This weekend our special comes from Columbia River Knife & Tool, their Mini Special Forces Cruiser. This worthy entry into the rugged Cruiser series is exactly what the name implies: a smaller variation of the traditional design.

Handle on this model boasts full steel liners with textured G10 scales, which allow for certainty in your grip. The shape really fits the contours of the hand with no uncomfortable hotspots. Hold is further enhanced by the pronounced index finger indent and large thumb rise. The three holes cut into the handle reduce weight and make cleaning your knife a very easy task. Blade is released using the liner lock.

Deployment via the flipper can be a little stiff, at least until you’ve given the mechanism a workout, but the Mini Cruiser has two alternate opening methods in the dual thumb studs and thumb rise. The flipper is probably going to be the easiest method for most users. Once extended, the blade can be further secured using CRKT’s patented LAWKS safety switch. This extends a mechanism that prevents the liner lock from being depressed and keeps the blade locked firmly in place. Blade on the Mini is a 3.25″ clip point with partial serrations, made from 8CR14MoV stainless steel. The tactical black finish makes this a really sleek looking folder.

The reversible pocket clip is smooth and secure, allowing for a confident tip-down carry.

Overall, the durable, compact Mini Special Forcers Cruiser is another solid offering from the always dependable CRKT. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our full inventory, visit