This Ken Onion-designed blade has gotten a lot of praise from the folks here at KnifeCenter for its great design, functionality and price point. The knife was designed to incorporate aspects of the typical hunting and bird knives into the framework of an every-day-carry offering, and the final product certainly achieves that crossover appeal.
The three-point-three-four inch blade is made from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a satin finish and a hollow ground, drop point shape. It’s an attractive design with some nice jimping on the finger choil and higher up the spine for a more precise grip. Deployment is via the small but responsive flipper feature – great action on this thing.
The handle features milled glass-reinforced nylon scales and a frame lock design. The blade moves smoothly on the IKBS bearing system. I really like how easy the frame lock is to manipulate, as well as the handle’s slim profile and all-around feel. There’s also a pocket clip for right-hand, tip-up carry.
Overall, the CRKT Hootenanny is a functional and affordable every-day-carry option that would be a solid first buy for those new to knives.