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Father & Son Knifemakers

My son is only two years old, but I’m already looking forward to all things I’ll teach him about my trade. Unfortunately, the things I work with aren’t necessarily cool. Sure, blogging and the occasional graphic design is fun, but it’s not nearly as badass as making knives.

A select few fathers and sons have traded thoughts and ideas surrounding knives, and some have even collaborated on designs.

Since it’s the time of year when fathers and sons get together, we decided to take a look at the father and son duos in the knife world. Let us know in the comments if we made any glaring omissions.

Michael and Baltazar E. Martinez

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Here’s what Michael said at the CRKT site: “In my edged weapons training, I kept noticing how many knives didn’t feel right, didn’t have a grip that gave both control and comfort in the four fundamental tactical grips.”

His father, who was a mechanical engineer working on classified nuclear system design for the defense department for more than 30 years, contributed to the project by injecting his own design into the knife.

The result was a knife that achieved 22 out of 23 ideal contact points with its comfortable handle. Even though this father and son duo is mainly known for designing this one knife, they definitely deserve some recognition.

Sal & Eric Glesser

Few knife makers have brought such innovation and legitimacy to the knife world like the legendary Sal Glesser. Sal—the founder of Spyderco—not only pioneered features like the pocket clip, serrations, and ambidextrous opening hole but he’s also a very down to earth guy. You can find him frequenting knife forums and answering people’s questions with honesty and modesty. He designed the Delica, Endura, Military, Persistence, and many others.

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CRKT Graphite – Badass Knife of the Week

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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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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.

Amicus

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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.

Birler

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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.

Bivy

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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.

Niad

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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.

Hyphenate

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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.

Buku

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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 Deviation – Badass Knife of the Week

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Some people say that innovation in the knife world is dead, that all knives these days look exactly the same. Our latest Badass Knife of the Week begs to differ.

The CRKT Deviation features one of the most unique and refreshing looks in a long time.

Designed by knifemaker Terry Lee Renner, this futuristic knife redefines what an everyday carry could be.

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CRKT Shakaulu – Badass Knife of the Week

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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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CRKT Squid Review

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I recently started to take notice of the simple fact that people age, that the older we get the more we begin to lose. For some, the body goes first—maybe we start packing on a few more pounds than what we had in high school. For others, the mind begins to fade—remembering faces and facts isn’t quite as easy as it was when we were kids. Our vitality, health, and creativity slowly start to drift away from our once youthful selves.

But with age also comes a whole new host of feelings that our younger and sometimes dumber selves can’t quite tap into yet. Feelings like tradition, nostalgia, and an understanding of just how important the little things in life can be. The CRKT Squid is a knife that single-handedly channeled those emotions in me and somehow played time machine like a small piece of childhood memorabilia.

Right off the bat the CRKT Squid has a great overall look to it. A look that is simple and understated yet still grabs your attention with both hands. This amazing design comes from the mind of Lucas Burnley, a very popular up-and-coming knife maker with an almost cult-like following for what he has done in the knife community. The Squid has been one of his custom designs for a long time, but with his work in such high demand, getting your hands on one was almost impossible… until now.

The great thing about Burnley partnering up with a production knife company is that we the consumers get to experience knives that we otherwise never would due to budget, materials, or availability. With this partnership, we now get a glimpse into what owning a custom design feels like. Besides the Squid, CRKT and Lucas are making other knives, which can be a win-win situation for both parties if done right.

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Cold Steel Sues CRKT Over False Advertising

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We all know there’s little love between knife manufacturers. When you are trying to make a knife stronger, better,  and more interesting than a competitor, there’s bound to be tension and animosity.

But Cold Steel is taking it to the next level.

In a press release, Cold Steel announced that it’s suing CRKT over misleading marketing assertions. Cold Steel says CRKT’s claims that its various locking mechanisms—including LAWKS, AutoLAWKS, and L.B.S—can convert a folding knife into a “virtual fixed blade” is not only misleading customers into buying poorly performing knives but also causing losses to their business.

Here’s more from Cold Steel President Lynn C. Thompson: “Consumers are entitled to truthful information. They need to know what a knife can and can’t do. We are a nation of people who USE our knives. Responsible knife owners want to use their tools, and they should be given honest information about the performance, reliability and safety they should expect.”

logoSo what does Cold Steel want out of this lawsuit? The company is seeking an unspecified amount of money from damages caused by CRKT’s “blatantly false claims” and “dishonest tactics,” which will then be donated to Knife Rights. It also wants an injunction, treble damages, and attorneys’ fees.

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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)

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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

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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

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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.

Saker

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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)

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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

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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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Top 5 Best-Selling CRKT Knives at Knife Depot

Every now and again, we like to take a look at the best-selling knives here at Knife Depot to find out what models and designs are currently the most popular. While the best-sellers change pretty frequently, this is usually a good indicator of the types of knives people are reaching for.

We thought I’d be cool to share this information with you, so you can also see what knives people are picking up.

We broke this information down by brand to make it easier. Again, the best-sellers change often, but these are the current best-sellers from CRKT.

5. CRKT Onion Skinner

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Coming in at Number 5 is the Onion Skinner. This unique fixed blade was a previous Badass Knife of the Week honoree for its near perfect design. It took Ken Onion a couple of years to get this knife right—he even had it field-tested by hunters and taxidermists.

The skinning knife has an unusual shape, but the fact that it was tested and refined means its success has been proven. It has a Bohler K110 stainless steel blade and handle scales that are Twin-Fused with a Zytel core.

4. CRKT Endorser

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The Endorser is a relatively new knife that’s a recent addition to the best-sellers. Released in 2013, the Endorser seemed like such an interesting knife that we made note. Here’s what we wrote about it a few years ago:

“This is a highlight because while the trend seems to be more innovative and unique designs (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), the Endorser is a back-to-the-basics straightforward folder that’s not without signature advances in knife technology.”

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Hot Kitchen, Hot Knives: Jamie Carlson of You Have to Cook It Right

This is the seventh installment of The Cutting Edge’s new article series: Hot Kitchens, Hot Knives! Cooks and foodies almost love geeking out about their knives as much as they love food (and at times, even moreso!), so we’ll be sitting down with chefs, kitchen crews, and bloggers all across the world to ask them about their knife collections and the culinary workhorses that they know and love. Check out this series every Tuesday if you want to find out what kind of heat the guys and gals in the kitchen are packing in their knife rolls.

Jamie Carlson and his mom posing with squirrels.

If you’ve ever been stumped for cooking ideas for your wild game, Jamie Carlson’s blog, You Have to Cook It Right, is a lifesaver. Though venison steaks and wild boar sausage are great standbys, they can get kind of dull — especially if you’re as good of a hunter as Carlson is. His dishes are imaginative and versatile, ranging from sesame pheasant to wild game charcuterie. Even if you’ve never hunted or eaten wild game in a serious way, Carlson’s enthusiasm for hunting will inspire you to get cracking on your duck shelter ASAP.

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