Tuesday, January 22, 2013

SHOT Show 2013: CRKT, Spyderco, and Kershaw

EDITOR'S NOTE: One last SHOW Shot piece before a guest review of the S10 Baton.  

Well, not a lot of big flashlight news out of SHOT Show as Surefire continued their parade of vaporware, so vapory in fact that it was much the same line up as last year with emitter upgrades.  That's a sign--when your products take so long to get to market that the PROTOTYPES get an emitter upgrade while still prototypes, there is a problem.  But, alas, don't be sad because I think this installment just might be the most interesting of the all (tied with the ZT installment).


They came ready to rumble and boy did they ever.  They brought a massive Ken Onion designed fixed blade (over Ken Onion designs...he is straying into Brian Tighe territory with his unnecessary flourishes), two tomahawks, and a slew of new blades.  The first blade that caught my eye was the Enticer (yep, they have product pages already, awesome):

The trick here is that the blade is relatively large, 3 1/4 inches, but the knife only weighs two ounces.  TWO OUNCES.  It also carries a new steel for CRKT 1.4034.  CRKT also has a few Sandvik blades as well, showing the calls for new steel were not ignored.  There is the Endorser, a pretty plain jane blade, but sometimes in a world of recurves plain is welcomed.  They also released a new flipper, the Carajas, by Flavio Ikoma.  It clocks in at 3.12 inches and is a bit more staid than the normal, flamboyant Ikoma designs.  They have a Persian style blade, but Persian blades bore me.  The have a few new Liong Mah designs, all of which are slip joints (no!!!!!).  The final knife they have is the Swindle by...Ken Onion.  I know, I know I said his stuff was boring, but boy is this a cool looking blade:

The spine riding pocket clip is a first for a production knife (so far as I know) and the flipper/framelock combination is quite popular right now.  This is a sweet looking knife with a 3.2 inch blade. 

A very, very good showing by CRKT.


I thought that there was nothing coming out at SHOT Show and then Sypdercollector started releasing videos.  His last one is probably the most interesting but least news like--an interview with Ed Schempp about the Balance and Equilibrium.  Each one is more enticing than the next.  First there was the Sprint Run Goddard, which is pretty nice, but a bit big for me.  Then there is the really unusual Jot Signh Khalsa.  They have two new Emerson openers--a karambit and the Matriarch (which looks even more aggressive if that is possible).  But the show stopper is this little blade, the Domino:

It is hard to be more stoked for a blade than this.  A Spyderco leaf shaped blade with a flipper AND a framelock.  Somehow Spyderco intercepted by prayers to the knife gods and made this blade.  Hopefully it comes it at or around 3 inches.  It looks close in the video.  The blade steel is the awesome CTS-XHP (called stainless D2 by Sal).  Could be the knife of the show.


Here is the video from Blade HQ:

Knife Jen is an awesome spokesperson for Kershaw, the best in the business so far as I can tell.  She is quite knowledgeable and is comfortable enough to drop the street prices in the videos.  There is a small knife that looks choily and competitive with the DF, if not on the steel level, at least on the size level.  The Ti button lock flipper looks nice, but with 8CR13MoV steel, the MSRP of $99 is SUPER STEEP.  I like the Rexford from Kershaw, better than the ZT version, as the black looks very nice and it is not an assisted opener (as almost all of the Kershaws are).  The new Hinderer looks nice as well, and yes there is a larger Cryo coming.  I think it will weigh 9 pounds and people will rave about it, well everyone but me.

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  1. I love my CF Balance, but man that Equilibrium looks like something else.

  2. See there you go again...Your Cryo hate is showing before it's even out. You certainly make it hard to take you seriously. Sheesh...

    1. Why? Because he bags on a crappy piece of steel?

    2. I think you have taken this defense of the Cryo a little too far. I made a joke. I was the butt of that joke. And somehow it still raises your ire? Look, reasonable people disagree all of the time. You like it, I don't. That's fine. I see your points about the knife, I just disagree. And I am with Grayson here--the steel is garbage. And for $12 you can get AUS-8 on the Ka Bar Mini Dozier. Its not a price thing, it is a choice thing.

    3. Both you please stop showing your ignorance already. 8Cr is about as good as you can get from China. If you think it's crap, then all China knives are crap. Abbott and Costello, these are OPP knives, not grails. Sheesh...

    4. Actually your wrong on the facts again. 9CR is commonly used and is a Chinese steel. It is clearly superior to 8CR13MoV. It is used by Benchmade and more regularly by AG Russell.

      Additionally you can get 8CR14MoV on many Chinese made knives, such as those by CRKT and it too is superior to the steel on the Cryo's 8CR13MoV (by how much, that is a different question).

      I am not sure how I am showing my ignorance when you missed at least two steels that are better, both of which are used in knives at same price point or slightly more than the Cryo. The Drifter for example is about $10 cheaper and uses a better steel, 8CR14MoV.

      The Drifter is actually an excellent comparison to the Cryo and proves that the Cryo's execution was subpar--it has better steel, the same lock--a stainless steel framelock, a longer blade (in roughly the same sized handle), a lower weight, and a lower price point. Those are facts. You are paying for a name and a design that looks good on paper, but is lacking in execution and the SS Drifter proves it. I have a sneaking suspicion the OEM is even the same on these knives, though that is just speculation.

    5. Yea ok Tony Mr. Expert. Thanks for the import steel lesson. Thanks for letting me know there are 2 steels used sparingly in production that are "superior" to 8CR...Whatever...

    6. I am not sure how to respond to this. You simply got the facts wrong. Additionally 8CR14MoV is quite common, used throughout CRKTs line.

      I am by no means an expert, but if you want to call me out get the facts right. I'd be happy note if I make a mistake. I do it all the time.

    7. Wow, no wonder they posted under anonymous

  3. The Domino looks really interesting, but I wish they'd come up with a knife-specific clip that fit its lines, rather than just tacking a standard Spydie spoon/hourglass clip on the lock side at an off angle, kind of clunky looking.

    Also, S110V Native, holy s**t. I'm not sure I even knew that steel existed. I looked S110V up on Crucible's site and there is so much exotica packed into it (loads of vanadium, scads of niobium, big whack of moly, etc., etc.) that iron makes up less than two-thirds of the alloy!

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