This weekend we’ve got some crazy Shenanigans in store for you all. That’s right, our weekend special is the Ken Onion Shenanigan line from Columbia River Knife and Tool. The name is something of a playful juxtaposition, because this workhorse flipper is Ken’s take on a no-frills work and sport knife.
The appearance is quintessentially Ken Onion, with a modified drop point blade and classically Ken shaped handle. This style is tremendously ergonomic, lending itself to extended periods of fatigue-free use. The pronounced index-finger indent and aggressive jimping on the top of the handle contribute to a confident sense of control with your cutting.
There are a few handle varieties on this line, the entry level being a full glass-reinforced nylon build. This version is available in either black or camouflage, with some diamond texture contributing to the overall sense of grip. My personal favorite though is the model with the aluminum handles. This offers a much sturdier frame, and it still has textured, injection-molded inset scales to maintain the model’s no-slip grip. The aluminum is available in either a matte black or a pretty slick bead blast grey.
The pocket clip here is affixed in the right-hand, tip-down position. It’s a wide clip that enables a pretty deep carry, and the smooth lines of the knife keep it feeling comfortable in the pocket.
The flipper on the Shenanigan is small but responsive, making for a snappy, assured action. Each model has the same 3.25″ blade length, but there’s some really nice variety to be had in this line. This particular one here is a modified drop-point with partial serrations. There’s also a version of the modified drop-point with a plain edge and healthy recurve for some solid slicing action. Both of these blade styles come in either a matte black or a bead blast finish. The third style is a modified tanto with partial serrations, which is only available in a tactical black.
At this point it’s almost unnecessarily obvious to praise Ken Onion for his design work, and the Shenanigan is another solid collaboration with CRKT. It’s an affordable, well-built knife that is tailor-made for everyday carry. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com