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The Drop: CRKT Razel Fixed Blade

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Jonathan Tayag
The Drop: CRKT Razel Fixed Blade

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It's a big EDC market out there, and tons of awesome gear is released all the time. We made The Drop to help you discover the latest and greatest essentials worth a spot in your EDC.

Cleaver-style knives are intended for rougher duty than the standard folding EDC blade. Their chunky blade shape makes them great for chopping tasks, after all. But as with any folding blade, the weakest point is the folding mechanism itself. That's not a problem with the new fixed-blade version of CRKT's Razel knife. The new Razel, made in collaboration with Jon Graham, features a rigid full-tang D2 tool steel construction that provides one-piece reliability when the going gets tough.

The original Razel GT folding knife featured a quick flipper-assisted opening mechanism. This new fixed-blade Razel is always ready to go, with no moving parts that need to lock into place before you can get to work. The 2.97" D2 blade has also been made beefier, with a squared-off chisel tip and a sturdy spine that lets you hammer this knife into rough material when needed. An ergonomic handle has been cut into the full tang, and the resin-fiber scales help ensure a firm grip on the knife during hard use.

Of course, being a fixed-blade knife means it will likely have to go on a hip or neck sheath instead of your pockets for everyday carry. But it weighs 0.1oz less than the original Razel knife, and the included Kydex sheath makes carrying this useful EDC tool easy.

What we like: Cleaver-style blades are all the rage in EDC, and it's nice to see them start to focus on genuinely heavy-duty use. Additionally, the red rivets in the resin fiber handle offer a beautiful contrast to the knife’s overall look.

What to watch out for: The fixed-blade Razel is longer than your standard folding EDC knife, and if you don't like carrying a knife in a sheath, it may not be for you.

Final verdict: If your EDC needs require a hard-use chisel or cleaver-style blade, the new Razel is a welcome option.

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About the Author
Jonathan Tayag is secretly an information technology and corporate security expert who prefers to moonlight as a creative event and commercial photographer whenever possible. His varied experience and substantial travels have led him to seek, without even thinking about it at first, the best gear for the best use at the best price available. Before the concept of EDC (everyday carry) firmly took hold, Jonathan already spent untold amounts of time optimizing for the best-in-slot pieces of gear, from cameras and lenses to pocket knives, pens, and bags and packs. In November 2015, Jonathan joined EverydayCarry.com and has since written numerous articles and guides to help impart his knowledge to the community as a whole.

Jonathan's photographic works have appeared on numerous online websites, print, video, and television outlets for over a decade. Jonathan's previous clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Red Bull, ESL, Razer, and several other endemic and non-endemic esports sponsors and brands. His work also features heavily in online competitive gaming communities, especially those of the StarCraft and Fighting Game genres. You've likely seen his work if you've spent time in a stream or in-game chat over the years.

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