Mont Vernon, New Hampshire’s Outland Equipment, Inc. designs and makes “tools for survival in hostile environments” in the USA. The Kryptos K2 knife is named after a cipher, or coded message, seen in a statue at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Kryptos is Greek for “hidden,” so I can see the intent of a concealed knife with what, to me, is a covert name.
Anyway, here is the description of the knife from Outland:
“Outland’s Kryptos knife was developed in cooperation with America’s Special Operations Forces for optimum concealed carry, swift and natural draw, and reliable retention. The handle shape, sheath profile and strap system have been designed for discreet horizontal carry on 1.5” tactical belts. The sheath is ambidextrous for right or left-handed draw and can be positioned anywhere around the belt. The pinky hook locates your hand and gives a secure location for a quick draw, while the heel on the handle gives a solid base for assisted thrusting. The G10 handles are secure even when wet, and the handles have jimping for additional bite.
“Included in the kit is an aluminum trainer with blunt edges and a rounded point. The trainer handle geometry and sheath draw match the live knife.
“Kryptos is available in both single and double edge versions. Know your local laws and choose the version that is legal for you to own and carry.”
Full tang CPM 3V steel construction
Single or double-edged versions
3.7 inch primary cutting edge
G10 handle grips
Deep finger choil and aggressive jimping for a secure grip
Pinky hook allows for fast, sightless grip acquisition and sheath draw
Sheath straps horizontally along your belt
Blade Length–3.7 in
Blade Width–0.85 in
Blade Thickness–0.18 in
Blade Material –CPM 3V Steel
Blade Hardness–RC 60
Weight –Knife: 3.8 oz.
Knife and Sheath: 6.3 oz.
Sheath –K2 Covert Sheath
Edge Type–Double Edge, Single Edge
The MSRP for the Kryptos K2 on Outland Equipment’s Website is $245.00, although it is currently on sale for $220.00. This knife is available with a training knife included for a sale price of $355.00. The Kryptos is on pre-order status.