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Old December 13, 2012, 18:02   #1
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CRKT Hammond Cruiser (a review)

A remarkable folder! I have had one for nearly two years, and it put all my other folders into retirement. It may look odd, but the design is excellent on so many points. The grip is wasp textured zytel, and the ergonmics lock it into the hand in various grips. The lawks safety(prevents the linerlock from being disengaged) is manally engaged, and easily accessible with the thumb. My "Desert Cruiser Operation Iraqi Freedom Certified"model came with two pocket clips for left or right side, and can be attatched at either end of the grip for unlimited adjustment to user preference. The blade is either AUS6 or AUS8(I don't recall) which is an excellent stainless steel, with great edge retention and moderate rust resistance. This is a large folder, and bulky in the pocket, but it is so well suited for various tasks, and so durable and sturdy for fixed knife applications. You can pick these up on ebay for under $25, and it is a bargain for the brilliant design and performance. I have handled many tactical folders, and this is notably the best, especially considering the price. Recently I thought "it would be nice to have a more compact version" and happened to find a "Hammond Cruiser Special Ops" edition. This is the same design, but smaller with slab grips, slightly different blade profile, and AUS 4 steel. This carries better in the pocket and shares the same features, but I am still partial the the full size model for it's all purpose combat grade utility.

For the price, try one out.

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Old December 13, 2012, 18:38   #2
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I received a CRKT Tac folder last Christmas and was very impressed by it. I will look into this model now! Thank you!
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Old December 17, 2012, 01:19   #3
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I got a CRKT Crawford Kasper last year for Christmas:



Best folding knife I own!
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Old December 17, 2012, 20:46   #4
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Are those made in USA?
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Old December 17, 2012, 22:42   #5
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Last I was aware most of CRKT products were produced in taiwan, the hammond cruiser special ops I just purchased was unforunately made in china.
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Old December 17, 2012, 22:47   #6
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I have both the Hammond Cruiser and an Ignitor. The Cruiser,though well made,is too large for me for everyday carry. Very heavy,very thick.I find the Ignitor a better choice.
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I got a CRKT Crawford Kasper last year for Christmas:



Best folding knife I own!
Mine was an M16-14SF Super solid, well designed...I have no problems with it. It's too big for EDC so it's in my gear bag till I want/need it. (not my pic btw)

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A Crawford Kasper is my daily knock around blade. big and heavy but handles well...!!!
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