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Columbia River Knife,good choice or not?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by lookshigh123, Oct 7, 2010.

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  1. lookshigh123

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    I have a couple knives from CRKT and they are pretty darn good knives. The M-16 series works great and also the cord wrapped knives. The single bevel edge is a little hard to sharpen but seems to retain a edge well. Don't know a thing about the model listed in your link but as a whole not bad blades.
     
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    Don't like "tantos". Commonly available on the 'net for $21-$25 so the $25 is fine.
     
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    CRKT ? I'll check it soon.
     
  6. lookshigh123

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    Anyway, thanks for all your inputs.
     
  7. jbkebert

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    CRKT is columbia river knife and tool. Same company that makes the knife you originally asked about.
     
  8. Big Bill

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    lookshigh123 - beware of adds that don't disclose the type of steel and other facts about the knife you are interested in purchasing (especially the steel). Generally speaking you get what you pay for. cheap price = cheap knife

    Some knifemakers are having some of their knives manufactured in China. Although this, in itself, isn't always bad, in lots of cases it is. I know even Spyderco and Kershaw as well as Buck have resorted to this practice in order to compete. So, when you're looking remember this slogan: "let the buyer beware!"

    The M16 CRKT mentioned earlier is only AUS 4 steel. I personally won't buy AUS 4, preferring AUS 8 instead. Cold Steel uses AUS 8A in lots of their blades; which, I suppose is some variation of AUS 8. I've had a couple of CS knives in AUS 8A and have been satisfied with them, So, sometimes you just have to try one and see. Also, I look for g10 scales instead of Zytel.

    Check out the difference in the quality of these two knives"

    Spyderco ManixII

    http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=418

    CRKT M16 Zytel

    http://www.crkt.com/M1603Z
     
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  9. jbkebert

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    While I do agree with Big Bill on choice of steel. My current EDC is a D2 blade which is exceptionaly hard steel with excellant edge holding abilities. It's also a $200 plus dollar custom. While you can get these blades cheaper they still are not in the range you are looking at. I have owned several knives made with AUS-8 steels mostly Gerber brand. I have found the steel to be awkward to sharpen well. The benifit to the CRKT is the single bevel edge does not breakdown much like the edge of a chisel. The same blade steel in a double bevel will not last nearly as long. I am very abusive to my knives and use them multiple times a day.
     
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    I have a few and they are fine for EDC, which is how I use them. Not heartbroken if I lose them...
     
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    CRTK makes some great high-quality knives. They aren't all the same, so it's good to research the designers, the steel, etc., before making a choice. Their Graham Razels, for example, are extremely well made.
     
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    The Razels are fantastic, and the M-16 series seems to be above average.

    My experience with CRKT has been uniformly good, but I will say that in terms of my daily carry knife I typically look to Spyderco or Benchmade. That might change though, because the new Ken Onion knives from CRKT are pretty righteous.
     
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    Good Knives so far.
     
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    I have a few of the different CKRT model 16 variants , they hold up well for the price point.
     
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    I have a CRKT Voodoo. It's no longer made, but here's the description..
    Here's a picture of mine:

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    CRKT, DOES make some very high quality knives. It just depends on what one is willing to pay.
     
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    Spyderco Persistence. A few bucks more for a high quality, useful, very sturdy knife.
     
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    I have two CRKT, both for the novelty. One is dogfish the other is the Fulcrum. I never have carried either as a serious EDC.
     
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    That is a really good deal on a Spyderco knife JShirley.

    My edc is a CRKT Hammond Cruiser I picked up from SMKW for $20. They were going for around $40 on Amazon about a year ago. I really like that its easily carried and has a 4" spear point non serrated blade.
     
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    I have one and it is a good knife. Not a Spyderco or Benchmade, but a good knife.
     
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    I like CRKT knives. They're cheap enough that if they break or if they fall out of pocket, it's not gonna kill my wallet. Problem is I've not had one chip out, break or get lost. I wish I could say I've never lost a Benchmade, Spyderco, or cold steel.
    I have a CRKT EDGIE 2 in my toolbox for cutting rope. I have a carson 21 with the veff serations as my EDC and I love it.
     
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    Probably my favorite CRKT knife that I own. I wear it small of back while fishing, hiking, mountain biking. It hangs down enough to not get in the way of my day pack or is not uncomfortable while rowing my little jon boat around the lake. Sharp little bugger perfect for cutting fishing line and common small tasks around camp. It is easy to get to while riding my bike and doesn't dig into my side like a verticle carry fixed blade knife would. Had it around 8 or 9 years now.
     
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    So I thought, then I saw the infamous MADEINCHINA birthmark and passed. Is it worth buying or spending a few bucks more for a Native or other model.
     
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    This has been covered ad nauseam and in my opinion helps prove "no publicity is bad publicity." Spyderco has just shown their classy business practices again by getting a good Chinese product...their secret? Good quality control.

    OTOH I have seen CRKTs that were Made in USA that I would probably decline for free. Some of them do seem nice but their QC is less consistent and made in USA is never a guarantee.
     
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    I should add that my go-to fishing and pheasant knife for the last few years has been this little CRKT Kit Carson designed bird-and-trout knife. CRKT hasn't made them for awhile as far as I know, but it has been a very good little knife. Good enough, in fact, that I have no desire to purchase any other knife to fill that role. Aside from being a good knife, the sheath is one of the best I have ever had come with a knife. My buddy and I both purchased ours at a gun show in probably 2003 or 2004 or so for right around 15 bucks. Why CRKT no longer makes this knife, I dunno. I have used mine to break down a number of pheasants, and I have prepared a couple of fish for shore lunch with it.

    Hey! Google is my friend! It turns out that my knife is called the F4! Here is a link to a review of it: CRKT F4
     
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    I have the same knife and I like it. It's light and quick to open. I do like the automatic blade lock. If you look around, you should be able to find one for around $20. There are better and more expensive knives out there, but this one works for me and if I lose it I'm not out a large wad of cash.
     
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