The news just broke on Twitter from CRKT (@CRKTweet) that their new Ken Onion designed Hi Jinx has won Knife of the Year at Blade 2014. Your humble correspondent does not yet warrant an invite to the award show – I had a steak dinner with Will Woods instead), and it is still too soon for an official press release from CRKT so I will give my thoughts on the knife and the award.
I had the opportunity to look at this knife yesterday, and actually use it at this morning’s Chop-fest. I can honestly say that they made a great choice. I have seen thousands of knives over the last 2 days, even fell in love with one, but can appreciate what the review committee sees in this particular blade.
The knife feels great in the hand, the concave scales provide a very secure and comfortable grip. The knife has enough heft to feel like a substantial tool, yet has classy lines and stout construction. If I am not mistaken, this is CRKT’s first entry into the high-end knife market, and they certainly made a splash. It is large enough to provide serious leverage when shaving wood, yet is small enough to be carried comfortably in the pocket.
Titanium scaled frame locks were definitely the rage this year, and the Hi Jinx is the best of the bunch. I will be sure to pass along whatever CRKT puts out about the award. They most certainly will be shouting this from the mountaintops. In the mean time, if you have an extra $500 lying around this knife is definitely something special. As Ferris Bueller would say, “If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up”.