CRKT Remedy Knife Review

CRKT Remedy
CRKT Remedy

Columbia River Knife and Tool company was founded in Oregon in 1994. CRKT is an American company that is known for its distinction in design, selection, and quality. For over two decades at this point, CRKT has put innovation and integrity first, making a commitment to build products that inspire and endure. They operate on a simple principle: that the greatest thing they can give their customers is Confidence in Hand. To accomplish this principle, they have been collaborating with some of the greatest knife makers and designers in the world. These designers include Lion Mah, Steven James, Michael Walker, Greg Lightfoot, Tom Veff, Ron Lake, Steve Ryan, the Graham Brothers, Pat Crawford, Allen Elishewitz, Harold “Kit” Carson, and even Ken Onion. Throughout these collaborations, CRKT has ended up with fifteen patents and patents pending. Some of these have been the Veff Serrated edges, which was invented by Tom Veff, the OutBurst assist opening mechanism, and the Lock Back Safety mechanism.

CRKT was founded by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer, both of whom were formerly employed with Kershaw Knives. However, the company did not truly take off until 1997 Shot Show. This was the Shot Show that they introduced the K.I.S.S, Keep It Super Simple, knife, which was a small folder that Ed Halligan had designed. This folder was a major success and within the opening days of the Shot Show, the years’ worth of product had sold out. Since that year, they have expanded the width of their products and ow sell a wide range of fixed blades and folding knives, multi tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems.

They have recently released a brand new everyday folder that is called the Remedy.

 

The Designer:

Liong Mah is the man behind this knife. He is from Palm Bay, Florida. CRKT says, “IF we didn’t know any better, we’d think the English definition of Mah is ‘practical’.” This is because Liong incorporates useful sensibility into all of his designs. Some examples of this useful sensibility is the G.S.D, the Eat’N’Tool, and the 2015 Mah-chete. As a kid, where others doodles cartoons in their school notebooks, he drew knife designs. Later, having learned CAD, he was able to bring these ideas to life by collaborating with many of the top designers in the industry.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This is a Chinese steel that comes from the series Cr. In this series, the 9Cr formula is the top quality, with 8Cr falling shortly behind it. When comparing this steel to another type of steel, the most common comparison is AUS 8 steel, however, AUS 8 steel is slightly superior. 8Cr steel is a stainless steel, so it will resist rust up to a point, however, since it is a softer steel, you will need to keep up on your maintenance with the blade to keep it in great shape. Because this is a softer steel, it will be extremely easy to sharpen and you will be able to get a very sharp edge on it. And it will keep its edge for long periods of time. One of the best advantages that this steel boasts is how inexpensive it is. So while the steel will get the job done, it is considered an average steel, and it won’t excel at anything.

The finish on this steel is a satin finish. This finish is created by sanding the knife in one direction repeatedly with increasing levels of an abrasive. The main characteristic of this finish is how it showcases the lines of the steel. This finish provides you with a very classic look. This is because it is a traditional look that lies in the middle of how shiny the finish is. A mirror finish is going to be more reflective than a satin finish and a matte finish is going to be much less reflective than a satin finish.

The blade has been carved into a drop point blade shape. This is one of the most popular blade shapes that you are going to find and for good reason: this is one of the best all-purpose styles that you can find. To form this shape, the back, or unsharpened edge of the knife runs straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which creates a lowered point. The lowered point is what gives this blade shape so much control. One of the most common places that you are going to find a drop point blade shape is on a hunting knife. The reason that this is one of the most common places is because of how easily controllable the tip is. This tip makes it easier to avoid accidentally nicking the internal organs or ruining the meat of your game. The lowered point also adds strength to the tip. Drop point and clip point blade shapes are often times confused, because they are both very popular and very versatile. The biggest difference between the two is the tip and the strength behind the tip. On a clip point blade shape, the point is sharper, thinner, and finer, which gives you all of your stabbing capabilities. However, it also makes the tip much weaker and more prone to breaking or snapping during heavy duty use. The drop point is broad, so you don’t have most stabbing capabilities, which is one of the only drawbacks to this blade shape. However, because it is broader, you have crazy amounts of strength behind your point, which allows you to do the heavier duty tasks. This strong point also makes this blade shape a very popular style for tactical or survival knives. One of the last reasons that this blade shape is so crazy versatile is because of the large belly that provides you with enough length to make slicing a breeze. This large belly is why the drop point blade shape is found on so many everyday carry knives. All in all, the drop point blade shape is truly all encompassing. You will be prepared to take on all of the expected situations and also all of the unexpected ones that will pop up.

The edge on the Remedy is a traditional plain edge. One of the worries about having a plain edge is that it won’t be able to saw through those thicker and tougher materials like a serrated edge would be able to. While this is correct in most situations, and while a plain edge will never have the sawing capabilities that a plain edge will, if you get your plain edge sharp enough, it will be able to take on some of these materials. The plain edge has been designed for excelling at push cuts, slicing, skinning, and peeling. The plain edge is a perfect option for this everyday carry knife. One of the last benefits to an everyday carry knife is that it is easier to sharpen, because it does lack the teeth that a serrated or combo edge would sport.

On the spine of the handle, right where the blade meets the handle, there is a row of jimping to give you some extra control over your cuts.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Remedy has been made out of stainless steel. This material is going to provide you with some of the best durability and resistance to corrosion and rusting that you can find. This is also an extremely strong material. Because of these three characteristics, the Remedy is going to excel at your everyday tasks, but it is also going to have the strength to take on those tougher tasks. There are a handful of drawbacks to a stainless steel handle though, the first being that it is not a lightweight material. Because the Remedy has a stainless steel handle, you are going to be able to feel it when it is in your pocket, but it isn’t so heavy that it is going to pull your pants down. The other major drawback to having a stainless steel handle is that it doesn’t provide you with exceptional grip and can be slippery. The jimping on the blade will help with grip, but CRKT has also added some layering/texturing to the back of the handle to provide you with a quality grip. There is also a very deep finger groove so that your fingers won’t slip and if by chance they do slip, there is a finger guard to protect yourself from getting sliced.

On the butt of the handle, there is a small lanyard hole. A lanyard will benefit you with this stainless steel handle because when you are using the Remedy, you can actually fold the lanyard over the palm of the knife to provide you with some extra texture. This benefit will be the best if you are trying to perform some of the heavier duty tasks. Or, you can loop the lanyard over your hand or wrist while using the Remedy to keep yourself from dropping the knife. This last point will be especially good if you are working in wet situations. With the remedy, the lanyard can really be an advantage.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is stainless steel to match the rest of the knife as well as the hardware on the knife. The pocket clip has a small waist and a flared end. It is not quite skeletonized, but it does have areas that have been carved out. The clip on the Remedy has been statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle.

 

The Mechanism:

The Remedy is a folding knife that features a flipper assist opening mechanism. It is this flipper that will become the finger guard when the blade has been deployed. There are a handful of benefits to having a flipper as opposed to a thumb stud or slot, and the biggest one is that it keeps your fingers out of the blade’s way during the entire deployment.

This knife also features the IKBS ball bearing system. This system was designed by Flavio Ikoma and Rick Lala. The system sets lubed ball bearings into the folding knife pivot. The result of this system is a rapid blade deployment that is smooth and fast.

The last mechanism that this knife sports is the frame lock. The frame lock and the liner lock are very similar but the biggest difference between the two is that the frame lock uses the handle to form the frame and therefore the lock. Just like the liner lock, the frame lock is situated with the liner inward and the tip engaging the bottom of the blade. The frame lock is released by applying pressure to the frame to move it away from the blade. When it is opened, the pressure on the lock forces it to snap across the blade, engaging it at its furthest point. Frame locks are known for their strength and thickness, so the Remedy is going to be able to take on those tougher tasks. And you won’t have to worry about it failing you and the blade snapping down on your fingers in the middle of a task.

 

The Specs:

The blade on the Remedy is 3.572 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.137 inches. The overall length of this knife is 8.313 inches long with a closed length of 4.732 inches long. Because of the stainless steel handle, this knife does weigh more than your average knife, weighing in at 5.4 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

The Remedy is one of many new models that CRKT has released this year. It was designed by Liong Mah and the classy flipper was modeled after a traditional Finnish Puukko knife. This model features a stainless steel handle, a drop point style blade that is sports a satin finish, and a pocket clip that is designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. The Remedy will change the way you view your everyday carry knives. Pick yours up at BladeOps today.

CRKT Scrub Knife Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool, or CRKT was founded in 1994 by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. They say, “From day one, we put innovation and integrity first. We made a commitment to build knives and tools that would inspire and endure. We collaborate with the best designers in the world and operate on a simple principle: that the greatest thing we can give our customers is Confidence in Hand.”

Both of the founders were formerly employed with Kershaw Knives. However, they quit to being pursuing knives based on their own designs.

Kershaw did not really take off until the 1997 Shot Show. This was when Ed Halligan introduced his Keep It Super Simple knife. Within the opening days of the show, the entire years’ worth of the product was sold out.

The company produces a wide range of fixed blades and folding knives, multi-tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems. CRKT does collaborate with some of the greatest designers in the world such as Ken Onion, Harold “Kit” Carson, Allen Elishewitz, Pat Crawford, Liong Mah, Steven James, Greg Lightfoot, Michael Walker, Ron Lake, Tom Veff, Steve Ryan, and even the Graham Brothers.

Through these collaborations and through their own work, CRKT has come to own fifteen patents and patents pending. Some of the more popular of these patents are the Outburst Assist Opening Mechanism, the Lock Back Safety mechanism, and Veff-Serrated edges.

Today we are going to discuss the CRKT Scrub, which is one of their brand new knives.

 

The Designer:

             The designer behind this knife is Corey Brewer from Lafayette, Alabama. CRKT says, “Corey Brewer’s conviction: ‘if you want to break out and do something that makes you happy, you damn well can.’ Coming from a relatively new designer with serious raw talent, that’s one we can get behind. From his cluttered garage in Lafayette, Alabama, he’s vowed to make knives that aren’t simply useful, but artful—pieces that people resonate with. Beyond that, he creates to inspire: ‘if there’s someone out there that gets online to learn how to create a knife because he saw one of mine? That’s a hell of a good feeling.’”

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of Sk5 Carbon steel. This steel is the Japanese equivalent to the American 1080 and is one of the highest quality steels for knife blades. This is a hard steel, which helps to give it some of the good quality for blades. Plus, because of the hardness, it can cut through practically anything. Sk5 steel can have a hardness level of RC64. Plus, it is also a very tough steel, which is a harder balance to achieve than believed because usually the harder the steel, the more brittle that steel is going to be. This steel also has the capacity to get a razor sharp edge.

The blade has been finished with a magnesium phosphate coating. This is a tougher coating, which will help to prolong the life of the blade because of the barrier it creates. The coating helps increase the wear and corrosion resistance levels of the blade. The coating is also a matte black finish, which means it will cut down on glares and reflections that this knife tries to give off. That characteristic is crucial when it comes to field work with this tactical knife and you are trying to be as stealthy as you can. Unfortunately, all coatings can and will scratch off after time. Since this is a tougher coating, you won’t have to worry about it scratching off anytime soon. But you do need to be aware that may happen over time. If that does happen, the blade has to be re-coated to sustain the same great benefits that it did at the beginning.

The knife has been carved into a trailing point blade shape. A trailing point blade is a lightweight knife that has a back edge that curves upward. It got its name because the back point is higher than the rest of the spine. The biggest advantage that a trailing point blade offers is the large belly that is ideal for slicing. Next, the tip is very sharp, so you can easily perform fine detail work. However, because of the fine and sharp tip, you do need to remember that it is going to have a weaker tip. If you try to pierce this knife through a harder material, the fine tip will probably snap. This trailing point is not as exaggerated as a fillet knife’s trialing point will be, so it is not going to be as weak as some trialing point knives. This is a major benefit to the CRKT Scrub, because it allows you to better use this knife as what it was made for—an excellent tactical blade.

This knife also has a plain edge, which allows you to really slice and field sharpen if you need to.


The Handle:

Because this knife is a full tang, the handle is also made out of Sk5 Carbon Steel. This steel is going to make the handle very durable and strong. It will give you the feel of the heft that makes you feel like you have the capability of taking on any task—which is just what your favorite tactical knife needs.

To cut down on weight, the handle has been skeletonized. This is how such a large knife only weighs in at 2.6 ounces. Normally, a steel handle would not be comfortable or provide you with a solid enough grip for a tactical knife, so CRKT wrapped the handle in cord.

The cord is woven around the edges of the handle as well as through the skeletonized middle of the handle. The texture of the cord and the weave pattern will give you near perfect grip in almost any environment. Unlike many regular knife handle materials, when the cord gets wet, you will still have high texture. As an added bonus, if you ever end up in a survival situation, you will be able to unwrap the handle and use the cord for a variety of purposes.

The handle has a simple shape to it. The butt is rounded and large. There is a thicker section on the blade that hasn’t be sharpened, so that you avoid cutting yourself accidentally. There is a large, but elongated finger groove on the belly of the handle that curves all the way towards the butt. This will give you a comfortable place to rest your fingers as well as being a safer place to rest your fingers out of the way. The spine of the handle curves inward slightly before curving back up toward the butt of the handle.

The simple shape is easy to hold on to and not too distracting—the blade is still the star of the knife. The handle is comfortable to use for long periods of time. If you need the cord, you can unwrap the handle and have the cord. While the cord is on, it will give you high amounts of texture.

 

CRKT Scrub
CRKT Scrub

The Mechanism:

This is a tactical fixed blade. There are a couple of major benefits to having your go-to tactical blade being a fixed blade. For starters, a fixed blade can be brought into a tactical situation much quicker than a folding knife could be. This is because all you have to do is remove the knife from its sheath and it is ready to go. With a folding knife, you would have to remove it from your pocket, deploy it, and then you could use it.

There are a few other advantages as well. Fixed blades are strong and big, which also means that they aren’t going to break. The blade can be thicker and longer because it doesn’t have to fit inside of the handle. There are also no moving parts on a fixed blade, which means it is going to be a lot sturdier. With a pocket knife, you have to worry about cleaning and drying all of the internal parts and with an automatic knife, you have to worry about the spring. With a fixed blade, none of that is an issue. This also means that the knife is going to be much easier to maintain. Cleaning is simple and a breeze—all you have to do is wipe down the blade, pat dry the cord wrapped handle, and oil the blade when needed. This will be a quick process because you do not have to worry about the insides on this knife.

This is also a full tang knife, which means that the entire knife is made out of the same piece of metal. This means that the knife is going to be stronger than a non-full-tang knife, because there are no weaker parts where the handle has been welded together. This also means that if you lose the cord around the handle, you still have the shape of a handle, which means that you still have a full knife. Full tang knives are especially good for survival knives, but also benefit tactical knives in full because if you are in the field, you don’t have to worry about your knife breaking.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath is made out of Glass Reinforced Nylon. This is the same material as FRN and is the off-brand of Zytel. GRN is a thermoplastic material that is strong, cheap, and resistant to both bending and abrasion. These qualities make the material almost indestructible.

The qualities stem from the fact that the fibers in the material are arranged completely haphazardly throughout, which means that it is going to be strong in all the directions. This is different than the other materials made from fibers (such as G10 or Carbon Fiber) because those have the fibers arranged in a single direction.

This is an inexpensive material because it can be injection molded, which leads to high volume manufacturing and a low cost. Some people did not warm up to GFN because it does feel a little bit plastic-y and it does have a little less grip than G-10. However, when it is used for a sheath, instead of a handle, you are going to get all of the benefits and not have to worry about too many of the disadvantages.

Overall, this sheath is going to be strong, tough, have no maintenance, and will be inexpensive which will keep the overall cost of the knife down as well.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.939 inches long, with a blade thickness of 0.115 inches. The knife measures in at an overall length of 7.375 inches long. The Scrub weighs in at 2.6 ounces.


Conclusion:

When CRKT is talking about the Scrub, they say, “Simple stealth. Moving parts, burly knives, stout blades: they have their place. But in the heat of the moment, when everything is on the line, basic is better. That’s the conviction upon which the Scrub™ tactical fixed blade is built. Don’t get caught without one.

As he burns the midnight oil in his crowded garage in Lafayette, Alabama, designer Corey Brewer remembers what it’s all about. His mantra: “if you want to break out and do something that makes you happy then you damn well can.” His first CRKT® design, the Scrub™ is all the proof we need that Corey’s conviction is dead on; he’s on a fast track to asserting himself as a serious designer.

This lightweight, compact tactical fixed blade is a paradox: it’s both remarkably simple and packed full of thoughtful details. The 4” blade is carefully modeled after a traditional Persian pesh-kabz, renowned for both its strength and utility. He’s brought both the shapely SK5 carbon steel blade and handles definitively into the future with a magnesium phosphate coating for extreme corrosion resistance. For heightened utility options—from duty belt to covert carry—he’s wrapped both the handles and parts of the glass-reinforced nylon sheath with paracord.

The Scrub™: damn simple, damn near perfect.”

You can pick up this brand new knife today at BladeOps.

 

CRKT M16-03KS Knife Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool, Inc. or CRKT is an American knife company established in 1994, and currently based in Tualatin, Oregon. This company was founded by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. Both individuals were formerly employed with Kershaw Knives. The company did not truly take off until the 1997 Shot Show when the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) knife was introduced. The small folder, which was designed by Ed Halligan, was a success. Within the opening days of the show, the years’ worth of the product was sold out. They sold at 4-5 times original production numbers resulting in a tripling of production efforts.

The company produces a wide range of fixed blades and folding knives, multi-tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems. CRKT has collaborated with custom knife makers such as Ken Onion, Harold “Kit” Carson, Allen Elishewitz, Pat Crawford, Liong Mah, Steven James, Greg Lightfoot, Michael Walker, Ron Lake, Tom Veff, Steve Ryan, and the Graham Brothers.

CRKT owns fifteen patents and patents pending. These include the Outburst assist opening mechanism, Lock Back Safety mechanism, and Veff-Serrated edges.

CRKT says, “CRKT was founded in 1994. From day one, we put innovation and integrity first. We made a commitment to build knives and tools that would inspire and endure. We collaborate whit the best designers in the world and operate on a simple principle: that the greatest thing we can give our customers is Confidence in Hand.”

Today, we will be discussing CRKT’s brand new knife, their M16-03KS.

CRKT M16-03KS
CRKT M16-03KS

The Designer:

This knife was designed by Kit Carson, who is from Vine Grove, Kentucky. CRKT says about him, “Kit retired as a ranking Master Sergeant and ultimately became a high profile member of the Knife Makers’ Guild. Kit designed the successful M16 knife series named one of the Top 10 Tactual Folders of the Decade by Blade magazine. Inducted into the Cutlery Hall of Fame in 2012, Kit’s industry influence was felt far and wide. He even mentored such greats as Ken Onion. Kit passed in 2014. The Carson family requests that donations be made to the National Parkinson Foundation at Parkinson.org.”

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 12C27 Sandvik steel. Sandvik says, “Sandvik 12C27 is Sandvik’s most well-rounded knife steel with excellent edge performance allowing razor sharpness, high hardness, exceptional toughness, and good corrosion resistance.” This steel is made specially for hand-held knives and has continuous improvement over a period for 45 years. This period of time has evolved this steel into the high performing steel grade that it is today. The composition is going to be tighter, the purity level is much higher and the fine carbide microstructure of the steel today is far from how the same steel looked and felt in the sixties. This steel has a hardness range of 54-61 HRC, high toughness, crazy intense sharpness and it still can resistance corrosion well. Sandvik feels that this formula of steel is the best one that you can get for knives that range from hunting knives to pocket knives, to camping knives, and of course, high-end chef’s knives.

The blade has been finished with a black oxide finish. This finish provides a very sleek and smooth finish to the knife. Like all finishes, it is going to prolong the life of the blade because it does form a protective layer in between the steel and the environment. This means that the environment is going to hit the coating before it can get to the steel, cutting down on wear and corrosion. The coating also cuts down on all glares and reflections, which is ideal if you are in the field and need to remain hidden. However, all coatings can and will scratch off after time and heavy use. The black oxide coating is one of the lesser quality coatings, so it is going to scratch off much before a coating such as the DLC would. If you wish to keep the same good qualities that come from a coated blade, the blade is going to need to be recoated, which is just a plain old hassle.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a spear point, which is very similar to the needle point blade style. However, unlike the needle point, the spear point is a little bit stronger and does have a slight belly that helps in some situations. A spear point has a symmetrically pointed blade with a point that is in line with the center line of the blade’s long axis. Both edges of the knife rise and fall equally to create a point that is exactly in the middle of the equator of the blade. Like mentioned, the spear point blade is different than the needle point blade because the needle point blade is very sharp but does have a weak point, while the spear point has a very strong point hat is going to be sharp enough for most piercing. Plus, spear point blades contain a small belly that can be used for some cutting and slicing. But if you were to compare the belly of the spear point with that of either a drop point or a clip point, the belly would look incredibly small. All in all, the spear point is a great hybrid design because it has a good balance between piercing and slicing ability, like the clip point. But the spear point also combines the sharp point of a dagger with the strength of a drop point blade, while still holding onto some of the belly that allows you to slice with this knife. This knife is going to be extremely functional because of the blade shape and style.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of 2Cr13 stainless steel. This steel is known to have groundbreaking properties because it can take on tasks that go from domestic knives to heavy duty knives such as military blades. 2Cr13 steel has crazy strength to it, which allows the handle to be durable and tough. The user will never have to worry about the handle breaking, because it is going to be near impossible to break this handle.

The handle is one of the most unique features of this knife, giving it the key characteristics and personality. For starters, there have been four round holes carved out of the handle going down the length. These holes are there to cut down on weight so that this knife isn’t too heavy, as well as adding a little bit of texture that will allow you to more easily hold this knife. The knife does have a flipper, so that flips forward and acts as a finger guard when the knife is opened. The spine of the handle is mostly straight, although it does curve towards the butt at the very end. The belly of the handle bulges out in the center, which create two indents for your fingers to rest in. This bulge makes this handle very comfortable to hold, even if you are going to be using this knife for extended periods of time. The tip of the handle is circular, so when the knife is closed, the handle will look rounded at the time. The butt of the handle is flat.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is not a deep carry clip, but it is arrow shaped. The arrow shape helps the clip to attach more securely onto your pocket, so you don’t have to worry about the knife slipping out. One of the best parts about this pocket clip is that it is four ways reversible. This means that the handle has been drilled so that you can attach the clip for either tip up or tip down carry and either left or right handed carry. This helps to make the knife more ambidextrous while also guaranteeing that you will have the most comfortable grip for yourself. The pocket clip is unique, matching the handle. It has been skeletonized, with three round holes carved out to keep down on weight and add a unique aesthetic to the knife. The clip is rounded at the top, with the three black screws keeping it in place following the curve. The screws match the rest of the hardware, making this an all-black knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife is a manual folding knife that has been equipped with a frame lock as well as a flipper and a thumb stud.

Because this is a manual knife, you don’t need to be too worried about the strict laws that surround automatic knives.

The thumb stud and the flipper mechanisms allow the knife to open in the same ways—it’s just all about preference. The thumb stud replaces the nail nick that is found on more traditional knives and is very easy to use—even with just one hand. You put your thumb on the stud and add some pressure, which will swing the knife open and lock it into place. The thumb stud is easy to use, which is one of the reasons people love it. However, some people complain that the stud gets in the way because it does extend out of the blade of the knife. The stud also puts your fingers in the blade’s path when you are opening the knife, so out of the two mechanisms, it is going to be the more dangerous one.

The flipper is a circular piece of metal that extends off of the blade. This piece of metal juts out of the handle when the knife is closed. The opening mechanism is similar to the thumb stud; you put your finger on the flipper and push it forward. This swings the blade open and locks it into place. This opening style also allows one handed opening, but it is also ambidextrous in its design. The flipper will not put your fingers in harm’s way and as a bonus, it acts as a finger guard when the knife is opened.

The frame lock is very similar to the liner lock except that the frame lock uses the handle to from the frame and thus the lock. The handle is usually cut from thicker steel than you are going to find with a liner lock. The frame lock is known for its strength and thickness, which means that this locking mechanism is more durable and reliable than other locking mechanisms.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.552 inches long, with a blade thickness of 0.118 inches. The handle on this CRKT knife measures in at 4.658 inches long. The overall length measures in at 8.25 inches long. The knife weighs in at 3.8 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

When CRKT is talking about this knife, they say, “Homage: Paid. The M16 is the most popular series that CRKT has ever seen. We’re humbled to do right by the revered Kit Carson with this new iteration of a legendary tactically-inspired everyday carry folding knife. This one is more than just a fresh take eon a classic. It’s a true tribute to one of the greats. The late Kit Carson designed this and many of this other groundbreaking knives in his shop in Vine Grove, Kentucky. Kit’s lasting legacy comes from his influence on the knife industry—he’s known for popularizing the flipper which is now a household component. Beyond that, he’s also remembered for his esteemed ranking as a Master Sergeant and his high-profile membership in the Cutlery Hall of Fame. The M16-03KS keeps all we love of Kit’s original tactically inspired everyday carry folding knife and adds a spear point blade complete with a durable black oxide finish. With its hardy frame lock, it’s securely held in place in the midst of whatever job you put in front of it while the stainless steel handle bored with five holes keeps clean and light. With the M16 reissue, we’re an honoring a legend the best way we know how.” You can pick up this new knife today at BladeOps.

 

CRKT Hvas Knife Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool, Inc. is an American knife company that was established in 1994. The company is currently based in Tualatin, Oregon. The founders of this company are Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer, who both previously worked or Kershaw Knives. This means that they know what they are doing when it comes to knives.

Their company did not really begin to get big until three years later, in 1997, at the Shot Show. This is when they introduced a small folder by Ed Halligan called the K.I.S.S knife. By the time the show was over, they had sold all of their product of this knife. In the end, they sold 5 times the original production numbers, which resulted in a tripling of production efforts.

CRKT owns fifteen patents and patents pending. Some of their most popular are the Outburst Assist Opening Mechanism, the Lock Back Safety mechanism, and Veff-Serrated edges. CRKT has collaborated with a wide variety of some of the best knife designers in the world, which is where their high-quality knives come from.

They produce anything from fixed blades, folding knives, multi-tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems.

CRKT says, “From day one, we put innovation and integrity first. We made a commitment to build knives and tools that would inspire and endure. We collaborate with the best designers in the world and operate on a simple principle: that the greatest thing we can give our customers is Confidence in Hand®.”

Today we will be talking about one of their newest knives, the Hvas.

 

The Designer:

This knife was designed by Jesper Voxnaes, who comes from Loegstrup, Denmark. CRKT says, “When Jesper needs to test a design, he only has to step into his own backyard. The harsh elements and conditions of the fjords and forests in his native Denmark do the rest. When he was starting out, no one was making the kind of knives he wanted to design so he learned by trial and error. Apparently his efforts paid off given his IF Award in 2013 for one of the Top European Designs. Now he creates and uses knives like the Amicus® as he sails, camps, and drives off-road. Which is more often than not.”

 

The Blades:

The blade on this knife is made out of 1.4116 stainless steel. This steel is the steel that is used in Swiss Army Knives. This is a softer steel, which means that it is an excellent steel for a beginner sharpener. Because it is a softer steel, it does not hold an edge as well, but because it is so easy to sharpen, you can get it back to razor-levels in just a few minutes. Surprisingly, this steel has very high corrosion resistance. Plus, this steel is also very tough. The steel can be hardened to about a 55-57 HRC.

The steel has been finished satin, which is one of the most common blade finishes in the cutlery industry today. To create this finish, the blade is sanded in one direction with an increasing level of a fine abrasive, which is usually a sandpaper. As a key, the finer the sandpaper and the more even the lines, the cleaner the finish is going to look. The Hvas has a very clean satin finish. The satin finish is used to show off the bevels of the blade as well as showcasing the fine liens of the steel. Lastly, the satin finish does cut down slightly on glares, reflections, and corrosion.

The blade has been carved into a drop point blade shape. The drop point blade style is the most popular blade style that is used today. This is for good reason too. The style of blade is very tough and very versatile. The blade has a spine that curves slowly from the handle to the tip of the blade. The large belly curves upward to meet the spine of the knife in a lowered tip. The lowered tip is going to ensure that you have high levels of control over your cuts and you can perform fine detail work with this knife as well. The lowered tip is very broad, which is where the drop point gets its famous strength. The drop point style of blade is one of the strongest blade shapes in the industry, allowing you to take on almost any task. The drop point knife is also very versatile because it has a very large belly. The belly makes slicing a breeze. One of the only drawbacks to this knife style is that because the point is so broad and strong, it is not going to allow you to pierce or stab easily. The Hvas is designed to prepare you for almost any outdoor task, and the drop point blade is going to allow you to do any of that.

 

The Handle:

             The handle is made out of Glass Filled Nylon, or GFN. This is the same material as FRN and is the off-brand of Zytel. This material is a thermoplastic material which is very strong, resistant to bending and abrasion, and is practically indestructible. Plus, this is a cheap material to make. This material is cheap because it can be injection molded into any desired shape and also textured however the manufacturer wants during the production process. This means that the manufacturer is going to have high volume manufacturing and a low cost. This keeps the overall cost of the knife down.

CRKT Hvas
CRKT Hvas

This material is practically indestructible because the nylon fibers inside are arranged haphazardly throughout which means that it is going to be strong in all directions instead of a single direction. This material is similar to G-10, Carbon Fiber, and Micarta, except that in those other materials, the fibers are arranged in a single direction, which is why they are brittle and break apart more easily. The overall pros of this handle material is that it is going to be strong, tough, have practically zero maintenance, and will be inexpensive. The cons to this material is that it is a little less grippy than some of the other similar materials, and some people feel like it has a cheap plastic feel to it.

The handle, like the rest of the knife, is sleek, simple, and will work like a charm when it comes down to it. The handle is black and has been roughly textured to give plenty of texture, even in the wetter environments. The spine of the knife curves slightly from the handle to the butt, which is squared. The belly of the handle has two large finger grooves and a middle that bulges out slightly. There is a thick finger guard so that your fingers will stay safe while you are using this. In the first finger groove, there is a row of jimping, which will give you more control over your cuts.

 

The Pocket Clip:

             The handle has been drilled to attach the pocket clip for either left or right hand carry, which helps to make this knife fully ambidextrous. The clip can only be attached for tip up carry though. The clip is simple, which is Jesper’s favorite style of design. The clip is not a deep carry clip, but it does flare upwards at the bottom, which will help it attach to your pocket a little more securely. To cut down on weight the clip has been skeletonized at the top of the clip. The clip is black, which matches the handle on this knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a folding knife that uses a finger hole to assist you in opening the knife. This knife is also equipped with a locking liner and CRKT’s Field Strip technology.

Because it is a folding knife, you do not have to worry as much about the innards, because there is no spring that can break down and ruin the ability to use this knife. That being said, you will still want to keep the inside clean and dry so that it does work to the best of its ability. Another benefit to it being a manual folding knife is that you don’t have to worry about all of the strict laws that surround an automatic knife.

The thumb hole has been around since around the 1980s. The hole was popularized by Spyderco, but over the years, plenty of other brands and designers have equipped their knives with the thumb hole. This opening mechanism really does work. Just like a thumb stud, a thumb hole is a similar opening mechanism, but instead of a stud, it’s a lost. By its very design, the mechanism is ambidextrous. Plus, it doesn’t protrude from the blade, which means that it isn’t going to get in the way once the knife is opened.

The locking liner is one of the more common locking mechanisms that you are going to find on folding knives. The locking liners key piece is a side spring bar that is located on the same side as the belly of the blade. This spring bar essentially lines the inside of the handle. When the knife is closed, this spring bar is held under tension. When the knife is fully opened, the same tension slips the bar inward to make contact with eh butt of the blade, which will keep it firmly in place and prevent it from closing. To close the knife, or disengage the lock, you just use your thumb to push the spring bard “down” so that it clears contact with the butt of the blade. At his point, you can use your index finger to push the blade so that it keeps the bar pushed down. You can then remove your thumb from the blade path, then continue to safely close the knife. One of the biggest benefits to a liner lock is that you can close the knife with one hand without switching grip, because they allow the knife to have two true handle sides. This characteristic is especially important when you are using both hands on the job. If you are planning on using the Hvas for more heavy duty tasks, you should know that the liner lock isn’t as tough as other locking systems. While it will give you the strength for the typical tasks that you come across, don’t plan on always performing really tough chores with the Hvas.

CRKT’s Field Strip technology is an award-winning, breakthrough innovation. This technology comes from the shop of legendary knife craftsman Ken Onion. This no-tool take-apart technology allows for practical and efficient tool cleaning & maintenance in the field. To disassemble: start with the knife in the closed position, push the front release lever up away from the blade, then spin the release wheel on the rear of the handle away from the pivot shaft—once you feel the handle release, pull it up and away from the blade. The knife comes apart in three sections. Reassembly is as easy as reversing the procedure.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.339 inches long with a thickness of 0.126 inches. The handle on this knife measures in at 4.525 inches long. When the Hvas is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 7.875 inches long. This knife weighs in at 3.7 ounces, which is a very good weight for your everyday carry knife. This knife is great to have with you at all times because it is going to equip you to take on almost any task, while it won’t weigh you down considerably.

 

Conclusion:

When CRKT is discussing this knife, they say, “For a minimalist with an appetite for big adventure. Jesper Voxnaes’ Scandinavian backyard is filled with fjords, punctuated by mountains, and sliced by surging rivers. So when he sets out to design an outdoor knife, it’s crafted to perform. Everywhere. And with Field Strip technology, the HVAS™ is taking preparedness to the next level. Your move, Mother Nature.” You can pick up this knife today at BladeOps.

 

 

CRKT Burnley Squid Knife Review

CRKT, Columbia River Knife and Tool, was founded in 1994. From day one, they chose to put innovation and integrity first. They made a commitment to build knives and tools that would inspire and endure. They collaborate with the best designs in the world and operate on a simple principle: that the greatest thing they can give their customers is Confidence in Hand.

The company is currently based out of Tualatin, Oregon and was founded by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. Some of the tools that they produce include fixed blades, folding knives, multi-tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems. These are all quality tools that the users know they can rely on. Some of the fifteen patents that they own include the Outburst assist opening mechanisms, the Lock Back Safety mechanism, and Veff-Serrated edges. The Outburst is the company’s proprietary mechanism for their assisted-opening knives. These knives are standard pivot joint liner lock or frame lock folding knives Inside the knife there is a spring tab that catches the tang of the blade as it is manually opened. The Lock Back Safety mechanism, also invented by Ron Lake, is similar in function the LAWKS mechanism. It is a lock back folder with a switch that can prevent he locking bar from being depressed. Inside the handle there is a small rod with a flange near the butt of the handle. The other end is connected to a switch near the pivot end. When the switch is pulled back, the lock functions as a regular lock back. Veff-Serrations were developed by Tom Veff, a sharpener and knife maker, and are exclusively licensed to CKRT for production. The Veff-Serrates differ from standard ones in that they are large and set at an angle of 60 degrees whereas most serrations are small and arranged 90 degrees form the cutting surface.

CRKT has collaborated with custom knife makers such as Ken Onion, Harold “Kit” Carson, Allen Elishewitz, Pat Crawford, Liong Mah, Steven James, Greg Lightfoot, Michael Walker, Ron Lake, Tom Veff, Steve Ryan, and the Graham Brothers.

Today we will be discussing the Burnley Squid knife.

 

The Designer:

The man behind this knife is Lucas Burnley who comes from Orleans, Massachusetts. CRKT says, “When you ask Lucas what drew him to the knife world as a teenager, he’ll tell you it was stories of survival, off-path adventures with his father, and a healthy dose of action movies.

Over the years, he has experimented with a broad range of styles to artfully combine classical examples with modern materials and techniques, such as with his Obake™ knife. Lucas believes knives are a personal expression of independence. We couldn’t agree more.”

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel that has been hardened to a 58-60 HRC. This is a Chinese produced steel that is becoming increasingly common on Chinese made knives. 8Cr is the most common formulation of this series and is often compared to AUS-8 steel. However, 8Cr13MoV steel is a little more prone to corrosion and not as hard as AUS-8. The biggest advantage that this steel has is that it is extremely inexpensive. When you are comparing it to the newer steels, it is not going to stand up. But when you are looking at the cost and what you get out of it, this is a great steel.

The blade has been finished with a black stonewash finish. The stonewash finish is created by tumbling the blade in an abrasive material, which is usually pebbles or rocks. This finish is designed to hide scratches while also providing a less reflective nature than a brushed or satin finished blade. A black stonewash is a blade that has had an acid treatment that darkens the blade before it undergoes stonewashing. The acid oxidation enhances a blade’s rust resistance by placing a stable oxide barrier between the steel and the environment. The stonewashed finish works to maintain the look of the blade overtime.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a drop point style blade. This blade shape is a great all-purpose shape that can really stand up to almost anything. This is also one of the most popular blade shapes on the market today. The back edge of the knife runs straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which creates a lowered point. This lowered point provides more control and add strength to the tip. It is also this tip strength and the ability to hold up to heavy use that makes this blade shape a great option for tactical and survival knives. The drop point blade is easily controllable, which makes it easier to have control over your cuts. This also allows you to perform fine detail and tip work. One of the things that make this knife so versatile is the large belly that makes slicing extremely easy. Of course, the drop point style blade does have a disadvantage. Because of its relatively broad tip, it is less suitable for piercing than the clip point. The drop point is going to equip you to take on a large variety of tasks. The drop point on this knife is a chubbier drop point, which makes it great for everyday tasks.

The blade on this knife is a plain edge, which lets you take on a wider variety of activities, which is perfect for an EDC knife.


The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of stainless steel. Stainless steel is a great material for your knife handles because it provides great durability as well as being incredibly resistant to corrosion. Unfortunately, stainless steel is not going to be very lightweight. Also, stainless steel is pretty slippery, so the manufacturer has to add in texture, grooves, or ridges for you to have a solid grip on the knife. The overall benefits of a stainless steel knife handle is that it is going to be strong, durable, and extremely corrosion resistant. That begin said, it is also going to be heavy and can be pretty slippery.

The handle on this knife is pretty classic. The spine of the handle slopes down slowly to the butt of the handle. The belly has a thick finger guard that will protect your fingers if you do happen to slip. The finger groove that follows the guard is deep, which will provide you with a comfortable grip. After the groove, the belly bulges out slightly before curving towards the butt of the handle.

The stainless steel on this handle has also been dark stonewashed to match the handle and give the knife a rugged look that will look good through the ages. The stonewash hides scratches and smudges well, which significantly cuts down on maintenance time. The butt of the handle does have a lanyard clip, which is a bonus for this knife. You can use a lanyard so that you don’t have to use the pocket clip. The lanyard will also let you remove your knife more quickly out of your pocket. Lastly, the lanyard will let you add a touch of your personal style to this knife.


The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is not reversible. It has been attached to the handle for tip up carry and only on the traditional side of the handle. This is a skinny pocket clip that is the same width the entire length down. The clip is kept in place by two black screws, which match the rest of the hardware on this knife. At the tip of the pocket clip, it dents inward, which helps the clip attach to your pocket more securely. This is a deep carry pocket clip, which will help the knife stay more securely inside your pocket while also being more concealed inside your pocket. The clip is black, which matches the handle and the blade.

 

CRKT Burnley Squid Knife
CRKT Burnley Squid Knife

The Mechanism:

This is a manually opening knife that has been equipped with a thumb stud as well as a frame lock. Because this is a manual knife without a mechanism that makes it spring assisted or automatic, it is going to be legal in more states and areas. However, it is not going to be as efficient as the two other styles of knives.

The thumb stud is a small barrel that has been attached to the blade where the nail nicks usually are. The thumb stud is easy to get the hang of. Plus, this thumb stud extends through both sides of the handle, which means that it is more ambidextrous. Of course, there are the drawbacks. For starters, the thumb stud does extend fully out of the handle. This means that it might get snagged on things or get in the way when you are trying to use your knife. Also, one of the biggest disadvantages is that the thumb stud does put your fingers in the path of the blade when you are opening the knife. There have been plenty of stories of people getting their fingers sliced when they are trying to open their knife. Don’t be careless when opening this knife and definitely make sure you know how to use the thumb stud before you try to open it quickly.

The knife has also been equipped with a frame lock. The frame lock and the liner lock are extremely similar except that the frame lock uses the handle to form the frame and therefore the lock. Because of this, the handle does have two sides. Just like the liner lock. The frame lock is positioned with the liner inward and the tip engaging the bottom of the blade. To disengage the lock, apply pressure to the frame to move it away from the blade. When it is opened, the pressure eon the lock will force it to snap across the blade, locking it at its furthers point. Frame locks are most known for their strength and thickness, which is perfect if you are going to be doing lots of heavy duty tasks with the knife.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 2.14 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.11 inches. The handle on this knife measures in at 4.490 inches long. When the Squid is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 5.71 inches long. This knife weighs in at 3.4 ounces, which is an ideal weight for a knife that you want to have with you all the time.

 

Conclusion:

             When CRKT is discussing this knife, they say, “It’s a pistol of a knife: it obliterates tasks. This Lucas Burnley-designed everyday carry knife is compact in stature but packs some heat in the features department. It comes with a frame lock for safety, and friction grooves on the drop-point blade for a secure grip. Be careful where you point it.

The Squid™ is an everyday carry folding knife from designer Lucas Burnley of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Based on the concept of a compact pistol, it’s small in size and big on ability. Don’t let the 2.25” blade fool you; this is a full-on, tactically inspired knife that’s ready to take on your largest cutting challenges. By keeping it wide at nearly one inch and using the drop-point style, Burnley was able to give the blade a good balance of tip strength and point geometry for utility tasks, packing all the functionality of a full-size tactical folder, into an easy to carry, compact design.

Just like any good gun, you want something that’ll keep you safe. That’s why the Squid™ comes with an internal frame lock and deep pocket clip for a secure carry.
When you’re ready for this knife to see some action, use the thumb stud to deploy the blade.

So go ahead and bring this sidearm with you wherever you go. Just remember, it’s loaded.” You can pick up this knife today at BladeOps.com and get a new favorite EDC knife.

 

CRKT 1101 Moxie Spring Assist Knife Review

Columbia River Knife & Tool, Inc. is an American knife company established in 1994, and currently based in Tualatin, Oregon. CRKT was founded in 1994 by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. Both individuals were formerly employed with Kershaw Knives. The company did not truly take off until the 1997 Shot Show when the K.I.S.S knife was introduced. The small folder, designed by Ed Halligan was a success. Within the opening days of the show the years’ worth of the product was sold out. They sold at 4-5 times original production numbers resulting in a tripling of production efforts.

The company produces a wide range of fixed blades and folding knives, multi-tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems. CRKT has collaborated with custom knife makers such as Ken Onion, Harold “Kit” Carson, Allen Elishewitz, Pat Crawford, Liong Mah, Steven James, and the Graham Brothers.

CRKT owns fifteen patents and patents pending. These include the Outburst assist opening mechanism, Lock Back Safety mechanism, and Veff Serrated edges. The Outburst is the company’s proprietary mechanism for their assisted-opening knives. These knives are standard pivot joint liner lock or frame lock folding knife. Inside the knife there is a spring tab that catches the tang of the blade as it is manually opened. Once the blade reaches thirty degrees the spring takes over and quickly snaps the knife open.

The Lock Back Safety mechanism, also invented by Ron Lake, is similar in function to the LAWKS mechanism. It is a lock back folder with a switch that can prevent the locking bar from being depressed. Inside the handle there is a small rod with a flange near the butt of the handle. The other end is connected to a switch near the pivot end. When the switch is pulled back the lock functions as a regular lock back. When the switch is closed the flange on the rod slides under tip of the locking bar at the butt end. This prevents the depression of the bar and the blade form unlocking. Veff-Serrations were developed by Tom Veff, a sharpener and knife maker, and are exclusively licensed to CRKT for production.

Today we will be talking about the CRKT Moxie spring assist knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on the Moxie is made out of 8Cr14MoV stainless steel. This is a budget brand of knife steel that is made in China. This steel is very similar to 8Cr13MoV steel, but it is a little bit higher quality. If you were to compare it to another type of steel (out of the steel family), it would be closest to AUS-8, which is a Japanese steel. The biggest benefit that this steel boast is how inexpensive it is. And at its low cost, it does show pretty balanced abilities. This steel is well balanced in terms of strength, cutting, and anti-corrosion properties. Plus, knives made out of this steel keep sharpening well and are easy to sharpen when needed. This steel gives you a very reliable blade at a low cost, but you do need to keep in mind that you do get what you pay for, so it won’t stand up to tasks in the same way that premium steels do.

The blade has been coated with a black oxide finish. A coating serves a variety of purposes on a knife blade and the first and most important is to prevent corrosion. A good coating can greatly reduce maintenance time on a knife, which comes in handy in many situations. Plus, a coating eliminates any shiny surfaces. While you probably won’t be using this knife on a mission, since it is an everyday knife, that characteristic is not as important as it could be, but it does still serve its purpose. The coating, especially a black coating, gives this blade a very sleek look. Unfortunately, with coated blades, the coating will sooner or later come off. And while you might think it looks cool to have a beat up blade, the coating will not provide those quality benefits that it once did. One of the disadvantages about this knife is that it is a black oxide coating which is actually the lowest quality of coatings that you can find. It will serve its purpose, but it is going to scratch off with heavy use. Maybe stick to the everyday basics with this one.

CRKT 1101 Moxie Spring Assist Knife
CRKT 1101 Moxie Spring Assist Knife

The blade has been carved into a modified spear point style. A spear point blade style is very similar to the needle point blade because they are both good for piercing. But, in terms of strength, the spear point will win out any day. And, as a bonus, you also get a small belly with the spear point blade. The spear pint style is a symmetrically pointed blade with a pint hat is in line with the center lien of the blade’s long axis. Both edges of the knife rise and fall equally to create a point that lines up exactly with the equator of the blade. In contrast to the needle-point blade which has a very sharp but weak point, a spear point knife has a strong point that is also sharp enough for piercing. Spear point blade do contain a small belly that can be used form some cutting and slicing, but the belly is pretty small when being compared to drop point or clip point blade styles. Overall, this knife will offer you a good balance between piercing and slicing ability. It combines the sharpness that you get with a dagger and the strength that you will find on a drop point blade. This hybrid blade design is going to be versatile and functional—perfect for your go to everyday knife.

 

The Handle:

The most unique characteristic of this knife is its handle. It is made out of TPE, or Thermoplastic Elastomer, which is a composite of different polymers that have both thermoplastic and elastic properties. TPE has the positive characteristics of plastic and rubber, but their deep grooves will ensure slip resistance, even when you are in wet or slippery conditions.

The Moxie comes in a couple of different colors, but this version comes in a green and black handle. The green is the base of the handle, and there are intensely textured black inlays running throughout the handle to almost look like camo.

The portion of the handle that normally sports a finger guard actually boasts jimping, which is very unique. This jimping will give you more control over your slices, while also guaranteeing that you have a secure grip on your knife. After the jimping, there is an elongated, shallow curve that will comfortably rest the rest of your fingers. The spine of the handle is a little bit straighter, but the ergonomics aren’t going to be bad for long term use—just not great either. What this knife handle has really been designed for is not letting it slip out of your hand, no matter what the environment is.

On the corner of the butt of the handle, there has been a lanyard hole attached. This lanyard will come in handy in a couple of different scenarios. For starters, a lanyard helps you keep your knife deeper in your pocket, but still allows you to remove it quickly. Secondly, having a lanyard on your knife will allow you to keep your knife with you at all times a little more easily, without it getting in the way when you aren’t using it.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is a tip down pocket clip. This is a black clip that is kept in place by three small screws. These screws are black and match the rest of the hardware on this knife. The clip has a large belly on it. Across the middle of the clip “CRKT” has been stamped.

 

The Mechanism:

This CRKT knife is spring assisted with a thumb stud as well as the Fire Safe Safety and the Outburst Assisted Opening mechanism. The locking mechanism on this knife is a locking liner.

The thumb stud makes for an easy and quite common operation used to open up a spring assisted knife. The thumb stud sits on the side of the blade near where the blade pivots on the handle. It makes for a comfortable way to sue on hand to open the knife. One thing to consider is how close this puts your hand to the blade itself. You should keep in mind that there are many people who have actually cut themselves while opening the blade. It is not uncommon for a rookie’s thumb to slip and get sliced.

The Outburst Assisted Opening mechanism is lighting fast and ridiculously easy to use. These are just a few of the ways people have described our patented opening system. Just manually open the blade up to 30 degrees and the patented OutBurst assisted opening mechanism springs the knife fully open so that you’re good to go. The powerful spring also holds the blade securely closed when not in use. On many models, such as this one, CRKT has combined this system with the FireSafe for a new level of ease of operation, as well as security.

The Fire Safe Safety mechanism is easy to open and incredibly safe, which is how they came up with such a perfect name for this patented system that relies on a pin at the locking liner. The actuation mechanism operations through a spring-loaded thumb stud to release the locking liner and pin. This mechanism is easy to use and intuitive. You simply nudge your thumb outward and OutBurst handles it form there propelling your blade into an open and locked positon. This pressing and nudging of the blade prevents accidental opening to put you (and your blade) in complete control of the situation.

The liner lock is a locking mechanism for folding pocket knives. A liner lock is a folding knife with a side-spring lock that can be opened and closed with one hand without repositioning the knife in the hand. The lock is self-adjusting for wear. The modern liner lock traces its lineage to the late 19th century, but in the 1980s the design was improved by American custom knife maker Michael Walker.

 

The Designer:

The man behind the knife is Matthew Lerch. What happens when you cross art and mechanics? You get something that looks like Matthew Lerch. Trained initially as a jeweler/watchmaker, he progressed into manufacturing and tool making. Now he has a few patents under his belt for innovations, like the Fire Safe, and has been honored with some prestigious awards including the Buster Warenski award. Matt views knives as functional art, as evidenced in his Moxie and Blade Show Award-winning Endorser designer.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.29 inches long, with a handle length of 4.23 inches long. When the knife is opened, it measures in at 7.5 inches. The Moxie weighs in at 3.2 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

When CRKT talks about this knife they say, “An Honest Every Day Carry Folding Pocket Knife with Everything You Need and Nothing You Don’t. We’re excited to see just how far a little “Moxie” can go. With a name like that, you have a lot to live up to it—and Designer Matthew Lerch has made sure this one does. The steel InterFrame construction provides a solid footing for the molded handle scales, which feature a hard layer for strength and a softer layer for tactile grip. A modified spear point blade style proves effective in a wide variety of every day applications. Blade actuation is done through the patented Fire Safe release button incorporated into the thumb-stud opener. Simply, push down and out on the thumb-stud and as the blade begins to open, the Outburst opener assist kicks in and the blade opens fully. The Moxie is offered in three attractive color combinations; Black, Grey, and Green versions. All in all, the new Moxie folding pocket knife is an ideal choice for every day carry.” Pick up this great every day carry from BladeOps today.

CRKT Goken Knife Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool, Inc. or CRKT is an American knife company. This company was founded in 1994 by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. Both of these people were previously employed with Kershaw Knives, which is where they really got their base for knife making. Their company did not really take off until the 1997 Shot Show when the K.I.S.S knife was introduced. The small folder, designed by Ed Halligan was a success. Within the opening days of the show the years’ worth of the product was sold out. They sold at 4-5 times original production numbers resulting in a tripling of production efforts.

Three years after their company really took off, US Customs seized a shipment of 80,000 CRKT folding knives worth more than $4.3 million. All of these models seized had always passed every Custom test in prior situations. The shipment that cleared once, but was then revoked was revoked because the inspector decided that the knives acted a little too much like switchblades. In the end, CKRT had to get a letter signed by an Oregon congresswoman and a Senator that petitioned the head of Customs to aid CKRT. CRKT did get their shipment back, but not before they lost $1 million in sales and had to spend tens of thousands on legal fees. After they overcame this roadblock, they have had a pretty smooth road ever since.

The company produces a wide range of fixed blades and folding knives, multi-tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems. CRKT has collaborated with custom knife makers such as Ken Onion, Harold “Kit” Carson, Allen Elishewitz, Pat Crawford, Liong Mah, Steven James, Greg Lightfoot, Michael Walker, Ron Lake, Tom Veff, Steve Ryan, and the Graham Brothers.

CRKT owns fifteen patents and patents pending. Some of the most popular patents include the Outburst Assist Opening Mechanism, Lock Back Safety mechanism, and Veff-Serrated edges.

Today we will be talking about the CRKT Goken, which is one of their newer knives.

 

The Designer:

The Goken was designed by James Williams, who is rom Encinitas, California. CRKT says, “You don’t want to mess with Sensei James Williams. Trust us. A former U.S. Army officer with more than 50 years of experience in the martial arts, he developed The System of Strategy. It’s a unique approach to unarmed combat that he teaches to Special Operations units and law enforcement worldwide. When he is armed, though, you’ll find him brandishing blades he’s created, like the Hisshou® and Hissatsu™ fixed blades, the Shizuka noh Ken™, and the now-legendary Hissatsu™ folder.”

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 1.4116 stainless steel. This steel is a softer steel, which has its benefits as well as its disadvantages. The biggest disadvantage that accompanies the soft steel is that it is not going to hold its edge for long periods of time or very well. However, the advantages are that it is an excellent steel for beginner sharpeners. And although you do have to sharpen this steel often, you are going to always be able to get a razor sharp edge on it. This steel is the steel that is always used in Swiss Army Knives. It is extremely corrosion resistant and very tough. While this isn’t a Swiss Army Knife, and while I wouldn’t recommend doing this, some people have reported cleaning their Swiss Army knives in a dishwasher. Even through the dishwasher, the steel stands up to the water. Again, I do not recommend doing this to the Goken. The steel can be hardened to a 55-57 HRC.

The blade on this knife has been coated with a black EDP Coating. This stands for Electro Deposit Primer. This coating is applied electrically and is almost like a plating process. This excellent rust-resistant coating can reach for every nook and cranny, which means that you are going to get unparalleled corrosion resistance. Because the blade has been coated, the life of the blade is lengthened considerably. Like all coatings, the EDP coating helps to resist wear and corrosion, while also cutting down on glares and reflections. The biggest disadvantage to coatings is that they do all scratch off after long periods of use or even just heavy use. At that point, you would lose out on all of the coating benefits.

The blade on this knife is unique. The spine of the knife is completely straight, reaching from the handle to the tip in a single, uninterrupted line. The knife does have a slight belly, although it is angled sharply. The blade starts in a straight line, to about one third of the way up the knife. At that point, it angles up toward the tip. You will be able to use this for some slicing, although not a ton. The tip is very fine and very sharp. Because of this, the Goken is going to be exceptional at piercing and stabbing.

The blade does sport a plain edge, which allows you to take on a wider variety of tasks and chores. The plain edge is also going to be easier to sharpen than a serrated edge, because you do not have to worry about the teeth on the knife.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of G10. This material is a grade of Garolite that is a laminate composite made out of fiberglass. This material has very similar properties to carbon fiber, although it is slightly inferior to carbon fiber, yet you can get this material for a much smaller cost. Although this material is cheaper to produce than carbon fiber, it cannot be injection molded like FRN handles, so it does still have some cost behind it.

To create G10, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in a resin, then compresses them, and bakes them under pressure. The material that they end up with is very tough, very hard, very lightweight, and still very strong. Out of all the fiberglass resin laminates, G10 is considered the strongest. It is even stronger than Micarta, although it is going to be more brittle than Micarta.

Texture can easily be added to the handle, which is going to give you a solid grip. Tactical folders benefit from G10 highly because G10 is durable, lightweight, and non-porous. All of these characteristics help to keep the maintenance time down on this knife.

The handle on this knife is simple. It is mostly rectangular, with the spine stretching from the blade to the butt in an almost perfect line. There is a slight inward curve to better and more comfortably fit inside your palm. The butt is rounded and flared slightly, which does give you a more secure grip on the handle. The belly of the handle is the same as the spine, with a slight curve inward. Although the belly also sports a small finger groove that gives you a comfortable place to rest your fingers and also improve your grip. There are three diagonal grooves slashed across the face of the handle which add texture. You get the majority of your grip from the intense checkered pattern across the entire handle.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is held in place by a single black screw that matches the rest of the hardware, the handle, and the blade on the Goken. The pocket clip is a matte black rectangle. The handle has been drilled for either left or right hand carry, although it can only be attached for tip up carry. Because you can switch it for either right or left hand carry, this knife becomes fully ambidextrous. This is also a deep carry clip, which means that it is going to stay more securely in your pocket so you can move about comfortably without worrying about it slipping. The clip bends slightly at the bottom, which further secures it inside of your pocket.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a manual folding knife with a flipper to help you open the knife. The Goken has also been equipped with a locking liner mechanism and CRKT’s Field Strip technology.

Because this is a manual knife, it will be slightly easier to maintain than an automatic knife. It will also be legal in more states, cities, and areas, because it is not an automatic knife. The flipper on this knife is a rounded sharks fin shaped protrusion that is part of the blade, but does extend out of the spine of the handle when the knife is closed. To open a knife using a flipper, you manually pull back on this protrusion, which will flip the knife open and lock it into place. The flipper is ambidextrous by design and because it doesn’t extend off of the knife, you don’t have to worry about it getting in the way. One of the biggest benefits to the flipper is that it keeps your fingers out of the way of the path of the blade when you are opening and closing this knife. However, the flipper is a little bit trickier to get used to.

The locking liner is a locking mechanism for folding pocket knives. The locking liner is a folding knife with a side-spring lock that can be opened and closed with one hand without repositioning the knife in the hand. The lock is also self-adjusting for wear. The modern mechanism traces its lineage to the late 19th century, but in the late 1980s the design was improved by American knife maker Michael Walker. The locking liner’s side liner is split form the top toward the bottom, similar to a lock bar, that butts up against the tango of the blade to prevent the blade from closing.

When CRKT is explaining the Field Strip, they say, “The award-winning, breakthrough, “Field Strip” innovation, comes from the shop of legendary knife craftsman Ken Onion.

This no-tool take-apart technology allows for practical and efficient tool cleaning & maintenance in the field. To disassemble: start with the knife in the closed position, push the front release lever up away from the blade, then spin the release wheel on the rear of the handle away from the pivot shaft—once you feel the handle release, pull it up and away from the blade. The knife comes apart in three sections. Reassembly is as easy as reversing the procedure.” This is the ideal technology to have on your tactical knife.

CRKT Goken
CRKT Goken

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.693 inches long with a thickness of 0.136 inches. The handle on this knife measures in at 4.854 inches long. When this knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 8.563 inches long. The Goken weighs in at 4.2 ounces, which is an ideal weight for an everyday knife. This knife is not too heavy, but will still give the heft that people want in their knives.

 

Conclusion:

CRKT says about this knife, “Grace of a falcon, grit of a warrior. James Williams is one of the most revered martial artists in America. He brings that discipline and unrivaled know-how to this sleek tactical knife. To round out its powerful capability, it’s privy to Field Strip technology and won’t slow down even in the grittiest conditions. This is what happens when a master takes to making.”

The blade on this knife is made out of a very corrosion resistant steel, which means that maintenance will be a breeze. The steel is also easy to sharpen and you can get a fine edge on it with ease. The blade has been coated with an ultra-corrosion-resistant coating, so you don’t have to worry about your blade rusting when you are in the field. The coating also prolongs the life of the blade while cutting down on glares and reflections. The handle is made out of G10 which is tough, light, and very durable. The pocket clip is reversible, and the flipper helps to make this a fully ambidextrous knife. The Field Strip Technology is just a cherry on top of it all.

You can pick up this knife today at BladeOps.

 

CRKT M16-04KS Knife Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool, Inc. or CRKT is an American knife company established in 1994. This company is currently based in Tualatin, Oregon.

CRKT was founded in 1994 by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. Both of these people were formerly employed with Kershaw Knives. The company did not truly take off until the 1997 Shot Show when the K.I.S.S (Keep It Super Simple) knife was introduced. The small folder, designed by Ed Halligan, was a success. Within the opening days of the show, the years’ worth of the product was sold out.

The company produces a wide range of fixed blades and folding knives, multi-tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems. CRKT has collaborated with custom knife makers such as Ken Onion, Harold “Kit” Carson, Allen Elishewitz, Pat Crawford, Liong Mah, Steven James, Greg Lightfoot, Michael Walker, Ron lake, Tom Veff, Steve Ryan, and the Graham Brothers.

CRKT owns fifteen patents and patents pending. These include the Outburst Assist Opening Mechanism, Lock Back Safety mechanism, and Veff-Serrated edges.

CRKT says, “From day one, we put innovation and integrity first. We made a commitment to build knives and tools that would inspire and endure. We collaborate with the best designers in the world and operate on a simple principle: that the greatest thing we can give our customers is Confidence in Hand.”

Today we will be talking about one of CRKT’s newest knives, the M16-04KS.

 

The Designer:

This knife was designed by Kit Carson who is from Vine Grove, Kentucky. CRKT says, “Kit retired as a ranking Master Sergeant and ultimately became a high profile member of the Knife Makers’ Guild. Kit designed the successful M16 knife series named one of the Top 10 Tactical Folders of the Decade by Blade Magazine. Inducted into the Cutlery Hall of Fame in 2012, Kit’s industry influence was felt far and wide. He even mentored such greats as Ken Onion. Kit passed in 2014. The Carson family requests that donations be made to the National Parkinson foundation at Parkinson.org.”

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 12C27 Sandvik steel. The company Sandvik says, “Sandvik 12C27 is Sandvik’s most well-rounded knife steel with excellent edge performance allowing razor sharpness, high hardness, exceptional toughness, and good corrosion resistance.” This steel has a hardness range of 54-61 HRC, high toughness, extreme sharpness, and good corrosion resistance. This steel is the perfect option for hunting knives, camping knives, high-end chef’s knives, and tactical knives. Since this CRKT knife is designed to be your regular everyday carry knife, just imagine the quality that this steel will bring to the blade. It stands up well to liquids, is durable, is tough, is strong, and maintains an edge well.

The blade has been finished with a black oxide finish, which is a conversion coating formed by a chemical reaction. When the steel is heated to around 285 degrees F, there is a reaction between the iron of the ferrous alloy and the hot oxide bath that actually produces a magnetite on the surface of the blade. Some of the advantages to coating your blade is that it cuts down on glares and reflections while increasing the lifespan of the knife. This is because there is now a barrier between the high quality steel and the environment. Every challenge in the environment hits the coating and cannot touch the blade. The drawback to having a coated blade is that the coating is going to scratch off after time.

CRKT M16-04KS
CRKT M16-04KS

The blade shape is a modified tanto style. While an original tanto blade is not designed to work as an everyday knife, this modified version is. The tanto blade shape was originally designed for armor piercing, but was popularized by Cold Steel. The shape is still similar in style to Japanese long and short swords. Just like the regular tanto blade shape, this one does have a high point with a flat grind, which gives you a crazy strong point. The strong tanto point has been designed for stabbing into hard materials; this is because the point does have a lot of metal near the tip. Because of the excess metal, it can absorb the impact from repeated piercing or hard piercing that would cause most other knives to break. On a normal tanto blade, the front edge will meet the back edge at an angle, rather than a curve, which means that there is no belly. On this modified tanto, the blade does have a slight belly that you can use for some slicing. However, it does still meet at more of an angle than the blades designed for a belly, so you do still have a very strong tip. While this modified tanto does have the typical strength, it does have a very slight belly for your day-to-day tasks.

Like all the best EDC knives, this one does have a plain blade. Because of this, you can get a finer edge that will be easier to sharpen. You are also better equipped to take on a wider variety of tasks, which is ideal for your EDC knife.

 

The Handle:

The handle is made out of 2Cr13 steel. This steel is incredibly strong and because of how non-porous it is; it reduces the onset of corrosion easily. This style of steel is particle-reinforced for added strength and resilience. This is a tough handle that is going to be able to take a beating. No matter what comes your way throughout your daily life, there is not concern that the handle is going to fall apart.

The handle is very unique. It is skeletonized by having four large circular cut outs in the handle. These holes keep the weight of the knife down; without them, this large knife would be much too heavy to be considered an everyday carry knife.

The spine of the handle is straight until the very end where it curves to form the butt of the handle. The belly of the handle has one bulge that is in the middle of the handle. This creates good ergonomics that fit your hand comfortably, even if you are using it for long periods of time. While there is no finger groove or guard, the flipper is going to protect your fingers and keep them safe from getting cut if you do slip.

The portion of the handle that meets the blade is completely rounded so that when the knife is closed it looks circular. The pivot joint is textured differently than the handle to contrast.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is also black, which makes this an all-black knife. The clip is just as unique as the handle, with three large circular cut outs, similar to the handle. This is a more arrow shaped clip, so it will attach a little more securely onto your pocket. The top of the clip is rounded, and kept in place by three black screws that round with the curve. The black screws match the rest of the hardware on this knife. Unfortunately, the clip is not a deep carry clip, so it is not going to be as secure in your pocket as it could be. However, that deduction is quickly made up because the clip is four-way reversible. You can attach this clip for either tip up or tip down carry and for either left or right handed carry. This helps to make the knife more fully ambidextrous.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a manual folding knife that is equipped with both a thumb stud and a flipper opening mechanism. The M16-04KS also has a frame locking mechanism.

Because it is a manual knife, you don’t have to worry about the strict laws that surround automatic knives. However, you do still need to know all of your local laws. BladeOps is not responsible for any consequences. The thumb stud is what it sounds like—a small barrel shaped stud that sits where a nail nick would. You use your thumb to push this knife open. The flipper is a skeletonized circular piece of the blade that is part of the blade. This section extends out of the spine of the handle when the knife is closed. You can use your finger to pull back on, or flip, this knife opened, where it will lock into place. Since the knife is equipped with both of these opening mechanisms, I will compare and contrast the two, but you can still play around with both to see which you would prefer to use. The stud allows you to comfortable open the knife with one hand. However, the stud will also put your hand very close to the blade. There have been plenty of stories about people cutting themselves while trying to open the blade. Be cautious while you get used to this opening mechanism. The flipper also allows you to open the knife with one hand, but it does keep your hand at a safe distance from the blade. Plus, once the knife is opened, the flipper acts as a finger guard.

The frame lock mechanism is very similar to a liner lock, except that the frame lock uses the handle to form the frame and the lock. The handle will have two sides is much thicker than the liner of most locks. Exactly like the liner lock, the frame lock is placed with the liner inward and the tip engaging the bottom of the blade. To release the frame lock, you apply pressure to the frame to move it away from the blade. When the knife is open, the pressure on the lock will force it to snap across the blade, which will engage it at its furthest point. Frame locks are known for their strength and thickness, so you will know that they are durable, reliable, and won’t fail you.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this CRKT knife measures in at 3.871 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.134 inches. The handle on this knife measures in at 5.337 inches long. When this folding knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 9.313 inches long. The M16-04KS weighs in at 6.2 ounces. While this is a heavier knife, it is also a lot larger than your typical EDC knives. For the size of it, because of the skeletonized handle, this is actually a lighter knife.

 

Conclusion:

When describing this knife, CRKT says, “Homage: Paid. The M16 is the most popular series that CRKT has ever seen. We’re humbled to do right by the revered Kit Carson with this new iteration of a legendary tactically-inspire everyday carry folding knife. This one is more than just a fresh take on a classic. It’s a true tribute to one of the greats. The late Kit Carson designed this and many of his other groundbreaking knives in his shop in Vine Grove, Kentucky. Kit’s lasting legacy comes from his influence on the knife industry—he’s known for popularizing the flipper which is now a household component. Beyond that, he’s also remembered for his esteemed ranking as a Master Sergeant and his high-profile membership in the Cutlery hall of Fame. The M16-04KS keeps all we love of Kits original tactically-inspired everyday carry folding knife and adds a substantial tanto blade complete with a durable black oxide finish. With its hardy frame lock, it’s securely held in place in the midst of whatever job you put in front of it while the stainless steel handle bored with five holes keep clean and light. With the M16 reissue, we’re honoring a legend the best way we know how.”  The Sandvik steel is going to be tough, durable, and very resistant to corrosion, which does keep maintenance down. The handle is made out of stainless steel that is very corrosion resistant, which means that the entire knife is going to be low maintenance. You can pick up this brand new knife today at BladeOps and have your new go-to everyday carry knife.

 

CRKT Realtree Homefront Hunt Knife Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool, or CRKT, was founded in 1994. From day one, they put innovation and integrity first, making a commitment to build knives and tools that would inspire and endure. They collaborate with the best designers in the world and operate on a simple principle: that the greatest thing they can give their customers is Confidence in Hand. This is an American knife company that is currently based in Tualatin, Oregon. This company was founded by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. Both of these men were formerly employed by Kershaw Knives. However, the company did not truly take off until the 1997 Shot Show when the K.I.S.S (Keep It Super Simple) knife was introduce. The small folder, designed by Ed Halligan was a success. Within the opening days of the show, the years’ worth of the product was sold out.

The company produces a wide range of fixed blades and folding knives, multi-tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems. CRKT has collaborated with custom knife makers such as Ken Onion, Harold “Kit” Carson, Allen Elishewitz, Pat Crawford, Liong Mah, Steven James, Greg Lightfoot, Michael Walker, Ron Lake, Tom Veff, Steve Ryan, and the Graham Brothers.

CRKT owns fifteen patents and patents pending. These include the Outburst assist opening mechanism, the Lock Back Safety mechanism, and the Veff-Serrated edges. The Outburst is the company’s proprietary mechanism for their assisted-opening knives. The Lock Back Safety mechanism, which is also invented by Ron Lake, is similar in function to the LAWKS mechanism. And Veff-Serrations were developed by Tom Veff, who is a sharpener and knife maker, and are exclusively licensed to CRKT for production.

To make sure that they give their customers Confidence in Hand, they collaborate with the best knife designers in the world, to give you some of the best knife innovations in the world.

Today we will be talking about the Realtree Homefront Hunt Flipper Knife with a satin blade.

CRKT Realtree Homefront Hunt Knife
CRKT Realtree Homefront Hunt Knife

The Blade:

The blade has been made out of 1.4116 Stainless Steel. This is the steel that is used in Swiss Army Knives and it is an excellent steel for beginner sharpeners. It is exceptionally corrosion resistant and very tough. This example is extreme, but some people even clean their knives with this type of steel in the dishwasher—I would not recommend this, but you get the point. This steel does not hold an edge well at all, but it is so easy to sharpen, you can get it back to razor levels in a few minutes. This is a German steel that is most commonly found on popular kitchen knives. This type of steel is typically hardened to 54-56HRC, and the bigger the blade, the softer the steel. This steel is quite stain resistant.

The blade has been finished with a satin blade finish. The satin finish is a semi-shiny finish with a luster falling between bead blasted and mirror polished which are matte and high gloss. This is the most popular finish on production knife blades, it shows fine buffing lines with two direction finishes that better display the bevels of a blade. This finish requires great hand skill to accomplish. This finish is less expensive than both the mirror and polished finishes. It does have decent corrosion resistance, but less so than polished or mirror finished knives. The finer the abrasive and the more even the lines; the cleaner the satin finish blade looks.

This blade has been carved into a drop point style blade. The drop point is a blade shape that is used on many knives, and is most commonly seen on hunting knives. This, along with the clip point blade shape, is one of the most popular blade shapes used on knives today. Both of these shapes are great all-purpose knives, but the drop point blade shape can stand up to more than a clip point can. To form the shape, the back, or unsharpened, edge of the knife runs straight form the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which creates a lowered point. It is this lowered point that provides more control and adds strength to the tip. While the tip on a drop point is not as sharp as the tip on a clip point, it is much stronger. Because of this tip strength and the ability to hold up to heavy use, drop point blades are popular on tactical and survival knives. These two blade shapes are very similar but vary when it comes to the points. The clip point has a sharper, finer, and thinner tip, so you do have stabbing capabilities; but the point is much weaker and prone to breaking. The drop point has a wider point, which means that you are going to be able to take on the heavier tasks, but you do lose out on your stabbing capabilities. This blade shape is one of its biggest advantages, but it is also one of its biggest disadvantages. The drop point is such a versatile blade shape because of the large belly area that it is perfect for slicing. It is this slicing capabilities that are going to come in handy in your most common tasks. When you are looking for a great EDC knife, you should be looking for a knife that is going to be able to slice well. And, when you are looking for a hunting knife, you definitely need to be searching for a knife that can slice, because dressing game require lots of slices.

Because this is a hunting knife, it has a plain edge. The plain edge is better than the serrated when the application involves push cuts. Also, the plain edge is superior when extreme control accuracy, and clean cuts are necessary, regardless of whether or not the job is push cuts or slices. The plain edge will work better for application s like shaving, skinning an apple, or skinning a deer. This is because those applications involve either push cuts or the need for extreme control. When you are looking for a hunting knife, you definitely need to be searching for a pain edge.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of GRN, or glass reinforced nylon. This is a high strength, abrasion, and impact resistant thermoplastic polyamide formulation of the family more commonly known as nylon, often with varying degrees of fiberglass added for extra stiffness. This material is also resistant to bending—it is practically indestructible. And, as a total bonus, it’s cheap. This material is so close to being indestructible because the nylon fibers are arranged haphazardly throughout which results in it being strong in all directions. This material is very similar to G-10, Carbon Fiber, and Micarta, but with those materials the fibers are aligned in a single direction. This makes them brittle because when the fibers are stressed in a different direction, the material starts to break apart. With the haphazardly arranged fibers, it doesn’t matter which direction the material is stressed—it won’t break apart.

Many knife enthusiasts did not warm up to this material because they felt like it was cheap and almost hollow feeling. GRN also tends to provide you with a little less grip than G-10 would. This material is inexpensive to purchase because it can be injection molded into any desired shape and textured in a multitude of ways in the production process. All of these characteristics lends well to high volume manufacturing and hence low cost. This material is strong, tough, requires zero maintenance, and it is inexpensive.

The GRN has been printed to blend in with the forest. IT is tan with branches and green splotches printed on the palm. On the spine of the handle, there is a row of thick jimping to give you extra grip. The GRN has a small chevrons carved into the handle so that you have a secure grip no matter what environment you are in. This texture will help you have a secure grip even when you are dressing your game and everything is bloody and messy.

There is also a small finger groove carved into handle to give your fingers a comfortable and secure place to rest while you are using this knife. All of the knives features have been designed so that you will have a secure grip on this knife even during the messiest of times.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. The pocket clip is dark grey and skeletonized. The clip is kept in place by one small screw; the clip and the screw matching the rest of the hardware on the handle.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a flipper knife that sports a liner locking mechanism. The flipper mechanism is a relative newcomer on the one hand opening scene—especially in popularity. While studs and holes enlist a thumb to open the knife, a flipper employs an index finger, and the feature is naturally ambidextrous. Some people have reported that deploying a flipper reliably takes a bit of practice, and that is probably true. An essential element of a great flipper is a high quality pivot mechanism.

The liner lock is easily the most popular knife lock found in folding knives. It was invented in the early 80s by knife-maker Michael walker and was quickly adopted by a number of mainstream knife makers. The liner lock functions with one section of the liner angled inward towards the inside of the knife. Form this position, the liner is only able to go back to its old position with manual force, therefore locking it in place. The tail of the liner lock, which is closest to the blade, is cut to engage the bottom of the blade under the pivot. If the user wants to disengage the lock, they must manually move the liner to the side, away from the blade bottom.

The Realtree Homefront knife is also equipped with CRKT’s field strip technology. This was designed by world-class knife maker, Ken Onion. The field strip technology lets you easily disassemble your knife whenever, wherever, and without tools. To do so you follow these steps: 1. with the knife in the closed positon, push the lever up. 2. Rotate the wheel clockwise until the handles separate. 3. The handles and the blade should separate easily. To reassemble you follow these steps: 1. Press and hold the pivot. 2. Rotate wheel counter clockwise until snug. 3. Push the lever down. The Field Strip Technology has won the Blade’s Show Most Innovative Design Award, Men’s Journal Gear of the Year Selection, and KnifeNews Dealer’s Choice Most Innovative New Knife award.

 

The Specs:

The length of the blade on this knife measures in at 3.5 inches long, with the handle measuring in at 4.75 inches long. The overall length of the blade is 8.125 inches long. This knife weighs in at 4.3 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

While the Homefront knife is not new to the CRKT line-up this year, alternate variations were introduced after the overnight sensation of one of the most innovative platforms to date. Designed by American knife maker Ken Onion, this flipper features breakthrough “Field Strip” technology that allows the user the capability of complete disassembly without the use of tools–all done in less than a minute. Each liner lock designed model features no-nonsense classic aesthetics but the functionality and utilitarian value is as modern as it gets. From the beginning, CRKT has been driven by a single purpose: to bring useful technological advancements and entirely new product concepts to today’s market. This model, the K265CXP, features a unique Realtree™ finished GRN (Glass Reinforced Nylon) handle, stainless steel liners, a drop point style blade in a satin finish and the pocket clip is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. Pick up your CRKT Realtree Homefront Hunt Flipper Knife today at BladeOps.

 

CRKT Raikiri Knife Review

CRKT® (Columbia River Knife and Tool®) was founded in 1994. They say, “From day one, we put innovation and integrity first. We made a commitment to build knives and tools that would inspire and endure. We collaborate with the best designers in the world and operate on a simple principle: that the greatest thing we can give our customers is Confidence in Hand®.”

This is an American knife company that is currently based in Tualatin, Oregon. The company was founded by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. Both of these men were employed by Kershaw Knives formerly. They left Kershaw knives to pursue their own knife designs. Their company did not have a big start, and it wasn’t until three years after the founding that it took off. This was when they introduced the K.I.S.S folding knife, which was designed by Ed Halligan. The knife was such a success that within the opening days of the show the years’ worth of the product was sold out. They sold at 4-5 times original production numbers, which resulted in a tripling of production efforts.

CRKT is known for producing a wide range of fixed blades as well as folding knives, multi tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems. CRKT collaborates with some of the best designers in the world. They also own fifteen patents and patents pending.

When you get a CRKT knife, you know that you are getting a quality tool that is going to assist you in any of your needs. Today we will be talking about one of CRKT’s newest knives, their Raikiri.

 

The Designer:

This knife is designed by Drew Hara, who is from Seki, Japan. CRKT says, “Dew Hara is a product of his environment… literally. Makers in his hometown of Seki, Japan, are famous for designing and producing some of the best fine kitchen cutlery in the world. He also carries the world-famous Hara name; his father, Koji Hara, is one of the most respected designers alive. Dew’s work stands solidly on its own, though—his ability to infuse elements from the natural world is unparalleled, and he’s only just scratched the surface of what’s sure to be a long and productive career.”

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 1.4116 Stainless Steel. This is the steel that is often used in Swiss Army Knives. The steel is a great steel if you are a beginner sharpener, because it is a little bit softer. Surprisingly, the steel has high corrosion resistance levels and does tend to be extremely tough. Because of the softness of the steel, it is not going to hold an edge well. However, because it is easy to sharpen and soft, it is easy to get a razor sharp edge on, you’re just going to have to keep re-sharpening it.

The steel has been finished satin, which is one of the most common steel finishes in the cutlery industry to date. This finish is classic and pairs well with most handles, which is why it is used so often. It also does reduce glares, reflections, and some corrosion, so it is good in the field as well as prolonging the life of the blade. The satin finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of a fine abrasive. The abrasive is usually a sandpaper, and as a key, the finer the sandpaper and the more even the lines, the cleaner the steel is going to look. The satin finish shows off the bevels of the blade as well as showcasing the fine lines of the steel. With the satin finish, you know that this knife is not going to go out of style. Plus, the blade does not steal the show from the unique handle.

The blade is also unique, with more angles than curves. The blade does not sport a belly, so it is not going to be good for slicing or using this knife as an everyday carry knife. The spine of the knife angles down towards the tip, which is not lowered. The blade shape is similar to the sheepsfoot blade, which has a completely straight edge with a spine that convexes down to meet the edge at the tip of the blade. The sheepsfoot blade doesn’t have an actual tip, while the Raikiri does have a slight tip. This knife will be really good for safety tasks, because it will be hard to stab someone. If needed though, you will be able to stab a little bit. Knives with similar shapes have often been known to be used on ships, because the seas get tumultuous and they can keep you a little bit safer.

 

The Handle:

The handle is made out of ADC12 Aluminum that has been cast into the unique shape and textures. Aluminum is a very durable material, especially when used for knife handles. This is a low density metal that provides a nice, hefty feel to the knife without actually weighing the knife down. This characteristic is a major advantage because you want to feel like you have the heft to take on the tasks without actually having the weight that gets in the way of having this knife on you.

When a knife is textured right, the user will have a secure grip that is also pretty comfortable even if you use it for extended periods of times. However, aluminum does have high conductive properties, which means that this knife is going to feel extremely cold if you are using it in the winter or colder environments.

The overall benefits to an aluminum handle is that it is going to be strong, lightweight, durable, and extremely resistant to corrosion. The disadvantages to this steel is that it is going to be cold to hold, it sometimes doesn’t give you the best grip, and aluminum is susceptible to scratches and dings.

The Raikiri’s handle is the most unique feature about the knife. Just like the blade, the handle sports more angles than curves. The spine of the knife angles upward at a slight angle until about 2/3 of the way across the knife. At this point, it angles down towards the butt, which is squared off. The belly of the handle is less of a belly and more of a straight line that slightly angles upwards to the butt. Instead of a finger groove, there is a small section of jimping that is going to give you a more secure grip, while the flipper steps in as the finger guard. The actual handle has been cast to have a few ridges and grooves that will give you the texture you need to feel secure while you are working in the field.

 

The Pocket Clip:

             The pocket clip on this knife is not reversible. The handle has only been drilled for attachment on the traditional side of the handle for tip down carry. The clip matches the blade, being silver, and contrasts with the grey handle. The clip is kept in place by two silver screws. The rest of the hardware on this knife is dark grey to match the handle. The clip is rectangular, although it does look as if it has been clipped, because it moves from the thicker rectangular to a much thinner clip.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a folding knife that sports a locking liner as well as a CKRT Field Strip innovation.

Because it is a manual folding knife, you don’t have to worry about many strict laws that surround this knife. If this knife was an automatic, it wouldn’t be legal in all states, cities, or areas. Since this is a manual knife, it should be legal in any area that allows people to carry knives.

The Raikiri has been equipped with a flipper, which is a sharks’ fin shaped protrusion on the blade. It extends off the bottom of the blade and out of the handle when the knife is closed. The user uses their finger to pull back on this piece of metal, which will flip the knife open and lock it into place. Some of the benefits of the flipper is that by its very design, it is ambidextrous. The flipper also does not get in the way, because it comes off the blade instead of out of the blade, like a thumb stud would. And, once the knife is opened, the flipper acts as a finger guard for extra protection. One of the biggest advantages to a flipper is that it keeps your hands out of the path of the blade while you are opening this knife. This makes it a much safer opening mechanism to use than a thumb stud would be. Unfortunately, the flipper does take a couple of practice runs to really have the hang of it.

The Raikiri has also been equipped with a thumb hole, which is very similar to the nail nick. It rests in the same positon that a nail nick would, but it is fully skeletonized. The thumb hole was really made popular by Spyderco, but has evolved since their introduction. Just like the flipper, the hole is ambidextrous by its design and does not get in the way when the knife is opened. This opening mechanism is going to be easy and simple to use.

The locking liner is easily the most popular knife lock found in folding knives. This style of locking mechanism was invented in the early 80s by knife maker Michael Walker. Soon after it’s invention, it began to be used in a number of all the biggest knife designs. This mechanism works with one section of the liner angled inward toward the inside of the knife. Form this position, the liner is only able to go back to its old position with manual force, which locks it into place. The tail of the liner, which is the section that is closest to the blade, is cut to engage the bottom of the blade under the pivot. If the user wants to disengage the lock, they have to manually move the liner to the side, away from the blade bottom.

The CRKT Field Strip is an award-winning breakthrough. This innovation comes from the shop of legendary knife craftsman Ken Onion. This is a no-tool take apart technology that allows for practical and efficient tool cleaning and maintenance in the field. To disassemble: start with the knife in the close positon, push the front release lever up away from the blade, then spin the release wheel on the rear of the handle away from the pivot shaft—once you feel the handle release, pull it up and away from the blade. The knife will come apart in three sections. Reassembly is as easy as reversing the procedure.

 

CRKT Raikiri
CRKT Raikiri

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.759 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.134 inches. The handle on the Raikiri measures in at 5.112 inches long. The overall length of this knife measures in at 8.938 inches long. The Raikiri weighs in at 5 ounces, which is a heftier knife, but for such a large knife, it does tend to be lightweight. This knife is not going to be too heavy to use as an everyday carry knife.

 

Conclusion:

When CRKT is describing this knife, they say, “When you want a sword but need an EDC. The Raikiri™ everyday carry folding knife has a serious namesake in the world of modern Japanese lore…the legendary sword is said to have sliced a bolt of lightning in two. Even if that particular need doesn’t arise, the carefully designed curves, shapely lines, and innovative Field Strip technology will make each job conquered feel just a bit more heroic.” The steel is tough and can get a razor sharp finish. The finish on the steel is classic and will never go out of style. The handle is tough, durable, corrosion resistant and provides you with a secure grip. You can pick up this knife today at BladeOps.