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CRKT Pilar III Frame Lock Knife Black G-10 (3" Stonewash D2) 5317D2

CRKT Pilar III Frame Lock Knife Black G-10 (3" Stonewash D2) 5317D2 Knife Image Thumb
CRKT Pilar III Frame Lock Knife Black G-10 (3" Stonewash D2) 5317D2 Knife Image Thumb
CRKT Pilar III Frame Lock Knife Black G-10 (3" Stonewash D2) 5317D2 Knife Image Thumb
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MSRP: $79.99
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.25"
  • Blade Length:3.00"
  • Cutting Edge:2.75"
  • Blade Width:1.00"
  • Blade Thickness:0.15"
  • Blade Material:D2
  • Blade Style:Spear Point
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Stonewash
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.25"
  • Handle Width:1.00"
  • Handle Thickness:0.24"
  • Handle Material:G-10
  • Color:Black
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:3.60 oz.
  • User:Right Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Hole
  • Lock Type:Frame Lock
  • Brand:CRKT
  • Model:Pilar III
  • Model Number:5317D2
  • Designer:Jesper Voxnaes
  • Country of Origin:China
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.25"
  • Blade Length:3.00"
  • Cutting Edge:2.75"
  • Blade Width:1.00"
  • Blade Thickness:0.15"
  • Blade Material:D2
  • Blade Style:Spear Point
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Stonewash
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.25"
  • Handle Width:1.00"
  • Handle Thickness:0.24"
  • Handle Material:G-10
  • Color:Black
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:3.60 oz.
  • User:Right Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Hole
  • Lock Type:Frame Lock
  • Brand:CRKT
  • Model:Pilar III
  • Model Number:5317D2
  • Designer:Jesper Voxnaes
  • Country of Origin:China
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife
Description

The Jesper Voxnaes Pilar has evolved over the years, and its third iteration just might be the best yet. It's got the clean design styling Vox designs are famous for, and it's great for all kinds of cutting tasks. The knife has a broad spear point blade and a black G-10 handle. The knife opens fast with the IKBS bearings in the pivot, locks solid with a steel frame lock. This model comes with a D2 blade, which is tough and holds a great edge.

Features:
  • Spear point profile pierces and slices with ease.
  • Steel frame lock adds heft and strength.
  • Deep-ride pocket clip ensures a secure carry.
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Reviews

Customer Reviews

One of the best at $50
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Andrew T.
06-08-2021
This is one of the gatekeepers at the approximately $50 mark along with the likes of the Civivi Elementum and CJRB Feldspar, IMHO. Ergos, fit, finish (with one caveat), and carry profile are on point. The only minor modification I made is that I sanded down the edges of the G-10 to match the nicely rounded edges of the lock side.This knife taught me to Spydie flick (much easier than using the thumb) before I owned any Spydercos. Sharpens to a razors edge, too. It has one of the best pocket clips in the game. I paid 3-4x this much for my Spydercos, had to upgrade the clips to get deep carry, and this is still betteróconstant ramp at the end, flush mounting tab and screws. No regrets here.
Meh
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Wes C.
05-25-2021
Just got this so first impressions. Love the look, ergonomics, and smoothness. Blade is sharp out of the box. Meh because of two things. Can't open one handed because the thumb hole is too close to the handle. Second, it's difficult to access the frame lock from the thumb side to release it to close because the G-10 scale is exactly the same cutout as the steel scale/lock. All it needs is a slight more cutout on the G-10 side then the flat of my thumb could easily press down on the lock. As it is, I have to turn my thumb pad perpendicular to the edge to release the lock, which I can do it but it's not comfortable. So my search continues for the perfect knife ....
Buy it !
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Marc L.
05-24-2021
I heard a lot of good things about this knife and for the money felt I had nothing to lose, so I bought it. I'm very glad I did as it's a great knife: size, proportions, quality, craftsmanship, and materials. The only negative thing I have to say is that the detent is stiff and it's hard to open the knife one handed. I've had it a short time though so I hope it will loosen up.
Almost perfect for me
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Joshua M.
04-29-2021
I agree with almost all of Seth G's review. I would pay for a high quality version of this knife. I like my Ace Biblio, but the choil is not right for me. If I could get this Pilar III shape with higher end materials and a button lock as Seth mentioned, I might not need to try anymore EDC knives for quite a while.
For the price it is amazing
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Nick P.
04-16-2021
Great budget blade. It looks beautiful and carries well in the pocket. The blade came centered and the grind was surprisingly good. It snaps open so easily compared to the Pilar Large. My only complaint is that the clip overlaps the frame lock and when closed. the clip never makes full contact with the lock spring but does on the frame. It was fixed by bending the clip slightly but definitely shows that it is not a premium knife. If you want something that looks more premium and is a beautiful budget EDC it will work well.
A good knife
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Kedric H.
04-15-2021
I enjoy everything about this knife, but I do not know if this was just for the one i got. But i find my CRKT Pilar III to be very difficult to open with just my thumb.
This thing is really well made
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Chris H.
04-10-2021
This is honestly one of the best knives I've seen at this price point. Great design and great materials for the price. I've handled lot's of high end spider co knives, bench made, CRK, and many others. This definitely doesn't compare to a 250$ knife, but it really does feel good as a budget blade. I would've definitely been fooled by it if I had no info about it and then I handled it going in blind
Wonderfully smooth
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Tibor M.
03-27-2021
Very smooth action.
Love the brass spacer, as it shows a touch of refinement.
Other things are as expected - perfect centering, fantastic ergonomics, quality steel and finish.
Pilar 3
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John P.
03-27-2021
Nice knife. Very comfortable and ergonomic with the finger choil.. But like the Original Pilar it desperately needed a very small Detent Ball Ramp cut in the blade tang with a diamond file. Also a sharp edge hot spot on the handle right above the frame lock bar. Carefully smoothed and fixed that with a small diamond file also. While apart I smoothed the sharp inside edges of the G10 scale with some fine grit sandpaper.. Come on CRKT, you can do better. If you have the where-with-all to make these simple fixes you can transform this into a great knife. Easily a 5 instead of 4..!
Great knife!
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GURJIT S.
03-23-2021
This is my first knife, and I am more than satisfied with it. I did some research and after looking at some knifes and watching videos online I pulled the trigger on this one, I'm glad I did. The action is super smooth and the blade is sharp right out of the box. I have large hands and the handle is a perfect size. BladeHQ's delivery was fast.
Are all frame-lock actions this smooth?
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Luke e.
02-12-2021
I am fairly new to knife collecting but I liked how the Pilar 3 looked so I picked one up and holy hell I fell in love with it the second I opened it up. Does every framelock open this easily? It feels like it's assisted at times. This knife is finding more pocket time than my PM2, I am blown away.
Production Vox F11, a Jesper Voxnaes masterpiece.
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Seth G.
01-27-2021
TLDR: If you are a fan of the Pilar Large, buy this knife. It is about 1 inch longer, much slimmer in the pocket and the action on it is like butter.

The second I saw Jesper was making a pointy Pilar on bearings I knew I was going to like it, but I didn't realize exactly how much. This is Jesper's production version of the custom Vox F11 and is easily one of my favorite knives in my collection now.

I will attempt to be brief in my review by stating pros and cons.

Pros:
- The action is super smooth and can be spidey flicked like no other knife I own, both right and left handed. I don't miss having a flipper tab on this knife at all.
- On close, once past the detent bearing it drops shut like some of the 3-400 dollar knives I own.
- The brass backspacer looks classy af and balances the knife right where your middle finger lands in the back choil. Feels really nicely balanced.
- Stone wash finish of the blade perfectly matches the stonewash of the handle.
- Pocket clip is one of the best I've seen on a knife of this price. Recessed clip and countersunk screws. Leaves just the right amount of the knife above pocket to show off the brass and allows the lanyard hole to be exposed.
- Ergos easily surpass the previous version of the Pilar Large, which was already one of my favorites. The narrower build actually feels much more natural in hand.
- Has an over-travel guard on the frame lock.
- Steel side of the knife is chamfered nicely and doesn't dig at your thumb like the old lockbars used to on the Pilar Large.
- Blade shape is still unique looking but much more practical and EDC friendly.
- Feels usable in all holding configurations, finger choil, no finger choil, reverse grip, etc. Could not do these comfortably with previous Pilars.
- Lockup is solid and snappy with a nice metallic *schinck!*. Absolutely no blade play and the pivot tightness is not finicky at all in regard to overtightening. Very easy to maintenance.
- Blade came very sharp and evenly ground. Comparable to some of my WE knives. A little stropping had it shaving sharp.

Cons:
- G10 scale should be chamfered on the inside of the knife and is a bit sharp. Nothing a little sandpaper can't fix.
- Could use a detent ramp on the blade to make closing a bit smoother. Nothing a file can't fix.
- Some people might say the thumbhole could be more chamfered, but honestly I prefer the grip of it. It is knocked down already and won't hurt during repeated use/fidgeting, but I could see some people wanting it smoother. Again... sandpaper.

EDIT: Took the knife apart (very easy disassembly) and sanded down the sharp G10 with 1000 grit sandpaper and used a fine grain diamond file to notch a smooth detent ramp. This knife is near flawless now. If this had a solid button lock vs framelock and higher-end steel it would probably stop me from buying other knives. Probably.
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Description
Specifications
Reviews

The Jesper Voxnaes Pilar has evolved over the years, and its third iteration just might be the best yet. It's got the clean design styling Vox designs are famous for, and it's great for all kinds of cutting tasks. The knife has a broad spear point blade and a black G-10 handle. The knife opens fast with the IKBS bearings in the pivot, locks solid with a steel frame lock. This model comes with a D2 blade, which is tough and holds a great edge.

Features:
  • Spear point profile pierces and slices with ease.
  • Steel frame lock adds heft and strength.
  • Deep-ride pocket clip ensures a secure carry.
Read More
Show Less

Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.25"
  • Blade Length:3.00"
  • Cutting Edge:2.75"
  • Blade Width:1.00"
  • Blade Thickness:0.15"
  • Blade Material:D2
  • Blade Style:Spear Point
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Stonewash
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.25"
  • Handle Width:1.00"
  • Handle Thickness:0.24"
  • Handle Material:G-10
  • Color:Black
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:3.60 oz.
  • User:Right Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Hole
  • Lock Type:Frame Lock
  • Brand:CRKT
  • Model:Pilar III
  • Model Number:5317D2
  • Designer:Jesper Voxnaes
  • Country of Origin:China
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife
One of the best at $50
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Andrew T.
06-08-2021
This is one of the gatekeepers at the approximately $50 mark along with the likes of the Civivi Elementum and CJRB Feldspar, IMHO. Ergos, fit, finish (with one caveat), and carry profile are on point. The only minor modification I made is that I sanded down the edges of the G-10 to match the nicely rounded edges of the lock side.This knife taught me to Spydie flick (much easier than using the thumb) before I owned any Spydercos. Sharpens to a razors edge, too. It has one of the best pocket clips in the game. I paid 3-4x this much for my Spydercos, had to upgrade the clips to get deep carry, and this is still betteróconstant ramp at the end, flush mounting tab and screws. No regrets here.
Meh
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Wes C.
05-25-2021
Just got this so first impressions. Love the look, ergonomics, and smoothness. Blade is sharp out of the box. Meh because of two things. Can't open one handed because the thumb hole is too close to the handle. Second, it's difficult to access the frame lock from the thumb side to release it to close because the G-10 scale is exactly the same cutout as the steel scale/lock. All it needs is a slight more cutout on the G-10 side then the flat of my thumb could easily press down on the lock. As it is, I have to turn my thumb pad perpendicular to the edge to release the lock, which I can do it but it's not comfortable. So my search continues for the perfect knife ....
Buy it !
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Marc L.
05-24-2021
I heard a lot of good things about this knife and for the money felt I had nothing to lose, so I bought it. I'm very glad I did as it's a great knife: size, proportions, quality, craftsmanship, and materials. The only negative thing I have to say is that the detent is stiff and it's hard to open the knife one handed. I've had it a short time though so I hope it will loosen up.
Almost perfect for me
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Joshua M.
04-29-2021
I agree with almost all of Seth G's review. I would pay for a high quality version of this knife. I like my Ace Biblio, but the choil is not right for me. If I could get this Pilar III shape with higher end materials and a button lock as Seth mentioned, I might not need to try anymore EDC knives for quite a while.
For the price it is amazing
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Nick P.
04-16-2021
Great budget blade. It looks beautiful and carries well in the pocket. The blade came centered and the grind was surprisingly good. It snaps open so easily compared to the Pilar Large. My only complaint is that the clip overlaps the frame lock and when closed. the clip never makes full contact with the lock spring but does on the frame. It was fixed by bending the clip slightly but definitely shows that it is not a premium knife. If you want something that looks more premium and is a beautiful budget EDC it will work well.
A good knife
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Kedric H.
04-15-2021
I enjoy everything about this knife, but I do not know if this was just for the one i got. But i find my CRKT Pilar III to be very difficult to open with just my thumb.
This thing is really well made
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Chris H.
04-10-2021
This is honestly one of the best knives I've seen at this price point. Great design and great materials for the price. I've handled lot's of high end spider co knives, bench made, CRK, and many others. This definitely doesn't compare to a 250$ knife, but it really does feel good as a budget blade. I would've definitely been fooled by it if I had no info about it and then I handled it going in blind
Wonderfully smooth
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Tibor M.
03-27-2021
Very smooth action.
Love the brass spacer, as it shows a touch of refinement.
Other things are as expected - perfect centering, fantastic ergonomics, quality steel and finish.
Pilar 3
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John P.
03-27-2021
Nice knife. Very comfortable and ergonomic with the finger choil.. But like the Original Pilar it desperately needed a very small Detent Ball Ramp cut in the blade tang with a diamond file. Also a sharp edge hot spot on the handle right above the frame lock bar. Carefully smoothed and fixed that with a small diamond file also. While apart I smoothed the sharp inside edges of the G10 scale with some fine grit sandpaper.. Come on CRKT, you can do better. If you have the where-with-all to make these simple fixes you can transform this into a great knife. Easily a 5 instead of 4..!
Great knife!
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GURJIT S.
03-23-2021
This is my first knife, and I am more than satisfied with it. I did some research and after looking at some knifes and watching videos online I pulled the trigger on this one, I'm glad I did. The action is super smooth and the blade is sharp right out of the box. I have large hands and the handle is a perfect size. BladeHQ's delivery was fast.
Are all frame-lock actions this smooth?
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Luke e.
02-12-2021
I am fairly new to knife collecting but I liked how the Pilar 3 looked so I picked one up and holy hell I fell in love with it the second I opened it up. Does every framelock open this easily? It feels like it's assisted at times. This knife is finding more pocket time than my PM2, I am blown away.
Production Vox F11, a Jesper Voxnaes masterpiece.
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Seth G.
01-27-2021
TLDR: If you are a fan of the Pilar Large, buy this knife. It is about 1 inch longer, much slimmer in the pocket and the action on it is like butter.

The second I saw Jesper was making a pointy Pilar on bearings I knew I was going to like it, but I didn't realize exactly how much. This is Jesper's production version of the custom Vox F11 and is easily one of my favorite knives in my collection now.

I will attempt to be brief in my review by stating pros and cons.

Pros:
- The action is super smooth and can be spidey flicked like no other knife I own, both right and left handed. I don't miss having a flipper tab on this knife at all.
- On close, once past the detent bearing it drops shut like some of the 3-400 dollar knives I own.
- The brass backspacer looks classy af and balances the knife right where your middle finger lands in the back choil. Feels really nicely balanced.
- Stone wash finish of the blade perfectly matches the stonewash of the handle.
- Pocket clip is one of the best I've seen on a knife of this price. Recessed clip and countersunk screws. Leaves just the right amount of the knife above pocket to show off the brass and allows the lanyard hole to be exposed.
- Ergos easily surpass the previous version of the Pilar Large, which was already one of my favorites. The narrower build actually feels much more natural in hand.
- Has an over-travel guard on the frame lock.
- Steel side of the knife is chamfered nicely and doesn't dig at your thumb like the old lockbars used to on the Pilar Large.
- Blade shape is still unique looking but much more practical and EDC friendly.
- Feels usable in all holding configurations, finger choil, no finger choil, reverse grip, etc. Could not do these comfortably with previous Pilars.
- Lockup is solid and snappy with a nice metallic *schinck!*. Absolutely no blade play and the pivot tightness is not finicky at all in regard to overtightening. Very easy to maintenance.
- Blade came very sharp and evenly ground. Comparable to some of my WE knives. A little stropping had it shaving sharp.

Cons:
- G10 scale should be chamfered on the inside of the knife and is a bit sharp. Nothing a little sandpaper can't fix.
- Could use a detent ramp on the blade to make closing a bit smoother. Nothing a file can't fix.
- Some people might say the thumbhole could be more chamfered, but honestly I prefer the grip of it. It is knocked down already and won't hurt during repeated use/fidgeting, but I could see some people wanting it smoother. Again... sandpaper.

EDIT: Took the knife apart (very easy disassembly) and sanded down the sharp G10 with 1000 grit sandpaper and used a fine grain diamond file to notch a smooth detent ramp. This knife is near flawless now. If this had a solid button lock vs framelock and higher-end steel it would probably stop me from buying other knives. Probably.
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