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.
But one of my favorite parts is the 3-inch blade featuring the IKBS ball-bearing pivot system. I’ll definitely try this out as an EDC if the weight is right.
5. CRKT Radic
I’m a sucker for a good gentleman’s folder, and the Radic looks similar to Ken Steigerwalt’s other design for the CRKT: the discontinued Art Deco. Still, the Radic is a curiosity to me. It has black G-10 handles with a modified sheepsfoot blade that’s about 3.3 inches.
However, it adds the Outburst assisted opening mechanism, which may be controversial to all those who don’t love assisted openers. Still, I’d be curious to pick this one up.
4. CRKT Offbeat
Full Disclosure: I’m not sure how much appeal this model would have to the masses, but it’s a design I’m particularly excited about. Anyone who reads this blog knows my interest in unique designs and different locks, and the Offbeat has my interest piqued.
Designed by Pat Crawford, the Offbeat employs the Crawford Lockback. It is something reminiscent of a Hawk-designed lock called the Strong Lock System used in the Buck Marksman (though I think the Crawford Lock came first). Aside from that it looks like a simple folder that could be a nice EDC if the Crawford Lock is up to it.
3. CRKT Raikiri
CRKT further expands the Field Strip line this year, which is a technology that allows for easy disassembly in the field without the use of tools. The Raikiri is designed by Dew Hara and features a 3.759-inch modified wharncliffe blade. It is said to be inspired by the famous sword laido.
The handle is ADC12 aluminum with casting. The texture of the handle looks a little futuristic in an ’80s kind of way, but I know this is one people will be talking about, so it’s worth looking into.
2. CRKT Caligo
I’ve been following TJ Schwarz for a while and this is his first design full production design with CRKT. For those who don’t know, Schwarz was on the team that created the Koenig Zenaida, which won the Most Innovative American Knife Design Award at Blade Show 2015.
The Caligo is a good-looking knife that’s dark and mysterious. It has a low-profile flipper that uses the IKBS ball-bearing pivot for a smooth and quick opening. The blade is 3.185 inches and the handle is 6061-T6 aluminum. No word on the blade material. It looks like it’ll fit the hand perfectly.
1. CRKT HVAS
The Pilar was the sleeper hit of 2017, so CRKT went back to the Jesper Voxnaes well with the HVAS. It has a minimalist design with a blade cutout for one-handed opening and a liner lock. The major change is the addition of the Field Strip Technology first seen in the Homefront.
While the design itself looks like a winner, it’s unclear whether the Field Strip will help or hurt sales. Some people may be turned off by it or see it as unnecessary while others may be curious. Either way, it’s one you should definitely consider picking up next year.