Sleek minimalist style is on full display with the Ken Onion designed Slacker folding knife from CRKT. This model is built with a satin finished blade and a gray aluminum handle. Mr. Onion wanted to create a stylish, low-profile EDC folder that was built around CRKT's Field Strip technology, and the impressive end result was the Slacker. This knife was designed by and for himself, and he was nice enough to share it with the rest of us.Features:
As a huge fan of Ken Onion designed knives, this one just missed slightly on the execution. It is a thing of beauty and the knife feels great in the hand. This knife is very light and much of that lightness is achieved through a thin, hollow ground blade which is a KO staple. I feel that the field strip pivot has too much drag for the weight of the blade. It just won't snap like so many others and feels sluggish. It was improved slightly by polishing the pivot contact surfaces on the blade and lubing everything. Time will tell I suppose.
I am not a loyal fan of CRKT. I can't be. As a true enthusiast, my hands are tied as a result of poor material choices throughout the brands catalog. This is just part for the course, and its a shame, because design wise, they produce some of the very best. They work with the best in the biz to offer some steller shapes and novel functionality. Take this knife for example...a legendary designer. Beautiful in its simplicity, with an innovative feature that allows the user to clean and service the knife with no tools anywhere. A beautiful blade shape with an excellent grind. Finally we have a lightweight yet sturdy milled aluminum alloy handle..then they go and kick us in the teeth with a blade steel that should have disappeared a decade ago save kitchen knives. That is what Krupp 0.4116 SS is good for, with maybe the exception of low end hunting knives that are meant to be very stainless and easy to sharpen. It takes a fine edge easily, but it's soft as he'll, so it will not even get you through a round of cardboard cutting before it needs a touch up. I can see if they were trying to sell it for its field friendly maintenance, but that's not the case here. They just cut a corner to keep costs down, and in doing so, they struggled to sell a knife that would have been huge with a tiny bump up in material. I mean...cmon. the knife costs 70 bucks+ yet they are using a steel that I wouldnt choose over 7cr at 56HRC. AUS8 or 8cr is all it would have taken, but instead this sweet ass knife is getting discontinued. When will CRKT learn that if you are gonna design a knife for knife people, you need to use a real steel. They will sell much better, and that will easily recoup the material costs.