The new CRKT Biwa is an Alan Folts design, and it just doesn’t get better than this. It’s a small, full tang fixed blade that maximizes your cutting utility while minimizing the carry weight. CRKT tells us it was specifically designed to be an ultralight camping compatible, all-in-one hunting knife. Not only that, but you’ll be able to pick it up for the budget friendly price of about $34.
Now, we’ve been writing about Alan Folts and his amazing Minimalist line for a hot minute. This isn’t a Minimalist. It’s a full-sized knife with a handle length of about 3.6” and it comes with an included paracord lanyard, just in case you need the extra couple of inches for larger than average grips. The balance rests right at or about the first screw, and it has a slim profile that simply feels fantastic in hand. Combine the subtly done jimping throughout the handle with the lightly textured black and tan G-10 handle scales and you have the perfect balance of slip resistance and comfort.
The Biwa has a 3.02” 8Cr13MoV drop point blade with a blade thickness of 0.11”. There’s a long distal taper and a pronounced swedge for increased flexibility and maneuverability. It also has pronounced jimping along the spine for fine detail work.
This knife comes with a black, multi-mount polypropylene sheath with a fully adjustable belt clip. Whether your preferred carry is scout, lefty or right, or even as a fairly large neck knife this knife has all the options. Not only that, but at both the knife and sheath combined weigh a mere 1.7 ounces, so we believe we can safely say Mr. Folts has achieved his goal.
- 8Cr13MoV, Satin Finish
- 3.02” Drop Point
- 0.11” Blade Thickness
- Full Tang Fixed Blade
- G-10 Handle Scales
- Lanyard Hole with Paracord Lanyard
- Multi-Mount Sheath with Belt Clip
- 1.6oz. Knife Weight
- 1.1oz. Sheath Weight
- 6.63” Overall
The CRKT Biwa is a new 2021 design from Alan Folts. It comes an extremely lightweight while maximizing utility at a budget friendly price of about $34. If you’re interested in this knife, click any link in the article or simply click the button below.
All images courtesy of Smoky Mountain Knife Works – smkw.com.