dead on. Highly recommend this as well every product I’ve purchased from Factor. I’m a flashlight junkie, too.

  5. Luke Duval (verified owner)

    This knife is amazing. Extremely light and cool. The ball bearing makes opening the knife smooth and it doesn’t want to jump out of your hand like a springassited knife does. I own Kershaws, Spydercos and Benchmades and this knife compares to all of them. Fantastic product. I also carry the Mizpah 160, another awesome product!

  6. Michael Ratcliff

    Nice product! I own a Spyderco, ZT, and Benchmade knives! This is on the same level of quality and half the price! Great product and thanks for supporting active military.

  7. Zackery Harris

    Wonderful product! Great service. Cool way of building logo in handle. It’s like a shadow effect. I’m a huge fan. Also have a ghost flashlight I’ve carried for the last year that is amazing!

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