CRKT Knives

CRKT Knives

Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) is an American knife company based out of Tualatin, Oregon. Founded in 1994 by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer, CRKT is known for making high value knives, but the company also makes multi-tools, sharpeners and other related products.

CRKT Knife Reviews:

  • CRKT Eros SS Review

    It is cool to see the trickle-down effect at work. 5 years ago, if you wanted to buy a bearing equipped manual action framelock flipper you either forked over the dough for a custom knife, or it simply didn't exist. 3 ... continue reading

  • CRKT Chanceinhell Review CRKT Chanceinhell Review

    Through his many collaborations with production knife companies Ken Onion has become one of the most recognized names in the cutlery industry. The Kershaw catalog is still chock full of Ken Onion classics like the Blu ... continue reading

  • CRKT Obake Review CRKT Obake Review

    Long time readers know that I have always had a soft spot for pocketable fixed blade knives, and CRKT has proven on a number of occasions that they know how to make them. So the announcement of the Obake, a compact fi ... continue reading

  • CRKT Swindle Review CRKT Swindle Review

    I have been on a bit of a high value folder kick recently, focusing especially on the $30-40 segment. I've neglected this part of the market over the past year or two, favoring fixed blades and higher end folders, but ... continue reading

  • CRKT Eraser Review CRKT Eraser Review

    The Eraser is a relatively new offering from CRKT and is arguably their most ambitious knife yet. Designed by Liong Mah, this large tactical folder is his first knife collaboration with CRKT although Mah has collabora ... continue reading

  • CRKT Ikoma Sampa Review CRKT Sampa Review

    This is a guest post by my buddy Eric, aka "Ebbs" from Eric is the founder, editor, and main contributor to, a Gun & Gear Review website for the Average Joe Shooter. After 12 months of r ... continue reading

  • CRKT S.P.E.W. Review CRKT Spew Review

    Ah, the CRKT SPEW... So we need to get one thing out of the way; the name chosen for this knife is a little funky. I kind of danced around that issue in my video review, but I'm just going to straight up say it here. ... continue reading

  • CRKT Shenanigan Review img-crkt-shenanigan-01-thumb

    I find myself typing this review as I usually do, in the wee hours of the morning. Dregs from a once cold beer are drying on the side of the glass at my desk, and knives scattered across the room are glinting faintly ... continue reading

  • CRKT M16 Review CRKT M16 Review

    My recent reviews of the CRKT Minimalist and the Drifter have proven that CRKT is legitimate contender in the affordable EDC game. But for many this is old news as knives like the popular CRKT M16 have been around for ... continue reading

  • CRKT Nathan's Knife Kit Nathan's Knife Kit

    As a guy who runs a website that revolves around knives, I feel responsible to set a decent example for the knife community. While I try not to make a huge deal out of it, it's something I do take seriously. So no ... continue reading

  • CRKT Drifter Review CRKT Drifter Review

    For those who can't get enough high value EDC knives, or simply need a tool for every day use that is both well made and inexpensive, I think it's going to be tough to ignore the CRKT Drifter. For some, this may be th ... continue reading

  • CRKT Ripple Review img-crkt-ripple-01-thumb

    The CKRT Ripple is a design that had me doing a double take. The flowing lines and sharp looks were very "Ken Onion-y" and upon closer inspection the knife was in fact designed by Ken Onion. It turns out Mr. Onion has ... continue reading

  • CRKT Folts Minimalist Review CKRT Minimalist Review

    The CRKT Folts Minimalist is an intriguing design from acclaimed custom knifemaker Allan Folts. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Folts (there may be an Alan Folts interview in the mix - stay tuned) an ... continue reading

More on CRKT

CRKT is an American company that has their knives made overseas. This keeps the cost down while delivering quality knives and tools to the consumer. Because you can buy some of their knives at retail outlets like Wal-Mart, I find the brand to be most synonymous with inexpensive folding pocket knives, and EDC blades. But really that isn’t fair and CRKT makes a number of larger tactical knives, hunting knives, survival knives, etc.

I feel like lately CRKT has really been targeting the enthusiast crowd a bit more, and have come up with some really nice products. So far I’ve handled a number of their knives and have been impressed with the knife you get for the money. I hope to expand my familiarity with their blades and check out some of their more unique offerings in addition to the bread and butter EDC size folders many associate with the brand.

CRKT has teamed up with a number of well known knife designers and custom makers producing some very interesting designs. Many well known names in the knife industry have or are engaged in ongoing collaborations. This list includes Doug Ritter, Alan Folts, Ken Onion, Glenn Klecker, A.G. Russell, Pat and Wes Crawford, and many more.

CRKT also makes some interesting multi-tools. While I haven’t done any multi-tool reviews, they are something I use and am interested in. Anyhow, it’s cool to see that CRKT doesn’t just make knives. Who knows, maybe I will do some multi-tool reviews down the road.

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