Ryan Pedersen of CRKT showing a new knife!

We’re continuing our BLADE Show Week celebration with some new goodies from CRKT. I sat down with Ryan Pedersen and he walked us through a few unveils, with a new model joining some updated classics.

CRKT CEO Bamboo

CRKT CEO Bamboo balanced on two fingers over a black background

The one knife I really want to talk about is a new version of the runaway hit CEO by Richard Rogers. Dubbed the CEO Bamboo, it leans more heavily into the kwaiken influence that was always hiding just beneath the surface of this model.

The kwaiken was a style of blade carried by the samurai, so it is only appropriate that this new model features vibrant synthetic handle scales that are shaped like bamboo. Not only does this style reflect the Japanese influence in the design, but it also adds a bit more grip in the hand.

The rest of the knife is just like the original, with a thin, pencil-like profile and deep carry pocket clip making it very easy to carry just about anywhere. The narrow, straight-backed blade is constructed from 8Cr13MoV steel and is agile and effective at most daily tasks, provided you don’t need something for large jobs.

CRKT CEO Bamboo Specs

  • Blade Length: 3.11″
  • Closed Length: 4.45″
  • Overall Length: 7.63″
  • Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.086″
  • Blade Style: Clip Point
  • Blade Finish: Black Stonewash
  • Handle Material: Glass-Reinforced Nylon
  • Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Down, Right Carry
  • Weight: 2.2 oz.
  • Designer: Richard Rogers
  • Made in China

CRKT Razelcliffe Compact

CRKT Razelcliffe Compact balanced on two fingers over a black background

CRKT is also bringing a Razel design back to the market. With a forward-facing sharp edge, the combination Razor/Chisel style shows up here on a small Wharncliffe-esque blade, hence the name Razelcliffe Compact.

This should make a great everyday utility knife. It is a stainless framelock flipper with IKBS bearings, so the action is satisfying, and the blade is ready to work. The sharpened two edges come together to make a very effective point that will be great for piercing tough materials. The leading edge, of course, will also enable scraping cuts that most pocket knives are incapable of.

Despite the small overall size, the grip is very secure thanks to the wide stainless frame that offers plenty for your fingers to hold onto. This means the knife does not feel dainty and allows it to “punch above its size.”

CRKT Razelcliffe Compact Specs

  • Blade Length: 2.09″ (53.04 mm)
  • Closed Length: 3.33″ (84.68 mm)
  • Overall Length: 5.25″ (133.35 mm)
  • Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.112″ (2.84 mm)
  • Blade Style: Wharncliffe Razel
  • Blade Finish: Black Stonewash
  • Handle Material: 2Cr13 Stainless Steel
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Right Carry
  • Weight: 3.30 oz. (93.55g)
  • Designer: Jon Graham
  • Made in China

To see more new knives from our interview, including new Provoke, Crossbones and Jumbones variants, check out our full video below.

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