[SHOT Show 2020] New Knives & Tech From CRKT

   01.29.20

Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) had a slew of new knives on display at the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas last week. I dropped by their booth and got the rundown on their new items, and truth be told there’s so much new stuff that it would be impossible to cover it all. Here’s a look at the knives and technology that stood out for me.

Deadbolt

CRKT’s new Deadbolt lock places a pushbutton over the knife’s hinge point, which keeps your fingers out of the blade’s path as it folds. When the blade locks open. it’s held in place by a pair of steel protrusions on the internal “deadbolt” piece. It’s strong AND easy to use.

This short video will show you how Deadbolt works:

Among the Deadbolt offerings, I liked the looks of the M40-03 shown here.

CRKT M40-03 with new Deadbolt locking system.
CRKT M40-03 with new Deadbolt locking system.

M40 is a Kit Carson design with flipper opening, IKBS ball bearing pivot, and a handle made of aluminum and glass-reinforced nylon. This one lists for $140 and weighs in at 4.2 ounces with a 3.45″ blade.

CRKT M40-03 with new Deadbolt locking system.
CRKT M40-03 with new Deadbolt locking system.

Kinematic

CRKT refers to Kinematic creator Joe Caswell as “somewhat of a mad scientist,” and who can argue when they behold his brainchild?

Kinematic Provoke models on display at the SHOT Show.
Kinematic Provoke models on display at the SHOT Show.

They’re calling it “Provoke,” and it’s a folder of an all-new variety.

Provoke Earth, closed.
Provoke Earth, closed.

It’s described as a “morphing karambit knife,” and it locks open.

Provoke Earth, open.
Provoke Earth, open.

The Provoke Earth shown here lists for $200, and you can add a sheath for another $30.

CRKT Provoke Earth open and in hand.
CRKT Provoke Earth open and in hand.

4040E Provoke Earth specs:

  • Blade Length: 2.410″
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Blade Steel: D2
  • Blade Finish: Cerakote
  • Blade Thickness: 0.209″
  • Overall Length: 7.250″
  • Closed Length: 4.960″
  • Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Handle: 6061 T6 Aluminum
  • Style: Folding Knife w/Kinematic™
  • U.S. Patent No. D865,480

Psych

I liked the looks — and operation — of the Psych. This $99.99 folder was designed by Ken Steiger using CRKT’s Glide Lock, which uses a sliding bolster to lock the knife open or closed.

CRKT Psych, closed.
CRKT Psych, closed.

There’s a “safety button” next to one of the bolsters. After depressing that button, you can slide (or “glide”) the Glide Lock bolster to unlock the knife.

Getting ready to unlock the CRKT Psych.
Getting ready to unlock the CRKT Psych.
Bolster moved up to unlock the blade.
Bolster moved up to unlock the blade.

Then you are free to open the knife.

Opening the CRKT Psych.
Opening the CRKT Psych.

Once it’s open and the daggerish blade locked, the Psych has a really cool look.

CRKT Psych, open and locked.
CRKT Psych, open and locked.

Overland

I found the Overland oddly appealing, though I don’t normally go for unusual blade shapes. Aside from that, it’s pretty much a ruggedly-built frame-lock folder that will probably outlast you and me both.

CRKT Overland, open.
CRKT Overland, open.

Overland’s blade is made of 8Cr13MoV and is almost 3″ long.

CRKT Overland has a G10 scale on one side.
CRKT Overland has a G10 scale on one side.

Open length is 7.38″, closed is 4.36″ and it weighs in at 3.6 ounces.

Back of CRKT Overland is stonewash finished to match the blade.
Back of CRKT Overland is stonewash finished to match the blade.

MSRP of the Overland, a T.J. Schwarz design, is $69.99.

Full Throttle

Finally, the CRKT Full Throttle is another good-looking $69.99 frame-lock folder, this time designed by Matthew Lerch. This one has CRKT’s OutBurst spring assisted opening mechanism, so it opens like a dream.

CRKT Full Throttle
CRKT Full Throttle

Like the Overland, the Full Throttle’s handle is G10 on one side and stonewashed on the other, and has a 8Cr13MoV blade.

CRKT Full Throttle
CRKT Full Throttle

Full Throttle’s 2.9-inch blade is bead blasted. Open length is 6.88″ and closed length is 4.08″ while weight is 3.1 ounces.

And a Whole Lot More

As I said, CRKT has been busy, and there’s a lot more to their 2020 lineup. Visit their website to learn more.

 

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