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The Ignitor series from CRKT (Columbia River Knife and Tool) was designed to be a workhorse of a knife at a great price. It boasts two incredible CRKT features: CRKT's OutBurst assisted opening system and its Fire Safe safety feature. The OutBurst assisted opening mechanism lets you get the blade into action with nothing but an intentional nudge with your thumb. The Fire Safe feature keeps the blade from opening until you push the thumb stud down, disengaging the safety; then, when you give it that nudge, click! You're ready for work. But a blade alone is no good. The Igniter has a grippy, ergonomic G-10 handle on ridged steel liners to make using the knife a joy. You'll be hard-pressed to find a pocket knife at a similar price with so many incredible features.
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This is one of favorite folders. It's the perfect size for me - big enough to tackle real jobs, small enough to handle well. The look of it it all-business without being as "scary" to the knife-averse as many designs. I much prefer the Veff serrations to traditional ones, as they don't hand up during use. The problem is, they're not that strong. One of my serrated Ignitors arrived with one of the tips already broken off during manufacture. I'd love it if CRKT released this knife with the Veff "flat-top" serrations, as they work great like the original Veffs but are sturdier - and more readily sharpened. The blade shape is all-around useful, and the spring-assist is probably the best I've ever used. The mechanism that keeps the blade locked closed until you hit the thumb stud keeps the design from being easily opened with the left hand as it arrives in the box. (With practice it can be accomplished using the left index finger, but it's not exactly an easy motion.)
I have carried my ignitor for over five years, excellent knife for the money. I would buy another in a heartbeat....
I EDC’d this knife for a long time until I unfortunately lost it in the field. The straight spine to tip profile feels a bit like a bushcraft knife in use. Very comfortable in hand. The blade is a nice thickness for a heavier use EDC. The Veff serrations cut smoother and sharpen easier than traditional ones. The only downside for me is CRKT’s “fire-safe” mechanism. The traditional thumb stud has a small button on top which requires you to press down on the stud and out of the handle to deploy the blade. It can take some getting used to, and even after carrying it a lot I still would occasionally fumble with it. The stud can also dig into your thumb quite a bit. That said, the blade will never open accidentally, you have to very deliberately disengage the lock. And the spring assist deploys very reliably once you pop the lock.
Love and hate this knife all at the same time. I LOVE the serration on the back of this knife; it goes through everything like butter... BUT the steel is HORRIBLE. It doesn't keep an edge to save its life. Also its pretty heavy for a knife that small. If it was made is a far superior steel I would but it again in a heart beat!
Cool knife with a different little opener...it snaps out hard though.... The serrations we're botched on mine but that's more of a qc issue than design flaw.... The g-10 handle is very grippy ..... It's an ok knife....