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.

 

 

 

 

CRKT SiWi Knife Review

“CRKT (Columbia River Knife and Tool) was founded in 1994. From day one, we put innovation and integrity first.” Says CRKT. “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.”

CRKT is an American knife company that is 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, 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.

Today we will be discussing the brand new CRKT SiWi.

 

The Designer:

Darrin William Sirois is the designer behind this knife. CRKT says, “Coming from a Special Ops background, Darrin doesn’t design knives that just work in theory. They need work in action too. And he knows the missing element to any great blade: human input. That’s why you’ll often find him hounding his Special Operations teammates and asking them what they like and don’t like about their knives. Now as part of the Forged by War program, he’s fine tuning until his knife making mission is complete. Along the way, he’s earning nods from award shows and fellow soldiers all around the world.”

 

The Blade:

The blade is made out of SK5 Carbon Steel. This is one of the highest quality steels for a knife blade. It is the Japanese equivalent to American 1080. This is a hard steel that makes it create high quality blades and tools. Sk5 carbon steel gives a knife the ability to cut through practically anything. It produces a mixture of carbon rich martensitic with a few undissolved carbides. The extra carbide will increase the abrasion resistance and lets the steel attain an ideal balance of good blade toughness. This steel also gives excellent edge binding ability. A knife with a Sk5 carbon steel is going to be one of the best knives that money will get you.

The blade has been finished with a black powder coating. The coating is going to work to prolong the life of the blade because it puts a barrier between the high carbon steel and the environment. This makes it a little more durable, a lot more corrosion resistant, and a little more tough. The only drawback to having a coated blade is that the coating can and will scratch off over long periods of time or heavy use. Once the coating has scratched off, the only way to retain the same benefits would be to recoat the blade. Some of the benefits of the coating on the SiWi is that it cuts down on glares and reflections while also creating a very sleek finish.

The knife has been carved into a thick drop point blade shape. The drop point blade is the most popular blade shape in the cutlery industry because of how tough and versatile it is. It makes a great option for everyday carry knives to tactical or survival knives. The spine of the blade starts at the handle and curves towards the point in a slow slope. This creates a lowered point which is going to give the user more control over their cuts and slices while also allowing them to perform fine detail work with this knife. While the point is sharp, it is not as sharp as a clip point knife. This is because the point is very broad, which gives the knife the characteristic strength. Lastly, the drop point blade shape has a very large belly that makes slicing a breeze. The only drawback to the drop point knife is that because of the broad point, you do lose out on some of your piercing and stabbing capabilities. You need to remember that instead of being able to pierce exceptionally, you have unmatched strength in this knife.

This knife does have a plain edge. The plain edge is the more popular option between the three common edges: plain, serrated, and combo. The plain edge is going to be easier to sharpen because you don’t have to worry bout any of the teeth. It is also going to be easier to get a finer edge because of the same reason. However, plain edges do lose their sharpness quicker than the other two options do. The biggest advantage to a plain edge is that it equips you to take on the widest variety of tasks, especially when it comes to anything that requires a push cut.

 

The Handle:

G10 is a grade of Garolite that is a laminate composite made out of fiberglass. This material is extremely similar to carbon fiber, except that it is a little bit inferior. To create this material, the manufacturer is going to take layers of fiberglass cloth. The manufacturer will then soak them in resin, then compress them, and lastly bake them under pressure. This process creates a material that is very tough, very hard, very lightweight, and very strong. Out of all the fiberglass resin laminates, G10 is considered to be the strongest. Tactical knives and fixed blades benefit from the qualities of G10 because it is a durable material that is lightweight while also being non-porous. The non-porous part is one of the biggest advantages, because it is not going to absorb any liquids that you do work with. This means that maintenance is going to be a breeze, because all you have to do is wipe down the handle. The pros to a G10 handle is that it is going to be tough, light, and durable. However, it is also going to be brittle and some people complain that it lacks the elegance they want out of a knife.

The handle is definitely one of the most unique aspects of this knife. The G10 has been textured with little bumps that give plenty of grip to use this knife in a variety of environments. However, there are also finger indents spanning the entire length of the handle—both near the belly and on the spine. These indents are going to give you even more texture and a more comfortable and secure grip on this knife, because one of the indents is going to be an indent hat you want to use.

To give your finger a comfortable place to rest, there is a massive finger groove right when the handle starts. In fact, it is so close to the blade, that part of the blade’s metal has been sued to carve out this finger groove. There is also a finger guard to protect your fingers form getting hurt.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a fixed blade, which has plenty of advantages. One of the first advantages is that they are strong and big. And because of the size, the blade is going to be extremely strong, and not prone to breaking. That leads to the next advantage, which is that they are not prone to breaking. This is partly because of the size and thickness, but it is also due to the fact that there are no moving parts on a fixed blade. And because they don’t have any moving or inner parts, they are also easier to maintain. This makes cleaning very straightforward—all you have to do is wipe the blade and handle down and make sure that the blade is dry before putting the sheath on. You should also oil the blade occasionally to help the coating remain strong and intact. Next, the blade is usually longer, which allows you to take on more tasks. The blade is usually longer because it does not have to fit inside of a handle. Fixed blades are also better in a tactical situation. This is because a fixed blade can be brought into play more quickly than a folding knife. All you have to do is pull the knife out of the sheath and you are ready to go. If you were using a folding knife, you would have to pull the knife out, flip it open, and then you would be ready to use it. The last advantage is that it is going to be a better tool overall. This is because of all the characteristics, but it allows you to not only cut, but dig, split wood, use it as a first aid tool, use it in food preparation, and even use it to hammer.

 

The Sheath:

             The sheath that this knife comes with is made out of Glass Reinforced Nylon, or GRN, which is the same material as FRN. This is a thermoplastic material that is very strong. It is also resistant to bending and abrasion, which makes it almost indestructible. As a total bonus, it is an inexpensive material. This is an inexpensive material because it can be injection molded into any desired shape and textured in a multitude of ways in the production process. These characteristics allow you the manufacturer to high volume manufacture which gives you a low cost.

This is such a strong material because the nylon fibers are arranged haphazardly throughout which results in the material being strong in all directions. This is opposed to G10, carbo fiber, and Micarta, which have the strands aligned in a single direction. This means that it can be stressed in almost any direction without breaking apart.


The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.341 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.200 inches. The overall length of this knife measures in at 7.438 inches long and weighs in at 5.6 ounces.

CRKT SiWi
CRKT SiWi

 

Conclusion:

CRKT says, “Built by a hero, refined by an expert. Retired Sergeant Major, Darrin Sirois channeled experience from 25 years of active duty into the creation of his original design. The knife world loved it. Then, renowned expert, Chris Williams made several small suggestions. The revisions boosted the SiWi™ compact tactical fixed blade into a league all its own. This is collaboration at its finest.

If there’s one thing that Darrin Sirois has learned from his time overseas, it’s that if a tool can’t endure some of the most extreme conditions imaginable, it’s not worth having on hand. So when he was in his Fayetteville, North Carolina shop, designing the knife that was to later become the SiWi™, his mission was singular: make it last. Then Chris Williams stepped in. He’s a master of aesthetic, and with several small tweaks, together they elevated the SiWi™ to a design force to be reckoned with and gave it a name that reflects the collaborative process. Match made.
This mission-ready fixed blade is a compact powerhouse. Though that sounds like a paradox, the proof is in the incredibly stout modified drop point SK5 carbon steel blade. Finished with a non-reflective and highly resistant black-powder coat, it’s built to last, a quality that’s equally as evident in its unique G10 handles. The handles match the 3.3” blade in its compact-yet-stout capacity with texture for a strong grip even in the grittiest conditions. The subtle jimping on the back spine finishes the look and feel. Finally, the glass-reinforced nylon sheath stands up to its counterpoint when it comes to utility with many different carry options.
When two great minds converge to create a knife, you know it’s going to be good…the SiWi™ far exceeds expectation.”

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

 

 

CRKT Mah Journeyer Knife Review

Columbia River Knife & Tool, Inc. or CRKT is an American knife company that was established in 1994 and is based in Tualatin, Oregon. CRKT was founded by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. Both of these men were formerly employed by Kershaw Knives, but left to pursue their own company.

CRKT did not really take off until the 1997 Shot Show, which is when they introduced the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) knife. This was a small folder that was designed by Ed Halligan and was a total success. Within the opening days of the show, the years’ worth of the product was sold out.

Unfortunately, the company did experience a large setback in October of 2000 when US Customs seized a shipment of 80,000 folding knives that were collectively worth more than $4.3 million. All 50 models seized had previously always passed every Customs test. The shipmen had cleared Customs on September 29, but on October 3rd an inspector decided that the knives acted like switchblades despite the fact that none of them fit within the definition set forth by the U.S. Switch Blade Knife Act of 1958. On October 17, a letter was co-singed by Oregon U.S. Congresswoman Darlene Hooley and Senator Gordon Smith that petitioned the head of Customs to aid CRKT. Because of their action there was a Federal inquiry of the US Customs actions that had to be answered within thirty days. On October 20, the company was once again allowed to move their product. However, this was not before they lost over $1 million in sales.

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 Carson, Allen Elishewitz, Pat Crawford, Liong Mah, Steven James, and Greg Lightfoot.

CRKT owns fifteen patents and patents pending.

Today we will be discussing the CRKT Mah Journeyer knife.

CRKT Mah Journeyer Knife
CRKT Mah Journeyer Knife

 

The Designer:

When CRKT is talking about their knife designer Liong Mah, they say, “If we didn’t know any better, we’d think the English definition of Mah is practical. After all, it’s a useful sensibility Lion incorporates into all of his designs, like the new G.S.D., the ever popular Eat’N’Tool, and the 2015 Mah-chete. As a kid, where others doodled 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 has been made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This is a popular budget brand of knife steel that is made in China. In terms of composition this steel can be easily compared to the Japanese AUS 8 steel. This steel is well balanced in regard to strength, cutting, and anti-corrosion properties. Many of its features make this steel a good option for urban knives that need an average-good performance. The steel hardens to a degree of 56-59HRC and with a quality heat treatment will retain the sharpness of the cutting edge for a long period of time. Knives that are made out of 8Cr13MoV steel will keep sharpening well and are very easy to sharpen. While this steel does do a good job in all aspects, you do get what you pay for and it won’t excel at any of its characteristics. The biggest advantage that this steel boasts is how cheap it is. For its cost you do get a decent steel.

The blade has been finished with a black stonewash finish. A stonewash finish refers to rumbling the blade in an n abrasive material, which is usually small pebbles. The finish effortlessly hides scratches and smudges, while also providing a less reflective nature than a brushed or satin finished blade. A black stonewash is also known as an acid stonewash or an apocalyptic stonewash and is my personal favorite blade finish. This type of stonewash finish has a blade that has undergone an acid treatment that darkens the blade before it undergoes the stonewashing. The acid oxidation enhances a blade’s rust resistance by placing a stable oxide barrier between the steel and the environment. A very positive benefit of a stonewashed blade is that they are low maintenance and preserve the look of the blade overtime.

The blade on the Journeyer has been carved into a drop point blade shape. This is one of the most popular blade shapes that is used in the cutlery industry today. The drop point style is a tough all-purpose blade shape that can stand up to virtually anything. One of the most common laces that you are going to come across a drop point blade shape is on a hunting knife, although you are easily going to be able to find it on plenty of other knife styles. 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. This lowered point provides more control and helps to add strength to the tip. This tip is crazy strong and because of its strength and the ability to hold up to heavy use, drop point blades are a very popular option on tactical and survival knives. And because of the lowered point on a drop point, the tip is easily controllable, which is one of the biggest reasons it is a popular choice on hunting knives. It is this lowered point that makes it easier to avoid accidentally nicking internal organs or ruining the meat. And, because of the large belly that this blade shape boasts, the blade shape becomes a perfect option for your EDC knife. One of the only disadvantages to the blade is that the blade is extremely broad and is almost incapable of piercing. This tip is what differs the drop pint from the clip point: the clip point blade tip is lowered, but it is finer, sharper, and thinner than the drop point. This fine tip lets you pierce, but it is prone to breaking because of how thin it is. The drop point has so much strength behind it because of the broad tip, but it does take away from your slicing capabilities. Personally, I prefer the benefits that the drop point blade features—because the strength really is undeniable.

The handle is a combination handle which means that two thirds of the blade is plain edged and the other third is a serrated edge. This means that you are going to get the best of both abilities. You are going to get the clean cuts when needed from the plain edge portion or you can saw through thicker materials with the serrated portion. One of the complaints about a combination blade is that the knife isn’t actually big enough to truly get the best of both world and instead you can fully utilize either edges. This is all personal preference.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this blade is made out of Glass Reinforced Nylon, or GRN. This is the same material as Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon or FRN. This is a thermoplastic material that is very strong, cheap, and resistant to bending, abrasion. This material is almost indestructible. While GRN is similar to Carbon Fiber, G-10, and Micarta, it doesn’t suffer from being brittle as much as those other materials. This is because in GRN, the nylon fibers are arranged haphazardly throughout which guarantees that it is strong in all directions instead of being strong in only the direction that it is woven. However, many enthusiasts di not warm up to this material because they felt like it was cheap, somewhat hollow, and felt plastic-y. Plus, this handle material tends to be less “grippy” than G-10 is. This material is inexpensive because it is injection molded into any desired shape and textured in a multitude of ways in the production process. This means that it can be manufactured in high volume with a low cost. The pros of this material is that it is strong, tough, needs zero maintenance, and very inexpensive.

The handle is mostly straight lines and angles instead of curves, although there is a very shallow finger groove. The butt of the handle is completely squared off. The handle has been extremely texturized so that you can have a secure grip on it in almost any environment. To assist with control when you are using this knife, there is a row of thicker jimping on the spine of the blade.


The Pocket Clip:

While the handle has only been drilled to attach the pocket clip tip up, it has been drilled to be reversible. This means that you can carry it left or right handed—choosing the side that is most comfortable and familiar to yourself. This stonewashed clip is deep carry, which means that it will stay extra secure in your pocket and you won’t have to be worried about it falling out as you go about your daily activities. In the middle of the clip, there has been a couple shapes carved out to add aesthetic and to keep down on the weight. While the clip does match the blade of this knife, it does not match the rest of the hardware which is all black.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a folding knife that features a slip joint locking mechanism.

The blade sports a modified nail nick to assist you in opening the blade. Near the spine of the blade near the handle, there is an elongated oval etched into the blade. To open the knife, you get a grip with your thumb and use the traction to manually push the blade open until it locks into place.

The joint locking mechanism isn’t actually a true lock but is still a good option for this knife. Typically, slip joints require two hands to open and close safely. This locking mechanism is made up of a spring bar and a specially shaped blade. To open the knife, you pull on the blade to overcome the pressure form the spring, snapping the blade into place. To close it, make sure your fingers are out of the way of the sharp edge and push back down. One of the biggest advantages to this type of locking mechanism is that they are legal in almost every state and area. Plus, they are simple and easy to use. However, the draw back to this type of locking mechanism is that it technically isn’t a true locking mechanism, so I wouldn’t suggest that you try to use this knife for heavier duty tasks.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this CRKT knife measures in at 2.76 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.11 inches. The handle on this knife measures in at 3.86 inches long. When the knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 6.5 inches long. This knife weighs in at 2.9 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

The CRKT Mah Journeyer knife converts from a slip joint to a virtual fixed blade by simply pulling the pin tool from the back of the handle and placing it in the blade slot. This unique knife boasts a black stonewashed combo edge blade and a black glass reinforced nylon handle. The blade is extremely low maintenance because of the stainless steel and the black stonewash finish that helps to preserves the look of the blade over its lifetime. Built for everyday use, this classic slip joint delivers functionality and safety while slashing through daily cutting tasks. The T6 torque wrench pin tool that converts your knife to a fixed blade also can be used to adjust pivot tension on the blade. You can easily turn EDC into a virtual fixed knife simply by pulling out the pin tool in the back of the handle and placing it into the blade slot, so or you can adjust the tension on the opener. Tip up, right/left reversible deep carry pocket clip. Travel through life with the Journeyer. Pick up yours today at BladeOps.

 

CRKT M16-02KS Knife Review

CRKT, or Columbia River Knife and tool was founded in 1994. The company 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.”

CRKT was founded by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. Both of these men had previously worked for Kershaw Knives. This new company struggled to take off for the first four three years, but that all changed at the 1997 Shot Show. Ed Halligan had designed a small folder called the K.I.S.S or Keep It Super Simple. Within the opening days of the show, the entire years’ worth of the product was sold out. In fact, they sold at 4-5 times original production numbers resulting in a tripling of production efforts.

The company is known for producing 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, Liong Mah, Greg Lightfoot, and even the Graham Brothers.

Through these collaborations as well as their own work, they have reached a point where they own fifteen patents and patents pending. Some of the more well-known patents include the Outburst Assist Opening Mechanism, the Lock Back Safety mechanism, and Veff-Serrated edges.

Today we will be going over one of CRKT’s most recent knives, the M16-02KS.

 

The Designer:

Kit Carson is the man behind this knife. He is from Vine, Grove Kentucky. CRKT says, “Kit retired as a ranking Master Sergeant and ultimately became a high profile member of the Knifemakers’ 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. Eh even mentored such greats as Ken Onion. Kit passed in 2014.” Kit is renowned as one of the best knife makers and designers in his time, so you can be sure that this knife will be quality and up-to-par.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 12C27 Sandvik steel. This is a martensitic stainless chromium steel that has been optimized for high quality professional knives. The steel has extremely high hardness, good corrosion resistance, and great wear resistance. Often times, you will find this steel on hunting and fishing knives as well as regular pocket knives and even tactical knives. This steel has the capability of being heated to an RC59 that will give you superior edge holding. This is a very clean steel, which means that it can be taken to a mirror polish. Sandvik says that continuous improvement for the last 45 years is what has taken this steel into the high performing steel grade that it is today.

The blade has been finished with a black oxide coating. Black oxide which is also known as blackening is a conversion coating for steels. This coating is applied to add a small amount of corrosion resistance as well as to reduce light reflection and to create a sleek look. One of the advantages of a black oxide coating over other types of coatings is that it does have minimal buildup. This steel is not the highest quality coating, so while it will do its job, it is also going to be prone to scratching off over time or with heavy use.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a tanto blade shape. The tanto style blade is not known for being versatile. In fact, it is known for being the exact opposite: it does one thing and it does that one thing better than any other blade shape. The tanto blade style excels at piercing through tough materials. This blade style was originally designed for armor piercing and the modern shape is still similar to Japanese swords. In the early 1980s, the modern tanto blade shape was made popular by Cold Steel. The shape of the tanto has a high point with a flat grind, which is where you get the extremely strong point for. The point is also pretty thick and does contain a lot of metal near the tip, which is what allows the blade to absorb the impact from repeated piercing that causes the other blade styles to snap. One of the other unique characteristics about the tanto blade shape is that it meets the spine of the knife at an angle, rather than your typical curve. Because of the harsh angle, you do get even more strength, but you also lose out on a belly. The lack of belly is what makes this blade shape not a good all-purpose blade shape. While this knife won’t allow you to take on any task that happens to come your way, it will always stand up to the challenge if you do come across a hard material that you need to pierce through. This blade shape helps to make the M16-02KS a great tactical knife.

 

The Handle:

The handle is made out of 2Cr13 steel. This steel has extreme strength that allows it to be used in things from regular pocket knives to heavy duty military knives. This steel is also very corrosion resistant and durable.

The handle has also been coated to extend the life of the knife. The handle gets the same benefits that the blade gets—it’s durable, more corrosion resistant, and more wear resistant. However, the same thing goes for the coating on the handle—as soon as it scratches off, you will begin to lose out on all of the benefits that you could have. Fortunately, the coating on the handle is harder to scratch off than the coating on the blade because the handle is not performing as heavy of tasks.

To keep the handle more lightweight, there have been four large circularly holes drilled into it. These holes not only cut down on the overall weight, but also add a little bit of texture—which is crucial when it comes to a stainless steel knife handle. Stainless steel handles to have the tendency to be slippery, but these holes will give you plenty of grip to hold onto the knife when you need it most.

The handle shape is pretty basic. The spine of the handle is straight until the butt of the handle where it curves down to form the butt. The belly of the handle bulges out significantly in the middle to fit better in your hand and create a more comfortable grip on the handle. There is a slight finger guard, but when the knife is opened, the flipper creates a big enough finger guard that you don’t have to worry about your fingers.

The CRKT M16-02KS
The CRKT M16-02KS

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket is a four-way reversible clip that matches the handle. The clip tapers towards the bottom before having the end bend upwards. While this is not a deep carry clip, the bend at the end helps the clip attach better to your pocket and keep it secure. The top of the clip is rounded, with three black screws keeping it in place. The black screws match the rest of the hardware on this knife, which means that the knife is a fully-black knife. Just like the handle, the clip has three round holes cut out. This is both for aesthetic and to keep the weight of the knife down.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife is a manual folding knife that has been equipped with both a thumb stud as well as a flipper. This knife also has a frame lock to lock the blade securely into place when you are using it, and securely closed when you are not using it.

Because it is a manual knife, you don’t have to worry about the strict laws that surround automatic knives. This knife should be legal in most areas where pocket knives are legal, but like always, make sure that you know your local knife laws before purchasing.

The thumb stud is what it sounds like—a small stud in place of the more traditional nail nick. This will make for an easy and comfortable one-handed opening. The stud does extend out of both sides of the blade which makes it ambidextrous. One of the disadvantages is that some people do feel like the stud gets in the way because it does extend out of the blade. Another disadvantage is that when you are opening this knife, it puts your hand extremely close to the blade. If you choose to use the stud, be cautious while you first get used to using it.

The flipper is a rounded piece of metal that extends off the blade and out of the spine of the handle when the knife is closed. The user deploys the blade by using the index finger to pull back on the flipper. The flipper also allows for one handed opening and in its very design, it is ambidextrous. One of the biggest benefits is that the flipper keeps your fingers at a safe distance while you are opening the knife, so it is safer to use. However, the flipper is also a little bit harder to get the hang of. The last benefit is that when the knife is opened, the flipper does act like an extended finger guard.

The frame lock is very similar to the liner lock except that the frame lock uses the handle to form the frame and the lock. The handle is usually cut from steel, like in this knife, so it is also thicker than most liner locks. Just like the liner lock the frame lock is situated with the liner inward and the tip engaging the bottom of the blade. To release the lock, apply pressure to the frame to move it away from the blade. When the knife is opened, the pressure on the lock will force it to cross the blade, engaging it at its furthers point. Frame locks are known for their strength and thickness, so you know you can rely on this lock to keep you safe while you are using the M16-02KS.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.057 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.117 inches. The handle on this knife measures in at 4.299 inches long. The overall length of the M16-02KS knife measures in at 7.313 inches long. Weighing in at only 3.7 ounces, this is a very lightweight knife, that also has enough weight to back you up when it comes to tactical situations.

 

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 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. In addition, 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®-02KS keeps all we love of Kit’s original tactically-inspired everyday carry folding knife and adds a 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 four holes keeps clean and light.

With the M16® reissue, we’re honoring a legend the best way we know how.”

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

 

 

CRKT Fossil Knife Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool company, or CRKT, is an American company that is known for distinction in design, selection, and quality. For more than 20 years, CRKT has put innovation and integrity first, making a commitment to build products that 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 company was founded in 1994 and is currently based in Tualatin, Oregon. This company was founded by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer.

CRKT did not truly take off until the Shot Show in 1997. This was when they introduced their knife the K.I.S.S. This was a small folder that had been designed by Ed Halligan and it was a success. Within the opening days of the Shot Show, the years’ worth of the knife had sold out.

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

As of right now, CRKT owns fifteen different patents and they have multiple patents pending. Some of the patents that they currently own is the Outburst Assist opening mechanism, Lock Back Safety mechanism, and Veff Serrated Edges.

CRKT knives are durable, reliable, and will last a lifetime with you. They are committed to innovation, so you know that when you purchase a CRKT knife, you are purchasing a knife with the newest technology on the market. One of their newest releases is the Fossil, and it is a game changer.

 

The Designer:

This knife was designed by Flavio Ikoma, who is from Presidente Prudente, Brazil. He says that ever since he was a young kid, he has wanted to be a knife maker. In his adolescence, he worked on knives of the Japanese sword variety in his father’s shop. He has gone on to learn metallurgy, to work with Ken Onion, and to become a force for innovation. Flavio brought to market the revolutionary IKBS ball bearing pivot system, along with Rick Lala. He has also evolved the classic locking liner with the ILS safety, which is exclusively available from CRKT in the No Time Off knives.

CRKT Fossil Knife
CRKT Fossil Knife

The Blade:

The blade on the Fossil is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This is a Chinese steel that actually belongs in a series of different Cr formulas. The most quality out of the Cr steels is 9Cr, however, 8Cr is close behind. This steel is most commonly compared to AUS 8 steel. AUS 8 steel is the superior steel out of the two though. 8Cr steel is softer, less durable, and more prone to rusting and corrosion. But don’t let yourself be turned away from this steel because of that. Just because this steel doesn’t resist rust and corrosion as well as AUS 8, it is still considered to be a stainless steel and will resist rust and corrosion with the help of good maintenance and the proper environment. And because this steel is a little bit softer, it is a breeze to sharpen. Many knife sharpeners could sharpen 8Cr steel in their sleep. This steel also holds an edge very well and you can get a very fine edge on this steel. One of the biggest advantages that this steel boasts is how inexpensive it is. But, with steel, you do get what you pay for, so while this is an average steel that can get the job done, it will not excel at anything.

The finish on the 8Cr13MoV steel is a satin finish. This finish is created by sanding the steel in one direction with increasing levels of an abrasive material. This material is usually sandpaper. This finish is usually considered to be in the middle of all of the finishes. It does help to resist rust, but there are finishes that resist rust easier. And while it does cut down on glares and reflections, it is nowhere near matte. However, it is also not a super shiny finish like a mirror finish. This is a classic finish that will provide you with an elegant look. The biggest characteristic that the satin finish has it how it showcases the lines of the steel.

This steel has been carved into a drop point blade shape. This blade shape is created by having the unsharpened edge of the blade, or the back of the blade, slowly curve until it reaches the sharpened edge of the blade, forming a lowered point. The lowered, or dropped, point, is where this blade shape gets its name from. This dropped point provides the user with a variety of different advantages. One of these advantages is that with a lowered point, you have more control over your cuts and slices. This is open of the reasons that it is such a popular blade shape among hunters. They don’t have to worry about slipping or nicking any of the organs or damaging the game’s meat. One of the other advantages that the lowered point provides is that it makes it a broader point. Because of this, the knife has much more strength behind the tip, so you can take on the heavier duty tasks without worrying about snapping the point of your blade. This shape of blade is known as one of the most versatile blade shapes on the market. While the strong tip is one of the reasons it is so versatile, the biggest reason why it is so versatile is because of the large belly. This blade has a big belly with plenty of length to make slices a breeze. Most of your everyday tasks involve some form of slicing, so having a blade that can easily slice is a big feature that you should be looking for in an everyday carry blade.

On back end of the blade, near the handle, there is a cut out portion of the blade. This cut out portion adds a unique look to the blade, but you can also use it to flip the knife open if you prefer.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Fossil is made out of stainless steel with a G10 overlay. Stainless steel is one of the most durable handle materials that you are going to find. It is also extremely resistant to corrosion, which does cut down on maintenance time. However, this material is not lightweight at all; it adds quite a bit of heftiness to your knife. One of the other drawbacks to a stainless steel knife handle is that it can be rather slippery. To combat this, the manufacturer has to add some sort of texture to the handle. In the Fossil’s case, CRKT has carved out dimples in the stainless steel and the G10 overlay to make it look like an aged fossil.

The stainless steel portion of the handle has a G10 overlay. G10 is a laminate composite that is made out of fiberglass. This material has similar properties to carbon fiber, except that it is much cheaper to produce. To make this material, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in resin, then compresses them and bakes them under pressure. The resulting material is crazy tough, hard, very lightweight, yet still strong. Because it is such a lightweight material, it helps to keep down the weight, because the stainless steel is so heavy. G10 is actually considered to be the toughest of all the fiberglass resin laminates. To make for a solid and comfortable grip, the manufacturer will add texture to the G10. Like I mentioned, this G10 has had dimpling added to make it look like an actual fossil. The G10 overlay on the Fossil is a dark brown color, which adds a nice contrast to the silver stainless steel. Where the dimples have been formed, the G10 has more of a black color to it.

On this handle, there is a deep finger groove to provide you with a secure grip no matter what the environment is. CRKT has also added a finger guard to keep your fingers safe from slipping and cutting yourself on the sharp blade. On the butt of the handle, there is some shallow, thick jimping.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is kept in place by three small, silver screws. The silver screws and pocket clip match the rest of the hardware on this knife. This is a tip up pocket clip that can be carried on the right hand side.

 

The Mechanism:

This is folding knife with that sports a frame lock. The frame lock is situated with the liner inward and the tip engage 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 at its furthest point. Frame locks are known for their strength and thickness.

This knife uses a flipper mechanism to deploy the blade. The flipper is a triangular, sharks fin shaped protrusion that juts out of the back of the handle when the blade is closed. To deploy the knife, you pull back on the flipper, which puts enough of pressure on the blade to “flip” it open. Once the blade is opened, it locks into place because of the frame lock. The flipper protrusion is also the piece of the blade that turns into the finger guard when the blade is opened.

The Fossil also sports the IKBS ball bearing opening mechanism. This mechanism was invented by the designers Flavio Ikoma and Rick Lala. This is a system that sets lube ball bearings into the folding knife pivot. The result is a rapid blade deployment that is smooth and fast.

Even though this is a manual opening knife, it won’t feel old fashioned at all. This knife opens quickly, smoothly, and efficiently. Because it is a manual opening knife, there won’t be any of the pesky knife laws that come with having a switchblade.

 

The Specs:

The Fossil comes with a lifetime warranty. The blade on this folding knife is 3.96 inches long, with a thickness of 0.15 inches. When the knife is opened, it measures in at 8.88 inches long, and has a closed length of 4.95 inches long. This knife weighs in at 6.1 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

Even though Columbia River Knife and Tool company took around three years to truly take off, they haven’t really slowed down since. They have developed a reputation of designing and making quality knives that stand the test of time. They have a commitment to innovation, so they are always trying to collaborate with the best knife makers and designers in the world. Because of this, they can provide you with some of the newest, most innovative, and ground breaking technology that is around. When you purchase one of CRKT’s knives, you know that it will be able to take a beating and survive with you throughout your adventures.

The Fossil was designed by Flavio Ikoma. This knife will really be able to take on anything that you throw at it. To start off, Flavio chose 8Cr13MoV steel, which is a durable steel that can get a crazy fine and sharp edge. This steel is able to get the job done. The blade sports a pain edge and a satin finish that effectively shows off the lines in this blade. To match a great blade, Flavio chose to make the handle out of a stainless steel that sports G10 overlays. The dimpling in the handle provides you with an exceptional grip, while also making it look like an actual fossil. This is a manual opening knife that sports a flipper, a frame lock, and the IKBS Ball Bearing Pivot System. This knife will be a fantastic addition to your knife collection. Pick yours up today at BladeOps.

 

CRKT Burnley Squid Knife Review

The Squid is not your typical everyday carry folding knife. From knife designer Lucas Burnley of Albuquerque, New Mexico comes this compact knife with great potential. He has based this knife on the concept of a compact pistol, meaning it can still fully function without the extra fluff. It is a tactically inspired knife that can stand up to any opposition.

 

CRKT Squid
CRKT Squid

Specs

As a compact knife, the Squid might be small in size, but not in stature. Listed below are the specs for this mighty knife.

  • Product Type: Folder
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
  • Overall Length: 5.70″
  • Weight:  3.50 oz.
  • Handle Length: 3.40”
  • Blade Length: 2.10″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.110″
  • Blade Steel: 8Cr13MoV
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Blade Style: Drop Back
  • Blade Finish: Stonewash
  • Handle Material: 2Cr13
  • Handle Color: Gray
  • Sheath Included: No
  • Lanyard Hole Included: Yes
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up

 

As you can see, the knife isn’t that large. Both in weight and in length it is small, but there is potential in the squid. In the wild, squids are pretty average in size (around 24 inches in length). However, there are those giant squids that always seem to wreak havoc in horror or action films. Although the CRKT Squid will not break into a rampage, the knife will still put up a good fight and be a great everyday tool.

 

Burnley Design

Burnley Knives was founded in 2003 by Lucas Burnley in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their mission is to “create custom knives with a superlative level of design and function utilizing ever evolving techniques and materials.” Much of Burnley’s inspiration comes from spending time with his father, time out among Mother Nature, and action packed survival stories and films. Over the years, he has experimented with a range of styles to combine classical knife designs with modern materials and techniques. His goal in creating the Squid was to make a great quality knife, which is readily available to a broader spectrum of people to own and use. Even though the Burnley design is compact, it is still able to function at 100%.

 

Folder

While there are other opening mechanisms out in the market (spring assist, fixed, automatic, etc.) there is a reason why a folder knife is a viable tool, especially as an everyday carry. One reason a folder knife is beneficial to own is because of how quiet it opens. Another point to note is that in some places, having a spring assisted or automatic knife can get you into legal trouble whereas a folder knife will not. This isn’t true is all cases, but something to point out. One more thing to make mention of is that the more parts that move in the knife, can mean a greater potential to wear out and break down over time. Also, when compared to fixed blades, a folder can be more discrete when carrying it every day. It doesn’t draw as much attention to it compared to the attitude people have about the serious nature of fixed blades. It simply is much easier to carry around in the city. Plus a folder tends to be more compact than a fixed blade. This is especially true with the tiny size of the Squid.

 

Locking Mechanism

The frame lock on the CRKT Squid is a type of locking system that was first introduced with the Sebenza Folder. The Frame or Integral Lock was created by Chris Reeve of Chris Reeve Knives and first appeared on the Sebenza. Chris Reeve calls it an Integral Lock, but the common name used in the industry now is simply “Frame Lock”. The original Integral Lock was developed in 1987. It is used when a portion of the back handle is slotted in a groove on the knife to lock the knife into place. This groove is in place behind the blade to refrain it from closing. Many suggest that this is one of the best locking mechanisms for its life-long durability and its reliability. The locking system makes the Squid more reliable during use because of its ability to resist slipping while retaining its strength.

The Frame Lock is a modification of the Liner Lock created by Michael Walker to simplify and strengthen the design. This is done by removing the handle scales and thin liners from the knife and using thicker liners to serve as both the handles, and the integrated locking bar. Frame locks are stronger than normal liner locks and are simpler in design. While holding the knife, the lock is being reinforced since it is integrated into the handle. Having this type of lock improves the overall quality of the knife.

 

Blade Style

The drop point on the Squid is an all-purpose blade that is able to stand up to anything that it comes across. Its blade is one of the most popular blade shapes in use today. The unsharpened edge of the knife runs straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner. The large edge for cutting makes it perfect for slicing. Another advantage that the drop point has is its tip. The point on the blade is sharp and is thicker than other styles, thus allowing for a stronger tip. The point is also great when it comes to controlling the blade. Accuracy is key, especially when it comes to fine tune cutting. The drop point is an all-around good blade to have on a knife and is popular on knives because of the controllable point and large slicing area.

 

Blade Steel

The steel used in the blade on the CRKT Squid is 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. For a knife that is very inexpensive, 8Cr13MoV is a tough steel to compete with. It is a Chinese steel with similar qualities to the Japanese AUS-8 stainless steel. 8Cr13Mov and its variations are excellent steels considering how little it costs to produce. Similar to AUS-8, 8Cr13MoV lacks the edge retention of the higher end steels. This is considerable based on the cost of making the steel. It can, however, take a sharp edge. It is considerably tough, and corrosion resistant. Owning a stainless steel knife does not require too much attention. Even though they are a little harder to sharpen, stainless steel blades are a popular choice because of the environment where the knife will be used; i.e. working in less than ideal weather conditions, dealing with corrosive liquids, etc.

 

Blade Finish

One of my all-time favorite finishes is a nice stonewash blade. It is the finish on the CRKT Squid. The process of getting a blade to look this way begins when the blade is rolled and tumbled with pebbles and an acid of sorts, then smoothed. In theory, it can hide scratches or other abrasions to the blade. This is a favorable characteristic that many knife owners desire. Because of the tumbling process to create this finish, it looks as if there are already hundreds of markings on it. Yet, the markings are done in a natural way to form a work of art. Similar to a snowflake, no two stonewashes are the same. The finish has a different look to it. It is able to reflect direct light off the surface blade. With all of the noticeable artistic markings on the knife, there is no need to worry about other markings that may come with using the knife. The knife can be used for its intended purpose of cutting and doing any other type of work while taking on any marking. Some suggest that because of the process, a stonewashed knife can become more resistant to rust as well. The acid oxidation it goes through in the process enhances a blade’s rust resistance with a stable oxide barrier between the steel and its surrounding. Another benefit of stonewashing a blade is their low maintenance and their ability to preserve their original look overtime. I am in love with this blade. It is amazing to look at, and it comes with benefits.

 

Handle

Stainless steel handles, such as that on the Squid, contain a minimum of 10-13% chromium. The chromium in the steel alloy helps to make the knife corrosive resistant. Chromium creates a barrier to oxygen and moisture which makes is rust resistant, but not rust proof. While it does provide excellent durability and resistance to corrosion, it is not particularly lightweight. Stainless steel handles can also be rather slick. The main advantages to having a stainless steel handle is that it is strong, durable, and corrosion resistant. The Squid is practically made solely from stainless steel. This will help extend the life of the knife. The pocket clip on the Squid runs half the length of the handle. Though not quite a discreet carry, it is pretty close. Though the clip is only available in one position, it still works great for any knife user out there.

 

Small Everyday Carry

As an everyday carry knife, it is important to know how the CRKT Squid feels when being carried around all the time. Especially as a small carry knife. Those criteria include its carry depth, its weight, its thickness and width, and its appearance.

Carry Depth

The CRKT Squid is comfortable to carry in your pocket. The slim design takes up minimal pocket real-estate. Because of its smaller size, it sacrifices the potential for a really secure and comfortable grip.  When closed, the knife is 3.40 inches long. You’ll find that most comfortable carry knives are anywhere between 3.5 to 5 inches long when closed. The knife rests just near the edge that range. Frequently, before any knife purchase, I ask myself, “Will the knife fit in my pant pocket?” But I also ask “Will the knife fall out of my pocket?” The knife isn’t too deep when resting in the pocket. However, the pocket clip allows the majority of the knife to fit within my pocket.

Weight

One of the more important aspects to consider when choosing an everyday carry is its weight. One of the worst feelings that can happen on a day to day basis is carrying something heavy in your pocket. A good knife weight ranges anywhere from as little as 3.0 ounces to 5.0 ounces. The CRKT Squid barely fits right into this range. Weighing in at 3.50 ounces, this knife is fairly lightweight. For the size of the knife, it is a good idea to take precaution when carrying it around. Because of its lack of weight, the knife has a greater potential to fly out of your pocket.

Thickness and Width

Like we mentioned before, the knife is very slim. At most, the knife is just about an inch thick. And the knife is just about a quarter of an inch wide from handle scale to handle scale. There is hardly anything to the CRKT Squid.

Appearance

The goal for the CRKT Squid is a simple look, nothing to extreme. It isn’t too dull, or to flamboyant. The conservative look is one of the advantages that this knife has. One other goal for this knife was to make it legal to carry all over the place. Though you are still responsible in keeping the law, it’s nice to know that there are some people out there trying to help you to have a decent knife that is legal, and useful.

 

The Test

The CRKT Squid is a tough knife that can the job done. To best show you how it gets the job done, there are certain tests that the blade undergoes to demonstrate its skill. Below are the results of these tests.

Paper- The Squid was easily able to cut through multiple layers of paper. But because of the tip on the blade, penetration wasn’t as good as other blade styles (such as a dagger or tanto). Shredding all of that unwanted mail will be easy with the Squid.

Cardboard- This is probably where the Squid excelled the most. The cuts were much simpler than those of the other tests. I was worried that the size of the Squid would prevent me from using the knife to its full capacity. Nevertheless, I was taken back.

Plastic- Again, the penetration problem persisted primarily in cutting the plastic. But once it had pushed through the tough material, it was easily able to slice through the rest of the plastic.

Rope/Paracord- Cutting the rope was pretty normal when compared to other knives. It got the job done, but nothing too impressive.

 

Conclusion

CRKT and Lucas Burnley did an excellent job at creating an inexpensive knife that is highly functional. I would be surprised if anyone couldn’t own this knife. It is supposedly legal everywhere, it is inexpensive, the size is small and comfortable, and it is good quality for what it is worth. I highly recommend this knife. Pick up the CRKT Squid today!