Tuesday, December 11, 2012

CRKT Knife Review and Giveaway

Hunting Knife CRKT
CRKT Free Range Hunter
Recently I was given the opportunity to review the Free Range Hunter fixed blade from CRKT and couldn't refuse. I have been trying hard to shoot a deer to give this knife something to cut but as of today I still have my tag in my pocket. I'm hoping this weekend I'll arrow myself a deer and if I do I'll let the Free Range Hunter do some work and give an update on how well it cuts, but from what I can tell it would have no problem with any animal.

The Free Range Hunter series from CRKT is designed by Russ Kommer who has been a commercial hunting guide since 1980. Here is some info about Russ from the CRKT website:
"Russ Kommer started making knives when one of his hunter clients brought a custom knife and dressed an entire moose without sharpening it. He began working with noted Alaskan knifemaker John Shore, who took Russ into his shop and showed him how to grind. He began making his own line of knives in 1997, and his custom catalog shows a range of fixed blade knives, including Bowie and Camp Knives, Fillet Knives, Hunters, Fighters and Boot Knives, all available with a variety of exotic handles and with engraving. He is the designer of the CRKT Bear Claw, Big Eddy, hunting knives including our Pro and Signature Hunters, 30-30, and Surf 'N Turf, plus the Kommer Fulcrum and I.F.B. He says, "I set out to make a quality knife that would perform and be comfortable to handle. I have found knifemaking to be my calling, and would like to thank all the people who have helped me along the way!"
The first thing I noticed about the knife when I took it out of the box was how light weight it was. It weighs in at a mere 3.6 ounces for an overall knife length of 9 inches.  Here are the specs on the knife from the CRKT Website:

Hunting Knife from CRKTDimensions
Overall Length - 9.0625 inches
Weight - 3.6 ounces

Blade
Length - 4.25 inches
Thickness - 0.135 inches
Material - 8Cr13MoV
Blade-HRC - 58-59
Finish - Satin
Grind - Hollow
Style - Clip Point
Edge - Plain

Handle - Double Injection

Carry
Carry System - Sheath
Weight - 3.3 ounces


The knife is very light weight but you can tell that it is very durable and candle a beating. It feels very comfortable in my hand with the finger grooves and it is very evident that the knife won't slip out of my hand because the grip is constructed of both hard and soft polymers, hence the double injection. It is a hard durable handle but has the grip that you need, I feel like I have complete control of the knife while holding it. I even let my wife hold the knife and asked her how it felt in her hand. She mentioned the finger grooves made it comfortable to hold so even in smaller hands it feels comfortable to hold.


CRKT Free Range Hunter


The knife is very sharp right out of the box. I have of course yet to cut anything so I can't comment on how well it keeps an edge but from what I have read there have been many positive reviews about how well it does keep it's edge. The best thing about this knife is the value. This is a high quality knife that you can pick up from the CRKT website for only $49. Being able to pick up a knife designed by a professional hunting guide that is sharp right out of the box for that price is hard to beat.


CRKT Hunting Knife
CRKT Free Range Hunter
Overall I really like the Free Range Hunter both for the design and the price. The sheath also has paracord weaved around it and the knife securely snaps into the sheath to prevent it from falling out. I think the overall design of the knife and the quality makes it a steal and would definitely recommend this to my hunting buddies looking for a quality blade at a reasonable price. You will be getting a high quality hunting knife for a very reasonable price in my opinion.

As much as I would love to keep this knife for myself, I am going to be giving this knife away to one of you. I am using Rafflecopter so follow the instructions and good luck!

You must click on the +2 or +1 next to the task in the Rafflecopter in order to be entered to win. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

36 comments:

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    1. It is a great knife. Good luck in the contest.

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  2. I would love this knife to add to my collection. I am a total knife freak and would love to give this a try on my wolf hunt next month.

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    1. I would love to hear about how the wolf hunt goes! If you do win you'll have to be sure to send pics of the knife in action. Good Luck!

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  3. I'd love to win this knife! I'm kind of a knife junkie and I've always heard good things about CRKT!

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    1. CRKT makes some great knifes. I have several of their pocket knives and love them. This one will not disappoint either. Good Luck.

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  4. I would like to win this knife to also cut my non-existent deer with. Lol. :)

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    1. Maybe if I don't get my deer I'll see how it cuts up my tag for tag soup. :) Good luck in the contest Britney.

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  5. Looks like a great knife!

    Good luck on your deer this weekend!! I'll be watching for pictures. ;) I'm hoping for a doe this weekend for extra freezer meat... so I'll be sending out tree stand tweets!

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    1. Good luck in the contest and this weekend Emily. I have two deer tags and can shoot two does or a buck and a doe. I'm hoping to just get some meat in the freezer. I'll be sending out the tree stand tweets as well!

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  6. That is a sweet looking knife! I have never used a CRKT knife. Would love to add it to my collection, but I'd really like to see someone win it who would use it a lot. Good luck everyone!

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    1. I have a few of their pocket knives and am very impressed. Good luck!

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  7. Could always use another knife! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  8. Because that is one sweet knife for sure.

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  9. I would love to give this to my husband who loves to fish and hunt.

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    1. Your husband would be really happy with this knife! Good Luck Anissa.

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  10. thanks for doing this awesome giveaway!! i have wanted one of these knives for a long time but can't afford it.

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    1. Well hopefully the luck will fall in your favor and you won't have to buy it. Good Luck Charles!

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  11. Thanks for the review! I've been looking for a knife to gift to a friend for the holidays.

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  12. I love CRKT knives!!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the contest!

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  13. I figure if rafflecopter selects me you can't get in trouble for giving it to family!

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    1. Well we'll see what happens.. I hope I don't get an angry mob after me if you do win :-)

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  14. Gorgeous! I like it! It will be of the my best collection. I love beautiful knife like this.

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    1. Thanks.. You may need to have a name in order to win instead of Anonymous.

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  15. With the light weight and that handle design, it looks like I could work with it for days. I've been looking for a hunter with soft grip inserts for working with wet hands.

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    1. The knife is amazing and if you win I think you would be extremely pleased with it. Good luck!

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  16. Oh man I LOVE giveaways! Your blog is the best...not interested in winning, just wanted to let you know :)

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