Smart and cheap EDC: CRKT Kith knife review
CRKT makes it easy with the Kith, a budget EDC blade with a few smart design tweaks.
Most of today’s premium knives are a dizzying array of frippery and glitter. The SebenzaThe staid appearance of is in stark contrast to the MokuTi scalloped knives made by others. And this trend for glitter and gimmicks rather than utility has spilled over into entry-level knives.
There are more than a few pivot fins with hideous and limiting cleaver-shaped blades available. The Kith, with its simplicity, is a trendy knife that you should consider if you want to spend less than $ 30 for a blade.
CRKT Kith Specifications
- Steel: 8Cr13MoV
- Grind: hollow grind
- Lock: Locking
- Blade length: 2.95
- Handle length: 3.78 ″
- OAL: 6.75 ″
- Weight: 2.3 ounces
- Price: $ 30
- Native country: Produced in China, designed by Ken Steigerwalt
CRKT Kith Review: Smart Design
The Kith is an economical blade with smart design choices. For example, the grip is FRN but molded to look like shredded carbon fiber (aka chip). Normally I wouldn’t be happy with a fake lookalike, but here the fake adds grip, improving your grip on a very thin and potentially very smooth knife.
Other choices include an efficient deep carrying clip. The knife also sports an excellent and simple thumb button. Finally, the blade is remarkable. It’s a drop point, one of the best shapes of utility blade on the market, and it clearly measures less than 3 inches (2.95 exactly).
This gives you a good portion of the blade but avoids the limits of the 3 inch blade (consult a local lawyer for more on knife laws in your region). Even the handle is well designed, almost completely hiding the rear tang of the knife when closed.
Compromises have been made
Obviously, there are a lot of material compromises to get the knife under $ 30. Steel is pretty awful – 8Cr13MoV. Ironically, the steel is so bad that Chinese companies use it almost exclusively for their specification work for American brands.
It’s still better than something like 420, but not by far. The grips, as mentioned above, are shredded faux carbon fiber. And although they are grippy, they feel very hollow and plastic. These aren’t great attributes, but they aren’t unexpected given the price tag, either.
CRKT Kith: Conclusion
While the CJRB Small Feldspar is even better value, the Kith is a strong competitor and even cheaper. There is a place for this knife on the market, and if you are looking for a cheap drummer or EDC, this is a great choice. We recommend this one.
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