CRKT Ripple Ken Onion Knife Review

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Undoubtedly, Ken Onion is a beast in the knife world. His unique sense of function and aesthetics, combined with his ability to team up with production companies to create valuable, yet inexpensive knives, has left a significant mark in the knife industry. However, the knives he works on are production knives.He has a signature feel and look to his work and they have a custom feel to them. I can’t really think of any other designer who has contributed more to bringing up a unique sense of style to a utilitarian hobby. In my opinion, his CRKT Ripple is the perfect example of this.

CRKT Ripple Ken Onion Knife Review

CRKT Ripple Ken Onion Knife Review

CRKT’s Ripple is an extremely modest, yet exceptionally large pocket knife. It is a light normal carry folder; whose exciting two-tone ripple scale pattern and polished appearance really makes it stand out from its competition. In a lot of ways, I would state that the Ripple has no genuine challenge amongst other knives, it can really be compared to, as I can’t think of a single knife.

CRKT Ripple Ken Onion Knife – Size

The CRKT Ripple’s total length is 19cm (7.5 inches). As I have mentioned, this is significantly larger than what it looks, and while specifications don’t lie, though it looks and feels like a much smaller knife, those numbers mean this knife ought to be considered as a medium-sized everyday carry. The Ripple is similar to the Spyderco Delica in size.

Due to the 2.5 mm (0.1 inch) thick blade, the Ripple feels really too small to be this huge. Its contoured spine combined with this thinness, makes it look sleek as hell. In my list,it is one of the few knives I can really think of as a “gentleman’s knife,” as it’s rather understated and unthreatening, as well as pretty in design as a knife.

Its needle nose 80 mm (3.125 inch) hollow-ground blade is genuinely an awful slicer. Be cautioned that CRKT’s Ripple is extremely sharp and simply loves to bite into anything you point it at, along with your hands (it cut me within the first 2 minutes of owning it and I’m not even exaggerating here).

CRKT Ripple Ken Onion Knife – Lock

Using a nested stainless steel liner lock, the blade locks solidly. The CRKT Ripple is definitely not a chunky beater/user knife, yet I would bet on the super slender blade, that would snap long before the lock would fail on this knife.

The flipper on the Ripple acts as a guard, should the lock fail: one of the advantages of the flipper arrangement system.

CRKT Ripple Ken Onion Knife – Clip

Sadly, the CRKT Ripple comes with a repulsive clip, while it functions good, it is just so ugly without a clip I reluctantly EDC this knife. Gratefully, the Ripple has a lanyard hole, so I can thread some paracord and mould myself a decent lanyard to help with deployment.

I truly cannot accentuate how stabby this knife is. If you have the bad luck of dropping this knife while its open, just pray to whichever god you believe in that it doesn’t land on your foot. It may not look awful, however if your skin is on the other end of it, you will rapidly discover that it is.

With everything considered, the Ripple is practically a radiant slicer, taking into account with its 8Cr13MoV blade that keeps a nice edge for a significant amount of time, this knife is extraordinarily low priced. Would I favour a super steel? Yes, I generally do, however the cost of this knife would have gone way up.

As I have mentioned before, the aluminium scales, are drop dead attractive, with a fabulous two-tone finish and machined ripples. I can’t get over this extremely great looking effect. Than in the pictures it even looks better in person, I dare say that.

All those tiny holes all over, while they do the job of keeping the knife at a ridiculously light 2.5 ounces, also makes it look great. For it to be 2.5 ounces is impressive as hell and also keep in mind this is a 19 cm (7.5 inch) knife.

Due to the IKBS system centering wasn’t exactly perfect. By tightening the pivot just a smidgen more, I could have centered it perfectly myself, however, in case if I did that, deployment would have turned a little sluggish, so I preferred not to.

One nice touch will get the spine of the blade completely adjusted. I truly wish more manufacturers would do that, as it makes the design of the knife feel and look much more streamlined and elegant.

CRKT Ripple Ken Onion Knife – Deployment

Deployment with the IKBS system is extremely fast. The flipper is abundantly sized, and for it to deploy firmly I have never had to give it a wrist flick: great job here, CRKT.

Right behind the pivot,balance point is perfect. The lack of contouring on the handles and the relative thinness of the blade also suggests that this truly isn’t a heavy use knife. It’s a really nice EDC blade for formal occasions, and I treat my Ripple as a light cutter.

CRKT Ripple Ken Onion Knife – Ergonomics

The Ripple is in the middle of the pack in terms of ergonomics. The shape of the handle is well designed, yet the edge of the scales is too blocky for my taste. The knife is so thin that if you grip it little hard, the hot spots would become obvious, but practically speaking, and in the grand scheme of things, this is not an issue. Its difficult to have a truly ergonomic knife that is additionally sleek and diminutive, so I wasn’t expecting outstanding ergos here. It’s surely not the best, but rather it’s good enough for what it is.

Reverse grip is totally acceptable, as I have mentioned it is very stabby, and while the Ripple is not marketed as a tactical knife, the guard would protect your digits in almost any situation. Not my first choice for self-protection, yet certainly not my last.

I have very less experience with the IKBS systems, and I have never dismantled this knife (I’m scared of losing those little bearings that goes around the pivot). That being stated, I would bet that cleaning the Ripple would be a great pain in the ass.The ergonomics are not intended for prolonged use, and hence would not advise this for use as a folding hunter in the field.

It’s principle quality definitely lies in the field of formal/general light use EDC, and while this may seem restraining, I would disagree that there is no way somebody could look at this knife and think “hard use.” It’s just too wonderful looking.

CRKT Ripple Ken Onion Knife – Conclusion

I do wish the edges of the CRKT Ripple were all smoothed out, that the scales were made of titanium, and that the steel was a little sexier, like ZDP-189, yet at such a low-price point there is no way this knife could be all that.

When picking an EDC knife, this knife really emphasizes the compromisesone needs to make in a lot of ways, usuallyyou get one that is light and pocketable or the one that is tough and heavy. You don’t get both, and this knife is definitely not both. For an ergonomic hand feel you will often have to pick between gentleman-like and sleek, or full of thick contours. This knife makes evident that contrast. The Ripple certainly fits the bill for a light, pocketable, sleek gentleman’s knife. If you wanted to get away with having only two pocket knives in your collection, you could, having only this and another heavy-duty, comfortably sound blade like the CRKT Ken Onion Foresight. You could easily be ready for any situation, with those two folding knives, choosing which knife to convey depending upon the situation, or what you will be doing for the rest of the day.

This knife is the idealpocketable, lightweight, and sleek gentleman’s knife, and considering it can go from formal to casual with no adjustment or modificationwhatsoever, to any collection I would definitely advise adding the Ripple.


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