Everyday Carry

The Drop: CJRB Pyrite Knife

Authored by:
Jonathan Tayag
The Drop: CJRB Pyrite Knife

Related Gear:
  The Drop: CJRB Pyrite Blade HQ Exclusive Knife
  Benchmade Bugout Review
  Ridge Summit Knife

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.

Powder steel knives are some of the best blades you can EDC. Their unique metallurgy allows knives made of this type of steel to get harder and sharper than traditional stainless steel, but that prowess often comes at a price. Seeking to deliver value, Artisan Cutlery and their more affordable CJRB EDC folding knife brand formulate and manufacture a proprietary high-performance powder steel that they call AR-RPM9. One of their best knives that feature this design is the CJRB Pyrite, an affordable sub-50 dollar EDC folding knife with solid cutting performance, convenient ergonomics, and stellar aesthetics that make it a joy to carry daily.

The Pyrite is a manual dual thumbstud opening knife that's easy to open because of the cut-out ergonomic handle and the ceramic ball bearings in the pivot. Closing the blade is also easy because the secure push button lock lets you properly grip the handle as you close the knife. With the top jimping on the blade, you have complete control over the cutting you can do with the 3.11” drop-point blade made from the AR-RPM9 stainless steel, as mentioned above.

Unlike most folding EDC knives you can get at this price range, the CJRB Pyrite's AR-RPM9 features similar cutting performance and maximum hardness you'd expect from more premium powder metallurgy blades. It's also not made out of D2 tool steel like other knives at this price point, which has the downside of not being stainless steel. And on that note, the AR-RPM9 stainless steel on this knife is far superior to the cheapest 8Cr blades available today.

What we like: With an intelligent and ergonomic design and quality powder metallurgy stainless steel, the CJRB Pyrite features excellent performance potential and value for money.

What to watch out for: The Pyrite also comes in alternate textured G-10 handle scales if the stainless steel one is a little too smooth for your liking, as well as other finishes and colors to fit the rest of your loadout better.

Final verdict: If you want better performance and bang for your dollar, look no further than the CJRB Pyrite. Unlike its namesake, it's a quality EDC folding knife, not fool's gold.

Check It Out

Jonathan Tayag

Senior Contributor

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.

Discussion (0 total)

There are no messages here. Be the first to share a comment or feedback.