According to the company, the knives were designed by Gustavo Cecchini. Cecchini has been designing blades for more than a decade. In addition to his own knives, and those sold by Kershaw, he has designed knives sold under the Boker and Zero Tolerance brands.
Although the Hops and Malt knives are different, they do share a common feature: the flip opening mechanism doubles as a bottle opener.
The Malt knife has a 3″ blade that is made of 8Cr13MoV steel. It has a PVD coating with satin finished flat sections. The steel handle has a matching look. Overall, the knife is more than 7″ long when the blade is locked open. The pocket clip is not reversible and is designed to be carried tip up on the right side of the body.
The Hops knife is a smaller folder with a blade that is only 1.4″ long. The blade uses the same steel and finish as the Malt. When opened, the knife is only 4.75″ long. It weighs 3,1 ounces.
Hops has the same finish as the Malt: gray PVD on the blade and handle with flat spots receiving a satin finish.
The retail price of Malt is $54.99. For hops, the MSRP is $39.99.