There’s still a month left in 2018, but already there’s a reason to get ahead of ourselves; specifically, through CRKT’s preview of many of the new knives that it will produce in 2019. CRKT revealed information on more than ten blades that are each notable in their own ways.
Some yield all-new technologies, like the Seismic, which was designed in Brazil by Flavio Ikoma and debuts CRKT’s proprietary Deadbolt locking mechanism. The system uses interior steel bolts that wedge into the blade and liner when open, providing strength without bulk. The lock is released by pressing the oversized button that also marks the knife’s pivot point.
An expansion of still-fresh technologies is also included in the new batch of blades. Field Strip might be CRKT’s most innovative mechanism to date. It was developed by esteemed designer Ken Onion and allows users to completely take apart a knife for in-the-field cleaning with the switch of a lever and the spin of a wheel. That technology has expanded into a handful of new knives, perhaps most notably the Slacker, a slim everyday blade also created by Onion.
Other knives in the collection are modifications of familiar and popular styles. New sizes and colors make up the bulk of these alterations; one notable model is the Pilar Large. The Pilar, which was made available in 2017, became a fan-favorite for its folding cleaver-like design. It was designed by Jesper Voxnaes (and named after the boat that Ernest Hemingway used to do recon on German U-boats in the Caribbean during World War II), and now it’s available in a slightly larger size that also includes a flipper tab. It’s also available in black.
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