CRKT has just announced a trio of new tools designed by speed-climber Hans Florine, the NIAD, Bivy and Hyphenate. The Bivy especially looks interesting, featuring assisted-opening pliers. Thats a new one for me and looks like it could take the convenience factor of the old one-hand opening Gerber multitool a step further. With its single-sided frame, the NIAD reminds me of CRKT’s K.I.S.S. knife and the Hypehnate is a half-serrated tanto neck knife. If it is built as well as the CRKT RSK Mk6 that I have reviewed, it should be a solid little bugger.
Full press-release, specs and photos after the jump.
Tualatin, Oregon, U.S.A.— July 29, 2015
CRKT and world-record setting climber create knives and tools that take technology to new heights.
CRKT® is releasing the Hans Florine designed NIAD™, Bivy™ and Hyphenate™ at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market (Salt Lake City, UT August 5th – 8th). These knives and tools are super lightweight—you’d expect nothing less from a world record holding speed climber of The Nose on Yosemite’s El Capitan.
At 0.6 oz, the NIAD™ (Nose In A Day) folding climbing knife keeps you light on your feet when they’re 2000 ft above the ground. It features a simple two-piece design so you don’t have anything getting in your way when scaling cliff faces. The stainless steel blade seats against the frame and eliminates the need for a sheath or additional parts while climbing. That’s welcome news for those who are looking for something that’s high-function but not high-maintenance.
When you want to take a bivouac on with one hand, there’s the Bivy™. Inspired by Hans’ work with the Bandaloop Vertical Dance Troupe, this revolutionary multi-tool provides easy single-handed operation for those times when your other one is busy with rigging or emergencies. Simply push the button and spring-assisted pliers jump into action. A comforting thought for those who are at the end of their rope. It also features a locking liner safety, marlinspike, and Phillips and flathead screwdrivers.
Finally, the Hyphenate™ bridges the gap between knives in places bridges don’t exist. This fixed blade climbing knife crosses over into camping or any other outdoor activity. It features a modified tanto blade design with a combination edge making it feel comfortable in a variety of conditions. Additionally, there are two large holes in the handle to help with grip and cut down on weight, as well as an O² wrench.
The new line was created in response to Hans’ need for tools and blades that could operate as freely as he does.
“I wanted things that were simple, lightweight and safe,” Florine recalls “And in climbing, sometimes you have to fashion those for yourself. I’m glad to now be working with CRKT to put these knives and tools into production.”
If you’re looking for a minimal knife or tool that offers maximum cutting ability and ease of use, reach for the NIAD™, Bivy™ or Hyphenate™.
**Hans Florine will be available at the CRKT booth (#70) at OR Summer Market on Thursday, August 6th from 2:00-4:00 PM to talk about his awesome new products!
The NIAD™ knife manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $39.99.
The Bivy™ multi-tool manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $69.99.
The Hyphenate™ knife manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $29.99.
Blade: Length: 1.560” (39.6 mm)
Steel: 5Cr13MoV, 56-58 HRC
Finish: Silver Stonewash
Thickness: 0.080” (2.0 mm)
Closed: 2.500” (63.5 mm)
Open: 4.060” (103.1 mm)
Weight: 0.6 oz. (17.0 g)
Handle: 6AI4V Titanium
Style: Folding Knife w/Frame Lock
Blade: Length: 2.920” (74.1 mm)
Steel: 5Cr15MoV, 55-58 HRC
Thickness: 0.090” (2.3 mm)
Closed: 4.120” (104.6 mm)
Open: Pliers: 6.030” (153.1 mm)
Blade: 7.060” (179.3 mm)
Weight: 7.7 oz. (218 g)
Handle: 1060 Al
Style: Multi-Tool w/Locking Liner
Blade: Length: 2.230” (56.6 mm)
Steel: 8Cr13MoV, 58-60 HRC
Finish: Silver Stonewash
Thickness: 0.120” (3.0 mm)
Overall: 4.440” (121.2 mm)
Weight: 1.2 oz. (34.0 g)
Handle: Stainless Steel
Style: Fixed Blade Knife w/Sheath
Sheath: Material: Glass Reinforced Nylon
Weight: 0.9 oz. (25.5 g)