CRKT Ripsnort

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Sure, lots of small EDC knives can handle utility tasks, but few are actually built for the job. You usually have to trade heavy-duty heft for a smaller size and weight. And with a thin and slim blade, you might not have the confidence to tackle larger tasks. The innovative new Ripsnort from CRKT approaches this problem in a different way. It's a fresh take on a small everyday carry utility blade. Fitting that it's made by Philip Booth, who won last year's Blade Show Most Innovative Design Award.

The Ripsnort features an impressive cleaver-style blade that's perfect for utility tasks. Its sharp 8Cr13MoV stainless blade steel is also easy and simple to maintain. A solid liner lock should give you confidence that the knife won't fail on you when the going gets tough. Plus, the easy flipper opening makes it a cinch to open the knife with a single hand. That flipper also doubles as a large guard keeping your hand out of your own blade during rough use.

But even though it has an impressive look, the Ripsnort is still a small EDC knife. The blade measures a modest 2.831" inches, and the knife is less than 7" in length when open. And at 6 ounces, it won't be a undue burden in your pockets either.

With the Ripsnort, you can stop wondering whether your EDC blade can handle the task at hand. Pick one up and see for yourself at the link below.

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Ease up steel snobs. It functions perfectly acceptably for a low end knife with an interesting design. Personally, I feel uncomfortable grabbing my $200 Al-Mar to cut open a couple of cardboard boxes. But I don't mind at all using the Al-Mar designed Kershaw version that I bought for $30...sharp as hell and resharpens just fine. CRKT makes some interesting lower priced knives...I'm a fan.
I agree they make some really nice designs, but for me 8cr13mov is just too low end. I only buy knives now that will get a lot of use, I don't want to be sharpening a knife after every use. Even just bringing the steel up to N690Co or something would make this a must have and not increase the price by much.
Being a steel snob and hating this steel aren't related at all. It's just bad steel. Steel snobs would complain about it being 1095 and not 3V. People who like knives that stay sharp complain about this steel.

You can get whoever you want to design a knife (Les George, for example) that's beautiful and fits wonderfully in the hand (the Kershaw Pico, for example). But if you take that design and then trash it up with this steel it's all for not. Design means nothing without proper materials.
sub 3 inch blade 8cr13mov and 6 OUNCE? wow.
Preach. Just one more thing I don't get about all these EDC folders. They weigh a ton.

I have a 5" long, 1/8" thicks full tang blade with ironwood scales that weighs 6.125.
CRKT always seem to have kickass designs and junk steel. It would be great if they just bumped the price up a little to use a half decent steel
Was close to posting the exact same thing before I saw your comment. So I'll just back you up on this one.

People...this steel is trash. If I could scream it from the rooftops I would. It's become a standard because it's dirt cheap chinese steel that favors profit margins...not because it's good.

D2 & 1095 are super affordable but they still cut quality at the knees with this steel.

It dulls quickly but it's honestly a pain in the ass to sharpen, too. This blade / design is gorgeous...but I'm so sick of clicking these articles for a sexy new knife only to get burned when you read 8CR13MOV. Sorry CRKT...but it's getting old.
Cut once sharpen once steel. Specifically the CRKT version that I have. Total waste of time on a utility blade. It's easy enough to sharpen but then it would need to be, you'll be doing it a lot.
Any recommendations for a similar style knife?
First one that comes to mind in terms of cleaver style blades would be the Spyderco Roc. Can't think of anything else off the top of my head :P
'Foot' style blades such as this one are actually all pretty great. Search for 'Sheepsfoot' or 'Modified Sheepsfoot' blade. They're out there, but they're tough to find. I've been trying to snag a Northwood folder for quite some time...but $250 AND hard to get is a tough sell.
Very true, it's usually easier to find traditional styled sheepsfoot blades though, but they aren't everyone's cup of tea
Benchmade proper. Great knife!