Columbia River Knife and Tool recently announced a knew folding knife called the Daktyl. As you can see in the photos, the knife is a bare bones kind of blade that the company claims opens very quickly.
Daktyl is an interesting name. It is a variation in spelling on the word dactyl which is a medical term that refers to digits – like a finger or toe. CRKT references this on its website saying the knife was named after a finger.
Perhaps unknown to CRKT at the time of naming, but still apropos, Dactyl is also the name of a mythical race in Greek culture. The Dactyls were considered to be excellent metal workers and are said to have taught the Greeks metal working skills.
The Daktyl has a 3″ plain edged blade made of 420J2 stainless steel. It was designed as a modified wharncliffe. I’ve found that wharncliffe designs tend to put a lot of cutting power toward the blade tip.
This knife uses the same Hole In One slide lock mechanism that the original Hole In One knife did. Both this mechanism and the minimalist frame are made of 420 stainless steel.
The knife is light – only 2.4 ounces. It can slide into a pocket to be carried without any undue burden. When needed, it is easy to deploy. The pivot end of the closed blade has a carabiner that allows it to be attached to a belt loop and can also serve to remove the top of your favorite refreshment – be it a cold beer or a warm Sunset Sarsaparilla.