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.
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.
You can also get the Bombastic in black with triple point serrations.
3. TSR Terzuola Survival Rescue Knife
Bob Terzuola is one of the fathers of the tactical knife, but he also knows a thing or two about survival knives. He served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala and directed surveys in the war-torn jungles of Central America. Those experiences helped him design the TSR (Terzuola Survival Knife).
The 4.35-inch blade is made from 8Cr13MoV stainless and features a versatile modified drop point design. Concealed beneath the GRN handle is a survival kit. While I’m not a huge fan of survival kits built into knives, I do trust Terzuola in making a functional and reliable knife for survival situations.
The Noma is a somewhat unusual design that shies away from some of the common tropes you see in knives these days. There’s no flipper mechanism or thumbstud. Instead, the burly blade opens with a nail nick. Somehow, the Jesper Voxnaes design remains fascinating.
The knife takes cues from Scandinavia with a versatile blade shape made for dressing game and an ergonomic handle with clean lines. It also uses a classic lock back mechanism.
5. Hi Jinx Z
The original Hi Jinx was a simply gorgeous knife from Ken Onion. It used top notch steel in the blade and eventually won Knife of the Year at the 2014 BLADE Show. CRKT and Onion decided to bring it to the masses with a budget version called the Hi Jinx Z.
The blade, which uses 1.4116 stainless steel, boasts decidedly Ken Onion curves, and the flipper is aided by the IKBS ball bearing pivot system. The handle is GRN. This is the kind of knife you can take anywhere and not think twice.
The Crossbones is a slender, lightweight knife that’s said to disappear into your pocket. It is based off Jeff Park’s first custom design and made under the tutelage of Ken Onion. The slender blade is 3.5 inches and can be used for everything from cutting meat to opening letters.
The two-tone aluminum handle has a great “crossbone” design. I can’t wait to get my hands on one.
From the slender elegance of the Crossbones to the frumpy stoutness of the Snicker. The small EDC has a sub 2-inch blade made from 420J2 stainless steel with an injection-molded glass reinforced nylon handle. The Snicker is a sister knife of designer Phil Booth’s Minnow.
I’ve highlighted one design from Jesper Voxnaes already (and frankly, I’m leaving off a few notable others), but his knives are really interesting. Take the Pilar, for example. The compact and minimalist frame lock folder conceals a cool backstory. The knife is named after Ernest Hemingway’s sailboat — the one he used to conduct “renegade surveillance” on German U-boats in WWII.
Thanks to the finger choil and large oval cutout used to open the blade, the knife looks like it’ll feel bigger than it is.
Lucas Burnley has made some great knives for CRKT, such as the Squid and Buku. Add the Aux to the list. The fixed blade is designed to be used as a supplementary knife. It’s a tactical knife that weighs less than 3 ounces and can make a great EDC fixed blade. The 3.45-inch blade is made of 8Cr13MoV steel and the honeycomb patterned handle is GRN.
Liong Mah focuses on practicality and functionality in his knives. I carried the CRKT G.S.D. as my EDC for a while, so his latest creation for CRKT piqued my interest. The Remedy — inspired by the Finnish Puukko fixed blade — carries some of the same features as the G.S.D., including a frame lock mechanism, a flipper with IKBS ball bearing pivot system, and stainless steel handle.
The Remedy has a small profile, which helps cut down on the weight, and fixes some of the design criticisms of the G.S.D. by giving the Remedy a different pocket clip. (The GSD pocket clip begrudgingly made our list of worst pocket clips.)