Columbia River Knife & Tool had a new art knife at SHOT Show 2015 which showcased a sci-fi-ish design by Terry Lee Renner. My photos of the knife do not do this one justice. The lighting in the Sands Convention Center is sadly inadequate for good photography, especially of shiny things.
To continue, the Deviation evidences Renner’s past as a mechanical designer from a different industry. When pen went to paper, the guy doing the work obviously had visions from elsewhere. And the term “art knife” was not so far off. Renner is an artist, as well.
From a knife standpoint, Deviation functioned like a proper tool. The modified tanto rolls open on Flavio Ikoma’s IKBS ball bearing pivot system. The large flipper spur gives ample leverage with which to fling the blade to lock. When held in the hand, the Deviation is not uncomfortable, as it might appear.
The unusual handles are made from 2Cr13 stainless steel with a titanium nitride finish. Blues in the handle contrast with the blue-purple in the pivot. Combined with the mirror and satin finishes to the blade itself, the whole package pops.
For you spec sheet readers, Deviation’s 8Cr14MoV blade is 3.1″ and, when open, the knife is 7.63″ long. This knife is a liner lock. Because of the stainless steel handles, the weight is a healthy 6 ounces. Its pocket clip is tip up and reversible. MSRP will be $69.99.
The CRKT Deviation really makes an impression. You see few radical artsy designs from the mainstream manufacturers. Even though these types of knives may not have the audience of other offerings, CRKT took the plunge with this one. Hopefully, it will pay off.