CRKT Hammond Cruser Knife
The Cruiser abounds with design subtleties. For example, the handle features a forward slanted friction grooved thumb ramp and a deep finger choil for the index finger, allowing what is known as the "fencer's grip".
To simplify the clean open build, a unique blade stop channel is CNC machined within the blade. This in turn, allows a friction grooved, tapered blade extension (or flipper) which aids opening the Cruiser, and then neatly completes the finger choil. It has been called "the sweetest flipper in the business."
In translating Jim's custom Cruiser into production, Columbia River used their extremely durable InterFrame build with 420J2 stainless steel liners, one locking. The injection molded black textured Zytel scales featuring their Operator's Grip are radiused and contoured with swells to perfectly fit the hand. The long handle, with a pronounced pommel, feels secure and entirely right.
Their work and sport version of the Cruiser use tough 8CR14MoV stainless steel for the clip-point blade. It has a high hollow grind that curves upward near the tip and a long false top edge, making it an exceptionally versatile work tool. Dual thumb studs and Teflon blade bearings at the blade pivot allow smooth one hand opening and closing.
They've also incorporated the patented Lake And Walker Knife Safety (LAWKS®) into the Cruiser, which makes the folder a virtual fixed blade when engaged.
To give the Cruiser maximum utility in a variety of work situations, Columbia River had Jim design a special paddle style pocket clip, which can be attached in four positions: tip up, tip down, left or right. (The Cruiser is not designed for tip-up in-pocket carry.) Two clips and extra torx screws are included. The stainless steel clips are Teflon plated.
- 5 1/4 inches Closed Length Linerlock
- Standard Edge AUS-6M Stainless Steel Modified Clip Point blade with dual thumb studs
- Textured Zytel handles
- Features Lawks Safety System
- Jim Hammond Design
This knife is a great value. The blade is sharp and holds its edge well.
Flipper is smooth, but the lightness of the blades requires a bit of wrist snap encouragement.
I like the blade shape, but wish it were longer. Especially given the bulkiness of the handle. Feels great in the hand if you have big mits like me.
It's a great cheaper alternative to the M16 line, though the handles much thicker here. It has the secondary lock for the liner lock, as well.
The handle is nicely golf ball stippled which I love. The dual holes in the handle worked great for a makeshift spear when I needed to pop a balloon that ran away at a party. Or when you want to pretend you're the Lord of the Flies.
It's held its edge and held on tight in my pocket every day since I've bought it and is a great beater EDC knife for someone who likes a bit substantial size without weight.
I own dozens and dozens of knives from $$$$ customs to Chinese junk, and I'd say this is at the top of the heap for value vs quality, if you like its features (flipper, substantial handle, double locked liner, lightweight).