CRKT Moxie Assist Knife — Quick Review

CRKT Moxie Assist Knife
CRKT Moxie Assist Knife–a well built every day carry knife

The CRKT Moxie boasts the tagline, “An Honest Every Day Carry Folding Pocket Knife with Everything You Need and Nothing You Don’t.”  So with that fairly strong endorsement from CRKT, I set out to give it a bit of a test.  Here is what I found.

The Moxie falls into the mid size class of pocket knife.  With a 3.29″ modified clip point blade, you have plenty of cutting edge to get every day jobs done.  The blade has a hollow grind edge–which gives you an extremely sharp edge.  On the flip side, it also calls for regular stropping for proper edge care.  No big deal, as long as you know the score.  The blade steel is 8Cr14MoV, which compares favorably to AUS 8.  Most people claim it is just a bit harder than AUS8 but not as hard as VG10 or S30V by a bit.  This means that the steel is going to keep an edge, as long as you touch it up on a regular basis.  How often is that?  The real question needs to be how often do you use your knife daily and what are you cutting with it?  For most people, a once or twice a month touch up on a honing stone is plenty.  Then there are people who use their knives all the time–like me.  I carried an AUS 8 blade for about 6 months and sharpened it about once a week, which I found to be plenty.

The handle on the Moxie is a beautiful thing.  Built with a steel InterFrame, the handle has plenty of strength.  The frame is topped with a hard layer and then a soft layer of injection molded material.  This gives you added firmness along with some serious gripping power along the full length of the handle.  It has a nice finger groove–where incidently you can find the liner lock as well as unique, long finger groove down the middle.  Near the butt of the handle, there is a third finger groove that flares back toward the spine a bit.  It gives your pinkie finger a great resting spot and really allows you to “choke” down on the handle and get a firm grip on the Moxie.  At the butt of the handle is a lanyard hole/slot that gives you an alternate carry option to the wide, spoon style, tip down pocket clip.

What you may not realize at first glance is the Moxie is a spring assist knife.  Built using the OutBurst opening system from CRKT, it also utilizes the patented Fire Safe release button.  The thumb stud actually depresses.  When you push it, it allows you to then start the blade.  This is when the OutBurst kicks in and opens the blade the rest of the way.  I really like this system and have been impressed with it’s durability and functionality.  It gives you an added layer of blade security that isn’t found in many assist knives.

Find your favorite CRKT Moxie here.  It is available in three different color schemes.  My assessment is that the Moxie really does give you everything you need–and not really anything you don’t.  With a price tag of under $50–you will be glad you got one.  Order one today and let me know what you think of yours.
Open 7.5″
Closed: 4.23″
Weight: 3.2 Ounces
Blade Length: 3.29″
Blade Steel: 8Cr14MoV Stainlesss
Finish: Black
Grind: Hollow
Style: Modified Clip Point, Plain Edge

Smith and Wesson 911B First Response Rescue Knife — Quick Review

Smith and Wesson 911B
Smith and Wesson 911B First Response Rescue Knife

Today’s quick review is the 911B First Response Rescue Knife from Smith and Wesson Knives.  This fantastic assist knife is built with the emergency rescue worker in mind.  To start with, the knife uses the MAGIC assisted opening system which snaps blades out extremely fast.  Just give the blade a quick start by pulling on the spine activator.  The blade comes out and locks up very solid.

The blade is a modified, recurved tanto blade.  Here is why–the tanto point allows you to slide the blade under a seatbelt and then “catch” it with the recurved portion as you pull the blade back towards yourself.  This movement cuts the seatbelt and releases the person you are working with.  There is a slide safety on the front of the handle to keep the blade locked closed when you want it to stay that way.  This knife is easy to open with one hand if the need arises–which makes it ideal for emergency personnel.

The knife also features a spring loaded glass breaker tip.  To activate it, you simply pull out on a tab which releases the spring loaded tip to smash into whatever windshield you are trying to break out.  This is perfect for difficult situations where the person to be aided is not accessible through normal methods.

This knife has been around for some time.  At just under $50, it is a steal of a deal for a rescue knife.  Check out the Smith and Wesson First Response knife here.

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  • • Overall Length (inches): 8.30
  • • Blade Length (inches): 3.50
  • • Blade Material: Stainless, Black
  • • Blade Detail: ComboEdge
  • • Handle Material: Nylon
  • • Lock Style: Button Lock
  • • Carry System: Pocket Clip
  • • Special Features: Glass Breaker

Schrade Viper OTF Assist Knives — Quick Review

Schrade Viper OTF Knife
Schrade Viper OTF Knife, model SCHOTF5B

Schrade just released their newest Viper OTF Assist knives.  That’s right–an Out the Front knife that is assisted opening.  The way these knives work is they have a slide “trigger” on the side of the handle.  You start the process by pushing the slide up towards the top of the handle.  After getting it about 25% of the way, the spring mechanism takes over and finishes opening the blade to the fully open position.  Single action knives, these knives close by pulling a small lock mechanism near the top of the handle which releases the blade from the locked open position and allows you to manually close the knife.

The two new models from Schrade Knives are the 4 and the 5 series.  The 4 series are both combo edge bayonet blades, one with a satin finish the other with a black tactical finish.  The 5 series is the same except both blades are standard edge bayonet blades.  A tombstone style black anodized aluminum handle with a classic dimple pattern gives your hand a nice, secure grip on these knives.  They all have deep carry pocket clips and glass breakers at the base of the handle.  If you love Out the Front knives but would prefer an assist model instead of an automatic model, check out the great new Schrade Viper OTF knives.

  • Blade: 3.2″
  • Closed: 5.3″
  • Overall: 8.5″
  • Steel: AUS 8
  • Handle: Aluminum
  • Weight: 4.8 oz.
  • Pocket Clip: Yes–Deep Pocket

Favorite New CRKT Fixed Blade of 2014 — CRKT Synergist Quick Review

CRKT Synergist
CRKT Synergist Fixed Blade Knife, CR2070

My favorite new 2014 fixed blade from CRKT is the Synergist.  This great spear point dagger has everything I need and want in a small, back up fixed blade.  The blade is 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, which means the steel is good enough for heavy use and will be relatively easy to sharpen.  It has an extremely thin profile which makes it great for daily carry.  I don’t typically wear boots–but if I did, I would definitely boot carry this one every day.

It is a symmetrical knife that has identical finger grooves as well as finger choils.  Very comfortable in my hand, the knife also features a lanyard hole at the base of the handle.  Handle scales of black G-10 make for an ultra secure grip.  And the knife comes with a pressed leather sheath that has a belt clip on the back.

What do I love about the CRKT Synergist?  I especially like how thin the knife is.  It makes for a comfortable, concealed carry if that is allowed where you live.  I also like the blade shape–it allows for serious cutting tasks when the need arises.  This would also be a great back up knife to carry in your go bag.

What would I change?  Not much.  I would maybe like an option for a Kydex sheath.  I think this knife would be a great neck carry knife, but with the leather sheath that probably isn’t going to happen.   Maybe it is time to learn to build Kydex sheaths.  I’ve heard they are pretty easy to make…

Check out the CRKT Synergist on our website here.  And let me know what you think of it after you get yours.


  • Blade Length: 3.63″
  • Thickness: 0.16″
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, HRC 56-58
  • Overall: 7.63″
  • Weight: 3.6 oz.
  • Handle Material: Black G10
  • Sheath: Leather w/ Clip

SOG Twitch XL Spring Assist Knife — Quick Review

SOG Twitch XL Assist Knife
SOG Twitch XL Assist Knife

Here is a blast from the past knife review.  Released several years ago, this spring assist knife has several things to brag about.  First, it uses the SOG Assisted Technology–flat-out one of the best assist systems on the market today.  The blade snaps out just like you want it to–fast and hard.  Second, the satin finished drop point blade is AUS 8 stainless steel.  What does this mean to you?  It means you are getting a dependable blade steel that won’t rust and is fairly easy to sharpen.  Third, it uses my favorite style pocket clip–the deep carry.  In most places, people don’t get too uptight about a pocket carry knife, but every once in a while it is best not to advertise what is sitting in your pocket.  The deep carry clip allows you to carry without advertising that fact to everyone you see.  Fourth, the black hard anodized aluminum handle is not only durable, but it is thin.  I like this because it means that the knife doesn’t take up tons of pocket real estate™.  Check out the SOG Twitch XL on our website if you want to pick one up.  If you already have one, let me know what you like best about yours.

  • Blade Length 3.25″ x .125″
  • Overall Length 7.5″
  • Weight 4.2 oz.
  • Edge Straight Steel AUS 8 HRC 57-58
  • Handle Hard Anodized Aluminum
  • Finish Satin
  • Assembled in the USA Price $103.50