Truth: when my dear, pregnant bride mentioned the idea of me posting a week of my favorite things, my knife was the first thing that came to mind. Then my watch. Then my flashlights. And then a bunch of other stuff. Awesome guy stuff.
Problem was, I hadn't seen my knife for about two weeks.
And now you're asking yourself: "How favorite can this alleged knife be if you...lost it?"
Shut up - I didn't lose it. I knew it would find me. It always does. Especially when I need it.
And yesterday, as I was packing for a residual business trip to LA, in marches cjane, pleased as punch, with my knife in her hand.
"Look what I found." she beamed. "In the toy box."
The Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) M16-13z.
Part of CRKT's EDC (every day carry) Series, there are obviously more glamorous knives out there. CRKT actually builds raced-out versions of this knife with aluminum or titanium frames and exotic steels for the blade. Nice, but I need a tool. A sharp, unbreakable tool.
Utility, right? I'm not afraid of beating on it, or getting it wet, or getting it dirty. I don't care about pocket lint or finger-prints or a little rust. I rarely sharpen it with my Lansky diamond stones. A little Tri-flow and a few passes with the generic scissor sharpener and I'm good for a few days. I'm not impressing friends by shaving with it, I'm cutting cardboard, or annoying bubble-packed stuff from Costco. Or drywall. If I was carrying a Spyderco or a Benchmade, I'd probably make an extra trip to the silverware drawer to get an old steak knife for the "dirty work."
Here's the lists:
- Solid construction; Zytel (unbreakable plastic) handles
- AUS 4 high-carbon stainless steel blade. More than you ever wanted to know about blade steel here. Basically: good steel that gives up some high-end qualities in favor of daily utility.
- Carson Flipper. One handed flip open-ability.
- Internal "AutoLAWKS" locking mechanism. Locks open when you flip it open, but can be closed with one hand.
- Pocket clip.
- I have the spear point, combination edge. This means; 2/3 is regular edge, 1/3 is serrated. Love it. Had a tanto (angled) style point before this one. We didn't get along. Too hard to sharpen.
- Tears up your pants pockets over time. I think most folders do.
- Distinct lack of bling-diggity. Maybe this belongs in the pro list.
- The knurling on the block-studs and the pivot screw are a little sharp. Tough on knuckles and denim. Took a file to the block studs and found a replacement phillips-head screw for the pivot. Done.
I got lucky on eBay 4 years ago and payed $20 when retail was $80. Amazon has 'em now for under $30. Knife snobs scoff at the low price. Pffft. I'd buy 3 friends one of my favorite things in the world.
From CRKT's site:
"We want an affordable work knife that we can give hard use without feeling guilty, and one that won't break us up if we leave it on a job site or drop it in the river."
I am c jane, and this knife has made my life easier.