CRKT has dropped its 2021 catalog, and it is a big one. Fresh designs from the company’s enormous corral of design partners are flowing in, with lots of different genres, styles, and price points represented.
Joe Caswell‘s morphing karambit, the Provoke, fell into the CRKT’s more premium-oriented line. This year, two new Provoke models are being released with FRN handles (either yellow or orange) and 1.4116 steel to bring the price down below $100.
In addition to his continued work under his own label, Liong Mah returned to CRKT with an entry-level production version of his popular Lanny model. This Lanny retains a lot of the visual stylings of its high-end inspiration, with a grooved ‘scale’ and orange peel-texture bolster cut into its aluminum frame. The blade steel is 8Cr13MoV, and opens with a flipper tab that is powered by both a spring assist and the IKBS ball bearing pivot – a common theme on these 2021 models.
Jesper Voxnaes created the Cottidae, which joins the Bona Fide in the inaugural class of Field Tech Gen II knives. It has a 2.61-inch drop point blade, aluminum scales, and D2 blade steel. Among other internal changes, this new Field Strip design allows the Cottidae to utilize an IKBS pivot for its flipper opening.
Alan Folts‘s Ritual stands out in the 2021 CRKT catalog for multiple reasons. The most obvious way is through its design, with a dramatically hunched handle and gargantuan 4.37-inch Persian blade. But it differs from its peers in terms of materials, too: here we have ivory Micarta scales, a blue anodized steel bolster, and 12C27 blade steel.
TJ Schwarz Twofer
Idaho’s TJ Schwarz flexed his design muscles this year, with two fresh takes on old fixed blade concepts. First up is the Scribe, a sleek 1.74-inch EDC knife, designed to be carried in a shirt pocket and equipped with a sheath that clicks on like a pen cap. Meanwhile, the Tailbone riffs on the neck knife concept with a handle made from machine chain – it stays rigid and linear for vertical cuts, but can be turned and folded horizontally around the hand for increased comfort. A massive finger ring below the 2.13-inch 8Cr13MoV drop point blade provides a second ergonomic anchor point as well.
CRKT showed off the Jon Graham-designed Razelcliffe Compact last August, and now we’re getting a second Graham design, the Razel GT. This is a bigger knife, with a 3.02-inch blade – still in the Graham razel shape, of course.
Eric Ochs is bringing us the only new for 2021 Deadbolt folder, the Trask. He paired that durable, pivot-based locking system to an unshowy design. The Trask has a 3.3-inch drop point blade that opens with a thumb cutout and is made from work-ready D2 steel.
Another entry in the no-nonsense category is the Cinco, Richard Rogers‘s follow-up to the Cuatro. Like the Trask, it has a D2 blade, 2.89 inches long and opened with an assisted flipper action.
Jim Hammond drew up the P.S.D., which stands for Particle Separation Device, a name that tells you all you need to know about this one’s intended use. The P.S.D’s recurve blade shape may complicate sharpening, but it will definitely give the knife more horsepower when it comes to cutting through material. Made from 1.4116 steel, it measures 3.63 inches long and opens on an assisted IKBS flipper.
The Compano vies with the Tailbone for most unusual knife in CRKT’s 2021 catalog. This one is designed by Mike Bond, who pen geeks will know from his company Ti2 and the Techliner pens; the Compano combines a carabiner, finger ring, and slipjoint 1.42 inch blade to create a backup knife for users on the go.
A Lucas Burnley design, the Heron, like his previous release the Squid, is a dedicated EDC knife. It has a 2.93-inch modified wharnie blade, made from 8Cr14MoV and covered with a blackwash coating. The Heron’s off-side scale is the standard steel frame lock, but on the show side we see a tan G-10 base, interleaved with CF ‘sun ray’ overlays.
The popular Pilar family is growing once again in 2021. The Pilar III has a renovated 2.97-inch blade, with a more upturned tip than its predecessor. The stainless steel frame lock is retained, but a G-10 front scale helps keep the weight below the four-ounce mark (3.6 oz.). You can get this one in a standard version with 8Cr13MoV steel, or in D2 for 20 bucks more.
Richard Rogers’s Dually is a very small, modern slipjoint. Its 1.72-inch, drop point blade opens with a front flipper-style mechanism that doubles as a bottle opener.
Richard Rogers is also the man behind the Symmetry, another modern slippie – although, with 2.75 inches of blade length, it can handle more chores than the Dually.
Jesper Voxnaes’s Ibi is a slender little knife, with G-10 scales laid over a graceful handle arch. Voxnaes kept the handle profile itself pretty spartan, but added a karambit-style finger ring on the back end. Its 2.71-inch blade secures with a liner lock, and is made from D2 steel.
A distinct visual counterpoint to the Ibi, Voxnaes’s Teuto goes hard in the purely utilitarian direction, with a more somber look and larger size. Its puukko-inspired blade shape measures 3.28 inches long and is made from 1.4116 instead of D2.
This Ochs design is one of the biggest knives in the 2021 corral. Its blade shape is the standout feature: a 3.53-inch American tanto, complete with a recurve and multifaceted grind.
A dead simple, featherweight fixed blade, the Alan Folts-designed Biwa has a distinct bird and trout vibe. Users get a 3.02-inch drop point blade to work with, made from 8Cr13MoV, and multicolor G-10 scales over a full tang frame.
Two Flipper Variants
Speaking of the Squid, that knife is getting an assisted IKBS flipper variant this year; alongside this, the slim and slick little CEO line is expanded with a manual flipper model.
This is an updated version of a Matthew Lerch design that debuted several years ago. This new version comes with a redesigned handle and multiple variations: drop point, tanto, and a Large model with a 3.67-inch blade.
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