EDC is the name of the game with the Fawkes. It has a 2.74-inch blade length, and in terms of shape we’re seeing a clip point, one with a particularly long run out to the clipped tip. Any knife enthusiast can discern the ways in which this blade, at this length, can be used: breaking down boxes, puncturing plastic packaging, slicing an apple – all the day-to-day cutting chores are on the table here. There’s a fuller on the blade, but it’s decorative only, and not intended as a secondary opening method. This one is meant to be opened with the flipper tab, as it’s equipped with one of CRKT’s usual setups: the IKBS pivot and assisted opening deployment combo.
Ergonomically, we’re looking at a design that is spare but modern, with a finger guard/groove twofer up front, and a raised, knurled backspacer on the back. In conjunction with the front-and-back G-10 scales, these features should keep the hand in place whether the task is big or small. Speaking of the scales, they’re an appropriately Halloweeny orange/black combination; there are steel liners underneath, and the off-side liner is fitted with the locking leaf. The stubby deep carry clip has been hit with a black wash to compliment the darker hues in the scales; it can be reversed to the front side for carry in the left-hand pocket. The Fawkes weighs 3 oz. even.
The Fawkes is a Folts design that began in an unlikely place: the scrap pile. During the process of relocating his workshop, Folts found a lot of bladesmith scrap, so he decided to make a new knife from these previously discarded pieces. Thus the Fawkes was born, and now it’s on the cusp of moving into full production with CRKT next year.
Yes, 2022: the Fawkes is actually an emissary from CRKT’s forthcoming 2022 catalog, available now in a preview batch limited to 500 pieces. This preview model is identical to the future full production model, except for blade steel: it has D2 steel instead of 1.4116.
Knife in Featured Image: CRKT Fawkes