Sunday, January 4, 2015

CRKT Sweet K.I.S.S. Review

CRKT Sweet K.I.S.S. Review

CRKT has consistently delivered amazing knife designs that knife nuts love… I am one of them.  Among the most notable and popular knife designs ever for CRKT has been the Ed Halligan KISS (Keep It Super Simple) series. The newest of those knives is the CRKT Sweet K.I.S.S. which delivers a huge amount of cutting power and defensive utility in a very slim and compact size.

This neck knife maintains a low profile and rides light around the neck, yet it's big enough to deliver on big cutting tasks. The small 4” fixed blade knife has a modified tanto blade with a black oxide finish that is discreet and unassuming.

The handle is made from a tough, glass filled nylon material which is textured for exceptional grip and they're removable with a Torx screwdriver. A pressed leather lanyard adds a subtle accent to the butt of the blade and adds real estate when drawing the knife quickly.

The sheath is a slim versatile design which allows for neck knife configuration or a corded in the waistband sheath configuration which is my favorite method for this type of knife. Basically just loop the knife through the belt loop and slip the sheath inside the waistband.

Like every Ed Halligan knife design, this design offers a huge amount of cutting power in an edge geometry which just works. Many knife geometry designs do not deliver the cutting power they should in the length of knife blade, however every millimeter of this blade from the tanto point to the base of the edge near the hilt delivers more cutting power than you would expect from a knife this size. Again I think CRKT has done a beautiful job on a knife which only runs around $34 on the street.

CRKT - Columbia River Knife and Tool was founded in 1994 by Rod Bremer in Oregon. By working in unison with the top knife designers around the world, CRKT delivers a broad line of innovative custom knife designs in affordable production knives and tools.  The result is that the hottest custom designs are available to the consumer for daily use at affordable prices.

Dimensions Open Overall Length 7.69 inches
Weight 2.3 ounces
Blade Length 4.03 inches
Thickness 0.15 inches
Material 8Cr13Mov
Blade-HRC 58-59
Finish Ground Finish then Black Oxide
Grind Hollow
Style Reversed Tanto
Edge Plain
Handle Material Black Glass Filled Nylon
Carry Carry System Black Polypropylene Sheath


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