Whether it’s a need for a simple blade for ultralight backpacking, or a powerful chopper for rugged outdoor use, Columbia River Knife and Tool – better known as CRKT – has an option to fit.
For the ultralight hiker, CRKT offers a series of lightweight ‘lanyard’ knives that can be worn around the neck for easy access and minimal weight. The best of these, we found, is the CRKT Minimalist Bowie.
This slim knife sports a 2-1/8 inch clipped-point blade. The curved cutting edge is perfect for backpacking needs, from cutting parachute cord, to slicing dried cheeses and fruit. The resin-infused fiver handle is deeply grooved with three finger grips so even though the knife is small, it sits firmly and comfortably in the hand.
The Minimalist Bowie weighs just 1.6 ounces, and the nylon sheath it clips into is just a half ounce, meaning you have a highly functional camp knife at just over 2 ounces. $40. Buy now.
For heavy usage, the CRKT Pilar Large stands ready to work. This small folding chopper sports a slightly curved edge on a heavy 2.7-inch blade. The thick spine (3.7 mm) and fine edge make it great for cutting through tough material such as webbing, small branches, or fish bones. The Pilar Large folds to just 4 inches, and its G10 handles provide good non-slip grip and incredible durability. The Pilar Large can be used as stout Everyday Carry (EDC) knife, or as a slim chopper during your outdoor adventures. The knife is highly functional, durable, and versatile. $55. Buy now.