In case you haven’t noticed, CRKT (Columbia River Knife and Tool Inc.) has put out some pretty interesting products lately.
The Squid Black Stonewash is an everyday carry folding knife from designer Lucas Burnley of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Inspired by the concept of a compact pistol, the Squid features a 2.25″ drop point hollow ground blade made from 8Cr13MoV steel. It reminds me of a poor man’s Spyderco Techno, which is my carry knife in Chicago because they enforce a 2. 5″ blade length limit and I wanted something heavy-duty. But unlike the Techno, at $29.99 retail, the CRKT Squid is one you could beat up and not feel bad about it.
The Shizuka noh Ken is another tactical folder in CRKT’s James Williams line.
It’s designed to be a compact version of the Otanashi noh Ken and features the manual LAWKS® safety, which is supposed to offer fixed blade-like lock up for hard use situations. The Shizuka noh Ken features a 3.525″ AUS8A flat ground modified tanto blade, G10 scales, and a deep carry clip. It bridges the gap between the popular assisted opening Heiho and Hissatsu folders and the very intimidating 4.52″ Otanashi noh Ken (which Williams calls a “Threat Extinguisher”).
Another defensive blade is the BT-70 by legendary tactical blade designer Bob Terzuola.
It has a stout .15″ thick stonewashed 4.03″ AUS8 dual ground modified tanto blade with a G10 handle featuring Terzuola’s dragon logo. It retails for $150.
The Squid and Shizuka noh Ken are available now. The BT-70 will be released later this year.