So, after sort of wanting one for a long time, I finally dropped the cash on the CRKT Ringed Razel. My first impressions were and are very good: The ring felt both comfortable and natural in the hand while fulfilling it's duty of assuring a secure grip, the grip was sized perfect for my paws, the edge out of the box was sufficient, and the overall size of the knife was just perfect to throw into my EDC backpack. All my immediate co-workers know I am a knife knut, and whenever I get something cool I show them. Despite worrying that maybe I would cross a line between "knife-guy" and "*** is that!!!???", the Razel was admired by all. Even the one girl in the office that is scared by knives found the Razel cool and surprisingly, even asked to use it later in the day.
To slice her cucumbers.
She came in and said "Hey, let me use that knife of yours", walked back to the break room and cut cucumbers up for her salad. Evidently while doing so, a large number of people stopped and looked at it and commented favorably on it. Later, I had a few questions about it from a few different people who do not know my love of cutlery, so that was interesting.
I am surprised by how non-threatening the Razel apparently is. I work for our county government, and while I live in a Republican stronghold of a town and county, it still isn't the type of workplace that makes me want to show off my knife collection. I can guarantee if I whipped out a Bowie or something, the reaction would have been decidedly less positive.
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July 20, 2010, 07:24 AM
There was a member who really talked up the razel about two years ago. He loved it. I have it on my to get list but it keeps getting bumped by the need to acumulate ammo into the 5 figure area :)
The shape of the blade makes it extremely useful, adding leverage and functions like prying that ordinary knives lack. I'm getting a lot more use out of this knife than any other I've ever carried. If you're looking to add a blade to your collection, a Razel should be on your short list.
July 20, 2010, 08:58 AM
I've used one around the house and barn and found them to be tough knives capable of surprising utility.
I'd advise everyone to get one.
July 23, 2010, 07:35 PM
I used it like 5 minutes ago to scrap some sealant from my tub that the sealant scraper couldn't get. Worked like a charm. Probably I could have done it with another knife OK, but the Razel made it easier. I also decided to cook a meal and use ONLY the Razel for prep last night, and again, it worked very well. Not as good at some of the smaller tasks as what I normally use, which is a santoku-type knife, and maybe a little to big for some of the other tasks I put it too, but it worked well enough that I would use it again without worrying about it. I am liking the utility more and more every day. Also, my Dad who never, never, never believes in buying things new, liked it well enough that I bought him one as a present for a recent little thing that happened to him.
July 26, 2010, 10:59 AM
I just bought a Razel Stubby last week. Love the knife. The sheath? Not so much. The way it is constructed, the knife has to be inserted carefully or the inside of the sheath will get scarred up and the edge dulled.
July 26, 2010, 11:27 AM
I've been wanting to try one out for a while, now. I think the Razel is another good contender for a good combat knife- lightweight, quick to present (because quickness is important, not so much for fighting, but other emergencies like quickly cutting free of gear or straps), sturdy, not over-expensive.
July 27, 2010, 08:56 PM
I have a ringed CRKT Razel. I bought it to try out with the intent to have Josh and John make one for me down the road. Been to their shop and we have chatted. I hoped to carry it as a EDC. My general impression is that it is a very cool knife, but you really really have to get used to two sharp edges. I cut myself pretty bad driving down the road trying to slice open a small box. Sharp Sharp Sharp! Put it away and have not worn it since. I probably have not given it a sufficient chance to fit my needs. I'll try again on one of my jobs as a utility blade. Not going to carry it as an EDC however.
July 27, 2010, 09:47 PM
My custom Ringed Razel. Sharp, quick, and versatile. The front edge is great for the tasks where you need something sharp, but don't want to chip the thinner main edge. The sheaths that the Graham Brothers provide with them are also excellent.
Completely agree with 22-rimfire there is a bit of a learning curve involved with the secondary edge though. Treating the Razel like a Wharncliffe is a pretty fast way to get cut.