If you have not noticed, this is not the 1950s and we are long past the idyllic representation of those times. I’m not sure if it was just the ignorance of youth, or if society has changed to such a degree, but my old Boy Scout motto of “Be Prepared” has taken on a new meaning. There was a day when my Boy Scout pocketknife was the perfect tool. It not only had a 2.5-inch blade, but also an awl to help re-lace my baseball glove and a bottle opener for those 10-cent sodas. Unfortunately, in this day and age, my needs have taken on a more serious meaning. Instead of putting together a pack for Scout Camp, I keep a Bug-Out-Bag for “Be Prepared” scenarios. I can drop the need to repair a ball glove, but I have to add the need for self-defense. Sodas now have twist-off caps and my needs are tailored to a different type of survival. About the only thing that hasn’t changed is my need for a knife that can handle multiple tasks, and this is what I kept in mind when reviewing a new knife produced by CRKT (Columbia River Knife & Tool).
CRKT refers to this new knife, designed by Liong Mah, as The Eraser. In the past, Mah has designed knives for such well-known custom makers as Eddy Baca, Allen Elishewitz, Howard Viele, Sal Manaro, Jeff Hall, Phil Boguszewski, Mike Obenauf, Warren Tomas and John W. Smith, among others. Envisioned as a tactical folder, the knife has a modified Tanto blade 3.88 inches long of AUS 8 stainless steel. The hollow grind proceeds 5/8 of an inch up to a flat with a thickness of 0.14 inches. The flat then tapers to the spine leaving a thickness of 1/16 of an inch. The blade is also partially serrated and has a black Ti Nitride finish.
A lower guard, integral to the blade, operates as a “flipper” to open the blade. Once opened, the blade is secured with a liner lock that can be backed up with CRKT’s patented LAWKS manual safety. This safety is activated by pushing forward a stud that is located on the forward spine of the handle. This rotates a manual block, preventing the liner lock from being depressed. Use of this blocking mechanism is totally optional, but it is a nice feature to have during hard use. The liners are 420J2 stainless steel, and the handle scales are G10, which provides a somewhat weatherproof system. The handle scales have a slight radius at the edges and a more generous radius at the portion gripped by the forefinger. This feature is combined with the substantial drop to the rear portion of the handle to better accommodate the shape of the human hand. The Eraser has a black finished pocket clip that can be mounted for a blade-up or blade-down carry, on either side of the knife. The knife has an overall length of 5 inches closed and 8.75 inches opened.
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by Brian Griffin / Jan 1, 2013