CRKT’s new production-model ‘Fossil’ is a seriously bizarre-looking knife, in a cool way. The original Fossil was a high-priced collector’s item, but Columbia River has brought the same looks and function (if not the same materials) to the artsy edge of the EDC market for about a C-note.
The stainless-steel frame is pounded with hammers to achieve the crude, ball-peened look of the original Ikoma custom, and the scalloped G10 scales have the look and feel of impossibly large walnut hulls.
This frame-lock flipper doesn’t exactly sport a deep-carry pocket clip, and why would it? If you carry an art knife like this, you’re carrying it because you want to flaunt it.
The blade is 3.9″ of black or satin Veff-serrated 8Cr13, heat-treated to an unusually-hard HRC 59-60. If only they’d given it the same 12C27 Sandvik blade from the marvelous Carajas…
But I shouldn’t be a steel snob, because my only beef with 8Cr13 has been its mediocre edge retention, and the exceptional hardness of the Fossil’s blade might give it a lot more staying power than other 8Cr13 blades I’ve tested. I’d love to find out for myself.
Manufacturer’s link here.