Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) 7530 Crossbones Folding Straight Edge Liner Lock Knife
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- Low Profile Flipper Opening
- Satin Finish AUS 8 Blade
- Brushed 6061 Aluminum Two Tone Handle
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Thinner, lighter, universal. The Crossbones is an extremely versatile everyday carry knife for cutting meat, opening envelopes, and everything in between. Designed under the tutelage of master designer Ken Onion, it holds up to high standards while reflecting a fresh, new design and function. The Crossbones practically disappears when you slide it into your pocket, but it’ll come out ready to face any task at hand.
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One thing that I am not thrilled about is the size of this. I bought it as a Gentleman's Knife, but after getting it in hand I realize that it is a little big for what I consider a Gentleman's Knife. That isn't enough for me to rate it less, it is still a very good knife, I just disagree with the description of it as a Gentleman's Knife.
I have attached two pictures, the first comparing the size of this to a Benchmade Griptillian (full size), and the second next to a Boker Plus Urban Trapper, which is another knife billed as a Gentleman's Folder which is just a little to big. My reasoning here is that a Gentleman's Folder should disappear in your dress pants pocket. Really, there should be no pocket clip on it. Or also should be small enough not to upset the fragile sensibilities of the snowflakes around you. Normally, I wouldn't concern myself with this, but who wants to cause a scene at a high society function?
The blade steel is AUS-8, which is quite adequate for what this knife is billed as. If it is truly a Gentleman's Folder, it shouldn't be expected to do any hard use cutting, and therefore shouldnt need a better steel like 154CM or S30V. Likewise, the blade shape is designed to be elegant, not utilitarian.
The handle is comfortable, again, not what I would want in a heavy use knife, but that this knife isn't. The pocket clip that it shouldn't have rides pretty deep, the third picture should give you an idea what it looks like in pocket.
The pivot is an IKBS, CRKT's ball bearing system. I have other IKBS knives which work a lot better out of the box, but a little work on the pivot screw I managed to get it running pretty smooth. There is no blade play, either up and down or side to side. It is a flipper design with a liner lock, which holds the blade in place quite well.
Ultimately I can't mark this knife down for failing to fall into what is my personal opinion of a Gentleman's Folder should be, and that also does not diminish my enjoyment of the knife. The last picture I uploaded is the Crossbones between a Boker Urban Trapper and a Boker Urban Trapper Petit. I'm my opinion, the Urban Trapper Petit is about as close to what a Gentleman's Folder should be; small, slim, disappears in the pocket, and does not have a long, aggressive blade. If you disagree with me on what a Gentleman's Folder should be, or if you just like the knife and don't plan to use it as a Gentleman's Folder, if you buy this knife I think you will get a quality knife at a good price.
Both knives share the same ball bearing pivot system, which is smooth and allows you to flick the blade open with little resistance. Since they can only be opened with the flipper—there’s no thumbstud—the IKBS makes opening it a breeze.
The CROSSBONES is unique in that it’s somewhere between a gentleman’s knife (like the EROS) and something I’d expect to find on a ninja or samurai. It’s elegant, yet manly and slightly more rugged.
There were no defects or production issues on the one I received. No locking liner sticking, no lubrication deficiencies, and no warping of the metal. It’s perfect!
Jeff Park may very well has outdone his mentor, Ken Onion, with this one. While Ken did help him refine some of the details, Jeff deserves high praise for this design.