Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CRKT Folts Designed Minimalist Knife Series - Amazing Knives for Minimal Gear People

Neck knife or tactical love beads?  You make the call.
Neck knives.  I never gave them much thought other than to dismiss them as something I would never wear and had no interest in owning. Then I read this piece over at Blue Sheepdog on the CRKT Alan Folts designed Minimalist knife series.  I found myself drawn to these small fixed blade knives. I think it was the variety of shapes and visible quality construction that ultimately convinced me to add one to my Amazon shopping cart.

Each CRKT Minimalist knife ships with an injection molded sheath, neck lanyard, as well as the hardware and clip to convert the sheath to be worn on a belt. A braided fob is added to each knife that can easily be removed if that is your preference.  Once removed, the fob can't be reattached so be sure you want it gone before making the cut.

I'm a long time fan of the tanto/reverse tanto blade shapes.  No specific reason other than I just really like they way they look.  I decided to go with the Minimalist Tanto for my purchase.  It arrived in a few days and it was love at first sight. I'm not really a knife guy so I won't bore you with details on the type of steel used or how deep the gimping is.  I know pointy, and I know sharp.  My knife arrived very pointy and very sharp.  It also looked and felt really great.  So what did I do? I figured out a way to mount my brand new EDC Minimalist Tanto on my Glock 42 OWB holster.

It almost looks like the knife and holster were designed to fit together.
I'm not recommending or suggesting that you do this, but after seeing how great the BladeTech Total Eclipse and CRKT Minimalist Tanto fit together I didn't have the heart to separate them.  With the holster at 4 o'clock, the knife rides at the 3 o'clock position and can be discreetly drawn from under a tee-shirt without exposing the handgun holstered behind it.

The S.P.E.W. shown with a Frankin half dollar for scale
I don't carry the Glock 42 every day so it was back to Amazon to pick up another Minimalist that I could use for every day carry when I'm not wearing a belt.  I previously mentioned there are 6 blades in the CRKT Alan Folts Designed Minimalist Series.  Rather than buy a second Tanto, I opted for the S.P.E.W. for my second purchase. The Small Pocket Everyday Wharncliffe is a bit larger than the Tanto, but it's still small, thin, and light enough to be carried in a front pocket.  The extra length also keeps the knife from rotating in all but the largest of pockets. The knife and sheath easily share front pocket space with my newfangled SHARKK aluminum wallet.

I found a video that has Alan Folts himself describing the genesis of the Minimalist knife series along with an eloquent listing of significant features of the knives in the series. You know how I feel about them by now so why not spend a few minutes with the designer of the knives.

With street prices starting below $25 the CRKT Minimalist knives appear to deliver a very good value for your money.  I'm very pleased with mine and anticipate many years of service from them.  Are you looking for an EDC knife that is small'ish, thin, and light? You might want to check them out while all six blade styles are currently available.

What's in the box?  You get the knife, sheath, and hookups for belt or neck carry.

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