I have bought several knives, but the CRKT® Minimalist Bowie Knife has been one of my most satisfying purchases.
It may not look like much, but the CRKT® Minimalist Bowie Knife offers tremendous value and quality in a compact and affordable package.
In order to understand the context in which I will write the remainder of my review, here are some specifications for the CRKT® Minimalist Bowie Knife:
- Blade Length: 2.125″ (53.98 mm)
- Blade Edge: Plain
- Blade Steel: 5Cr15MoV, 55-57 HRC
- Blade Finish: Bead Blast
- Blade Thickness: 0.108″ (2.74 mm)
- Weight: 1.6 oz
- Handle: Polished Resin Infused Fiber
- Sheath Material: Glass-Reinforced Nylon
- Overall Length: 5.13″ (130.3 mm)
- Weight w/Sheath: 2.1 oz
You may be thinking to yourself, “Man, that sure is a small knife…” and on paper it is, but this knife performs similarly to its larger counterparts. It was designed as a hunting/fishing or survival knife but also serves as a great knife for chores around the house.Buy The CRKT Minimalist Bowie Knife Now On Amazon!
I find myself using this knife more often than any other knife I own for a few reasons:
- It is convenient. My pockets are often full of other stuff so carrying around the neck or on the belt is convenient.
- It is easy to deploy from around the neck. Especially great when wearing hunting or fishing waders.
- It is easy to deploy with gloved hands. Even with thicker gloves, I can feel where my hand is on the knife, and I don’t have to worry about not having the dexterity to open or close it.
- It is Wicked Sharp — Out of the Box.
- It is affordable which becomes very important if I were ever to lose it because I won’t have to worry about the cost of replacement.
While this knife is small, hand it feels bigger than it actually is when holding it. I applaud the designer, Alan Folts, for the innovative handle design. The finger grooves are ergonomic and instill a sense of security when attempting more difficult cutting tasks. The quality of the handle on a small knife makes or breaks its usability for me, and the handle on this knife has never let me down or left me wanting for more.
To keep the knife lightweight and compact, there are only three finger grooves on the handle, not four. Those familiar with the biomechanics of the hand understand the important role the pinky finger plays in gripping strength and the ability to secure a cutting tool. The designer did not forget this important fact, and a braided cord is attached to the handle for this purpose; to give the pinky finger something to grab. You may not believe it without experiencing it, but this braided cord does make a huge difference in the usability of this knife.
The sheath is also of high quality, and the belt loop can be configured with it in a few different ways to suit your preferences. The sheath provides a good balance of retention and accessibility. I have never had an issue with not having enough retention, nor have I ever encountered issues with the knife getting stuck while trying to deploy it. I usually have this knife around my neck all day while hunting or fishing, and I never have to worry about the knife coming out of the sheath on its own. I must admit however that in a moment of negligence, I cut myself when re-sheathing the knife so be careful!
The CRKT® Minimalist Bowie Knife is awesome.
It is super sharp and can handle some serious use and abuse. As previously mentioned, it comes razor sharp out of the box (I can shave the hairs off my arms with ease), and the 5Cr15MoV steel is fantastic for edge retention and resharpening if need be.