CRKT Drifter ReviewApril 28, 2014
- G10 Handle Scales
- Hollow Ground Drop-Point Blade
- One position pocket clip
The CRKT Drifter provides more functionality than its retail price suggests. In a past life I sold CRKT knives and I have also owned a few. The company’s knives typically are good choices for the average outdoor enthusiast and the Drifter maintains that standard. It may not look pretty when after hard use, but it will never give up.
The CRKT Drifter is a feather-light, classically designed pocket-knife boasting modern materials and finishes.
Construction & Materials
The CRKT Drifter feels remarkably light but G10 nylon handles and the knife’s steel frame provides plenty of strength. The pocket clip proved to be too tight for easy use, but I found I could bend it out a little bit to get it in and out of my pocket more easily.
Ease of Use
The action on the CRKT Drift is so smooth, I wondered if it was built on ball bearings. It fit my hand well enough I could do some heavy work with it–though I was cautious about the liner lock. I made sure not stab into anything with this knife as I feared it would fold in on me–that’s a concern with all liner locks.
Steel Quality & Edge Retention
The Drifter utilizes AUS-8, an affordable stainless steel which does not retain an edge very well, but it is easy to sharpen. The titanium nitride blade coating does extend the life of the Drifter blade and it allowed me to feel comfortable cleaning it in a river.
The Drifter held up well in my pocket or hanging off of my pack. The coating scraped off of the pivot screw and pocket clip within a week of using it but that won’t effects its long term use.
CRKT makes high quality knives for the outdoor enthusiast and the Drifter contains features that make CRKT folders great. The Drift is an affordable knife that could last 20 years.