CRKT Keramin Fixed Blade — Quick Review

CRKT Folts Keramin
CRKT Folts Keramin, minimalist fixed blade knife, CR2389

The CRKT Keramin just hit the market in February 2014.  An Alan Folts design, this little utility fixed blade knife is built just for you.  The tag line used by CRKT is “For anything that needs to be cut; get it done.”  I think it is very appropriate–because this minimalist fixed blade cuts everything you throw at it.

The 5Cr15MoV stainless steel blade has a carbon content of .45% and a Chromium content of 15%.  What does this mean for you?  It means that the blade will take an edge, the blade has very good corrosion resistance, and the blade should cut everything you throw at it on a daily basis. The hawkbill shaped blade is perfect for cutting straps, rope, and twine.  The curve of the hooked blade allows you to “grab” straps and rope as you make pull cuts and get more leverage than a straight edge blade will allow you to typically get.  I especially like the thumb ramp with deep jimping.  It gives my thumb a solid purchase on the blade–especially for fine control cuts.  The blade also has a secondary, smooth thumb ramp on the spine that allows you to get even more control over the blade for extra precise cuts.  This is a nice extra.

The full tang blade has two polished resin infused fiber handle scales.  Dark green with black highlights, the handle not only looks good but gives your fingers and hand a solid grip.  Three deep finger grooves position your forefinger, middle and ring finger nicely on the handle and your pinkie hangs off the back.  On some knives, this makes your pinkie feel left out and awkward.  On the Keramin, the knife comes with a small (about a 1/4″ wide and 1 1/2″ long) braided lanyard.  When you grip the handle, the lanyard gives your pinkie something that sits in the curled finger and makes it feel really good.  I like the extra touch–it makes this small knife feel much bigger than it is.

Although the primary function of the Keramin stands as a utility knife, the shape and size give it a great secondary use as a backup self defense tool.  It comes with a black, polypropylene pressure fit sheath that has a neck lanyard.  This makes it a superb neck knife that can also be pocket carried or hung off a pack or strap.  If you are looking for a minimalist knife that can play like the big boys, check out the CRKT Keramin–I think you will really like it.

  • Overall Length: 4.78 inches
  • Blade Length 2.31 inches
  • Thickness 0.12 inches
  • Material 5Cr15MoV
  • Finish Bead Blast
  • Grind Hollow
  • Edge Plain, Kerambit
  • Handle: Polished Resin Infused Fiber
  • Weight: 1.7 Ounces

Boker Magnum Lil Friend Knife Series

Boker Micro Knife
Boker Micro Knife– part of the Lil Friend line of Neck Knives

Boker has recently released a series of knives called their Lil Friend knives.  Although, I will admit I am not in love with the name, these little beauties perform well beyond their stature.  Currently, the series consists of a Tanto, a Clip, a Micro, and an Arrowhead.  These Boker fixed blade knives can be found on our site here.

Here is what is so great about these knives.  Each one weighs 1.6 ounces or less.  That is incredibly lightweight.  The Arrowhead weighs in at .6 of an ounce.  This means that you can carry these knives around your neck with the included sheath and bead chain and you have yourself a handy tool that is always available.

Next, these little knives are built with you in mind.  The Tanto, Micro and Clip all have G-10 handle scales that make them feel bigger than they are.  This allows you to get a nice, solid grip on them when making serious cuts.  The blades are 440 stainless steel and will cut through just about whatever you put in front of them.  Easy to sharpen, good corrosion resistance, and good edge retention are all reasons to love 440.

Finally, a small knife comes in handy in so many ways.  It doesn’t take up a ton of room in your pocket–if that is how you decide to carry your Lil Friend.  If you neck carry, it is handy for whenever the need arises.  Looking for a solid neck knife–check out the newest additions to our full line of Boker Knives.

Cold Steel Best Pal Neck Knives

Cold Steel Best Pal
Cold Steel Best Pal neck knife, CS43XL

The Cold Steel Best Pal neck knife is new for 2013.  Continuing a tradition of excellence in neck knives that spans over 20 years, the Best Pal features a secure grip that allows you to use this knife as the self defense tool it was designed to be or to use it as a utility knife.  This neck knife functions great as a box cutter.  Small and light enough to be worn around the neck sheathed in the included Secure-Ex sheath and hanging with the included black bead lanyard chain, the Best Pal also is easy to pocket carry or stash in a bag or purse. With a double edged blade available with dual plain edges or one plain edge and one combo edge, this durable knife handles tough chores with ease and is the perfect last resort self defense tool.  Get one for yourself and for a loved one.  Check them out on the BladeOps website.

Cold Steel Tokyo Spike

Cold Steel Tokyo Spike
Cold Steel Tokyo Spike, CS53NHS

Cold Steel re-engineered their entire Spike series for 2013.  The new Tokyo Spike has a unique blade shape.  The full tang zero ground blade is incredibly thin and light, and yet it still is amazingly tough.  Throw in totally new textured and scalloped handle scales and you have a kick butt neck knife that gives you a comfortable and secure grip.  The handle even has integral quillons that provide a safe stop for your thumb and forefinger.  The handles are a faux G-10 called G-10 Griv Ex.  They give you all the traction you need.  Comes with a Secure-Ex sheath that can be neck carried or thrown in your bag or pocket.  Since the knife only weighs 3 ounces, you almost won’t notice it wherever you decide to carry it.  You can find the Tokyo Spike here or you can check out all the new Cold Steel Spike knives here.

Item Number: 53NHS
Name: Tokyo Spike
Blade Length: 4″
Overall Length: 8″
Steel: German 4116 Stainless
Weight: 2.3 oz
Blade Thickness: 3 mm
Handle: 4″ Long G-10 Griv-Ex™ Style
Sheath: Secure-Ex® Neck Sheath With Bead Chain Lanyard

Brous Blades Neck Knives

Silent Soldier Tanto
Silent Soldier Tanto

Brous Blades first run of Silent Soldier neck knives was an outstanding success.  These great little neck knives are extremely well built.  Made from D2 stainless steel, the first run of Silent Soldier knives have a satin finish and a wharncliffe style blade.  Just released are the Silent Soldier v2, which have a black guncote finish and a drop point style blade.  Also just released is the Silent Soldier tanto version with a bead blast finish.  And to top it off, another run of the original knife was made as well.  Each of these knives comes with a well built Kydex sheath as well as a neck chain in case that is how you plan on carrying your Silent Soldier.  We have all three in stock ready to ship.  If you are looking for a top quality neck knife that you can wear or stash just about anywhere–check out the Silent Soldier series.  Each one is built to perform.