The CJRB Crag is a bold cleaver knife with a stout liner lock and a flipper opener. It's got a comfortable and ergonomic handle that allows hard use, a deep carry pocket clip for easy everyday carry, and a thick blade that can take everything you can throw at it.
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I can’t believe how much knife you get. Action and lockup is smooth, scales are grippy, colors are cool, blade is razor sharp out of box and the blade is beefy (top line especially). I agree with other reviews whether this is a cleaver or more of a Wharncliffe or sheepsfoot. D2 steel, deep pocket clip…it’s almost a larger version of one of my favorite smaller knives the Kizer Lieb but more like a cleaver blade on the top line.
The quality is very good for the price and man the blade is razor sharp out of the box!!! The weight of the blade really adds to its slicing power. to that, this is a big blade to pull out . Very cool and love the grey ( more like still blue) scales. It has become my new idc!!!
This is easily one of my favorite blade shapes. In the product description, it's called a Cleaver; however, to me, it seems like a blend of Wharncliffe and Sheepsfoot. Regardless, I love it because of its heft all the way to the tip. And yes, it has a tip, so you can still work in a little piercing action and do some detail work. By the way, for anyone who's against this blade shape because it's "not designed for piecing," I guarantee that unless you need to steel-tickle something 3+ inches inside, this knife is going to pierce just fine. In fact, depending on the material, I'd be willing to bet this blade can stab to the choil. Speaking of choil, it's barely a finger choil but too large to be a sharpening choil. If you decide to choke up, just be careful with how deep you lay your finger inside. The heel of the blade is close enough to cut if mismanaged, so I barely use the tip of my finger in side the choil when choking up. Feels okay in the hand but I wish it had some jimping along the blade/handle spine interface. (Speaking of jimping, maybe, a little on the flipper tab would've been nicer.) Also, there's a bit of a hot-spot at the guard, my guess, because the hand is too far back from the blade (about 1 inch) and there's a tendency to choke up, pressing your finger against the guard harder than normal. The color description trips me out because they call it gray, but I swear it looks blue to me. I'll give them the blueish gray, but not gray by itself. On the color note, because of the lighter color, I may experiment with dying the scales to a darker blue; however, I really like this grayish blue it has going on. Anyway, if I screw it up, it's only $35 to replace. Love that price! I like the flipper action. I can easily use the light switch or button push method of flipping. Again, I would've liked some jimping on the flipper, but the angle is favorable for consistent results. I've been very impressed with CJRB knives. I actually prefer them over their Artisan Cutlery family lineup. Lastly, another Goldilocks feature is the scale texture: not too rough, not too smooth, but just right. Nice and grippy without feeling like sandpaper. (FYI, the Talla is super rough.) I hope you enjoy yours as much as I'm enjoying mine.
I am really digging the size and heft of this knife, and fits perfectly well in my jeans. The G-10 handle provides a really nice grip, and the D2 blade comes ready to slice. But watch out for the finger choil, as the blade edge goes right to the opening of the coil.
There is a lot to like here, especially at this price point: a D2 blade that came shaving sharp, nicely textured scales and solid ergonomics, a mostly centered blade and snappy action that nearly falls shut. It's heavy and a worker, the perfect knife for breaking down boxes or even for food prep. This knife's only flaw -- but it's a big one -- is the flipper, which is both curved and entirely smooth. Combined with a stiff detent, this causes my finger to slip off the flipper nearly every time unless I make a conscious effort not to let it. You really have to push in rather than flip down, or your finger slips either before it opens at all or halfway to lock-up. It's not enough to make me return the knife, but with so many good knives now at this price point, I wouldn't buy it again if I had it to do over.