The CRKT Avant another exciting collaboration between CRKT and custom knife maker, Eric Ochs. It features a smooth, polished drop point blade with a rounded spine for that custom touch. The bronze pivot, thumb disk, back spacer, and pocket clip add a nice contrast to the black carbon fiber handle. Running on the IKBS pivot system, this knife flips open like a dream.Features:
I have to start saying that is looks awesome. The carbon fiber with bronze accents are a great combination and very distinctive. as others have said, it is not light. The carbon fiber is laid on top of a steel frame and the overall weight is more than 5oz. I actually like it to be heavy, feels solid. It behaves as it should - flips easily, no blade play, sharp out of the box. The liner lock is a little tricky to disengage, but not a major issue. I like the fact that it also has a thumb disk, i don't really use it regularly, but it is good for fidgeting.
It seems that CRKT is stepping things up a bit with this knife. It has features that I have never seen on any other CRKT blade. Great feel in the hand although as one reviewer stated it is a little slick because of the high polish scales...but that's no big deal for me at least. It is quite heavy but some people like that. I don't find it a problem but I always know the knife is in my pocket. It does open and close really smooth and the blade centering is dead center. Great knife overall.
The carbon fiber looks good with the bronze colored accents. Clip works just fine, unobtrusive. The detent is dialed in pretty nicely and the flipper tab works well. Opening is smooth. Overall fit & finish is pretty good. 2 things, the liners are not skeletonized or milled out, the front/presentation side liner is a solid slab of steel, putting the weight well over 5oz. Second, the high polish on the liners and the smoothness of carbon fiber make it a bit slippery. I’d like some texture or jimping on the lock bar relief to keep the thumb in place during unlocking, would also like to see some spine jimping for better control. Flips great, crowned blade spine & overall execution make it look really good. Mine came razor sharp even though the factory edge appears a bit uneven. Overall it’s a nice, functional blade, although on the heavy side. No functional or mechanical issues, the lockup is solid and a bit early, implying it’ll likely break in very nicely with use. Despite the classier look and budget price, I think it’d tackle heavier chores just fine. If CRKT released a blacked out version, I’d probably buy it as well.
If CRKT would have done two things differently, this knife would be awesome. First, it's a total pain in the a** to disengage the liner lock. You can't tell me that when this was designed, someone said "Oh, this is fine". You either have to forcefully jam the meat of your thumb into the gap between the liners or flip the knife over and use your index finger/nail. Second, get rid of the thumb disk and make it strictly a flipper. It's basically just in the way and ruins the look of the blade. Why would you crown the blade nice and smooth and then stick a thumb disk in the middle of it? (Why would you put a thumb disk on a flipper knife at all, for that matter?) Otherwise, I like the knife. It opens very smoothly, locks up tight and looks great. Still giving it 4 stars.
While the 8Cr14MoV may not be the best steel out there it still gets the job done. I love the carbon fiber scales, though they are a bit "slickery" and the bronze accents make this a very attractive knife. I have several CRKT knives but this one is the one I slip into my pocket if I plan on dressing up a bit. My biggest complaint is that the beautiful carbon fiber is left with a rough hole on the opposite side of the clip. There really should be a bronze plate to fill this in. Even with this visual flaw I still give this knife a solid 4 stars. Better steel would bump it up to five.
Just wish it was in S30V or D2. Its such a nice nice. Its worthy of a better steel!
Buttery smooth action with the ikbs system. The knife is finished beautifully and I thoroughly enjoy playing with this thing. You can tell quite a bit of thought was put into every surface you touch, no sharp edges or hot-spots to speak of. I would have loved to see a bronze insert to cover the notch on the opposite of the clip, just to keep it looking polished all over. My only real complaint is the lock is less than optimal to disengage, but I understand that this was probably a form over function decision. It would be easier to use with a cutout for the liner lock, but it wouldn't look as clean.