Everyday pocket knives are getting smaller, and we like it. Tiny knives are utterly portable, and they can be so without losing out on utility. But sometimes, when the task calls for it, or when you just want it, a big blade is better. That’s why this year, CRKT made a larger version of the Pilar, a knife that has become quite popular since its release in 2017.
To build the original Pilar, CRKT collaborated with Jesper Voxnaes, who gave it the same name as the boat that Ernest Hemingway piloted around the Caribbean Sea while doing recon on German U-boats during World War II. The shape of its blade is cleaver-like (although it’s actually a modified Wharncliffe), and it’s ideal for slicing and chopping while maintaining a wider tip that lowers the likelihood of accidental punctures. The new version of the Pilar, called the Pilar Large, is, as its name implies, a bit bigger. Its blade is 2.7 inches in length compared to the 2.4 inches of its predecessor. Both use satin-finished steel, a frame lock and have a full-sized choil that allows users a full, firm grip on the handle.
The Pilar Large is bigger than its original version, but it still isn’t a massive hunk of metal that’ll weigh heavy in your pocket. It’s also currently on sale at Massdrop for 36 percent off, a notable discount given how new this knife is and how popular the original was. The Pilar Large can be ordered with a stainless steel handle, a G10 handle or, for slightly more money, in an all-black edition that has upgraded steel.
A note on Massdrop:
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