CRKT Montosa

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When bigger tasks around the house call for a bigger knife, sometimes your everyday blade just won’t cut it. A compact blade is great in the pocket and for smaller tasks, but when your day calls for working on larger projects, dealing with heavier materials, or processing huge piles of boxes, a larger blade is a tool for the job. Designed with inspiration from the Magdalena Mountains in New Mexico, the CRKT Montosa is built for work and comes packed with unique and practical features. From its clipped nose blade to its ergonomic handles, the Montosa is an affordable workhorse for getting the job done.

The CRKT Montosa comes from the workshop of Richard Rogers, whose earlier design for the CRKT CEO offered a popular gent’s knife option for EDCers. The Montosa comes from his design of a mid-sized utility knife, and its key features reflect its purpose. The blade is a modified sheepsfoot that’s great for slicing tasks, and the clipped portion gives it a reinforced tip that you can use for piercing. The 3.25″ blade is flat ground from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, giving it decent edge retention and durability while still being easy to sharpen and maintain. Bead-blasting gives it a clean and consistent finish, and contrasts it with the ambidextrous black thumbstuds. It’s a handsome workhorse blade that makes the Montosa a good stay-at-home utility knife, as well as a capable EDC and outdoor tool.

For deployment and retention, a familiar locking liner is nestled in grooved G10 handle scales that provide a comfortable and secure grip. The generous 4.46″ long handle gives you room to grasp the knife, helping with control during use. A purple anodized washer encircles the machined pivot screw, and is matched with an aluminum backspacer for a bit of contrast and visual flair. The scales feature a cutout so you can use the hole in the backspacer to loop in a lanyard for customized aesthetics and to assist deployment. The knife’s ambidextrous thumb studs are matched with a reversible deep-carry pocket clip, allowing you to use this knife with either hand. At just 3.2 ounces and with no protruding parts when closed, the Montosa is easily pocketable for everyday use.

For an affordable yet capable knife for EDC and outdoor tasks, check out the CRKT Montosa. Like the mountain it was named after, it’s beautiful to look at, but stalwart and hardy. You can pick one up at the link below.

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