Designed by acclaimed custom Knife maker, Alan Folts of Greenville, N.C., the Folts Minimalist neck knife produced by Columbia River Knife and Tool friction-fits in an inverted Zytel sheath worn around the neck. Grasp the deep finger grooves of the handle or the braided nylon fob hanging from it and pull the knife free for quick one-handed deployment.
The CRKT Minimalist features a full-tang Wharncliffe blade with micarta scales. The Wharncliffe blade, only 2 inches of straight-edged, talon-shaped 5Cr15MoV stainless steel with a Rockwell hardness of 55-57, provides considerable strength in spite of the knife's light weight of 1.1 ounces. This knife came with an exceptionally sharp edge and has a very pleasing bead blasted finish. Also, the back side of the blade has grip serrations milled for your thumb for maximal force if needed. Ground with a rugged flat taper and built with a full tang micarta-slab handle, this knife doesn't have the cheap feel of other neck knives made from thinner stock. Used for slicing cuts as intended, it's a sensible blade.
The handle allows for a secure grip due to the deep finger grooves with no chance of slipping. Another huge plus is the scales are removable with a standard torx bit. The scales fit perfectly with zero gaps and have a very cool green/black coloration. The lanyard on the knife is also very functional and allows your pinky finger to get a firm grip and adds to the excellent fit in the hand as well as something to grip when removing it from its sheath. The sheath holds the knife very firmly yet allows you easy access and release when removing. The weight is less than two ounces (1.6oz) with the knife and sheath, meaning you don't really notice that you have the knife on your person. The paracord necklace is also great and easily adjustable to the length that you prefer.
As an emergency blade or a backup knife, the CRKT Minimalist Knife makes better sense strapped to gear or sewn to the inside of a hunting vest. At 1.6 ounces including the Zytel sheath and nylon neck cord, it's a dependable but light-duty knife that outdoorsmen won't notice until it's needed. Overall I rate this knife an 8 out of 10. If you have either ever considered a neck knife, have a different model, or even if you haven't, I recommend you check this knife out. It might just become your favorite and could potentially help you out of a sticky situation.
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