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7 New CRKT Knives You’ll Want in 2018

Sure, there are more than two months left in 2017, but that hasn’t stopped CRKT from quietly adding new models to its  online catalog.

What I love most about CRKT is the effort they put into creating unique knives with interesting technology. While they would get a definite boost out of using better steels and materials (though the price bump may be too hard to overcome), CRKT is definitely always pushing the boundaries.

Although nearly two dozens knives have emerged on the site, I’m only highlighting the seven you’ll want to buy when they’re released.

7. CRKT Cuatro

Richard Rogers put in two designs with CRKT this year, but I’m more fond of the smaller Cuatro (as opposed to the larger Maven). It’s a straightforward folder with a small flipper and IKBS ball-bearing system. It doesn’t have a ton of ergonomics, but the grip is G-10, so it should feel pretty secure in the hand.

The blade is 3.2 inches, which is a great size for everyday carry.

6. CRKT Williwaw

Would the Williwaw go on our list of worst knife names ever? It would until you actually look it up to see that it means a sudden violent wind. When you know that, it all makes sense. This great design from Jim Hammond has a wind-kissed handle reminiscent of squalls. The handle itself is 2Cr13 stainless steel with wintry contours.

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10 New CRKT Knives To Add To Your 2017 Wishlist

CRKT recently revealed its new offerings, and I’m pumped.

The company is releasing a fair amount of models that boast the CRKT charm, innovation, and splendor. While I (like many diehard knife enthusiasts) would like to see CRKT use more high-quality materials in its knives, its designs are always something to behold.

Unfortunately, there are far too many to put here, so I’m highlighting the 10 I’m most excited for. You can see more here.

1. Homefront EDC

Innovation is hard to come by these days, but Ken Onion took the knife world by storm last year with the reveal of his “Field Strip” technology. The original Homefront was the first knife to enjoy the technology, which allows you to disassemble a knife without the need for tools.

The knife was well-made and the tech was superb. CRKT is expanding the Homefront line with a few more models, including the Homefront Hunter and Homefront Tactical. My pick here is the Homefront EDC. It has a lot of the same features as the original, except for a slightly longer blade (without the fuller) and GRN handles instead of aluminum.

I’m excited to see what else they do with Field Strip in the future.

2. Bombastic

Another Ken Onion design, the Bombastic reminds me of his Hootenanny. It has a flipper opening mechanism, frame lock, and spear point blade profile (with a false edge). The blade is 3.3 inches and made of 8Cr13MoV steel. The handles are 2Cr13 stainless steel with glass reinforced fiber polyamide inlays. I enjoy the switchblade-inspired design with stylings from WWII.

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New CRKT Knives for 2013

It’s the beginning of the year and a ton of new knives are coming out, including some great sneak peeks at the 2013 SHOT Show. We’ll be bringing you the latest knife models featured at the SHOT Show, but in this post we’re going to look at the best new knives from CRKT.

On Wednesday, CRKT announced on its Facebook page that the new product specs are up on their site and you can check out the whole 2013 product lineup on the “What’s New” page.

Here are some of the highlights from the new CRKT products.

Otanashi noh Ken – Designed by James Williams


Probably one of the most anticipated knives of the lineup, the Otanashi noh Ken is a badass tactical folder designed by martial artist James Williams.

Kangee T-Hawk – Designed by Ryan Johnson


Another piece of tactical gear we have to look forward to is the T-Hawk, which comes in two different models: Kangee and Chogan. The ‘hawk has an overall length of 13.75 inches and a glass-filled nylon handle.

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CRKT Introducing Knife With New ‘Field Strip’ Technology


CRKT is no stranger to innovation. In a recent post naming 15 knives with unique opening mechanisms, CRKT made the list more times than any other brand.

Now, the brand is coming out with another innovation they’re calling Field Strip technology.

The premise of the technology is fairly simple: you can take apart and reassemble a folding knife in the field without any tools. Take a look at the knife in action in this video:

Why would anyone want a knife like this? Folding knives are notoriously tough to clean out in the field. Sure, many designs, including those with open handles, try to mitigate the amount of detritus that gets stuck in the moving parts. But thorough cleaning usually requires a complete teardown, which involves tools and small screws.

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New 2016 CRKT Knives

We’re making our way through the new knives of 2016 with CRKT up next.

There’s a lot of new knives to get to, so let’s stop wasting time and look at the CRKT knives coming out this year.



The Amicus is a folder designed by Jesper Voxnaes. With an 8Cr13Mov steel blade that’s 3.4 inches long, the Amicus is meant to excel in the great outdoors. The blade has a cutout for ambidextrous opening and a frame lock to keep it securely open. The handle looks like stonewashed stainless steel.


crkt birler

The Birler is a fairly lightweight tactical axe with an overall length of 16 inches. The axehead is made of 1055 carbon steel and the handle is hickory.



The Bivy, Niad, and Hyphenate are a trio of knives and tools designed specifically for climbers. We wrote about these three before, so we won’t go into too much detail. This is a multitool with features like screwdrivers, a knife, spring-assisted pliers, and more.



The Niad is a lightweight and compact folder with a blade that’s a mere 1.56 inches long. The handle is titanium and has a circular cutout to attach to your gear.



The Hyphenate is basically a fixed-blade version of the Niad. It has a 2.23-inch serrated blade and the whole thing is made of 8Cr13MoV steel. It comes with a glass-reinforced sheath.



The Buku is another interesting design from Lucas Burnley (also the designer of the CRKT Achi). The subtle but noticeable curve of the Buku is reminiscent of a kukri machete. The curvaceous 3.75-inch blade is made from 8Cr13Mov steel.

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CRKT To Release Three New Climber’s Knives

When you’re on the side of a cliff a couple thousand feet above the ground, nothing is more important than a strong knife… well, maybe a secure foothold is a little more important but a solid knife is still vital.

2406-niad-on-carabiner-WEB_large8_761That’s why CRKT is releasing an array of new knives optimized for hard-core climbers: the Bivy, Niad, and Hyphenate.

Because CRKT wanted to do things the right way, the company enlisted the help of someone who knows a thing or two about climbing—Hans Florine.

Pretty much all of Florine’s accomplishments leave me with sweaty palms, but his ultimate claim to fame is breaking the record for speed climbing the Nose route on El Capitan in Yosemite. Florine ascended 2,900 vertical feet in 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 46 seconds.

This new line was created in response to Florine’s desire for reliable and effortless tools. Here’s what he said in one of CRKT’s press releases:

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New 2015 Knives from CRKT

Update: We originally wrote this post way back in January, but CRKT recently unveiled a few more 2015 mid-year years at the BLADE Show in Atlanta. You can find the new ones at the bottom.

It’s January and you know what that means… it’s time to take a look at the new knives coming your way. The SHOT Show (where companies are showcasing new knives) is currently underway, but many companies have already released the new catalogs.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be taking a look at the new knives across various brands. We’re kicking things off with the 22 new knives from CRKT.

BT-70 (Designed by Bob Terzuola)


If you’re not familiar with Bob Terzuola, the new BT-70 is the perfect way to get acquainted. Terzuola is one of the fathers of tactical knives and this collector’s piece showcases his feel for the tactical folder. It has a stonewash finish, G-10 handle scales with his dragon logo, and a blade length of 4.03 inches.

Argus Black


The Argus is a spring-assisted knife with the Outburst assisted opening mechanism. Designed by Matthew Lerch, the Argus Black has an aluminum handle and a 3.55-inch blade with black corrosion resistant coating.

No Time Off


Designed by Flavio Ikoma, the No Time Off is a burly folder that’s aimed at heavy-duty tasks. It has a waffle iron traction grip handle and a 2.99-inch blade that locks into place using the Ikoma Locking System.



The Saker is an interesting bushcraft knife by Abe Elias, with its scandi grind and 1075 carbon steel blade that’s about 4.5 inches. The handle is made from Walnut.

G.S.D. (Get S**t Done)


With a name like G.S.D. (which stands for Get S**t Done), you’d better expect a knife that’s tough, reliable, and functional. Check, check, and check. It has a classic industrial look and can handle heavy-duty tasks.

Hunt’N Fisch

CRKT Hunt'N Fisch

We’re starting to get to the puns. The Hunt’N Fisch plays off designer Larry Fischer’s name and is a fixed blade hunting knife with tons of jimping and some interesting grooves on the spine.

It’s designed to be an all-around hunting and fishing knife with a blade of 2.99 inches made of 8Cr13MoV steel. It has G-10 scales on the handle.
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New 2014 Products from CRKT

With the 2014 SHOT Show officially over, most of the manufacturers have released the brand new knives and gear you’ll see in the coming months.

There are a ton of new products, including many that will make you say this, but instead of heaping them all on you at once, we thought it’d be better to soak things in a bit.

In the next few weeks, we’ll be bring you new products from the various brands of knives we carry.

To kick things off, we’re taking a look at the slew of new products from CRKT.

Buy Tighe


Way back in 2012, the Buy Tighe won the BLADE Show award for Most Innovative Design, and even though it’s taken awhile to see production, this beauty is well worth the wait. CRKT is offering the knife for its 20th anniversary (you’ll notice a 20 on the blade). Only 500 of these knives will be made.


We teased the Obake, which is designed by Lucas Burnley, a little while back, but now we have some more info on it. The knife is a throwback to a Japanese Kwaiken design and features an acid-etched titanium nitride finish.

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10 Best CRKT Knives

This post was originally posted in August 2018 and update in July 2020.

Formally known as Columbia River Knife & Tool, CRKT is a relatively new company in terms of big knife brands, having only been established in 1994.

However, over the two decades the company has been around, it’s put out hundreds of different knives. There’s a lot to love about CRKT, from its truly innovative designs to its collaborations with some of the top knifemakers. Unfortunately, the use of inexpensive materials leave a lot to be desired by the knife community.

Picking the 10 best CRKT knives was easy at first, until I realized all the knives I was forgetting. The company puts out dozens of new knives every year and discontinues a ton. Unlike many of the other brands, this list is a mixture of new and old.

Let us know if you think we missed any.


We’ll start with the flagship series from CRKT: the M16. The late great Kit Carson, who pioneered the flipper tab, helped propel CRKT to where it is today, thanks to his M16 series. His knife was named one of the 10 best tactical knives of the decade by Blade Magazine, and the CRKT interpretation is nothing to scoff at.

These days, there are dozens of variations on the M16, so much so that it’s hard to sort out all the models available and the confusing numbering system. The M16-14SFG is a crowd favorite.

CRKT Drifter

The Drifter is an unlikely addition to this list. In many ways, the Drifter is an unspectacular folding knife, but it is exactly the knife that anyone can use and enjoy. In fact, the knife was named the best folding knife for the masses by The Wirecutter. It’s dirt cheap, features a reasonable sub 3-inch blade length, and uses a no-nonsense liner lock.

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CRKT Introduces Premium ‘XOC’ with Deadbolt Lock


Prepare yourself for a shock because CRKT has introduced a brand new folder called the XOC (that’s pronounced shock, according to CRKT).

The brand famously known for budget folders with unique innovations is veering off course with this limited edition and ultra premium pocket knife from the mind of frequent collaborator Flavio Ikoma.

Let’s see what this knife has to offer.

The blade is a massive 4.258 inches and boasts a blade thickness of 0.181 inches. It’s essentially a thick slab of CTS XHP, a material I don’t think CRKT has ever used on its knives. The handle is weaved carbon fiber with a titanium inlay. Gold accents can be seen in the pivot collar and pocket clip (which doesn’t seem to match the robustness of the knife).

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Cold Steel Announces New 2019 Products

New knives are starting to come out from the big brands, and we should see more interesting new models at the upcoming Shot Show. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait as Cold Steel made its 2019 product lineup live on its website.

Cold Steel has been at the top of its game the last few years — going from mall ninja jokes to praises from all walks of the knife community. (Though they still have fun with their ridiculous videos.)

This year proves to be another promising one for the Ventura-based knife brand. We should also expect more to be released in the coming months.

Here are just some of the ones we’re most excited about. You can see all of them at the 2019 lineup page.

Cold Steel AD-15

I’m not going to beat about the bush and put the most exciting models at the end. By far the most intriguing new Cold Steel is the AD-15. This knife is based off of Andrew Demko’s AD-15. The Demko Knives version was a surprise hit that everyone seemed to love.

The highlight of the knife is the new Scorpion Lock that’s so simple yet so effective. It almost reminds me of the Strap Lock designed by the Hawks. This model will have a 3.5-inch S35VN blade and come in at a robust 6.5 ounces.

MSRP: $269.99

Cold Steel AD-10

Cold Steel also picked up a second design from Demko Knives in the AD-10. This model shares a lot of design cues with the fierce 4-Max (also designed by Demko) but it’s been toned down a bit. It has a 3.5-inch S35VN blade and G-10 handle scales.

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CRKT Squid – Badass Knife of the Week


It’s very challenging to make a small knife that feels big when you hold it, but that’s precisely what our latest Badass Knife of the Week achieves.

The CRKT is a small and inexpensive knife with a big design that’s made to be put to work.

Designed by knifemaker Lucas Burnley, the Squid is inspired by the concept of a compact pistol — a device you can carry easily but also packs a big punch. It starts with the 2.15-inch drop point blade. The steel is functional 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, an alloy that won’t win awards but will sharpen easily and get the job done.

The stonewashed blade itself is well-balanced and features dual thumb studs that facilitate a smooth opening.

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Our Most Anticipated 2019 CRKT Knives


The year is coming to a close in a month, and that means companies are going to start announcing their offerings for the new year.

CRKT is one of the first to announce its 2019 knives. By my count, there are more than 15 new or updated models coming in the new year. While I’m sure the designers put a lot of thought and time into their creations, some knives from the lineup stand out more than others.

Instead of just listing all of them, I’ll pick the ones that intrigue me the most.

CRKT Seismic

First up is the Seismic, which is designed by Flavio Ikoma of No Time Off and Fossil fame. The knife is a fairly good looking with a massive 3.9-inch blade that uses 1.4116 stainless steel (not a premium steel by any means but a welcome change from the typical CRKT steels).

What makes this knife stand out to me is the use of a Ikoma’s new Deadbolt lock. Here’s how it works:

Steel bolts interlock with the blade when it’s deployed to yield outrageous strength. A prominent button sits at the pivot point for simple, intuitive disengagement without fingers crossing the path of the blade.

It sounds really interesting, although I admit I was a little disappointed after I realized it had nothing to do with the Hawks’ Deadbolt Over Grabstep lock found on the old CRKT DOG. They really should bring that back.

CRKT Provoke

If you follow knives at all, you’ve likely seen the Provoke, but maybe not with that name or from CRKT. How about the Caswell Morphing Karambit? Yup, the knife first seen in the highly successful Kickstarter campaign was picked up by CRKT for the masses.

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See the New 2018 SOG Knives

It’s time for some more new knives.

We’ve already checked in on the new releases from Benchmade , CRKT, and Kershaw.

A few others have announced their new lineup, but today it’s all about SOG.

SOG has done well over the past few years. They strove for innovation and succeeded last year in the very unique Baton multitool series. Here’s a writeup on the Baton series if you’re interested. 2017 also saw the arrival of a few slipjoint knives and more Arc-locking knives.

For 2018, SOG kept the lineup nice and tight. I almost prefer a smaller, more manageable lineup of knives than being inundated with dozens of models. Let’s just hope that focus on fewer models means they’re very well done.

SOG-TAC California Special

I currently live in California. It’s not the most knife-friendly place, but there is a growing number of knives that cater to the tighter knife laws regarding automatics. SOG is getting in on the action with the SOG-TAC California Special.

This is an automatic that conforms to the laws in California. You’re basically allowed to carry an automatic as long as it has a blade under two inches. The California Special abides with a 1.9-inch AUS-8 clip point blade — well it says clip point but the small blade gives it a nice curve.

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New 2018 Benchmade Knives

It’s a new year and that means a host of new knives will soon be available. Some companies like Spyderco and CRKT announced their new lineup in 2017, but Benchmade just released its 2018 catalog with some of the new knives.

As always expect even more new knives from Benchmade and other companies at SHOT Show in February.

Until then, take a look at these new models for 2018. MSRP $225

Benchmade Altitude

The Altitude is designed to be a lightweight hunting knife for outdoor use that appears to be part of Benchmade’s Hunt Series. For the most part, the knife is very minimalistic with a slim skeletonized handle. The handle does feature carbon fiber microscales, however.

Like the other knives in the Hunt Series, the Altitude uses S90V steel and comes with diamond-like carbon coating. It only weighs 1.6 ounces and also comes in orange. MSRP $230

Benchmade Fact

The Fact is another slim, minimalistic design that Benchmade calls a “minimalist masterpiece.” It has a slender S30V steel blade that’s a lengthy 3.95 inches. The handle is black anodized 6061-T6 billet aluminum. This almost reminds me of a Cold Steel.

Benchmade Follow-Up

From the first three new knives (put in alphabetical order coincidentally), you’ll notice the theme is minimalism. This little guy has a 2.6-inch blade with S30V steel and a skeletonized handle as well.

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CRKT Ripple – Badass Knife of the Week

When Ken Onion left Kershaw a few years back to pursue new design opportunities with CRKT, some wondered whether Onion could still deliver. Our Badass Knife of the Week proves he’s still got it.

The CRKT Ripple brings the design quirks and aesthetics of the inimitable Ken Onion to an inexpensive and effective everyday carry flipper.

The Ripple Aluminum is the latest generation of the knife, and it has knife people all aflutter.

It has a plain satin finished 3.125-inch blade made from 8Cr14MoV stainless steel that springs to life with a silky smooth action from the patented IKBS ball-bearing pivot system and a well placed flipper tab.

If you want a smaller size, the Ripple 2 Aluminum boasts a blade length of 2.7 inches.

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CRKT RSK Mk 5 – Badass Knife of the Week

These days, Doug Ritter is best known for founding Knife Rights and fighting for the rights of knife enthusiasts around the country. But, as our latest Badass Knife of the Week reminds us, Ritter isn’t just some guy in a suit; he’s a survival expert that knows a thing or two about what to look for in a good knife.

When you think of the typical survival knife, you probably envision a massive fixed blade with sawback serrations and a hollow handle to conceal a few basic things. The CRKT RSK Mk 5 skips all the fads of modern survival knives and fits everything you need in a compact design that weighs less than an ounce.

Standing for the Ritter Survival Knife, the RSK Mk 5 has an overall length of 3.81 inches with a 1.75-inch blade and skeletonized handle made from stonewashed 2Cr13 steel.

If you think a knife this small can’t help in a survival situation, think again.

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CRKT K.I.S.S. – Badass Knife of the Week


If you don’t believe a single knife could set a fledgling knife company on a positive trajectory for decades, you haven’t seen the latest Badass Knife of the Week.

Paul Gillespie and Rod Bremer founded Columbia River Knife & Tool back in 1994, but it wasn’t until the introduction of the CRKT K.I.S.S. that the company got its first major hit.

The K.I.S.S. is designed by the late Ed Halligan, who was only the second major knifemaker to work with the then relatively new brand. According to legend, the K.I.S.S. was introduced at the Shot Show in 1997. Within a few days of the show, a year’s worth of the knife had sold out.

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CRKT Graphite – Badass Knife of the Week

CRKT Graphite

Glenn Klecker is behind some of the most unique and innovative knives coming out today. He doesn’t make the same old knives you see each year; Klecker strives for something new, something exciting. That’s exactly what you get in the latest Badass Knife of the Week.

The CRKT Graphite is a Klecker design that melds functionality with innovation. Its 3.06-inch blade is made from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, which is a capable steel perfect for EDC knives, and has a versatile hollow grind.

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CRKT Shakaulu – Badass Knife of the Week


One of the best attributes of Ken Onion, the award-winning and highly respected knifemaker, is his fearlessness in trying new things and experimenting with designs. His quest for innovation and functionality is never more evident than in the unique CRKT Shakaulu.

This unusual hunting knife is the combination of two tools: the cleaver and the ulu. The ulu is an all-purpose knife traditionally used by the indigenous people of Alaska for everything from skinning animals to trimming blocks of ice for igloos.

Onion adapted the ulu to become the ultimate hunting knife for big game. The 9.5-inch knife features a small gut hook, a curved skinning edge, and a design that allows for effortless cleaving.

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