CJRB Cutlery Crag Review

June 2, 2020
CJRB Cutlery Crag
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
92
Construction
7
Ease of Use
8
Steel and Edge
9
Durability
8

The Good

  • D2 steel blade
  • G10 scales
  • Ceramic bearing for smooth flipping
  • Perfectly sized for all hands

The Bad

  • Pocket clip screw strips easily
  • No one knows about this stellar knife
THE VERDICT
There’s a wave of knives coming out of China that we need to stop ignoring: and the Crag is the perfect example of why. While other knife companies are resurrecting D2 steel for “limited” and “sprint run knives”, CJRB Cutlery (a division of Artisan Cutlery) features this time tested tool steel in knives that won’t break the bank.

The Crag is a larger knife that excels in ergonomics and balance when deployed. It’s a great carry for climbers - as it slices through rope uncannily. It’s also a great carry for anyone looking for an all-around knife for food prep or camp prep, as the cleaver style blade is great in preparing food and kindling.

For the price, you really can’t go wrong. Take a chance on CJRB and the iconic “Crag”.


FULL REVIEW

CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS

You’re going to find it hard to disagree with the pairing of D2 Tool Steel, Stainless Steel liners, and G10 handle scales. But, if that doesn’t do it for it – the ceramic ball bearings and ample pivot bolt should seal the deal. Buyer beware, however – you’re going to want to throw some Loctite on the pocket clip screws if you want it to stay attached.

EASE OF USE

Out of the box, the flipper action on the Crag is a little stiff, but a quarter turn adjustment on the pivot bolt and you’re ready to rock and roll. The cleaver shaped blade makes lots of prep tasks – like cutting cord, rope, food, and kindling – a snap.

STEEL QUALITY/EDGE RETENTION

I’ve long listened to people complain that D2 is susceptible to corrosion and doesn’t hold or hone to a razor-sharp edge. Of course, those people don’t know how to properly care for or sharpen a knife – as D2 is classic steel that keeps popping back up in the “sought after steel” category.

DURABILITY

Aside from the pocket clip popping off, the Crag is well beyond $50 worth of durability. The build utilizes standard, stainless hardware, and the blade has been stonewashed to increase corrosion and abrasion resistance. I’ve had knives 5-6x the cost of this knife completely fail on me in the field. 

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MSRP
$48.00
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