Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) showed off their new Minimalist Black Drop Point knife at SHOT Show this year. As you know, the BlueSheepDog Crew are big fans of CRKT knives and tools, having purchased and used numerous CRKT items on a daily basis. However, we remain committed to sift through the new arrivals, and only present items that we believe will have real value and purpose for street cops, and “sheepdog” civilians. With that in mind, the new Minimalist is a knife that has a lot of merit as an emergency self-defense knife.
CRKT has been producing outstanding knives and tools since 1994, and has really solidified their position as one of America’s great knife makers. The company has done this through a collaborative effort of master knife makers from across the country and beyond. Their offerings show a commitment to innovation, with a foundation on practical applications.
CRKT Minimalist Black Drop Point Knife
The Minimalist Drop Point knife is the latest addition to a series of Minimalist knives created for CRKT by Alan Folts out of Melbourne, Florida. Folts has over 20 years experience designing, making, and instructing others in the art and craft of knife making. His emphasis for the Minimalist series has been to provide an excellent, compact knife capable of cutting just about anything the user needs.
The minimalist knives are designed for very compact, and concealable carry, yet have a tough blade and G10 grips to provide the user a variety of uses. Coming with (3) enlarged finger grooves on the narrow handle, and a braided paracord extension at the butt of the knife, the Minimalist knives are designed for the first three fingers to grab the handle, while the fourth finger wraps around the paracord.
Typically I would not advocate a short-handled knife for police work, however the addition of the paracord, and the generally small size of the Minimalist should not cause a grip problem for specific purposes. The overall design provides several carry options I believe would be suited to patrol or special duty police work. More on those later.
The blade comes with a moderate serration along the spine of the blade from the back of the blade to the first part of the grip. This is for added grip texture where the thumb is intended to be placed during use.
The G10 handles are proven to be extremely durable scales, that will endure the elements, and many other abuses heavy use can bring. The G10 grips are attached to the full tang blade by two TORX head screws on each side. The black handles match the black stonewashed blade, and black glass-reinforced nylon sheath.
CRKT Minimalist Drop Point Specifications
- Blade Material: 5Cr15Mov
- Blade Style: Fixed
- Blade-HRC: 55-57
- Finish: Black Stonewash
- Grind: Hollow
- Handle Material: G10
- Overall Knife Length: 5.221 inches
- Knife Weight: 1.7 ounces
- Blade Length: 2.16 inches
- Blade Thickness: 0.105 inches
- Carry System: Glass-Reinforced Nylon Sheath
- Sheath Weight: 0.6 ounces
- Available: Mid to late 2nd quarter 2016
- MSRP: $39.99.
Other CRKT Minimalist Options
- MSRP: All models $39.99.
Earlier I mentioned there could be some law enforcement applications for the Minimalist series of knives. First, most officers carry a knife on-duty as a dual self-defense and multi-purpose tool. That being said, the Minimalist knives are so compact that they could easily be mounted behind existing duty gear on the belt, on the lanyard around the neck and behind the duty shirt, or tied into the laces of a boot.
All of these options provide an officer a rather quick way to access the knife, and places that will not draw unnecessary attention to the knife’s location either. The Minimalist are more of a self-defense knife in very close quarters situations. Fighting on the ground, or being entangled with a violent, armed or dangerous suspect, could be situations where primary and secondary weapons are unavailable or have been ineffective. The Minimalist could be a great back-up blade.
However, the small nature of the Minimalist knives could also make them great for cutting rope, scraping off fraudulent license tab stickers, cutting into suspected illegal drug packages, or other simple cutting jobs that don’t really require a large knife to complete. The Minimalist is compact, but manageable, and its very light weight could be a great benefit as well.