CRKT Burnley Obake Fixed Blade Knife

New from CRKT for 2014 is the Obake™ knife. It was designed by Lucas Burnley along the line of a Japanese Kwaiken. It is a full tang with the handle being wrapped katana-style with nylon cord. The blade has a gray titanium nitride finish and is acid etched to provide a uniquely different pattern on each knife.

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It comes with a glass-filled nylon sheath that has a paracord lanyard. The knife can be attached to a belt loop, via the paracord, or fixed directly to a belt with the grommets on the sheath. The design is primarily for emergency use., such as self-defense; however, it is also handy for many everyday tasks.

With regards to the steel in this knife, the 8Cr14MoV is very similar to Japanese AUS8. Based on our previous experience with this steel, it will take a razor sharp edge, but with hard use, that edge disappears rapidly. As such, we would recommend this blade for casual and emergency use only. The other “problem” we had with this knife was that it was not sharp on arrival. However, with Work Sharp’s Ken Onion edition knife sharpener, we were able to easily give it a razor sharp edge.

The specifications of the Obake™ are:

  • Overall Length: 7.63″
  • Blade Length: 3.64″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.13″
  • Blade Material: 8Cr14MoV
  • Hardness: 58-59 HRC
  • Blade Style: Standard
  • Blade Finish: Gray
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 3.99″
  • Handle Material: Paracord
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Weight: 2.40 oz.
  • Sheath: Molded Plastic
  • Sheath Weight: 0.80 oz.

With a MSRP of $59.99, and internet prices as low as $40.00, this knife is a good buy for the purpose that it was designed for.

Dr. Jim and Mary Clary

Jim has been a hunter and outdoorsman for sixty years, including working as a commercial fisherman for five seasons. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in fisheries and wildlife biology from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. He served as an officer in the United States military during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged as a Major in 1975. He is a 100% disabled veteran and Life Member of both the VFW and DAV.

Mary has hunted for thirty years, having been taught by her father, a former mountain lion hunter in New Mexico. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.S.N. in nursing, and worked as a registered nurse in the neonatal unit of a local hospital until being thrown from her horse fourteen years ago.

Dr Jim and Mary’s also publish reviews on their Manzano Valley Outdoors website.


  • zem

    Yep I’ve been waiting for some more to come into my shop but they sell out faster then hotcakes

  • JaxD

    Nice article.
    Hey, where is the Global kitchen cutlery set review I was waiting for?

  • Charles Dance

    What caliber of firearm is this?

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      We review knives. Always have.

    • Jon


  • Franciscomv

    CRKT is coming up with some interesting new knives and cool collaborations with custom makers, but they keep using low end blade steels.

  • Madcap_Magician

    It’s unfortunate that Burnley went with CRKT for the production on his kwaiken models- I had one of his custom kwaikens from when he first started, and it was a wickedly cool little knife.

  • BadTFB

    Another great gun article on The Firearm Blog

    • Just skip it if you don’t like the knife reviews because we’ve been doing them for a good while now and will continue to.

    • JaxD

      Come now, guns and knives go hand in hand.

    • Dan

      Why did you read it? Are you seriously that miserable in life you click on stories you know you don’t want to read about and post comments just to be an ass? I will challenge you to go make another blog strictly about guns, and see if it comes anywhere near the readership of this one? If you fail you’re a loser, if you refuse you’re a loser, if you try to insult me back you are a loser!

  • Paladin

    If anyone’s curious obake (お化け) is Japanese for ghost/monster/apparition

  • Anonymoose

    A tactical kaiken, huh? How useful is it for seppuku?

    • wetcorps

      Only for tactical seppuku I guess.

    • DW

      It can cut through your tactical beard for sure.

  • RawDawg

    Stop complaining about non fire arm reviews. You don’t pay for this website.

    • 1leggeddog

      We sorta do by visiting it and looking at the ads.

  • Lysenko

    I love a lot of the CRKT designs, but after I had two of their pocket folders rust -badly- on me from pocket carry in Iraq, I’m a bit wary.

  • noob

    I see a lot of acid etching as a decorative feature, but I wonder – does it increase the surface area on the blade for corrosion to set in? I’ve never owned one with acid etching and would like to know how it holds up to sweat and humidity.

  • Phil Hsueh

    Nice looking knife, I’m rather surprised at how cheap it is, seems like every time I see something bladed reviewed here or on other sites they’re always at least $200 – $300. Seeing a well reviewed knife that goes for under $100 is refreshing, makes me almost want to get one but I already have more knives than I know what to do with.

  • Fixed blade tactical knives are popular between all knife lovers. They are durable and long lasting also in addition to it they are with you in any situation when you are out for camping or other purposes. So they are perfect as survival knives.