|Item Weight||2.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||4.8 x 1.2 x 1 inches|
|Item model number||4020RH|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
Columbia River Knife and Tool 4020RH Graham Stubby Folding Razel Knife
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4020RH Features: -Three stainless steel back spacers yield an easily cleaned open build.-Perfect tool to use for any precision cutting task, such as shaving just a few thousandths of an inch from a woodworking cut, or cleaning up the inside corners of a mortise.-Here's custom knife quality in a very affordable work tool.-Stubby Folding Razel is a short little frame lock with straight cutting edges of 2.0" and 0.923".-Blade is easily opened with either hand, thanks to dual knurled thumb studs.-Hand-contoured ram horn scales swell to fit securely in your palm.-Cutting edge: 2.0" and 0.92". Includes: -Removable stainless steel clips are included on all models. Specifications: -CRKT knows that craftsmen respect a quality tool, they decided to make these models using premium 8CR13MoV stainless steel blades and top-of-the-line scale materials. Dimensions: -Blade thickness: 0.13".-Overall dimensions: 1" H x 1.25" W x 4.75" D, 0.3 lb.
From the Manufacturer
4020RH Graham Stubby Folding Razel by Columbia River Knife and Tool is a short little frame lock knife that has a 2-Inch blade with straight dual Razor-Sharp cutting edges. This knife was designed with the serious craftsman in mind and is great for any precision cutting task. The blade is made of premium 8CR13MoV stainless steel. The scales are hand-contoured ram horn. Removable stainless steel clip are included.
Top Customer Reviews
Construction. Thick steel for both handles and blade (.26mm thick). Quite the solid build with 3 contact (2 at the lower half of the handle and 1 at the blade's pivot). The 2 lower half contacts are 2 torx screws and a spacer. And the blade's pivot is a sex bolt.
Blade. Hollow grind for both cutting edges. Thumb stud are on both side, however the stud on the left of the blade makes it more naturally for the right-handed folks (.5mm stud on LEFT side, .3mm on right). That .2mm on stud length makes a difference. All bevels are not symmetrical for both sides (for the 1st and the current issue).. I assume the bevel problem effect many to all the CRKT stubby knives produced. Also, a big point to note is the the cutting edge will be uneven in grind and not straight (from choil to the end of main 2 inch cutting edge). From what I have seen from the 1st and current issue of this knife is that the last .5mm of the main cutting edge has a slight curve. I do not see that a much of a problem though. Knife came in a ~25-30 cutting angle. Knife came fairly dull. I own several knives, so I also own knife sharpening tools. The dullness does not bother me greatly, but would have been nice for it to have come sharp.
Frame Lock. The frame lock on this current one I have is much better then the 1st one. The whole frame lock goes completely in locking the knife in - solid, no wiggle (the 1st one went in about only 2/3 of the way).
Ram Horn Grips. This part in particular will vary greatly form each knife. The rich brown grips in the stock photo is pleasing to the eyes.
Clip. The clip is of a nice thickness and fair tension. The tension can be a little more in my opinion. Note that you use the knife without the ram horn grips, but you need to adjust the clip tension and smooth the steel handle's edges. Removing the grips will reduce the overall width by 3/4mm, a considerable some, but hand fatigue is likey to come quicker.
Thumb Gimpings. The gimpings on the blade's spine (more then 1 inch worth) is great and not overly agressive. However, the gimpings on the handle (3/8 inch length) are a bit too smooth for my liking.
Clean(?). This seems to be a varying thought depending if you got a dirty knife new from the box. Which I got a new-from-box dirty knife, which I took apart and cleaned each piece.
Conclusion. This knife is a great folder for EDC (every day carry) if you can mind the width and weight. Consider the removal of the grips and clips for a smaller width (you'll want to smooth out the steel handle's edges). This knife is worth a bit more then it's current price, I'd say about $35. The steel used for the blade is fairly good steel, it is by all means not high-end but it is also not the lowest. The steel is also a bit harder then other knives, as I reprofiled the cutting edge to a ~15-20 angle (took some time with extra extra coarse diamond whetstone!). I give this product a 4 stars generally. 3 stars for varying in craftsmanship. Overall, a very solid knife despite the 3 stars in craftsmanship and price. However, be prepared to return the one you are sent and make sure Amazon is the shipper.
Other note. I use DMT diafolds from extra fine to extra coarse and whetstone extra extra coarse.
tools needed to disassemble:
Torx: T8 and T-6H
Now, I know some people think of a chisel as a masher, a smasher, and a pointy pry bar. Fair enough. However, a brief foray into amateur woodworking convinced me that chisels are an artist's tool, and they need to be wickedly sharp to be effective. A sharp chisel whiskers through wood, cuts working time in half, and is a joy to use. Yes, it can be used as a utility tool, but an honest, working chisel deserves to be shaving-sharp. Enter the Razel.
I re-discovered the Razel when scanning Amazon for a Kershaw Scallion (another slightly odd-looking blade that is eminently practical), and reading about 500 more reviews than is good for me. All of that and under $25 shipped? Say no more. I ordered mine on April 29 and received it on May 2; your mileage may vary. Quick shipping: Check.
Small enough for pocket carry: check. I dislike things rattling around in my pockets and seriously hate anything that stabs me in the leg. I put the Razel on its clip in my front jeans pocket and seriously do not know it is there unless I check or roll over on it.
Sharpness. Okay, pocket chisel, are you as sharp as advertised, or are you butter-knife dull as one reviewer claimed? Easy test: Will it shave hair on the back of my arm. Yup! With BOTH edges! Don't believe the arm-hair test? I also took it to a standard junk-mail envelope. The "primary" blade shaved strips effortlessly (that's's 'hold one corner of the envelope and shave away from yourself like whittling'). The front edge did the same, in a 'pushing' fashion. I also sank the corner of the blade ( where the two edges meet) into the envelope, and it penetrated and cut easily from there, too. Then I realized in both tests, I was cutting two thicknesses of envelope. Bonus!
Okay, now we know that neither my arm hair nor junk mail is safe around the Razel. Why four stars?
Well, I like the thing already. It semi-ejects with the flipper, and the rest of opening the knife is done easily enough with the blade stubs. After testing, I was darned careful around the blade. The scales are fine; mine have an obvious flaw on one side that looks like a crack, but happily it is not. That sharp blade on my example is not ground evenly from one end to the other; you can see a slight sine-wave from the tang to the tip. And, when the blade is open, there is a gap between the lock and the scale on that side. I can see how something like natural horn could be brittle in that position if dropped or struck. Blah, blah, blah, so it's not perfect.
In the hand, my example is chunky but not pokey. The horn provides a grip similar to 400- grit sandpaper. The rest of the metal is well- finished, and for the most part there are no (unintentional) sharp edges. There is one tiny area of almost-sharpness on the lock cutout. Weight-wise, it is about the same as my original Leatherman, probably a tad lighter. And I agree with another reviewer that the horn-and-stainless looks good together.
If you can't tell, I am pleased with this knife out of the box. It offers tremendous value, great potential, and something unique in a folding pocket chisel.