Looking for an incredibly powerful folder that won’t crush your savings account? Consider the Fossil Compact– an innovative knife designed by Flavio Ikoma and manufactured by Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT).
In this review of the CRKT Fossil, I take a look at the design of the knife, the special considerations given to the blae construction and the engineering behind the flipper-style opening.
The Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) company has been developing outstanding knives and outdoor survival tools since 1994. I own several CRKT knives in the M14 and M16 lines, as well as its Eat-N-Tool, and have found their design, fit, and function to be outstanding.
This year at SHOT Show, CRKT announced the addition of the new Fossil Compact knife with Veff Serrations. This is a knife has great potential as a patrol knife, or just for everyday carry (EDC) use. The Fossil series of knives brings out some of the best design features from Flavio Ikoma of Presidente Prudente, Brazil. The Fossil Compact grabs your attention at first sight with its sleek lines, Veff serrations, and uniquely colored and hammer-textured grip.
The Veff Serrations are absolutely incredible for cutting through thick, or tough materials. They are, in my opinion, far superior to standard serrations. Cutting with the Veff Serrations feels as if the knife is gripping the material into an amazingly smooth slicing cut, instead of a jerky, tearing feel with many standard serrated-blade knives.
The Fossil Compact has an opening flipper, for blade deployment that is smooth and fast. This flipper is at the bottom base of the blade, and fits through the open handle, sticking up for easy access by the trigger finger for deployment. The flipper also turns into a handsome finger guard when the blade is open.
The Fossil Compact has an elongated, machined cut slot through the top, rear of the blade. In addition to making the Fossil Compact slightly lighter, this slot acts as a quick deployment thumb grip. These features also prevent pocket damage like knives with a thumb knob on the blade. The IKBS ball bearing pivot system makes deployment and return of the knife as smooth as glass.
The frame-style lock is very secure when the blade is locked out but easily disengaged when needed to close the knife. The contoured multi-colored G10 handle overlays not only provide additional tactile grip, but they also make the Fossil Compact look like a gator. A very unique look, with deliberate functionality.
The large-sized Fossil “Black” is already available. However, it’s nearly 9″ of extended length, and almost 4″ blade, makes the “Black” a bit much for a patrol or EDC knife. Not to mention two more ounces of weight. The Fossil Compact, on the other hand, provides the same incredible features, in a package small enough that it will not become burdensome or too aggressive.
- Style – Folding knife with frame-style lock
- Pocket Clip – Reversible for RH or LH carry
- Pocket Clip – Attaches to rear handle for quick deployment option
- Overall length – 7.69″
- Blade length – 3.41″
- Edge – Combination razor and Veff Serrations with a hollow grind, drop point
- Blade material – Steel: 8Cr13MoV, 58-60 HRC
- Finish – Gray titanium nitride
- Blade thickness – 0.110″
- Weight – 4.1 oz.
- Handle – Stainless steel with G10 hammered 2-tone overlay
- Folding mechanism – IKBS ball bearing pivot system
- MSRP – $89.99 (on sale now at Amazon for about $60)
Fair warning: I like a lot of CRKT products. In general, I find the knives to be well constructed with unique design features like the Veff Serrations. Nevertheless, I know that everything the company makes isn’t necessarily useful to the law enforcement or concealed carry market.
The Fossil makes for a good duty knife assuming you don’t need one that is all black. It uses stainless steel construction throughout for excellent corrosion resistance, and I think that is important in a police knife. The blade deploys quickly and locks solidly into place. To top it off, the Veff serrations are excellent for cutting through rope and seatbelts.
For most officers, pricing is always a concern. Although the suggested retail price is $89.99, I was able to pick mine up for about $60 from Amazon. For a duty knife, I think that is a reasonable price. As a bonus, you get a stylish knife that can be shown off at the next BBQ.
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