December 17, 2012


(Columbia River Knife & Tool) 

Along with bringing outdoor adventure to you, I review superior outdoor products. Perhaps you've heard of the Oregon knife manufacturer, CRKT, who had sparked enthusiasm in outdoorsmen since 1994. I've been following this company for years. They recently contacted me and sent out two knives to review. Most often, I find the S.P.E.W. (Small Pocket Everyday Wharncliffe) model in my pocket. As the name indicates, the design is crafted for daily carry, either as a neck knife (using the supplied paracord underneath a shirt) or as a simple pocket knife. With this sleek profile, the knife is the most easily concealed I've held and always ready to be used for daily tasks. Below are quick specs and overall impressions:

Open Overall Length6.25 inches
Weight3 ounces
Blade Length3 inches
Blade Thickness0.1 inches

The SPEW is tough, but as expected from a Wharncliffe style blade, which drops to a sharp point, the knife would not suffice for prying, but that's not its designed purpose. 

Aesthetically, it's a great looking knife. When emptying my pockets at the end of the day, I've actually forgotten I was carrying it.

The gimping, although a bit underwhelming, is strong enough to hold your thumb in place while cutting. Even under a light rain or falling snow, your grip holds tight. 

Overall, this is a great compact pocket knife for protection or basic daily tasks. Should you choose to simply toss it in your gear bag, the sheath securely holds the knife until given a good pull. Impressively the blade arrives sharper than I imagined it would and at $45, the SPEW is a steal. Add it to your collection, because after all, you never heard a man say he had too many knives...


Kirk Mantay said...

Saw this and wondered if I would slice up my big meaty thumb while using it. Thanks for the review - I may give it a try!

Rhon Bell said...

Hey man,

It's definitely a shorter knife, but it has many pros that out way that fact. Let me know if you end up getting it and your review.

randall said...

That's a nice looking knife, but it's looks a little bulky to be throwing in a pocket and carrying around on the regular. I still think I'd opt for a folding knife if I were looking for a knife of that size.

Rhon Bell said...

Randall, to be honest - it may be bulky for you personally, width wide when you look at the sheath, but the depth of the knife is very thin. Nobody would know you had it on your person. But, there is definitely something to be said for pocket knives - I completely agree. Cheers!