I know this Ken Onion design might inspire a certain feeling of deja vu, but take a look at that blade profile before you say “Wait, that’s a Kershaw!” And note the absence of a Kershaw blade safety down by the lanyard hole.
That there’s no Kershaw, pardner. It’s the new full-production EROS from Columbia River Knife & Tool. Outward appearance aside, it’s a completely different knife.
First off, it’s not an assisted-opener. Instead of a Speedsafe action, the Eros is built around the same IKBS ball-bearing flipper design that the outstanding CRKT Carajas uses. It doesn’t need an assist spring: once your finger pressure overcomes the firm detent, the blade flips right out on its own.
This isn’t CRKT’s first Eros flipper, but the first collaboration version had sculpted titanium grips, a snazzy Acuto+ stainless blade, and an MSRP of $225. This new mass-production version wears alloy grips, an AUS 8 blade, and a list price of just $70. It’s not in stock yet, but when it hits the shelves the street will be even less.