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Bob Kasper, the late writer and combat instructor, designed the basic outline of the C/K Dragon after ten years of study into the principles of extreme in-close fighting developed by Dr. Gordon Eric Perrigard over fifty years ago. These techniques use automatic conditioned reflexes with minimal body movement. The knife is considered as part of the hand.
Bob sent his sketch to award-winning custom knifemakers Pat and Wes Crawford of Crawford Knives in West Memphis, Arkansas, who developed the handle scales. As Pat Crawford says, "This knife is all business. I hope it will become a part of Bob's legacy to the professional martial arts community."
Like its namesake, the C/K Dragon bites (with the tapered tip), claws (with the long Wharncliffe cutting edge), and strikes (with the pommel) its adversary. We at CRKT have engineered our production model to be as close as possible to the Crawford custom Dragon, which has proven popular with law enforcement and military operators.
The 4.50" full tang blade has a tapered Wharncliffe grind for great penetrating power. It is made of exceptionally tough 9Cr18MoV high-chromium stainless steel to stand up to the worst abuse.
The handle features a deep finger choil and textured Zytel scales with deep diagonal grooves for optimum grip with gloved hands and under wet conditions, aided by deep friction grooves at the thumb. At the pommel, a pointed metal hammer tip is useful for window breaking and other tactical impact needs.
True to Bob Kasper's concept, this is a knife with perfect balance that truly feels like part of your hand. Mass is centered at the palm, and the tapered blade tip makes the Dragon feel like a much smaller knife.
CRKT's designed a lightweight Kydex sheath with a patented* multi-position clip, which can be attached for vertical or horizontal carry on belts, webbing or equipment. Using the MercHarness™, it can be carried comfortably under the arm. There is also a hole at the butt of the knife for a lanyard or fob.
Despite its tactical intentions, we have found that thanks to its weight, balance, grip and long precision cutting edge, the Dragon makes a very functional and versatile knife in the shop, too. Enter the C/K Dragon.
This is not a camp knife or a knife used for making kindling etc nor a one tool option for survival. However the steel is excellent and is one my favorite defensive tactical type knife. This is what this thing was made for. It is definitely a defensive knife gem. No, not for making spoons in bushcraft etc. Get and use it for what it is for.
I've had this knife for a good long while now, so I feel comfortable writing a review. First, the knife. Pros: very comfortable handle, easy to sharpen, holds an edge for a good while, light but not too light. Cons: Jimping on the spine can get abrasive, people with bigger hands may have an issue with the finger choil. Second, the sheath. Pros: locks the knife in securely, has multiple attachment options (I use a tek-lok personally), feels pretty sturdy and hasn't shown any signs of wear. Cons: while it holds the knife in the blade rattles significantly, the overall width of the sheath is substantially larger than the width of the blade making it more of a challenge if concealment is a priority. Overall, it's great for me as an EDC. I like a medium sized fixed blade with a non-serrated edge, and this fits perfectly. I've worn this tip up, tip down, and at pretty much every angle a tek-lok allows, and it hasn't fallen out of the sheath once. Should the sheath ever fail on me, it's such a simple blade shape that making a new kydex sheath shouldn't be a problem. I'll either edit this review or leave another if anything substantial happens in the near future, but if you're thinking about this knife, I definitely recommend it. Considering the price, it wouldn't hurt to try it out.
For $23, you’re getting what you pay for. It’s light, thin, and flimsy, the steel is garbage, it takes a decent edge but not a great one, and the knife falls right out of the plastic sheath if you turn it upside down so you can forget about using it as a neck knife. This thing makes a decent letter opener, and that’s about it. Use it for anything real and it would probably snap in half. Total mall ninja fare.
Crkt has been producing this knife for a while, I got when newly released and it was a nicer blade all the way round. I ordered two more and the quality was not the same and not there at all.
The blade steel is so soft i bent the tip just by snagging it on the plastic sheath. Ive had the knife for four months now and it hasn’t left the knife shelf once.