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CRKT Hi Jinx Designed by Ken Onion, 2014 Knife of The Year

Published: May 16th, 2014 by The Edge Observer 23

Blade Show 2014, Overall Knife Of The Year®

As of late CRKT has been ramping up production in most areas for 2014, including a re-brand. From this reviewer’s standpoint, their largest strides are due to a continued commitment to work with talented designers in the knife and tool industry. It always seems like a good idea to step out of the walls of a company once in a while to bring in fresh talent. It’s something that many knife manufacturers are becoming ever more keen to. CRKT has certainly been exploiting this approach for a while now, working with established names such as Brian Tighe, Kit Carson, Ed Halligan and Allen Elishewitz in the past. They are also forging many new relationships with designers like Ryan Johnson, Lucas Burnley and Liong Mah to name a few.

CRKT Hi Jinx

The knife featured here was designed by Ken Onion and is based on his Old Skallywag custom. Ken is a custom knife maker, inventor and designer with years of industry experience under his belt. His work has produced several hit products that have earned numerous awards for both himself and the companies he has collaborated with. He’s also the mind behind a few dozen patents, including the Speed Safe mechanism from his design days at Kershaw (KAI USA).

The CRKT Hi Jinx is the latest collaboration with this designer and a clear departure from the company’s previous offerings. The most marked difference is the generous use of higher end materials and the employment of award winning manufacturer LionSteel. Although LionSteel has their own knife line, they are also a popular OEM for higher end cutlery designed by international brands such as DPX Gear, Bastinelli, Pohl Force, Knife Research and Spyderco.

Hi Jinx Lock Side

Total dimensions of the Hi Jinx when open are 8” in length with a maximum width of 1.5” and thickness of .62” (excluding the clip height). This adds up to a stocky build that carries a weight of 6.4 ounces. While the knife has beefy specifications, the design is fluid with a sleek, technical aesthetic.

Signed Sleipner Blade

A detail of the blade signed by Ken Onion

The Blade is made from Böhler Uddholm’s Sleipner and hardened between 60-61 HRc. Sleipner is a tool steel that was formulated as an alternative to AISI D2 where increased toughness is desired. Its attributes are primarily achieved by raising the percentage of Molybdenum. From testing I find D2 and Sleipner to be similar in performance. I do notice a difference in corrosion resistance where D2 seems to be more stain resistant. This would likely be attributed to D2’s chromium content which is 4% higher.

Böhler Uddholm Sleipner

C Si Mn Cr Mo V
0.9 0.9 0.5 7.8 2.5 0.5

AISI D2

C Si Mn Cr Mo V
1.55 0.3 0.4 11.8 0.8 0.8

 

The pattern is a stout modified drop point that has a discernibly Ken Onion look. While not identical, similarities can be seen in other models like the Onion Skinner, Wrinkle and Foresight. The shape could be described as a wide blade with a substantial belly that eases into a sturdy, but effective point. Blade dimensions are .196” thick with a maximum width of 1.30” and length of 3.32”.

The cutting geometry is composed of a flat grind with a secondary edge bevel. Terminating at around 2/3rds of the width, there is a substantial amount of material behind both the cutting edge and tip. The full thickness is carried down the majority of the blade’s length creating an extremely tough base. A swedge adds to the point’s acuteness for improved penetrating cuts. The result is something that leans toward strength over finer slicing. Regardless, the keen factory edge and effective belly coupled with a robust backbone balances the Hi Jinx for a wide variety of everyday utility and harder tasks alike. There’s a good sized choil for sharpening the full length of the edge.

Hi Jinx

The blade has an attractive “high” satin finish that shows off Sleipner’s good machine-ability. Because this steel isn’t stainless you should probably keep the surface maintained with something like a Tuf-Cloth to ensure the condition of the beautifully rendered grinds.

CRKT’s new logo (as of late 2013) is etched on one side of the blade and the knife name, details and maker branding are on the other. When looking at the blade markings, I’d prefer simple, matching type faces. Especially for the “Ken Onion Design” logo that’s found on his CRKT designs. Like knife design, typography is a specialized discipline. As such it could be more carefully considered by makers and manufacturers. It’s probably safe to say that the majority of typographers won’t make good knife designers or manufacturers and vice versa.

For deployment the Hi Jinx uses a flipper. The combination of a strong detent and smooth pivot allows for fast, reliable opening. Jimping wraps around the edge and top side of the tab adding grip for people who either pull like a switch or press like a button. Both methods seem to work equally well. While the blade is weighty, I’ve found the flipper to operate effortlessly and as expected. With less steel to load up against, it would likely be well above average.

Hi Jinx Flipper

The pivot mechanism is helped along by the inclusion of a bearing system. Unusually this knife has caged bearings instead of the typical “IKBS” labelled configuration. The Ikoma Korth Bearing System is known to consist of loose bearings housed in a greased ‘race’ (circular slot) that’s milled in the handle tang. Oppositely the Hi Jinx bearings are held equidistantly in a brass casing that mates against raced washers.

A detail of the Hi Jinx bearing system

A detail of the caged bearings, internal stop pin and raced washers.

This seems like an improvement for a number of reasons. Firstly the washers will provide added integrity since their hardness is more similar to the bearings. If they contacted the titanium handle slabs directly wear would be uneven. They are also replaceable. Secondly the ball bearings aren’t loose so risk of loosing them during maintenance isn’t an issue. Lastly IKBS tends to require more lubricant since the grease is also used to hold the bearings in their race during assembly.  In turn this can potentially catch more grit, although it isn’t usually an issue with your typical IKBS knife.

Reeve Integral Lock

When in the open position the tang is held firmly and without play by a frame lock (Reeve Integral Lock or RIL) and against an internal stop pin. To ensure the spring integrity an over-travel stop has been included in the design.  This takes the form of a sleeve around the pivot bolt that effectively blocks the lock arm from hyper-extending. While the feature seamlessly integrates into the design, I would like to see it on both sides because it would add to the knife’s sturdy aesthetic. It may also add more visual balance on the show face since there is much more going on with the lock/clip/over-travel side by default. As far as I know this is the first heavier titanium frame-lock design from CRKT. In the past they put out the Eros, also designed by Ken Onion but the lock geometry is very different. It will be interesting to see how it wears in over time. Companies have often had growing pains when dealing with this kind of build (think of the first HEST by DPX also made by LionSteel or the Boker/Anso Knives). So far so good on this sample which has settled in at around 50%.  In the future it might be good to consider a steel insert for the spring-side lock face, a detail that seems to be ever more ubiquitous in frame lock design.

Flow Through Construction

A detail of the “Flow through” or “Open Back” construction.

The handle is a flow through (open back), three pillar construction based around thick slabs of 6AL4V titanium. The frame’s assembly uses a total of three handle fasteners plus the pivot. Measurements equal 4.78” in length with a width of 1.53”.  Like the blade, it has a  distinguishable look. Many of Ken’s knives have a slightly downward sloping grip with a neck near the front and a bulge in the profile toward the pommel. While fairly subtle, the shape results in a secure, comfortable working grip.

There’s a deep finger groove that is extended by the flipper adding security when bearing down on a cut. Scalloped details thin out this cinched-in area further while accentuating the shape. A dip in the blades spine serves to extend the grip for your thumb for controlled cutting. All of the edges are rounded for added comfort.

Concave Handle Texture

A unique feature on this knife is the concave machining on the handle. The relief has a good depth made possible by the use of the hefty .16” slabs. The indentation acts as a place for your fingers to nest. Since the cutter paths are left from the machining on these surfaces, there is added grip. The horizontal lines also add a subtle, tasteful contrast to the otherwise matte, bead blasted finish.

Low Riding Clip

For carry there’s a tip up, reversible deep riding clip. This is attached to a unique, bullet shaped stand-off that is designed to receive the clip bolt. Placement is good and it doesn’t feel obtrusive in use. While the retention is secure, the smooth surfaces of the knife won’t destroy your pockets. Additionally, there is also a good sized lanyard hole.

After having a look at the sum of the Hi Jinx’ parts, it’s easy to conclude that CRKT is getting more competitive while widening their scope. This is evident in the materials, price point, designer and OEM choice. Outside of this folder it can also be seen in an increased model diversity that can be attributed to the new designer collaborations they are nurturing. From a market perspective they’ve checked all the boxes as to what is appealing to an ample slice of the collectors out there.  The Hi-Jinx is tip-up, low riding carry. The handle is full titanium with a frame-lock and over-travel.  They’ve also used a premium steel and OEM regarded as one of the best.  Most appealingly they have flipper that’s backed up by a bearing pivot.

CRKT Hi Jinx Closed

Trends aside the Hi Jinx has excellent fit and finish and great ergonomics. It’s a sleek looking knife that functions as well as it looks. While it will undoubtedly make a great working tool, it’s possibly best suited as a collectible. Collect-ability might also be encouraged by the fact that the knife is offered as a limited run.

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Specs

Total Open Length 8.00″ (203 mm)
Closed Length : 4.78″ (121 mm)
Width : 1.53″ (39 mm)
Thickness : 0.62 in (16 mm)
Weight: 6.4 oz (181 g)

Blade

Steel: Bohler Udderholm Sleipner 60 – 61 HRC
Length : 3.32 in (84 mm)
Width : 1.30 in (33 mm)
Thickness : 0.196 in (5 mm)

Handle

Bead Blasted 6AL4V Titanium
Length : 4.78 in (121 mm)
Width : 1.32in (33 mm)
Thickness : 0.16 in (4 mm) per side

Barrel spacers : 303 Stainless
Clip : 420 SS
Fasteners : 303 SS

Made In Maniago, Italy

CRKT Kangee and Chogan Tomahawks

Published: February 7th, 2013 by The Edge Observer 7

The Kangee and Chogan mark CRKT’s entry into the tactical tomahawk market.  To design this product they teamed up with Ryan Johnson of RMJ Tactical.  Johnson is well known for both his historical and modern tomahawk designs which are sought after by collectors and military personnel alike.  Although carrying similarities to RMJ hawks, these two models are unique to the CRKT line.

CRKT RMJ Tactical Tomahawks

Both T-Hawks are built around a tough .23″ full tang.  This is clad in a pair of glass reinforced nylon scales that are fastened with standard phillips head bolts for easy maintenance.  A heavy relief has been machined into the mold faces resulting in an aggressive texture.  The scales have a good amount of volume that fills the hand nicely.  Unlike the majority of traditional tomahawk designs they have a contoured profile rather than a straight one.  An over-all arc on the back edge nests in the palm while the inner edge has three distinct scallops that add security along the handles length.  This gives the user some added grip along with feedback on hand placement.  The hawks can be comfortably manipulated choked up under the head for finer tasks or at the back for chopping leverage and reach.  At equal intervals there are two holes drilled through handle as well as three holes in the knob (handle’s end) that provide lashing and lanyard options.  The exposed tang is also suitable as an impact tool.  Overall the grip is secure and comfortable and the EDM (Electical Discharge Machining) texture on the scales does a good job of adding traction to the otherwise slick scale material.

Glass Filled Nylon TextureTomahawk "Knob"

The difference between the models comes at the heads.  The Kangee seems to be much more of a purpose built design with its cutting edge traveling from beneath the heel and all the way to the tip of the poll-spike, including the entire top side. This unique grind makes the Kangee capable of cutting strikes from multiple angles.  The spike on the end has a tanto-like grind and swedge that will easily pass through tough materials with little effort.

T-Hawk Head Profiles

The Chogan has a similar under-heel grind but has a partially sharpened top edge that terminates at the start of the primary bevel.  The poll on this hawk is flat providing a versatile hammer-like function.  Each heel grind and the Chogan’s top grind have swedges that provide a sharp corner that aids in a back-cut.  When pulling the head of the hawks out of thinner materials after a strike, the heel edge geometry has a can-opener like effect.  Both main blades have a flat grind, the Chogans being slightly shallower than the Kangee’s.  Made from SK5 carbon steel and hardened between 54-55 Rockwell, the blades will be tough and easy to maintain in the field.  A coarse black powder coat adds a dense corrosion resistant barrier and low-glare matte finish.

CRKT RMJ Tactical T-Hawks

For carry the hawks come with a well made Kydex scabbard.  These have a great bottom-eject design that allows quick drawing in a natural, ready to go position.  Retention is excellent without being excessive.  Easily stowed and with a positive click, there is a nylon strap and buckle for security.  At the top of the sheath there are multiple slots that correspond with the MOLLE platform for standardized attachment options.  The kydex has been assembled with eyelets that also offer other lashing possibilities.

T-Hawks In Kydex Sheath

CRKT couldn’t have partnered with a more experienced, tasteful designer for these versatile tools.  At an MSRP of 185.00 US (street price around 140 US)  they are currently one of the most affordable full tang hawks.  Aside from the competitive pricing, a generous amount of materials give these an excellent value for your money spent.  With the sum of these parts, the CRKT Kangee and Chogan tomahawks will likely find their way into many professionals kits as well as in the collections of fans of these time tested tools.

T-Hawks Flat GrindKangee Poll SpikeT-Hawk Kydex SheathChogan HammerT-Hawks MOLLE Slots

Specs

Chogan

Overall Length 14 inches
Weight 1 lb. 8.6 ounces

Blade

Length 2.93 inches
Thickness 0.23 inches
Material SK5 Carbon Steel
HRC 54-55
Finish Black Powder Coat
Grind Flat

Kangee

Overall Length 13.75 inches
Weight 1 lb. 8.4 ounces

Blade

Length 2.93 inches
Thickness 0.23 inches
Material SK5 Carbon Steel
HRC 54-55
Finish Black Powder Coat
Grind Flat

Handles

Full Tang
Material Glass Filled Nylon
EDM Finish

Sheaths

MOLLE Compatible Black Kydex
Weight 3.6 ounces

Made in Taiwan

CRKT Otanashi Noh Ken

Published: December 1st, 2012 by The Edge Observer 37

The CRKT Otanashi Noh Ken (Silent Sword) was designed per a request from SOCOM for a large, thin combat folder that was easy to carry and conceal.  The design is a collaboration between CRKT and James Williams. Williams, has designed many tools for Columbia River Knife and Tool, all which draw heavily on traditional Japanese blade design married with modern features, materials and technology. The majority of his offerings are informed by his martial arts training and work as an instructor teaching military and LE personnel.

CRKT Otanashi Noh Ken by James Williams

The Otanashi Noh Ken is very much an extension of the Williams’ designed line for CRKT and fills a niche that other models in the series do not. More specifically the knife has a greater size than the other folders, along with features and a form factor to improve conceal-ability.

Otanashi Noh Ken Part Open

The 4.56″ x .157″ thick blade on the Otanashi Noh Ken is a tanto that is optimized for penetrating cuts. This is further augmented by a thin profile, slightly upswept point and swedged spine. Its geometry is essentially an Osoraku-zukuri style blade. This shape was made famous during the 16th century being favored by the powerful feudal ruler (diamyo) Takeda Shingen.   The profile is defined by the tip (kissaki) making up approximately 2/3rds of the blade.

The blade steel used here is AUS 8 that is hardened between 58-59 Rockwell. AUS 8 is considered a mid-range grade steel that offers a great working edge and easy maintenance. The blade has a matte black finish that reduces glare and gives the knife a modern, aggressive appearance.

Otanashi Noh Ken Handle

The handle on the knife is large yet very thin, designed with concealment in mind. On one side the handle has heavily textured G10 that provides an excellent grip. Additional traction comes from three deeply milled slots that also add a nice, subtle design detail. The opposite side is a stainless slab that includes the frame-lock and a unique variation on the LAWKS safety mechanism. Normally LAWKS is on the inner edge of the frame however this version is on the outside and doubles as a lock-bar over-travel stop. Lock-up is very solid and without play or rock in any direction. For carry there is a low riding, left or right handed tip up pocket clip. This, coupled with the handle thinness, does an excellent job keeping the knife comfortably out of sight.

Otanashi Noh Ken LockupCRKT LAWKS SafetyLAWKS / Over Travel StopFrame LockOsoraku-Zukuri

Over-all the Otanashi Noh Ken is an excellent offering from CRKT’s line targeted toward professional use. The blade design coupled with a quick, easy deployment and strong lock make for a formidable tool. In many ways this folder is the best yet from this line, providing excellent build quality and function in a desirable, aesthetic package. People who love big folders will easily find a home for this knife along with professionals and collectors of combat/utility style knives. CRKT has done an exceptional job keeping the Williams design style apparent while making improvements and adding something unique to the line-up.

Available at BladeHQ

Clip Attachment Detail Landyard HoleHandle JimpingOtanashi G10 SlotsOtanashi Noh Ken Slot Detail

Specs

Overall length: 10.13 in (257 mm)
Closed: Length: 4.57 in (116 mm)
Weight: 6.4 oz (181 g)

Blade

Shape: Osoraku zukuri (Japanese Tanto)
Material: AUS 8
Blade Length : 4.56″
Hardness (HRC): 58-59 HRC
Thickness: 0.16 in (4 mm)
Bevel Grind: Flat
Surface Finish/Coating(include color): Bead Blast (black corrosion resistant coating)

Handle Information

Length in the closed position: 5.56 in (141 mm)
Material: Black G10 & black coated 420J2 SS
Lock Mechanism: Frame Lock
Safety System: LAWKS
Carry: Low riding tip up reversible pocket clip
Surface Finish: Bead Blast

Made in Taiwan

CRKT Foresight designed by Ken Onion

Published: June 19th, 2012 by The Edge Observer 16

The Foresight is a collaboration between Cutlery Hall of Fame recipient Ken Onion and CRKT. This is a large folder, measuring in at a total length of 8.75″ and weighing 6.5 oz.

Ken Onion Foresight Drop Point

The knife’s drop point blade has a slight re-curve followed by a large belly. The near to mid position of the belly on the blades length still allows for a sharp tip. As a nice detail, the blade’s spine has a radius (capped) allowing for comfortable thumb placement. The spine has a subtle taper into a swedge at the tip to improve penetrating cuts.

The primary bevel is a high hollow grind. This does a very good job of reducing the 4mm blade stock for the keen secondary bevel. The curvy edge of the Foresight provides quite a bit of cutting surface : 3.75″ As a first production model, this blade is made from the stainless Acuto+. Subsequent production models will be AUS8. It is available in a combination or plain edge, both with a black titanium nitride finish.

CRKT Foresight by Ken Onion

For deployment, the knife features a flipper with the IKBS or “Ikoma Korth Bearing System”. This pivot mechanism was developed by Flavio Ikoma and Rick Lala (Korth Knives). Originally developed for use in Bali Song knives, it utilizes opposing circular slots milled in the blade’s tang that house a small bearing set. The result is a large, low resistance contact area between moving parts that negates lateral play. It is most suitable for knives that require a very fast, reliable deployment, such as self defense or folding fighting knives. The smooth pivot action also allows the knife to have a small but very effective flipper. This is great because the flipper’s low profile doesn’t snag on your pocket.

Foresight with Ikoma Korth Bearing System and Nested Stainless LinersForesight with Ikoma Korth Bearing SystemForesight IKBSLow Riding Clip and Flipper

On opening the blade meets a liner lock and in-tang stop pin. The lock is solid and without play. There is a good amount of jimping on the locking leaf making disengagement very easy. The locking leaf is part of the Foresight’s partial, nested stainless liners. Along with comprising the liner lock, the stainless liners provide the material hardness required for the IKBS bearings that mate with their surface.

CRKT Foresight

The rest of the handle is made from matte black anodized aluminum. The over-all shape has a slight arc and volume toward the back third of the handle. This shape is very indicative of Ken Onion’s design and can be seen on the majority of his production folders. More unique to the Foresight handle is the inner edge. Here, there are three distinct finger grooves and a more subdued fourth. There is corresponding scalloped texture on both sides of the handle to reinforce the over all, locking grip. There is also a subtle but effective ramp for thumb placement or scalloping for a comfortable, clenched grip.

Textured aluminum handle

In a standard grip, the small deep riding pocket clip sits comfortably away from your hand. This is very nice as most clips will be a hot-spot as they sit under your palm. In a reverse grip however, the clip’s end naturally sits directly under my fourth finger. This can be adjusted but isn’t nearly as comfortable a standard grip, in which this knife’s ergonomics truly excel. There is a lanyard hole to round out the knife’s features.

The sum of the CRKT Foresight’s features are impressive. The knife has excellent mechanical and ergonomic properties that are at a great value for the price point. Ken Onion’s knowledgeable approach and CRKT’s quality and value minded brand has brought another functional well built knife to market. This model should be very attractive to the tactical knife market while still being very at home in a sport – utility setting. The function, fit and finish is very good and should provide a long, reliable service.

The Foresight was the recipient of the “Imported Knife Of The Year Award”, Blade Show 2012.

Foresight Liner LockCRKT Foresight Stop PinForesight Blade CenteringForesight Low Riding ClipCRKT Foresight designed by Ken Onion

Pros

IKBS
Very useful blade geometry
Great ergonomics

Cons

May be slightly weighty for some

Specs

Overall Length: 8.75″ (222mm)
Weight: 5.6 oz (159)

Blade

Length: 3.625″ (92mm)
Thickness: .157 (4mm)
Acuto+ (First production) AUS 8 standard production
Plain Edge (Also available in a combo edge)

Handle

Length: 5.125″ (130 mm)
Partial Stainless Liners
Matte Black Anodized Aluminum Scales

Lock

Liner lock

Carry Options

Deep riding bridge style. Right handed tip down.
Lanyard hole

Made in the Taiwan

CRKT Eraser by Liong Mah Model 8900 and 8900K

Published: March 2nd, 2012 by The Edge Observer 10


The Eraser is a design collaboration between Liong Mah and Columbia River knife and Tool. This is Liong Mah’s first knife design for CRKT and marks a huge departure from his prior work for the company, the Eat’n Tool. That being said, Liong Mah is no stranger to knife design having collaborated with custom designer/makers in the past such as Allen Elishewitz, Warren Thomas and Jeff Hall to name a few. Mah’s design portfolio is diverse and professionally dates back to 2002.

Eraser by Liong Mah

The Eraser is an attractive, yet aggressive looking, full on tactical knife that has many of the features one would expect from a well designed folder for this application.

The four inch blade is made from the Japanese steel AUS 8. AUS 8 has mid-range performance but is a popular choice due to its easy maintenance, ability to hold a good working edge and more importantly its performance to value ratio. The blade is considered a modified tanto, often referred to as a reverse tanto. A shape popularized by many of Warren Osborne’s designs. Reverse tantos are very similar to Wharncliffe blades in that they supply a long cutting edge, but have a much stronger point. The over-all blade profile has a gradual curve and narrows from tang to tip. The spine has a concave line and the cutting edge a subtle belly. The reverse tanto and entire spine of the blade have a swedge that is streamlined for thrust cuts.

CRKT Eraser reverse tanto

A flipper is found on the tang that also doubles as a guard to prevent forward slipping. It is large enough to add confidence when cutting and the slight dip on the inner edge is comfortable when against your hand. When the blade is closed the flipper is easily accessible and allows for quick, reliable deployment.

CRKT Eraser's Flipper

The Eraser’s blade is available in two finishes : black titanium-nitride coated with a combination edge (“triple point serrations”) and a satin finish with a plain edge. Both models have a high, deep hollow grind that provides excellent performance in combination with the ample cutting edge (totaling 3.875″). The contrasting angles and grinds are aesthetically pleasing along side their function. As a bit of a steel snob, I would always like to see more performance driven steels and am personally willing to pay the extra premium. 154 CM or better, along side the current AUS 8 would be a welcome option.

CRKT Eraser 8900K and 8900

Although designed as a tactical folder, the knife can be effectively applied to utility tasks and food preparation. The blade, although suited as a defensive tool, is also informed from Mah’s many years as a chef. With this in mind it isn’t difficult to draw parallels between kitchen cutlery and the Eraser.

The handle has a complimentary shape to the blade that gives the knife’s total profile a gentle S curve. There are two variations depending on the model. The 8900 has solid stainless liners clad in smooth matte black G10 with bead blasted aluminum bolsters while the TiNi 8900K version has black anodized bolsters. The inner edge is deeply scalloped allowing the knife to be held firmly and keeps the users knuckles safely tucked behind the flipper. The last inch of the handle’s spine features deep jimping that continues onto the pommel. The combination of texture and shape makes for a well though out reverse grip. A generous width and contouring fills the hand nicely. There is a four way pocket clip and lanyard hole offering carry options. The clip has good tension and the lanyard hole accommodates 550 paracord.

CRKT Eraser four way clip and lanyard hole

The liner lock on the knife is solid with no front to back play. There is a small amount of side to side play in the pivot design but it’s reasonable considering the blade length and smooth opening. The ball detent offers excellent retention without inhibiting the deployment.

CRKT Eraser washers and liner lock

As an added safety, the knife employs CRKT’s patented LAWKS mechanism to fortify the 420J2 locking liner. When LAWKS is used, the liner lock cannot disengage. Conversely the LAWKS lever also protrudes from the handle when utilized, which will be a hot spot for some, depending on the user’s grip. Over all the handle is very ergonomic and gives the blade a forward lean that many tactical knife enthusiasts appreciate.

The assembly is a partial G10 backspaced, torx, screw together construction. It should be noted that the two knives reviewed here are prototypes and the final locks, fit and finish should see some refinement in the production models.

To conclude, users looking for a well thought out tactical folder should definitely consider the Eraser as a serious contender at its price point. The MSRP for the Eraser is $150.00 for the 8900K, all black combination edge version and $140 for the satin plain edge (the street price will likely be lower). The knife offers all of the features, frills, fit and finish found on many, more expensive tactical knives. When opened and closed the shape has been well considered, giving the Eraser elegant yet comfortable flowing lines in both positions. All-in, I think that CRKT and Liong Mah have come up with an exceptional knife that should garner the attention of tactical knife buyers who have overlooked CRKT in the past, while offering up another value/performance driven knife to their existing customers.

CRKT Eraser 8900 and 8900KLiong Mah Eraser reverse gripLiong Mah Eraser standard gripCRKT Eraser CRKT Eraser by Liong Mah

Pros

Great blade geometry
Excellent Ergonomics
Good looks

Cons

LAWKS can create hot spot when engaged

Specs

Total Dimensions and weight :

length open 8.75 in (222 mm)
length closed 5 in (127 mm)
weight 6.2 oz. (176 g)

Blade :

blade length 4 in ( 102 mm)
blade steel AUS 8
blade thickness .14 in( 3.5 mm)
cutting edge 3.875 in. ( 98 mm)

opens with flipper

Lock :

Liner lock

Handle :

stainless liners
matte G10 scales
bead blasted or matte black stainless bolsters

Made in Taiwan