Wednesday, September 26, 2012

CRKT Folts Minimalist Knife Review

Columbia River Folts Minimalist Neck Knife 2" Wharncliffe Blade 

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.

Columbia River Folts Minimalist Neck Knife 2" Wharncliffe Blade 

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. 

Columbia River Folts Minimalist Neck Knife 2" Wharncliffe 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.


To buy or get more information on the Columbia River Folts Minimalist Neck Knife with 2" Wharncliffe Blade, click the link below.


Columbia River Folts Minimalist Neck Knife 2" Wharncliffe Blade 





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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting/Utility Knife Review


The Ka-Bar Full Size Black Survival Knife features a Clip Point blade with a 20 degree angle . It is made from 1095 Cro-Van Steel with a Rockwell hardness of 56-58 and is very easy to sharpen. Since it is not a stainless steel you will have a little more maintenance on your hands, but nothing major, just keep the blade oiled between uses and when storing your survival knife. The length of the blade is 7 inches and the overall length of the Ka-Bar 1213 Knife is 11.75 inches. The blade shape and design has a proven design and has been used not only on the battlefield, but also by woodsmen. This knife is ideal for self defense, hunting, dicing, cutting, carving, hacking, whittling, slicing rope, cords or bandages and a variety of other utilitarian purposes. Also, this blade is thick enough to use as a pry bar if you really needed to, although I don’t recommend that you use your survival knife for prying unless you absolutely, positively had no other choice.

KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting Knife 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle, Kydex Sheath
KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting Knife 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle, Kydex Sheath

The handle is Ka-Bar’s Kraton-G which gives a secure grip even in wet or muddy conditions, which is something I look for in a survival knife, unless you are going to be using it in perfect weather, this is an important consideration for proper functionality and safety. One point to note is that the Ka-Bar 1213 survival knife is still manufactured in the U.S.A. and most survival knives are no longer made in the U.S.A.

KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting Knife 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle, Kydex Sheath
KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting Knife 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle, Kydex Sheath

The Ka-Bar Full Size Survival Knife comes with sheath that is not made in the U.S.A. but it does the job as well as a sheath can. The sheath is made of Kydex, a tough, durable reinforced plastic which provides a hard surface which protects your knife during rough use. The Kydex sheath gives you a variety of mounting options which is helpful for a knife this large. And most importantly the Kydex sheath won’t retain moisture like a leather or nylon sheath will. Overall I rate this knife a 9 out of 10. The Ka Bar 1213 is an great knife if you are looking for one this large, this is one of the best survival knives at this length at this price point.


To buy or get more information on the KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting Knife with 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle and Kydex Sheath, click the link below.

KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting Knife 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle, Kydex Sheath



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