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.
Stainless steel handles are straight to the point and boast the same stonewashed finish as the blade for a cohesive look. A frame lock on the rear of the knife provides a reliable method for keeping the blade engaged while you work.
A no-nonsense deep carry clip and a lanyard hole turn the Squid into one of the best small budget folders you can get.
You can also read a review of the Squid from contributor Beau Shelton.
For more info on this Badass Knife of the Week, see the product page for the CRKT Squid.