Thursday, December 13, 2012

CRKT Foresight Folding Knife Review

Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Plain Black Blade, Aluminum Handles




Columbia River Knife and Tool bases its success on innovation, technical quality and functional design. If you think everything’s already been done, you won’t land a job at CRKT. That doesn’t mean they make complicated knives, but there’s always something unusual in the build. CRKT’s first success, the K.I.S.S. folder, caught the eye of dealers and buyers because there’s nothing there but two pieces of high carbon stainless, arranged to be knife blade, handle, pocket clip, frame lock and sheath. Ed Halligan’s design “Keeps It Super Simple” in ways no one considered before, and laid the groundwork for many more fine CRKT ideas.

Today's knife review is on the CRKT Foresight. The CRKT Foresight is a well-balanced, award-winning design by award-winning custom knifemaker Ken Onion that is very well constructed and brought to market at a relatively reasonable price point.

First off, I want to mention that the CRKT Foresight won the 2012 Blade Show, Import Knife Design of the year. This is an award given to a knife by fellow industry peers. What you see in the Onion design is "form follows function". The profile of the "Foresight" looks like a chiseled physique just waiting to pounce on your next cutting task.


Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Plain Black Blade, Aluminum Handles 

The CRKT Foresight Knife features a 3.5" modified drop-point blade, with a generous belly and recurve cutting edge for maximizing the full utility of the blade. I really like the recurve blade design, as you actually get more cutting surface than the measured length of the blade. The Foresight is available with a plain razor-sharp cutting edge or a combined razor sharp edge with triple-point serrations. The blade is made of AUS 8 stainless steel with a Rockwell Hardness of 58-59HRC and a black titanium nitride finish on the blade for that super-cool tactical look. The blade holds an edge for a good long time, and is fairly easy to re-sharpen. Through three days of daily wear and random cutting tasks, the Foresight has held its edge well and I have not needed to hone the blade. The overall length of the knife in the open position is 8.69" with a closed length of 5.17" and it weighs in at 6.3 oz - not too heavy and not too light.

Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Plain Black Blade, Aluminum Handles 

The cold-forged black aluminum handle on the CRKT Foresight is purposefully styled and shaped with swept finger grooves and a proper palm swell to provide a secure and comfortable grip. When opening the blade, there is the super smooth Ikoma Korth Bearing System (IKBS) ball bearing pivot system coupled with Interframe style mechanism which makes this one of the smoothest opening folders available anywhere. This knife does not have thumb studs - instead, there is a flipper on the blade - you simply apply a small amount of pressure to the flipper, and the blade effortlessly swings out of the handle scales and securely locks in place leaving the holder with a confident handful of knife. The knife almost feels like it's an auto-opening folder because of the little amount of effort required to get the blade deployed. The knife's super smooth opening is very impressive, and I can understand why industry peers voted the Foresight as the 2012 Blade Show Import Knife of the year.


Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Plain Black Blade, Aluminum Handles 

The CRKT Ken Onion Foresight comes with a small pocket clip that is fixed in position. The pocket clip is located near the top of the knife that allows you to hold the knife on a belt or on clothing. The small clip  limits your carry options and makes the knife difficult to extract from a pocket quickly. I would prefer to have more options for clip placement and a larger clip. This is one of my favorite CRKT Folding Knives! Overall, I rate the CRKT Foresight a 9 out of 10. I recommend it!



To buy or get more information on the Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight with Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Plain Black Blade and Aluminum Handles, click the link below.

Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Plain Black Blade, Aluminum Handles

Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Plain Black Blade, Aluminum Handles

To buy or get more information on the Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight with Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Black Combo Blade and Aluminum Handles, click the link below.

Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Black Combo Blade, Aluminum Handles

Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Black Combo Blade, Aluminum Handles



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