CRKT and knife designer Ken Onion's first collaboration together is the CRKT Ripple folding knife series. This knife is noteworthy for its exceptional manufacturing quality, premium stainless steel build, plus an almost unbelievable silky smooth and fast opening action thanks to the use of the IKBS internal knife ball-bearing system. The Ripple blade opening action is almost friction-free due to the IKBS ball-bearing system. This is an excellent EDC with impressive construction!
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This knife is so awesome it's going to look cool for the next 60 years. I'm a big fan of most Ken Onion designs and this one doesn't disappoint. Blade deploys so fast on the IKBS, blink and you'll miss it! Blade shape great, size wise I wish it was a little larger. Can't beat the price point for this quality knife! A staple in my growing collection!
I'm a handy man, hunter, fisherman constantly using my knife Been carrying mine everyday for years Never had one smoother or more comfortable Holds an edge Easy to sharpen Design makes it easy to clean Open ended base opens paint cans, bottles etc Blade shape is great for skinning game, cleaning fish or dressing fowl Perfect size for edc
This knife is obviously not for heavy tactical work but definitely has a comfortable reverse grip. The action is great. The blade comes sharp out of the box. No blade play. Pivot is nicely lubricated. I'm guessing this was designed for everyday work, nothing heavy like whittling wood for tent stakes or tactical work (good in reverse grip though). This knife is really light and basically disappears in your pocket. The design is quite elegant in person.
The ripple is a great knife in all aspects but 1. The pocket clip is awful. It is a major hot spot when using the knife because it flares up to a pointy tip. It looks goofy and it is tip down only.