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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Very useful blade geometry
May be slightly weighty for some
Overall Length: 8.75″ (222mm)
Weight: 5.6 oz (159)
Length: 3.625″ (92mm)
Thickness: .157 (4mm)
Acuto+ (First production) AUS 8 standard production
Plain Edge (Also available in a combo edge)
Length: 5.125″ (130 mm)
Partial Stainless Liners
Matte Black Anodized Aluminum Scales
Deep riding bridge style. Right handed tip down.
Made in the Taiwan