New Knife: CRKT Directive

CRKT Directive Tanto

The Columbia River Knife & Tool company (aka CRKT) is well known for its knives and outdoor tools. I own several of the company’s folders and have found them to be good working blades for the price. Some of the company’s unique features, like the Veff serrations do help them to stand out in a market loaded with quality knives.

CRKT Directive

For 2017, the company announced a lot of new knives and tools. One of the new knives introduced is the Directive.

The Directive is a folding knife that comes in your choice of blade styles. Model #1062 has a tanto style blade that is 3.61″ long. The other model, #1063, has a drop point blade that is slightly longer at 3.62″ in length. Both blades have a plain edge and are made of 8CR14MoV steel. CRKT treats both blades to a black oxide finish.

CRKT flipper

Both models of knife have jimping on the spine of the blade. The textured handles are made of glass reinforced nylon and have metal liners. CRKT uses a flipper type opener instead of a thumb stud or hole to deploy the blade. The pocket clip is reversible and can be affixed to either side of the knife for maximum versatility.

Matthew Lerch is the designer behind this knife. A trained jeweler and watchmaker, Lerch has multiple patents and awards for his knife designs. Both models carry a suggested retail price of $49.99. Additionally, they are backed by a lifetime warranty.

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    • Russ Kell

      Grendel launchers? Whatever that is, I want one.

      • Giolli Joker

        It is clearly a trebuchet that propels an enraged Grendel in the enemy’s field.
        I want one too.

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        I would actually like to see more TFB coverage of this innovation.

    • USMC03Vet

      And Buzzfeed.

  • A.WChuck

    Looks more like a modified sheepsfoot blade rather than a tanto to me. I guess if you squint it *might* be a reverse tanto.

    • MeaCulpa

      Yeah, sheepsfoot – my favourite blade btw – looks closer than a tanto; I’ve never seen a tanto that “un-stabby”.

      • Sledgecrowbar

        I think if the chisel tip isn’t sharpened it’s really a sheepsfoot. Should be sturdier than a more conventional blade for things like prying, which I find myself doing more often than I’d like.

        • MeaCulpa

          I know that feeling, EDC prybar?

  • MAF

    Are these Chinese made?

    • MeaCulpa

      They are 50 bucks, made of the Chinese steel 8CR14MoV and CRKT doesn’t mention anything about where it’s made, so probably main land China. It’s a crying shame that 50 bucks won’t Get you something made by people able to at least vote.

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        Its made of one of the “Chinese Alphabet Soup” steels.

  • Phillip Cooper

    Wonder what happened to my post?

    • USMC03Vet

      Happens to the best of us. You should be honored to be part of the group.

      • Phillip Cooper


        • Phillip Cooper

          (and yes, fair disclosure, I had to look it up to make sure it meant what I thought it did. 😉 )

  • Sledgecrowbar

    I have a love/hate relationship with CRKT. My first real EDC knife was an M16 before they added the redundant lock which was universally reviled, dropping by their website now it seems they got rid of it. I’d like to trade in the only one I have with the extra lock for one without. EDIT: They did not get rid of the second lock. So they still suck ass.

    I do have a bunch of their assisted-opening knives and keep one in each pair of work pants. The up side of them not being heirloom-quality knives is I’m not afraid to get something done with them. They’re like the Honda Civic of knives, they look nice, work well, and can’t actually be faulted for anything, but they’re no Mercedes.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      Their liner lock models have the lock, which, while I dislike it, I have learned to use it. I EDC my M21 and use it all the time and I can one hand open and close it without conscious thought.

      If you get a frame lock model it will not have the second lock, but the frame lock models are usually the really cheap ones.

  • Vhyrus

    Anyone else pronounce it ‘cricket’?

    • Anonymoose

      Not me.

      • Vhyrus

        Dammit moose, I thought we were friends!

        • Anonymoose

          I could see how you might be tempted to say it that way, though.

  • Hoplopfheil

    That pocket clip looks like ass.