CRKT Copacetic Knife Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool Company, or CRKT was born in Oregon in 1994. This is an American company that is known for distinction in design, selection, and quality. For over 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 by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. These two men were both formerly employed by Kershaw Knives. However, the company did not truly take off until 1997. They took one of their new knives, the K.I.S.S (Keep It Super Simple) to the Shot Show that year. This was a small folder that had been designed by Ed Halligan. Within the opening days of the show the years’ worth of the product had sold out.

CRKT 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, Greg Lightfoot, Michael Walker, Ron Lake, Tom Veff, Steve Ryan, and the Graham Brothers.

CRKT owns fifteen patents and they have patents pending. Some of these patents are the Outburst assist opening mechanism, the Lock Back Safety mechanism, and the Veff Serrated Edges.

Over the past twenty years, CRKT has built a reputation of being reliable, durable, and long lasting. You know that when you purchase a CRKT knife, you are purchasing a lifelong adventure partner and a blade that will be able to get the job done, no matter what the job is. CRKT has recently released a brand new knife and they call it the Copacetic.

 

The Designer:

Larry Hanks is the man behind this knife. He was practically born a woodworker but had plenty of other talents. He designed jewelry and foundry work and then culminated in a decorated career as a tattoo artist. After all of that, he met Ken Onion. Larry’s knife engravings were so skilled that Ken Onion enlisted his talents shortly after they met, and now they’ve been working together for over twenty years. It wasn’t until four short years ago that Larry took on his own projects. The progression was natural, and there’s no doubt around here that his knife making career will soon eclipse his tattooing career.

 

The Blade:

The blade on the Copacetic is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This type of steel belongs in a series of Chinese steel. In the series, 9Cr steel is the highest quality. However, 8Cr steel falls closely behind in quality. This steel is best compared to AUS 8 steel, however, AUS 8 is the better steel between the two. 8Cr steel is softer, less durable, and rusts easier than AUS 8 steel. The biggest advantage that the 8Cr steel boasts is how inexpensive the steel is. Because of this, it can drastically reduce the cost of the overall knife. And this is an average steel that is able to get the job done. Because of how soft the steel is, sharpening is a piece of cake. And you can get a very fine edge on this knife that lasts for a while. While this steel has a variety of benefits, but it does not excel at anything.

The steel has been coated in a black oxide finish. This is a blackening coating that is used to coat metals. This type of coating is used to add mild corrosion resistance, as well as for appearance, and to minimize light reflection. However, because it is a coating finish, it will eventually scratch off. This finish helps to add a sleek essence to the all-black knife.

The steel has been carved into a clip point shape. This is a great all-purpose blade shape and is one of the most popular shapes on the market. This blade shape is commonly found on Bowie knives, but it is also popular on many pocket knives and fixed blade knives. To form this blade shape, the back of the knife runs straight from the handle and then stops about halfway up the knife. At this point, it turns and continues to the point of the knife. The spot where it turns and continues on to the point looks as if to be cut or clipped out. This is where the blade shape gets its name from. The clipped out portion can be either straight or curved, but on the Copacetic, it is straight. This type of blade shape has a lowered point, which makes it similar to the drop point blade shape. This lowered point provides more control when you are using this knife. And because the tip is controllable, sharp and thinner at the spine, a clip point knife lends itself to quicker stabbing with less drag during insertion and faster withdrawal. However, the tip is also the spot that makes the clip point and the drop point blade shape different. While the drop point has a broad tip, the clip point has a thin and sharp point. This is a disadvantage, because it is more prone to breaking or snapping when you are doing the harder tasks. However, it is an advantage because you do have stabbing capabilities. One of the last reasons that makes this blade shape so versatile and so popular is that it features a large belly area that is perfect for slicing. This large belly provides you with plenty of length that will help you have plenty of room for slicing. This is one of the key characteristics that you should be looking for in an everyday knife, because the majority of your everyday tasks include some form of slicing. The clip point blade shape is the perfect blade shape to be prepared for any situations, whether they are the expected or the unexpected.

On the unsharpened edge of the blade, near the handle, there is some deep, chunky jimping. The edge of the blade is a plain edge. This is when the edge is one continuous sharp edge. This type of edge is the most traditional type of edge. The plain edge serves a wider range of uses compared to other types of edges. One of the biggest benefits of a plain edge knife is that it is much easier to sharpen than a serrated edge. Some people worry that their plain edged blade is not going to be able to cut through the stronger or thicker materials, but when your edge is sharp enough, it can manage these tasks.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of Polypropylene with Glass Fiber; Thermoplastic Elastomer. This material is lightweight as well as being more chemical and heat resistant than many of the other handle materials. And, because of the glass reinforcement, there is plenty of texture to provide you with a secure grip. The Thermoplastic Elastomers is a class of copolymers or a physical mix of polymers, which are usually a plastic and a rubber. This consist of materials with both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties. Thermoplastic elastomers show advantages typical of both rubbery materials and plastic materials. These two materials will provide you with a very secure grip in almost any environment.

There is a deep, rounded finger groove carved into the handle to make this a more comfortable handle to hold for long periods of time. Plus, CRKT has added a finger guard to protect your fingers from slipping and getting cut.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is black to match the rest of the knife. This is a deep carry pocket clip that is kept in place by two small screws. The handle has only been drilled to carry tip down on the traditional side of the handle. All of the hardware on this knife is also black to blend in with the all black knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a manual opening folding knife that sports a flipper mechanism to assist you in opening the Copacetic. The flipper mechanism is a shark’s fin shaped protrusion that juts out of the spine of the handle when the knife is closed. To deploy your knife, you push down on the flipper protrusion and it puts enough pressure on the blade to flip the knife open. It is also the section of the knife that turns into the finger guard when the knife is opened. Once, the blade has flipped open, the blade locks into place because of the locking liner that this knife sports.

The liner lock is a locking mechanism that many folding knives sport. This is the most popular knife lock that is found on folding knives. It was invented in the early 80’s 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 toward 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 liner lock was a great advancement in knife lock technology and assisted in the evolution of the tactical knife and the one handed knife.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 3.054 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.115 inches. When the knife is opened, the length is measure din at 7.625 inches long. When the blade is closed, it measures in at 4.551 inches long. This knife weighs 4.7 ounces.

 

Pros of the Copacetic:

  • The steel chosen for the blade is very inexpensive.
  • The steel is very easy to sharpen, because of the softness that it is.
  • The steel can hold a very fine edge for long periods of time.
  • The clip point blade shape is very versatile.
  • The clip point blade shape features a large belly that offers you plenty of length for slicing.
  • The clip point blade shape has a fine, thin edge that provides you with great stabbing capabilities.
  • The clip point blade shape has a lowered point which gives the user more control over their cuts.
  • Because it is a plain edge, this blade is extremely easy to sharpen.
  • The handle is lightweight and extremely durable.
  • This is a manual knife, so there are none of the pesky knife laws that surround a switchblade.
  • The flipper mechanism helps to efficiently deploy your blade.
  • Because of the liner lock mechanism, you won’t have to worry about the blade closing while you are using your knife.
  • The pocket clip is a deep carry pocket clip.

 

Cons of the Copacetic:

  • The steel that has been chosen for this knife is an average steel that does not excel at anything.
  • Because the finish on the blade is a coating, it will scratch off eventually.
  • The clip point has a very fine and thin edge that is prone to breaking or snapping when you are performing harder tasks.
  • Because this is a manual opening knife, it will be slower to deploy than a switchblade and much slower to bring into action than a fixed blade.
  • The pocket clip can only be attached to carry your knife tip up and can only be attached on the traditional side.

 

Conclusion:

CRKT has earned a reputation of being reliable, durable, and giving you long lasting knives. They deserve this reputation because their knives are game changers. To start off in the design of this new knife, they started with a steel that is easy to sharpen and will hold an edge for long periods of time. They matched it will a very durable handle that provides you with a secure, comfortable grip. The deep carry pocket clip is the cherry on top of this knife. This knife will change the way you think about everyday carry knives and you can pick yours up here at BladeOps.

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CRKT Rakkasan Fixed Blade Knife Review

Columbia River Knife & Tool Company, or CRKT, was founded in 1994. This is an American company that is known for distinction in design, selection, and quality. For over twenty years now, CRKT has put innovation and integrity first, making a commitment to build products that inspire and endure. To do this, CRKT collaborates with the best designers in the world and operates on a simple principle: “that the greatest thing we can give our customers is Confidence in Hand”.

CRKT did not truly take off as a company until around 1997, at the Shot Show, when they introduced the K.I.S.S knife. During this shot show, the year’s supply of this knife sold out within only the opening days. Now, CRKT owns fifteen patents and even has some patents pending. Some of these patents are the Outburst assist opening mechanism, the Lock Back safety mechanism, and Veff-Serrated edges.

CRKT has recently released a brand new knife and they called it eh Rakkasan.

 

The Designer:

Austin McGlaun is the designer behind this new knife. He is from Columbus, Georgia. Austin served in the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq and also as a street cop in Columbus, Georgia. Because of these two careers, he knows that a knife has to work as both a weapon and a tool. As part of the Forged by War program, he applied his skills as both a combat vet and a knife maker to develop the Clever Girl. Ne says that a knife is ugly but effective, it’s not ugly. It’s perfect.

 

The Blade:

The steel that this blade is made out of is made from SK5 Carbon Steel. This is the Japanese equivalent of American 1080. This steel is a high carbon steel that has a carbon level between 0.75% and 0.85%. Because of the high levels of carbon in this steel, the steel has increased abrasion resistance and also allows the steel to achieve an ideal balance of very good blade toughness with superior edge holding ability. This steel is commonly found on a variety of hand tools, because it has stood the test of time and use over many years in a handful of different countries. This steel is a hard steel that has the ability to make high quality blades. Because of the level of hardness, knives made out of this stele has the ability to cut through almost anything and is a very tough steel.

The steel has been finished with a black powder coating. This coating is applied as a free flowing, dry powder. Because it is applied as a poser coating, it can actually produce thicker coatings than a conventional liquid coating. Plus, it doesn’t run, so there will be no thicker or uneven sections. This coating is usually applied electrostatically and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a layer or a skin on the blade. It creates a harder finish than a traditional paint would. This type of coating helps to resist scratches that the blade would have accumulated over time.

The steel has been carved into a clip point blade shape. To form the shape of this blade, the back, or the unsharpened edge of the knife runs straight form the handle and stops about hallway up the knife. Then, it turns and continues to the point of the knife. This area looks to be “cut-out” or “clipped out”, which is where the blade shape gets its name. Clip point knives look as if the part of the knife from the spine to the point has literally been clipped out. This clipped out area can be curved or straight, but on this specific knife, it is curved. This blade shape is one of the most popular blade shapes on the market and makes for a fantastic all-purpose blade. The most common place that you are going to find this blade shape is on a bowie knife, but it is also a popular blade shape on many pocket knives and fixed blade knives. Because the point on this blade shape is lowered, the user will have more control over all of their cuts and slices. And, because the tip is so controllable, and because it is sharp and thinner at the spine, a clip point knife lends itself to quicker stabbing with less drag during insertion and faster withdrawal. While clip point and drop point blade shapes get confused often because they are similar and both very useful, the biggest difference in the two is that the clip point has a sharper and thinner tip than the broad tip of the drop point blade shape. While that is a big benefit in a lot of situations, the tip is also going to be more prone to breaking or snapping during heavier use. One of the other reasons that a clip point blade shape is so versatile is because it sports such a large belly. This belly provides you with enough length to make slicing a breeze. This blade shape will prepare you for all of the expected situations that you might come across, and still prepare you for all of the unexpected ones that you come across.

The edge on this blade is a plain edge. In general, a plain edge is better than the serrated when the application involves push cuts. Plus, the plain edge is superior when extreme control, accuracy, and clean cuts are necessary. The plain edge is best for applications like shaving, skinning, or peeling. A serrated edge is best for thicker and tougher materials, however, when a plain edge is sharp enough, it can manage cutting the thicker or tougher materials. The last benefit of a plain edge is that it is much easier to sharpen than a serrated edge. With a plain edge, you can sharpen your blade with a  file or extra coarse stone.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Rakkasan is made out of G10. G10 is a laminate composite that is made out of fiberglass. This material has very similar properties to carbon fiber, except that it can be made for almost a fraction of the cost. To make the G10, 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, very hard, extremely lightweight, and still strong. G10 is actually considered the toughest of all the fiberglass resin laminates and stronger than Micarta. To add texture to the handle, the manufacturer will add checkering or other patterns to the handle. On this knife, the texture that they have added is a very small checkered pattern. This handle material is very popular on tactical folders and fixed blade because it is so durable and also very lightweight, yet still nonporous. Even though this material is cheaper to produce than carbon fiber, it still has to be cut and machined into shape which is not as economical as the injection molding process that is used in FRN handles. The G10 handle on this knife is black.

There three shallow grooves carved across the spine of the handle as well as three more shallow grooves on the bottom of the handle. This is to help provide you with a secure grip in even the toughest of situations. CRKT has also added a finger guard to help protect your finger from slipping and slicing yourself. The hardware on this handle is silver.

 

The Mechanism:

CRKT Rakkasan
CRKT Rakkasan

This is a fixed blade knife. While many people love folding knives for a variety of reasons, such as them being more discrete or easy to conceal, fixed blades have so many benefits to them. For starters, fixed blades are bigger, which tends to make them stronger. Secondly, fixed blades are much harder to break than a folding knife. On a folding knife, there are a variety of moving parts that can rust, get dirty, or break. Because fixed blades have none of these small moving parts, there is nothing that can break. And, because you don’t have to worry about all of the small mechanisms, you can take on harder tasks without having to worry about breaking your knife. Thirdly, fixed blades are easier knives to maintain. This advantage also has to do with the lack of small and moving parts. Really all you have to do with a fixed blade is a quick wipe down and sometimes oil the blade. This ease significantly cuts down on the maintenance time that you have to schedule to maintain the high quality of your knife. Fourthly, you can bring a fixed blade into play quicker than you would be able to with a folding knife. With a fixed blade, you have to unsheathe it and that is it. It’s a one step process. With a folding knife, you have to pull it out and then deploy it before you can use it. Lastly, a fixed blade is a superior survival tool. A fixed blade offers you more versatility for tasks than a folding knife would. With a fixed knife, you can cut, dig, split wood, prepare food, use it as a hunting weapon, hammer, and even pry. This is because of the larger size and extra strength that you receive with a fixed blade.

 

The Sheath:
The sheath that comes with this knife is a black Kydex sheath. This is a more modern sheath material, made out of thermoplastic. This was originally used to make holsters. The biggest advantage to Kydex is how durable it is. This sheath can survive in a variety of different environments, including being submerged in salt water. However, there are a variety of disadvantages to having a sheath made out of Kydex. It does not have much personality, in fact, it seems to look like a hard lump of plastic that lacks character. But, some people do like the dark color because it blends in well in stealth or hunting. One of the other drawbacks to having a Kydex sheath is that it is very loud when you are drawing out your knife or putting it back in. There’s a noisy click when doing either of those tasks. The last drawback to having a Kydex sheath is that with repeated drawing and putting back of your knife, the Kydex sheath will dull its edge.

 

The Specs:

The blade on the Rakkasan is 4.894 inches long, with a thickness of 0.147 inches. The overall length of this knife is 10.438 inches long. This knife weighs in at 9.2 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

CRKT started their company with a single purpose: to bring useful technological advancements and entirely new product concepts to today’s market. To achieve that purpose, they have been collaborating with some of the most well-known, most advanced, and most popular knife designers and makers in the world.

The Rakkasan is one of many new models that CRKT has released this year and this specific one is one of several knives that are part of their Forged by War series of knives. This knife was designed by war veteran Austin McGlaun and the Japanese translation of “umbrella for falling” after the World War II Paratroopers from the 187th regiment. Each of these models sports a rugged and textured handle design complete with finger groove cutouts for a secure grip as well as a full bellied blade to handle a plethora of tactical and utility scenarios.

To start the design of this knife, they chose to use SK5 high carbon stainless steel. This steel is finished with a powder coating. The powder coating helps to increase the hardness of the steel and helps to reduce scratches and other abrasives that the blade would accumulate over time. The steel has been carved into a clip point blade shape. This is one of the most popular and versatile blade shapes because of its thin, lowered tip and its large belly. The handle is a black G10 handle that is lightweight, durable, and very strong. This fixed blade comes with a Kydex sheath. The Rakkasan would be the perfect edition to your knife collection–go ahead and get yours here.

 

 

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CRKT Noma Knife Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool Company was founded in Oregon in 1994. This is an American company that is known for its distinction in design, selection, and quality. For over twenty years, CRKT has put innovation and integrity first, making a commitment to build products that inspire and endure. CRKT also operates on a simple principle: that the greatest thing they can give their customers is Confidence in Hand. To accomplish this, they collaborate with the best knife designers and makers in the world. Some of these collaborations have been with 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. Out of these collaborations have been born some of the most innovative inventions in the knife community. CRKT now owns fifteen patents and patents pending, some of their more well-known patents are the Outburst assist opening mechanism, the Lock Back Safety mechanism, and Veff Serrated edges.

Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer are the men behind the company. And while their company is excelling right now, it wasn’t always that way. CRKT did not truly take off until the 1997 Shot Show. This was the year and place that they introduced the K.I.S.S (Keep It Super Simple) knife. This is a small folder hat was designed by Ed Halligan and it was a raging success. Within the opening days of the Shot Show, CRKT had sold out the years’ worth of products. Now, CRKT produces a wide range of fixed blades, folding knives, multi tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems.

CRKT has recently just released two brand new knives and they call them the Noma and the Noma Compact.

 

The Designer:

The man behind this burly knife is Jesper Voxnaes. He is from Loegstrup, Denmark and because of this, when he 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 just so happens to be more often than not.

 

The Blades:

The blades on these knives are made out 8Cr13MoV steel. This steel formula comes from a Chinese series of steel. Out of this series, the 9Cr steel is the top quality, but 8Cr steel does fall shortly behind it. If you are looking for a comparison with a similar steel, I would say AUS 8 steel. However, AUS 8 steel is the slightly superior steel. 8Cr steel is a stainless steel, so it will resist rusting and corroding to an extent. However, it is an average grade steel, so there are higher quality stainless steels on the market. The hardness of this steel is an HRC 58-60. This steel is a breeze to sharpen and you can give the blade a very sharp edge. The edge on this blade will also last for long periods of time. The biggest advantage that 8Cr13MoV steel boasts is how inexpensive it is. This steel can take on the majority of jobs that you throw at it and you get it for a very inexpensive cost. However, keep in mind that it is considered an average grade steel and it won’t excel at anything.

The finish on these two knives is a satin finish. This finish is created by sanding the steel in one direction with an increasing level of abrasive material, which is usually a sandpaper. The main purpose of this finish is to showcase the lines of the steel.  This finish will provide you with an extremely traditional look. The satin finish is a medium finish, meaning that there are definitely finishes that are more reflective than it, such as the mirror finish, but there are also finishes that are much more matte than this finish, such as a stonewash or coated finish.

The steel on both of these knives have been carved into a drop point blade shape. This is one of the most popular blade shapes and for good reason: this is a great all-purpose blade shape that is extremely versatile. To form the shape, the back 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. The lowered tip is broad, and that is what provides the user with such great strength. The clip point blade shape is often confused with the drop point blade shape, but it is the point strength that is a difference between the two. The clip point blade shape has a much thinner, finer, and sharper tip. While this tip does allow you to have stabbing capabilities, it does create a much weaker tip, which results in it being prone to snapping or breaking when performing some of those heavier duty tasks. One of the only drawbacks to the drop point blade shape is that it is broader, so you can’t really stab or pierce with it. However, because of the strength behind the tip and because it can hold up to heavy use, drop point blade shapes are popular on tactical and survival knives. The lowered tip also makes this blade more easily controllable, which makes them very popular on hunting knives. The lowered, controllable point makes it easier to avoid accidentally nicking internal organs and ruining the meat. Another reason that this blade shape is so versatile is because it features a large belly area that provides plenty of length for slicing. When you choose to own a knife with a drop point blade, you will be preparing yourself for almost any situation that you encounter, whether it is the expected or unexpected situations.

The edge on these knives is a plain edge. Since the Noma and the Noma Compact have been designed for hunting, the plain edge is the perfect choice. Plain edges are more traditional and they excel at push cuts, skinning, peeling, and slicing. The plain edge will give your cuts a clean cut, keeping your meat at the highest quality.

 

The Handle:

The handles on the Noma’s have been made out of Glass Reinforced Fiber polyamide. This material is a thermoplastic which is super strong, resistant to bending and abrasion, and is practically indestructible. As an added bonus, it is super cheap. This is an inexpensive material to produce because it can be injection molded into any desired shape and textured in a multitude of ways in the production process. These characteristics leads to high volume manufacturing and thus the low price. GRN is such a strong material because all of the nylon fibers have been arranged haphazardly throughout. This means that the handle can be stressed in any direction without breaking down because there are really no weak spots. With similar materials such as G 10, Carbon Fiber, and Micarta the strands have been aligned in a single direction. This is why those materials are also so brittle: once you start to stress them in the opposing directions, they can easily break down and the handle will fall apart. And because those materials are so brittle, you have to be careful with what you do with them, because they can crack if subjected to hard hits on sharp or hard objects. GRN is not that way and has been designed to take a heavy beating. Many people did not warm up to this material because they thought that it felt cheap and almost hollow. Another complaint about GRN is that it is not quite as grippy as G 10 is. To add texture, CRKT has added dashes and circles into the palm portion of both of the handles. This will provide you with plenty of grip to hang on to your knife in the slipperiest of situations. Another thing that CRKT added to give you better control was a row of jimping on the spine of the knife. To keep your fingers comfortable for periods of long use, CRKT has added two elongated finger grooves to the bottom of the handle as well as a flared butt and a finger guard to keep your fingers safe from getting sliced.

On the butt of the handle, there is a lanyard hole carved into it. If you tie a lanyard onto your hunting knife, it will provide you with extra length, protect against loss, and even give you extra grip when you are performing those tougher and messier jobs. Attaching a lanyard onto your hunting knife is an excellent idea.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is skeletonized and kept in place by two small screws. This pocket clip is eligible for tip up or tip down carry, but the handle has only been carved to attach it on the traditional side of the handle.

 

The Mechanism:

CRKT Noma Knife
CRKT Noma Knife

This is a folding knife that uses a nail nick opening. The nail nick is exactly what it sounds like: a small indent on the blade that extends past the handle when the knife is closed. This nick gives you enough traction to then flip the knife open.

The Noma’s also sport a lock back safety mechanism. This mechanism is what you are going to find on many classic American folding knives. It is made of a spine on a spring. When the knife is opened, the spine locks into a notch on the back of the blade. To close the knife, push down on the exposed part of the spine to pop up the part of the spine in contact with the blade. This disengages the lock, which allows you to swing the blade to a closed positon. The benefits of a lock back include reliable strength and safety. The unlock button is also out of the way of your grip when using the knife, meaning you’re unlikely to accidentally disengage the lock and have it close on you. It also keeps your hands clear of the blades path when closing, minimizing the risk of cutting yourself. One of the disadvantages to this type of locking mechanism is that you have to use both hands to close a lock back so it can be inconvenient when you need to keep one hand on whatever you’re cutting. Although it’s possible to close a lock back with one hand, it isn’t easy.

 

The Specs of the Noma:

The blade on this knife is 3.317 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.110 inches. The overall length of the knife is 7.875 inches long with a closed length of 4.497 inches long. This knife weighs in at 4.6 ounces.

 

The Specs of the Noma Compact:

The blade on this knife is 2.760 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.104 inches. The overall length of the knife is 6.563 inches long with a closed length of 3.757 inches long. The Noma Compact weighs in at 3.2 ounces.  You can find the Noma Compact here.

 

Conclusion:

“This backwoods field dresser doesn’t come with a butcher block. The Noma is a folding knife rooted in its Scandinavian hunting heritage and is the envy of butchers everywhere. Its big-belly blade design and ergonomic shape makes it a go-to if you’re going after wild game. Jesper Voxnaes of Loegstrup, Denmark channeled inspiration from his expansive Nordic backyard while designing the Noma™. The clean lines are notably Scandinavian but the blade shape and all-weather handle make it unmistakably a hunting knife. The blade itself is crafted with a deep belly design and features a satin finish. The lock back safety ensures your protection and locks into place after the blade is deployed with a subtle nail nick opening. Finally, the handle is made with glass-reinforced nylon for optimal grip and excellent durability. ‘Noma’ translates to fate in Old Norse, and you can bet that their hunting ancestors wouldn’t have left it up to anything but the Noma™ folding knife.” Pick yours up at BladeOps today.

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CRKT Batum Knives Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool company, or CRKT, was founded in Oregon in 1994 by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. Both of these men were formerly employed by Kershaw Knives. This is an American company that is known for its distinction in design, selection, and quality. For over twenty years, 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 best knife makers and designers in the world. Some of these designers are 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. Out of these collaborations have been born many groundbreaking and innovative inventions and mechanisms. Because of these, CRKT owns fifteen patents and patents pending. Some of these include the Outburst Assist Opening Mechanism, the Lock Back Safety mechanism, and the Veff Serrated edges. The last patent that I just mentioned was designed by Tom Veff.

Looking at the company now, they are obviously succeeding and it seems as if they have always been that successful. That is not the case though. The company was founded in 1994 and it wasn’t until 1997 that it really took. That was the year that they introduced the K.I.S.S, Keep It Super Simple, knife at the 1997 Shot Show. This was a small folder that was designed by Ed Halligan and it was massively successful. Within the opening days of the show, the entire years’ worth of products had sold out. They now produce a wide range of fixed blades, folding knives, multi tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems.

They have recently released quite a few knives and one of them is the Batum, as well as the smaller version, the Batum Compact.

CRKT Batum Folder
CRKT Batum Folder

The Designer:

The man behind these two knives is Jesper Voxnaes. He is one of the lucky knife designers because he lives in Loegstrup, Denmark, so when he 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 just so happens to be more often than not.

 

The Blades:

Both of versions of the Batum have blades made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This steel has a hardness level of HRC 58-60. The steel is a Chinese steel that comes from the Cr series of steel. Out of the series the 9Cr steel is the best, with 8Cr steel falling shortly behind. I wouldn’t recommend purchasing a knife with a blade that uses any of the formulas less than 6Cr, because the blade would be much too soft. The best steel comparison for 8Cr is AUS 8 steel. However, between the two, 8Cr is the inferior steel. It is a stainless steel formula, so while it will resist rusting and corrosion to an extent, you will need to keep up on your maintenance to guarantee that the blades do not rust. This is a softer steel than most, so it will be a breeze to sharpen and you will be able to get a crazy fine edge on it. Surprisingly enough, this formula of steel does maintain an edge for long periods of time. The biggest advantage that 8Cr steel boasts is how inexpensive it is. But, keep in mind that you do get what you pay for, so while this blade will be able to take on the majority of tasks that you throw at it, it will not excel at anything in particular like some of the premium steels would.

Both versions of the knife also have a satin finish. This finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of abrasive, such as sandpaper. This works to showcase the lines of the steel and provides you with a very classic look. While a satin finish does minimize some glares and reflections, it is by no means a matte finish.

Both knives also feature a thick drop point style knife. The drop point blade shape is easily one of the most popular blade shapes that you can find and it has definitely earned that position. The back of the knife runs straight form the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curve, which creates a lowered point. This lowered point is what gives you such great control over your cuts and slices. It is also one of the reasons that this blade shape is so popular on hunting knives. The lowered point also provides you with more strength than you would typically find on a blades point, which makes the drop point style a great option on tactical and survival knives. The drop point and the clip point blade shapes are often confused because they are both very popular and very versatile. The biggest difference between the two is definitely the point. While they both have a lowered point, the drop points tip is much broader, which does minimize your stabbing capabilities, but also provides you with crazy strength that is going to be able to take on those tougher tasks. The clip point’s tip is much thinner and sharper, so while you have full stabbing capabilities, the tip is much weaker than a drop point and is very prone to snapping and breaking when you are trying to complete those heavier duty tasks. Another reason that this is such a versatile blade shape, which also means that the two Batum’s are going to be so versatile, is because of the large belly that it rocks. The length that it provides makes slicing a breeze, which also means that the majority of your everyday tasks are going to be a breeze.

The knives feature plain edges, which do carry more advantages than a serrated or combo edge does. While you do sacrifice a little bit of sawing ability that is useful for getting through those tougher and thicker materials, the plain edge is easier to sharpen and easier to get a super sharp edge on. When your plain edge is sharp enough, it will also be able to get through those thicker materials, if only a little less efficiently than a serrated edge would be able to.  The plain edge is the more traditional edge and is perfect for push cuts, slicing, skinning, and peeling. The plain edge is not as niche as a serrated edge is, and because of that, it will be able to take on more of the common tasks that you expect to encounter.

 

The Handle:

The handles on these knives have been made out of two different materials, with the front handle scale being made out of G 10 and the back handle scale being made out of 2Cr13 stainless steel.

G 10 is a grade of Garolite that is a laminate composite made of fiberglass. It has very similar characteristics to carbon fiber, but it is slightly less quality, and you can get it for almost a fraction of the cost of carbon fiber. To make this materials, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in resin, then compresses them and bakes them under pressure. The material is crazy tough, very hard, still lightweight, and strong. One of the drawbacks to this handle material is that it does tend to be pretty brittle. To add texture and provide you with a secure grip, CRKT has added some intense checkering.

The stainless steel handle scale is going to be super durable and very resistant to rusting and corrosion, but it is heavy. Normally a handle made out of stainless steel would weigh the knife down, but because the Batum’s only have one handle scale out of stainless steel, you get all of the benefits without much of the drawbacks. This handle scale sports a stonewashed finish is gives you a very textured and well-worn look. The biggest benefit about a stonewash finish is that it preserves the look of the handle over time and it effectively hides any scratches and fingerprints that the handle will accumulate over time.

There is a finger groove to have a comfortable, secure grip on this knife. And in case that fails, there is a thick finger guard to protect your fingers from getting cut. The butt of the handle is slightly flared and this folder does sport a lanyard hole which has so many different benefits if you choose to use it.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on these knives are secured with two small silver screws that match the rest of the hardware. It is also stainless steel to match the back handle scale, which is where it rests. On the middle of the pocket clip, CRKT has stamped their logo. This pocket clip has only been designed for the traditional side of the handle, but it is eligible for a tip up or tip down carry option, which is a big benefit.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a folding knife that uses a thumb slot for opening assistance. This is exactly what it sounds like: a carved out portion or slot that sits where the thumb stud would. When the knife is closed, the slot peeks out and you can easily get your thumb to push the blade open with this slot. One of the drawbacks to this style of mechanism is that your fingers and hands do have to be close to the blade at all times, which makes it easier to slip and cut yourself while opening the knife.

The Batum’s both sport a frame lock locking mechanism. This is similar to the liner lock, except that a frame lock uses the handle to form the frame and therefore the 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 you will be able to take on those harder tasks with the Batum’s and not have to worry about the blade snapping closed during use.

 

The Specs for the Batum:

The blade on this knife is 3.158 inches long with blade thickness of 0.187 inches. The overall length of the knife is 7.875 inches long with a closed length of 4.772 inches long. This version of the knife weighs in at 6.9 ounces.

 

The Specs for the Batum Compact:

As the name implies, this is just a smaller version of the original Batum. The knife on this version is 2.452 inches long with a thickness of 0.147 inches. The overall length of this knife is 6.125 inches long with a closed length of 3.625 inches long. This knife weighs in at 3.6 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

This beast of a folder sports impressive ergonomics paired with classic styling to ensure it is built for the long haul. This knife sports a frame lock that provides a convenient finger choil and finger groove for precise cutting. It also sports a thumb slot for manual blade deployment. This model features a G 10 front handle scale, a stainless steel back handle scale, a drop point style blade in a satin finish, and a pocket clip that is designed for traditional side but tip up or tip down carry. CRKT says, “The Batum™ Compact everyday carry folder is the knife equivalent of a 4×4. It’s the go-anywhere, do-anything backwoods go-to. A surprisingly capable blade pairs with an ergonomic handle to make a compact companion that won’t back down to any camp task—even if it’s twice its size.” Pick yours up today at BladeOps.

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CRKT Amicus Compact Knife Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool company, or CRKT, was founded in Oregon in 1994. This is an American company that is known for distinction in design, selection, and quality. For over twenty years now, CRKT has put innovation and integrity first, making a commitment to build products that inspire and endure. CRKT believes that the greatest thing they can give their customers is Confidence in Hand. To do this, they collaborate with the best designers in the world, some of which are 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. They also own fifteen patents and patents pending, which include the Outburst assist opening mechanism, the Lock Back Safety mechanism, and Veff Serrated edges.

CRKT was founded by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. In the past two decades, they have gained a serious reputation of long lasting, ground breaking knives. But, it wasn’t that way all the time. It wasn’t until 1997 at the Shot Show when they introduced the K.I.S.S, Keep It Super Simple, knife. This knife was designed by Ed Halligan and is a small folder. CRKT sold out of the entire years’ worth of product in the opening days.

CRKT has recently released a new knife to the Amicus series. This is the Amicus Compact.

 

CRKT 5441 Compact Amicus
CRKT 5441 Compact Amicus

The Designer:

The man behind this knife is Jesper Voxnaes. He is from Loegstrup, Denmark and when he 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 knife 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.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 8CR13MoV steel. This formula of steel is form a Chinese steel that has many different versions of the steel. The highest or best formula of the steel is the 9Cr formula, but 8Cr falls quickly behind. The best steel to compare this steel with is AUS 8 steel, however 8Cr is the inferior steel out of the two. 8Cr is a stainless steel, so it does resist rust fairly well, but you do have to make sure that you are keeping up on maintenance. This is a softer steel, so it is extremely easy to sharpen—many beginners can pull it off. And, you can get an extremely fine edge on 8Cr steel that does last quite a while. The biggest feature that this steel boasts is its low price. You get a steel that can stand up to most tasks for a very inexpensive cost. However, you do have to keep in mind that you do get what you pay for when it comes to steel, so while it will stand up to most tasks, this blade steel is not going to excel at anything.

The blade has been finished satin. This is one of the more traditional finishes. It is created by continuously sanding the steel in one direction with an increasing level of abrasive material—usually a sandpaper. The satin finish’s main purpose is to showcase the lines in the steel. In terms of how shiny this steel is, this is a fairly medium finish. It is not as shiny as a mirror finish, but it is more reflective than a matte finish. If you are looking for a very classic look, this finish is going to be your best bet.

The steel on the Amicus Compact has been carved into a tanto blade shape. This style of blade was originally designed for armor piercing because it was designed after the Japanese long and short swords. In the early 80s Cold Steel Americanized and popularized the tanto blade shape and now you can easily find a knife with this style of blade. This blade is for when you don’t want an all-purpose knife, but instead you want a knife that does one thing and does that one thing extremely well. This one thing is piercing through tough materials. The tanto style is formed with a high point and a flat grind, which leads to a crazy strong point that is perfect for stabbing into those hard materials. The tanto style also has a thick point which contains a lot of metal near the tip. Because of the extra metal, it can absorb the impact from repeated piercing that would cause most other knives to crack under the pressure. The front edge of the tanto knife meets the back edge of it at an angle, instead of the traditional curve. Because of this, the tanto has no belly, which is why you can’t use this for slicing or general utility purpose. But, by sacrificing the belly, your receive the extremely strong point. This style of knife is perfect for those unexpected moments while adventuring or even just going through your daily life.

The edge of this knife is a plain edge. This is the more traditional edge that you are going to find on knives and is tailored for excelling at push cuts. This means that the plain edge is going to be perfect for slicing, peeling, and skinning. As more benefits, the plain edge is the easier edge to sharpen because you don’t have to worry about all of the small teeth while sharpening. And, you can get your plain edge sharper than you could get a serrated or combo edge. Some people are worried that without the teeth of a serrated edge, they aren’t going to be able to saw through the harder and tougher materials. For the most part, you are going to want a serrated edge for those tougher materials, but if you get your edge sharp enough and with the benefits of the strong tanto shape, you will be able to get through those materials.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Amicus Compact is made out of stainless steel with G 10 scales covering one side of it. Stainless steel provides the user with durability that is out of the park as well as crazy resistance to corrosion. However, it is not lightweight and is going to weigh the knife down. It is also quite slippery. To combat both of these problems, CRKT used less stainless steel and added G 10 scales.

G 10 is a grade of Garolite that is a laminate composite made of fiberglass. This material has very similar properties to carbon fiber, but with the slight lag of qualities, you can get it for a much cheaper price. To create this material, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in resin. The manufacturer then compresses the layers of cloth and bakes them under pressure. The material that comes out is extremely tough, very hard, quite lightweight, and very strong. G 10 is even considered to be the toughest of all the fiberglass resin laminates and stronger than Micarta. However, this is a brittle material because the fibers are all arranged in one direction, so when it is stressed in opposing directions, it will break down. One of the drawbacks that many knife users express is that the G 10 does not have much character and lacks elegance.

To provide you with exceptional grip, CRKT has added intense checkering as texture on the G 10 scale. There is also a row of shallow but thick jimping near the butt of the handle. The finger groove on this knife is shallow and elongated to provide you with a comfortable grip. There is also a finger guard to protect your fingers from getting sliced in the event of slipping.

As a cherry on top of the design of the handle, there is a lanyard hole on the butt, carved out of the stainless steel. One of the best reasons to keep a lanyard on your knife is that it makes it easier to attach to your belt or backpack strap, while keeping it out of the way when you aren’t using this knife, but giving you easy access when you do need your knife. The lanyard will also protect your knife from loss while you are out and about. I’ve come to realize that the preference for a lanyard is really a love-hate type of thing with people either loving it or see no point in it. Either way, it is always great to have the option.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is a low carry clip that is made out of stainless steel. It is held in place by two small silver screws that match the rest of the hardware on this knife. The pocket clip is attached on the back of the knife, or the stainless steel side of the two toned handle. In the middle of this pocket clip, CRKT has stamped their logo.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a folding knife that uses a thumb slot blade deployment. This type of mechanism has been around since the 1980s and is exactly what it sounds like—a slot cut into the knife that gives you a spot to gain purchase on and flip the knife open. One of the first companies to use this style of mechanism was Spyderco, but most other knife companies have jumped on the train, and for good reason—it works excellently. Using it is basically like using a thumb stud and by its design, it is extremely ambidextrous. One of the advantages that the thumb stud does not offer is that the slot does not protrude from the blade and get in the way like the thumb stud sometimes does.

The Amicus Compact sports a frame lock locking mechanism. The frame lock is very similar to the liner lock is except that the frame lock uses the handle to form the frame and therefore the lock. The handle on knives with a frame lock is often cut forma steel that is much thicker than the liner of most locks. Just like the liner lock, the frame lock is situated with the liner set 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, which engages it at its furthest point. Frame locks are known for their strength and thickness.

 

The Specs:

The blade on the Amicus Compact is 3.004 inches long with a thickness of 0.124 inches. The overall length of this knife is 7.313 inches long and it sports a closed length of 4.249 inches. This knife weighs in at 3.8 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

Designer Jesper Voxnaes has done it again with a redesign of the popular CRKT Amicus folder knife–the Amicus Compact. The word “amicus” actually translates to “friend” or “comrade” which is fitting considering how this knife will deliver whenever you call upon it. From basic chores to demanding tasks, the 3″ tanto style blade is ideal for cutting and piercing and the G-10 front scale and stainless steel back scale provide a secure grip and quick and easy access. Just like its larger counterpart, the protruding back spacer provides jimping for multiple carry options and the lanyard hole make carry options almost limitless. The pock clip is designed for tip up or tip down carry. The Amicus Compact is the perfect size for when you want a knife with you that is going to be able to take on the majority of your daily task, but still preparing you for taking on those unexpected situations that tend to pop up in your everyday life. Pick yours up today at BladeOps.

 

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CRKT AUX Knife Series Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool company was founded in Oregon in 1994. This is an American company that is known for distinction in design, selection, and quality. For over 2 decades now CRKT has put innovation and integrity first, making a commitment to build products that inspire and endure. CRKT operates on a simple principle: that the greatest thing they can give their customers is Confidence in Hand. They also collaborate with the best designers in the world, some of which are Ken Onion, Harold “Kit” Carson, Allen Elishewitz, Pat Crawford, Liong Mah, Steven James, Greg Lightfoot, Michael Walker, Ron Laker, Tom Veff, Steve Ryan, and the Graham Brothers. CRKT also owns fifteen patents and patents pending which include the Outburst assist opening mechanism, the Lock Back Safety mechanism, and Veff Serrated Edges.

This company produces a wide range of fixed blades and folding knives, multi tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems.

They recently released a brand new series of knives which includes two folding knives and one fixed blade. They called it the AUX series.

 

The Designer:

The designer of this series of knives is Lucas Burnley. He is from Albuquerque, New Mexico. When you ask him was drew him to the knife world as a teenager, he will 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.

 

The Blades:

The blades on all of the knives are made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This is a Chinese steel that comes from a series of steels that has many different formulas in it. The best formula of steel in this Chinese series is 9Cr steel, but 8Cr steel does fall closely behind. When comparing this type of steel to other steels, it is most commonly compared to AUS 8 steel. 8Cr is the inferior between the two though. 8Cr steel is a soft steel, but surprisingly enough, it does maintain a very fine edge for long periods of time. As a bonus, it is extremely easy to sharpen, because of the softness behind it. It is a stainless steel, so it does resist rusting and corroding well, but you will still need to be keeping up on your maintenance, such as cleaning and oiling your blade. The biggest advantage that this blade steel boasts is how inexpensive it is. With steel, you do get what you pay for though, so while this steel is going to stand up to most challenges, it is not going to excel at anything.

There are two different finishes that this series offers. The fixed blade and one of the folding knives has a satin finish. This finish is created by repeatedly sanding the steel in one direction with an increasing level of abrasive. The abrasive that is most commonly used is sandpaper. This is one of the most traditional and classic finishes that you can find on a knife today. In terms of reflectiveness, it is a medium finish. It does cut down on glares and reflections, but it is in no means matte. One of the biggest characteristics of this finish is that it shows of the lines in the steel.

The second finish option is on the second folding knife. It sports a black oxide finish. This is a blackening finish that is a conversion coating for ferrous materials. It is use to add mid corrosion resistance, for appearance, and to minimize light reflection. While this is a quality finish, it is a coating finish, so it will scratch or peel off after periods of long or heavy use.

There are also two different edge styles that you can choose from with this series of knives. Both knife versions that feature the satin finish have a plain edge. This is the more traditional style of edge that is ideal for push cuts including skinning, peeling, and slicing. You can get a sharper edge on this style and it is easier to sharpen.

The version of the knife that features the Black Oxide coating has a combination edge. This is when the half of the blade closer to the handle is serrated and the other half is plain. This type of edge gives the user the best of both worlds, because they have the teeth to saw through some of the thicker materials, but they also have a plain portion that is perfect for small slices or even detail work.

All three of the knives in the AUX series feature spear point blades. This style of blade is very similar to the needle point blade because they are both great for piercing. However, it also differs from the needle point blade because it has a stronger point and it contains a small belly that can be used for slicing. When you compare the belly to a style of knife that has been created for its belly such as a drop point or clip point, the belly on the spear point tends to seem very small. To shape of the spear point is 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 lines up exactly with the equator of the blade. One of the most common places that you are going to find a spear point is on a throwing knife. The spear point does have a lowered edge, which gives you more control over your cuts and slices. This makes the AUX a great option for fine tip work. The spear point knife style is considered a hybrid style because it does contain a belly for some cutting and slicing applications, but it also has the point of a dagger with the strength of a drop point blade. This style of blade is a great choice for the knife lover who is looking for the perfect balance between piercing and slicing abilities.

 

The Handle:

CRKT 1200 AUX Fixed Blade
CRKT 1200 AUX Fixed Blade

The handles on all of these knives are made out of Glass Reinforced Nylon, or GRN. This is a thermoplastic material that is super strong, very resistant to bending, abrasion, and is practically indestructible. Even better, it’s a very cheap material. It is such an inexpensive material because it can be injection molded into any desired shape and textured in a multitude of ways in the production process. All of this lends well to high volume manufacturing and thus the low cost. What makes this material so strong is that the fibers are arranged haphazardly throughout, which makes it strong in all directions. Similar materials such as G 10, Carbon Fiber, an Micarta have the fibers arranged in only one direction which makes it brittle when it is stressed in the other directions. Many people did not warm up to this material because they thought it felt cheap and somewhat hollow. Another drawback is that it tends to provide the user with less grip. The GRN on all of the versions is black, with a texture of deep dimples. These dimples will provide you with a secure grip in almost any situation.

The handle on the different versions vary: the fixed blade version does not have a finger groove, but it does sport a finger guard to protect your hand from getting cut. There is also a row of thick jimping on the fixed blade version where the blade meets the handle, so as to provide you with better control over your cuts. The last thing that the fixed blade version has that is different from the other two is that it sports a lanyard hole at the butt end of it. The lanyard is great to fold over your handle to provide you with extra grip or for attaching your knife to your belt or pack strap so that it is out of the way, but you still have easy access to it. The hardware on this version of the knife is silver.

The handles on both of the folding versions do sport a finger groove, but this groove is more rectangular than you would normally find, but it will provide you with a comfortable grip even for long periods of use. The hardware on these handles are also silver.

 

The AUX:

The Mechanism:

This knife in the series is a fixed blade. There are so many advantages to owning a fixed blade. For starters, they are bigger and stronger because they don’t have to be small enough to fold into itself. They also don’t break, because there are no moving, small, inward parts that have the tendency to rust or break. To go along with that advantage, a fixed blade is so much easier to maintain. This is because you do not have to worry about the moving, small, inward parts to clean. Basically all you have to do is wipe down the blade and handle and oil the blade. It is a very simple process. Fixed blades are also superior for tactical use because they can be brought into play faster than a folding knife. They are also a superior survival too because they are so strong, you can use them for a variety of reasons such as cutting, digging, splitting wood, food preparation, hunting, hammering, and even prying. If you are looking for a knife that is going to do it all, look no further than the AUX.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 3.451 inches long, with a thickness of 0.122 inches. The overall length of the knife is 7.563 inches long and it weighs in at 3.9 ounces.

 

The AUX Folder and the AUX Folder Black:

CRKT 1221K AUX Folder
CRKT 1221K AUX Folder

The Mechanism:

These knives are folding knives with a thumb disk blade deployment. They also sport a locking liner. The thumb disk is similar to the flipper, because it is a small protrusion on the spine of the blade that you can use to assist you while you deploy the blade.

The locking liner is one of the more common mechanism that you are going to find on folding knives. The main component of this mechanism is a side spring bar that is located on the same side as the sharp edge of the blade, essentially “lining” the inside of the handle. When the knife is closed the spring bar is held under tension. And when the knife is fully opened, that same tension slips the bar inward to make contact with the butt of the blade, which keeps it firmly in place and prevents it from closing. To disengage this type of lock, you use your thumb to push the spring bar down towards the pocket clip so that it clears contact form the butt of the blade. This then lets you use your index finger to push the blade just enough so that it keeps the bar pushed down so you can remove your thumb from the blade path and then continue to safely close the knife. Some of the benefits to this type of mechanism tis that they allow the knife to have two true handle sides. You can also close the knife with one hand without switching grip, which is perfect for when you need both hands on the job. However, you should know that this type of locking mechanism is not as strong or durable as other locking systems, so keep that in mind for when you are doing heavy duty tasks.

 

CRKT 1220 AUX Folder
CRKT 1220 AUX Folder

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 3.211 inches long with a thickness of 0.144 inches. The overall length of the knife is 7.688 inches long with a closed length of 4.424 inches. These versions of the knife weigh in at 4.2 ounces.  

 

Conclusion:

The AUX is one of many new models released by CRKT this year and is offered in 2 different functionalities as well as 2 distinct blade configurations. They were designed with the vision of being an AUXiliary to the users primary EDC of choice. This is a high quality knife that is going to change the way you think about everyday carry knives. Pick yours up today at BladeOps.

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CRKT Pineapple Knife Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool, or CRKT was founded in 1994. This is an American company that is known for its distinction in design, selection, and quality. For over 20 years now, 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. Some of these designers are 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 also owns fifteen patents and patents pending, some of which are the Outburst assist opening mechanism, the Lock Back Safety mechanism, and Veff Serrated edges.

CRKT was founded by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer, both of whom were formerly employed with Kershaw Knives. Even though it seems like they’ve always been a strong company, there was a time where it was struggling. The company did not truly take off for about three years after it had been founded. It was in 1977 at the Shot Show 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 it was a huge success. Within the opening days of the show, the years’ worth of the product had sold out. Since then, they have produced a wide range of fixed blades and folding knives, multi tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems.

They have recently released a brand new folding knife called the Pineapple.

CRKT Pineapple Knife
CRKT Pineapple Knife

The Designer:

The Pineapple was designed by Matthew Lerch. He was initially trained as a jewelry and watchmaker, but then progressed into manufacturing and tool making. He now has a few patents under his belt for innovations like the Fire Safe, and has been honored with some prestigious award including the Buster Warenski award. Matt views knives as functional art, as evidenced in his Moxie and the Blade Show award winning Endorser design.

 

The Blade:

The steel on this blade is 1.4116 stainless steel. This is the steel that is used in Swiss Army Knives and it is an excellent steel for beginner sharpeners. One of the drawbacks to this steel is that it does not hold an edge super well, but because it is so easy to sharpen, it ends up being less of a drawback. You can get this steel razor sharp in only a few minutes. This steel is crazy corrosion and rust resistant. This is a German steel that is most popular on kitchen knife sets in German knives. This steel has an HRC level of 56-58.

The finish on the blade is a stonewash finish. This finish is created by tumbling the steel around with an abrasive material, which is usually small pebbles. This creates a rugged, texture to the steel. After it has been tumbled around, the steel is smoothed out and polished. The resulting look is an even, matte gray. This steel finish works to cut down on glares and reflections. The biggest thing that this finish does is preserve the look of the blade overtime, because it works to hide the scratches and fingerprints that the steel would accumulate over time.

The blade has been carved into a drop point blade shape. This is one of the most popular and versatile blade shapes that you are going to find on a knife. One of the most common places that you are going to find a drop point blade shape is on a hunting knife, but it is also used on many other styles of knives because of how versatile it is. To form this shape, the back, or unsharpened, edge of the knife runs straight form the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curving manner. This slow curve creates a lowered point, and the lowered point provides more control to your cuts and slices. The reason that this blade shape is found on so many hunting knives is because it is so easily controllable; the hunter does not have to worry about slipping or accidently nicking the internal organs or ruining the meat. The lowered tip also adds a lot more strength to the tip of this knife. Because of the tip strength and the ability to hold up to heavy sue, drop point blades are popular on tactical and survival knives. A drop point knife shape and a clip point knife shape is often confused. Both of these knife shapes are very popular as well as being extremely versatile. The biggest difference between the two are the tip shape. Each of the tips have a handful of benefits, but also a drawback or two. The clip point has a lowered tip, so it is also controllable, but it does not have a broad tip. The lack of the broad tip means that it is weaker and more prone to breaking, but it also means that you have stabbing capabilities. The drop point has a lowered tip, like I mentioned, but it does have a very broad tip. SO while you do have so much more strength behind the tip, you also lose out on most of your stabbing capabilities. That is really the only drawback to the drop point blade shape. One of the other reasons that this is such a versatile knife shape is that it sports a large belly area that provides plenty of length to make slicing a breeze. The drop point blade shape provides you with the abilities to take on all of your everyday tasks, but it also prepares you for the unexpected circumstances that seem to surround your everyday life.

The edge on blade is a plain edge, which makes this an ideal knife for your everyday carry blade. The plain edge is more traditional and is easier to sharpen as well as having the capacity to get a finer edge on the blade. The plain edge is the perfect edge for push cuts, which include skinning, peeling, and slicing.

To add to the control that you have over your knife, there is a row of thick, deep jimping on the spine of the knife near the handle. On the sharpened edge, near the handle, there is a deep cut out.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the pineapple is made out of Glass Reinforced Nylon, or GRN. This is thermoplastic material that is super strong and crazy resistant to bending, abrasion, and practically indestructible. As an added bonus, it’s cheap. This is an inexpensive option because it can be injection molded into any desired shape and textured in a multitude of ways in the production process. All this lends well to high volume manufacturing and low cost. With this material, all of the fibers are arranged haphazardly throughout which is why it is so strong and practically indestructible. With similar materials such as G 10, Carbon Fiber, and Micarta, the fibers are all arranged in a single direction, so when the fibers are stressed in other directions, it tends to be brittle or fall apart. But, because the GRN is arranged haphazardly, when it is stressed in any direction, it can stand up to it and not fall apart.  Many knife lovers took a while to warm up to this material, as well as FRN and Zytel (because they are all extremely similar), because they thought it felt cheap and somewhat hollow. Another drawback to this material is that it tends to offer less of grip than G 10 does.

The GRN on this handle is black and intensely textured. Not only does it have intense textured, but it also has cross hatches across the butt half of the handle to look as if it is a pineapple. On the bottom and top of the handle, there is a row of thick, deep jimping to improve your grip on it. Because of its multiple jimping platforms, you have a virtually 360-degree secure hold. When describing the handle, CRKT said, “The handle pattern, made with glass-reinforced nylon with G10 texture, was modeled after a pineapple frag grenade. Even in gritty conditions, it offers an extremely secure grip whether you’re performing fine detail work or long, slashing cuts.”

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is a silver pocket clip that matches the blade of the Pineapple. On the middle of this clip, CRKT’s logo is stamped on in dark grey. This is a long clip that is angled to curve around the side of the knife. This clip is kept in place by two small, dark grey screws that match the rest of the hardware on the knife. This clip is designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a folding knife that features a flipper opening mechanism as well as a locking liner. The flipper on the Pineapple is not the typical flipper shape. Instead, it is rectangular and very skinny. The flipper is a small piece of the blade that protrudes out of the spine of the handle when the knife is closed. To deploy the knife, you pull back on the flipper protrusion which puts enough pressure on the blade to flip the blade out and lock it into place.

The locking mechanism on this knife is a liner lock. The liner lock is one of the more common mechanisms seen on folding knives. This mechanism’s characteristic component is a side spring bar located on the same side as the sharp edge of the blade, essentially lining the inside of the handle. When the knife is closed, the spring bar is held under tension. When the knife is fully opened, the tension slips the bar inward to make contact with the butt of the blade, keeping it firmly in place and preventing it from closing. To disengage a liner lock, you have to use your thumb to push the spring bar down so that it clears contact from the butt of the blade. This lets you use your index finger to push the blade just enough so that it keeps the bar pushed down so you can remove your thumb from the blade path, then continue to safely close the knife. One of the benefits of a liner lock is that they allow a knife to have two true handle sides. You can also close the knife with one hand without switching grip, which is perfect for when you need both hands on the job. You will find liner locks in both entry level and high end knives. However, the liner lock is not as strong as other locking systems. They are still very strong and can hold their own, but they are made out of a thinner piece of metal, so they are more prone to wearing out.

 

The Specs:

The blade on the Pineapple is 2.625 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.125 inches. The overall length of this knife is 6.188 inches long and has a closed length of 3.541 inches. The weight of this knife is 3.3 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

The Pineapple is one of the new models that CRKT has released in 2017. It was designed by the American knife maker Matthew Lerch. This knife is ready in an instant and its rugged construction is built to handle even the toughest of jobs. Each model features a pineapple frag grenade design that is coarsely textured which is complimented by its multiple jimping platforms. The knife that features a liner lock is pocket friendly but can still blow its competition to bits.   You can pick your Pineapple knife up here.  CRKT has a reputation of designing and building high quality knives that are extremely durable. This model, the Pineapple 4120, features a black Glass Reinforced Nylon handle, stainless steel liners, a drop point style blade with a stonewash finish on the 1.4116 stainless steel and the an angled pocket clip that is designed for tip up carry on the traditional side of the handle.

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CRKT Bombastic Flipper Knife Review

CRKT was born in Oregon in 1994. Columbia River Knife and Tool is an American company that is known for their distinction in design, selection, and quality. For over 20 years now, CRKT has put innovation and integrity first, making a commitment to build products that inspire and endure. CRKT collaborates with the best designers in the world and operates on a simple principle: that the greatest thing they can give their customers is Confidence in Hand.

This company was founded by Paul Gillespie and Rod Bremer. Both of these men were formerly employed with Kershaw Knives. However, this company did not truly take off until the 1997 Shot Show. This is when they introduced the K.I.S.S (Keep It Super Simple) knife. This was a small folder that had been designed by Ed Halligan. Within the opening days of the show, the entire years’ worth of product was sold out. That was when this company truly became a successful company and hit the radar of many members in the knife community.

CRKT produces a wide range of field blades and folding knives, multi tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems. They have collaborated with many of the best knife makers and designers in the world, including 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 also owns fifteen patents and patents pending. Some of these are the Outburst assist opening mechanism, the Lock Back Safety mechanism, and the Veff Serrated edges.

 

The Designer:

The CRKT Bombastic was designed by Ken Onion. Ken is considered the Real Deal. He was the youngest ever inductee into the Blade Magazine Hall of Fame in 2008. He is also recognized as one of the most innovative and successful knife designers of all time. In 1996, he created the first commercially successful assisted opening mechanism, and 20 years later he unveiled his award winning Field Strip Technology. He is also the designer of the successful Eros folder series, as well as the award wining Hi Jinx. It seems as if Ken Onion is never at a loss for ideas.

This means that you can be confident that the Bombastic will also include innovative and ground breaking technology, as well as looking aesthetically pleasing.

CRKT Bombastic Flipper
CRKT Bombastic Flipper

The Blade:

The blade on the Bombastic is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This steel belongs in a series of Chinese steels. In the series, there are a variety of different formulas of steels, with 9Cr steel being the top dog. However, 8Cr steel falls closely behind in terms of quality and durability. I wouldn’t recommend going anywhere near any of the steels lower than a 6Cr when you are choosing a knife blade, because after that, they are much too soft. 8Cr steel is most commonly compared to AUS 8 in terms of similar qualities, hardness, and durability. Between the two steels, the AUS 8 is the superior steel though. 8Cr steel is super easy to sharpen because of the softness that the steel has. And, you can get a very fine edge on this knife blade. Another benefit of this type of steel is that the edge will last for long periods of time. The biggest feature that this type of steel boasts is how inexpensive this steel is. But while it is nice to keep the costs of your knife down, keep in mind you do get what you pay for. So while this steel is an average steel that is going to get the job done and be a breeze to sharpen, it is just an average steel that is not going to excel at anything.

The steel has been coated in a Black Oxide finish. This finish is a conversion coating that blackens the blade of your knife. This is a great finish for steels and is used to mainly add levels of corrosion resistance to the metal. Another two big reasons that people use this coating is because of the way it makes the blade look (sleek, all-black), and to minimize the glares and reflections off your blade. Keep in mind that it is a coating finish, so it will scratch off after time and/or hard use.

There is also another version of the knife that features a satin finish on the blade. The satin finish is created when the knife is continually sanded in one direction with a fine abrasive—normally sandpaper. This finish works to showcase the lines of the knife and is a very classic finish.

The steel on this blade has been carved into a spear point blade shape. This blade shape is very similar to the needle point blade. But there are a few differences between the two. The spear point blade shape is 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 liens up exactly with the equator of the blade. This blade shape is often found on throwing knives, but are also on a variety of other knife types. The main differences between a spear point blade and a needle point blade is that the needle point blade has a very sharp but weak point. The spear point blade has a stronger point, that is a little less sharp, but still sharp enough to pierce. The spear point has a slightly lowered point that provides you with more control over your cuts and slices. Plus, the controllable point is excellent for fine point work, such as carving. Another great benefit that comes with a spear point blade is that it rocks a small belly. This can be used for some cutting and slicing, however, it is not going to compare to a drop point or a clip point. The spear point blade shape is a great choice for someone who is looking for a good balance between piercing and slicing. This blade shape is considered a hybrid blade design and it is a very functional shape.

The Bombastic knife that sports the Black Oxide finish sports a combo edge. This means that half of the edge is plain, while the other half (the half closer to the handle) is serrated. This edge gives you the best of both worlds, because you do have the plain edge for slicing, but you also have the serrated edge for the thicker or harder materials.

The Bombastic knife that has the satin edge features a plain edge. This edge is excellent if you know that the majority of your tasks will be some form of slicing. Plus, this type of edge is much easier to sharpen than a combo or serrated edge.

CRKT Satin Bombastic Flipper
CRKT Satin Bombastic Flipper

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of stainless steel and GFN. Stainless steel provides you with exceptional durability as well as resistance to corrosion. However, this is not a lightweight material, so it is going to add a chunk of weight to the knife. The stainless steel can also be very slippery, so CRKT has added GFN to the palm portion of the handle to add texture and grip. GFN is glass filled nylon and is the same thing as FRN. This handle is one of the cheapest, but still one of the toughest handle materials to produce. This material is more flexible than G10, so it does not sport the rigidity that is often associated with that material, but it is a lot tougher. To create this material, the manufacturer arranges all of the nylon fibers haphazardly which is why this material is stronger than G 10. Because G 10’s fibers are arranged in one direction, it ends up being weak in all of the other directions. Because GFN’s fibers are arranged haphazardly, the material can be stressed in all different directions and not break down. There was a group of knife enthusiasts that did not warm up to this material, because they felt like it feels cheap and hollow. Plus, it doesn’t provide you with as much grip as you would find in G 10, or other similar materials. This material can be so cheap, because it is created in an injection molded process. One of the other major benefits to GFN is that it requires almost zero maintenance. The stainless steel on this knife is dark grey and the GFN is black. On the black version, the GFN is still black, but so is the stainless steel, making that version an all-black knife.

In the center of the handle, right near where the blade starts, there is a circle with a star in it. This is black on both versions. There is no finger groove, but the knife does sport a finger guard.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on the satin version is a dark grey to match the stainless steel parts of the handle. On the black version, the pocket clip is black, as I’m sure you would have guessed. This is a skeletonized pocket clip that is kept in place by two small screws. The handle on this knife has been drilled to carry your knife tip down, but the pocket clip can only be placed on the traditional side of the handle.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a manual opening knife that sports the flipper mechanism to help the knife open. The flipper mechanism is a triangular shaped piece of steel that is connected to the blade. This piece will jut out of the spine of the handle when the knife is closed. To deploy the blade, you pull back on this flipper and it efficiently flips the knife open. Then, the blade will lock into place because this knife also features a frame lock.

The main difference between a liner lock and a frame locks is that the frame lock uses the handle to form the frame and therefore the lock. The handle of a frame lock has two sides and is often cut from a steel that is much thicker than the liner of most locks. 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 the knife 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. This is a safety mechanism that ensures that you won’t have to worry when you are using your knife, even when you are using it for harder tasks. The blade won’t snap closed onto your hand.

 

The Specs:

The blade on the Bombastic is 3.311 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.122 inches. When the knife is opened, it measures in at 7.938 inches long, with a closed length of 4.506 inches long. This knife weighs in at 4.2 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

CRKT has earned a reputation that they very well deserve. Over the years, they have introduced the knife community to many of the technologies that we now expect to find on our knives. They have collaborated with a  variety of differnet knife designers that means you have a variety of different looks and feels to their products. Basically, you can find anything that you want in one of the CRKT products.

To create such a great knife, the Bombastic starts out with an inexpensive steel that maintains a very fine edge for long periods of time. You can find your favorite style Bombastic flipper knife here.  The steel has been carved into a spear point blade shape, which provides you a great balance between piercing and slicing. This is a very versatile blade. The handle is made out of stainless steel and GFN. This combination gives you plenty of durability as well as a low maintenance knife handle. This knife sports the flipper opening mechanism. This knife will change the way you look at every day carry knives.

 

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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.

 

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CRKT ChanceinHell Knives Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool company or CRKT was founded in 1994 by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. This American company 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.

CRKT produces a wide range of fixed blades and folding knives, multi tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems. They have even 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 these patents include the Outburst assist opening mechanism, the Lock Back Safety mechanism, and the Veff Serrated Edges.

CRKT didn’t truly take off as a company until the Shot Show in 1997. This is when they introduced the K.I.S.S knife (Keep It Super Simple). This knife is a small folder that has been designed by Ed Halligan. Within the opening days of the Shot Show, the entire years’ worth of product was sold out.

 

The Designer:

The Chanceinhell knives were designed by Ken Onion. Ken is considered to be the real deal. He was the youngest ever inductee in the Blade Magazine Hall of Fame in 2008. He is also recognized as one of the most innovative and successful knife designers of all time. In 1996 he created the first commercially successful assisted opening mechanism and 20 years later he unveiled his award winning Field Strip Technology. He is also the designer of the successful Eros folder series as well as the award winning Hi Jinx. It seems to me as if Ken Onion is never at a loss for ideas.

CRKT Hi Jinx
CRKT Hi Jinx

 

The Steel:

The steel that is used on all three of the machetes in this series is 65MN carbon steel. This type of steel was released in the early 2010’s. The steel is a Chinese steel that has been formulated to provide good wear resistance and hardness. The medium high content makes for a high degree of toughness and resilience. The manganese that has been added also works to improve the toughness and resilience as well as improving the hot working characteristics of the steel, making this an excellent candidate for forged sword blades, or machetes. Something unique about this type of steel is that it offers you all of the toughness without the brittleness. Because of this factor, it is one of the top choices of steels for extreme use edged tools, such as multi tools or machetes. The steel on the Chanceinhell series of knives ranks about a 52-56 on the HRC scale.

On all three of the different sized blades, they all have a plain edge. The plain edge is definitely the more traditional edge. It is much easier to sharpen than a serrated edge and you can get a much finer edge on your blade when you do sharpen it. The plain edge excels when there are large slices needed or any push cuts. The serrated edge is mostly used when you are needing to saw through a thicker or tougher material, such as branches or rope. However, when your plain edge is sharp enough, it too can cut through those thicker materials.

 

The Handles:

All three different knives in this series sport the same type of handle. It has a polypropylene core with a thermoplastic rubber over mold. The polypropylene, or PP, is a thermoplastic polymer that can be used in a wide variety of applications. PP has a relatively slippery low energy surface, which means that many common glues will not form adequate joints. To join two portions of PP together, a welding process is usually required. PP was first polymerized in 1951 by a pair of Philips petroleum scientists named Paul Hogan and Robert Banks and later by Italian and German scientists Natta and Rehn. This became prominent extremely fast, as commercial production began barely three years after Italian chemist, Professor Giulio Natta, first polymerized it. Today, it is one of the most commonly used and most versatile plastics in the world.

The over mold on these handles are made out of a thermoplastic rubber. Thermoplastic rubber is a class of copolymers or a physical mix of polymers, usually plastic and rubber. This material consists of materials with both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties. This material shows advantages typical of both rubbery materials and plastic materials. The handles all have the texture of a football, to provide you with a secure grip on your knife in any situation.

There is a deep finger groove as well as a few shallower finger grooves to keep your hand in positon and comfortable. You will be able to use these machetes for long periods of time without getting uncomfortable. For added protection, there is also a large finger guard.

 

The Mechanism:

These are all fixed blade knives, because they are machetes. There is a variety of different benefits to having a fixed blade knife as opposed to a folding blade. For starters, fixed blades can be much larger, which means that they are able to tackle larger tasks. Fixed blades are much easier to maintain, because there are no inner mechanisms that can rust or need maintenance. For the most part, all you have to do is a quick wipe down of the blade and the handle and call it good. And, fixed blades are much less likely to break. This is also due to the fact that there are no inner mechanisms that can break or rust. Plus, everything is beefier on a fixed blade, so there are no fragile spots where the knife meets the handle.

 

The Chanceinhell Machete:

CRKT Chanceinhell Machete
CRKT Chanceinhell Machete

The Finish:

The 65Mn Carbon Steel has been finished with a Bead Blasted finish as well as a powder coating on this knife. The bead blast finish is created by blasting small glass bead at the steel at high pressures. This results in an even gray finish. The blasted finish reduces reflections and glares due to its even matte surface. The blasting creates an increased surface area and micro abrasions on the steel. Because of this, the steel is more prone to rusting and corroding, so you do have to make sure that you are taking the correct precautions and maintaining your blade well.

The powder coating is black on this knife. So this finish also works to reduce the reflections and glares while also protecting the steel from rusting, corroding, and scratches. However, this is a painted on coating, so it is the lowest quality blade coating. This type of coating is the most likely to chip or scratch off.

In the upper corner of the blade, near the handle, CRKT and their logo has been applied.

 

The Specs:

This knife has a blade length of 12 inches long. The Chanceinhell has a blade thickness of 0.1 inches. The overall length of this knife is a whopping 17.88 inches. This is definitely on the beefier side of things and weighs in at 1 pound 4 ounces.

 

The Sheath:

This knife comes with a nylon sheath. This is a more inexpensive option for sheath materials, but they also get worn out quicker. Nylon sheaths are most prone to getting stretched out, so they will continue to work, but the fitting won’t be as snug.  You can order the Ken Onion Chanceinhell Machete here.

 

The Chanceinhell Machete 16”:

CRKT Chanceinhell 16" Machete
CRKT Chanceinhell 16″ Machete

The Finish:

This blade has the black powder coating that the other version does, however, this one does not have the bead blasted finish. Like I previously mentioned, this is one of the least quality coating finishes that you can find, because it will eventually scratch off. However, it does cut down on glares and reflections and does add a nice black color. The black color gives the knife a sleek look and matches the black handle perfectly.

 

The Specs:

The blade length on this knife is 16.063 inches long, with a thickness of 0.102 inches. The overall length of this knife is a 21.813 inches long. The knife weighs in at 1 pound and 4.6 ounces.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath that accompanies the 16” long machete is made out of woven polyester. The sheath has a polypropylene black insert as well as a nylon cord, which is also black.  You can find the 16″ Chanceinhell Machete here.

 

The Chanceinhell Machete 18”:

Chanceinhell Machete
Chanceinhell Machete

The Finish:

This version of the knife also has the black powder coating. Because the entire knife is blackened, this is a great option to choose if you are trying to blend in to the surroundings or conceal yourself. It effectively cuts down on any glares and reflections that might accompany the steel, because it masks it. However, since it is painted on, it will scratch off at some point, and it might also run and not be even. Out of all coatings, this specific type is at the bottom of the barrel.

 

The Specs:

The length of this blade is 18 inches long, with a blade thickness of 0.106 inches. The overall length of this knife tops in at 23.625 inches, which is almost an entire two feet long. This is also the heaviest out of the series of Chanceinhell, weighing in at 1 pound 5.6 ounces.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath that comes with this knife is the same as the 16” version. The sheath is made out of woven polyester in a black color. It sports an insert of black polypropylene and has a black nylon cord.  You can pick up the 18″ Chanceinhell Machete here.

 

The Chanceinhell Survival Kit:

This is the last option that you have to purchase in the Chanceinhell series. This series comes with five different pieces. The Chanceinhell machete, the RSK MK6, the Para Saw, the Spark’N Sharp, and the Nylon CRKT Bag.

 

The RSK MK6:

This is a small pocket knife. The blade on this knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel, which is a softer Chinese steel. You can get a very fine edge on this type of steel and it maintains an edge for long periods of time. However, it is an average steel that does not excel at anything. This steel has a plain edge that has a stonewashed finish. This blade is one piece, with a skeletonized handle that has been wrapped in orange paracord. This knife does come with a sheath.

 

The Para-Saw:

This piece that comes with the survival kit is a braided paracord bracelet. However, inside of the bracelet, there is a stainless steel tungsten carbide coated wire saw. This is a Ken Onion design and can work to save your bacon in emergency situations.

 

The Spark’N Sharp:

This tool comes with a lanyard to keep each of the pieces together. This, as the name implies, is a fire starter as well as a field sharpener. The lanyard is a quick release lanyard. This is a multi-tool.

 

The CRKT Nylon Bag:

Not only is this bag the perfect place to keep all of your items that you get with the survival kit, it is also the perfect place to keep your other survival necessities.

 

Conclusion:

CRKT is a fantastic company that has earned a reputation over the past twenty years. You know that when you purchase a knife from this company, you know that you are purchasing a product that will last with you through the ages.

The Chanceinhell series sports three different versions of a machete. These are quality, durable machetes that started out with a very durable steel. The steel that was chosen is used on knives and tools that have to undergo heavy usage. The handles on these machetes are just as durable, and because it is a fixed blade, maintenance is a breeze. You can get a 12-inch-long version, a 16-inch-long version, or an 18-inch-long version. You have a final option in the series, which is the survival kit, which includes one of the machetes as well as a variety of other tools. Get yours today at BladeOps.

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