SHOT Show EDC For CCW: CRKT Ken Onion ‘Eros’

Image: Chris Dumm for TTAK

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.

Image: Chris Dumm for TTAK

Dig that pocket clip.

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.


  1. dph says:

    It’s a leek-a-like.

  2. Chris Dumm says:

    But does it make your eyes water?

  3. dph says:

    I have a Leek, but it’s been relegated to EDC number 3 behind a Skyline and a Scallion. I like the Leek but it seems a little heavy and the blade just seems too fragile. I don’t know if I would like the Eros, but it seems like it has the same blade profile as the Leek, and truthfully the only reason I bought a Leek is because I got one at Freddies on clearance for $22.00.

    1. RandallOfLegend says:

      I have carried a Leek every day for the last 5 years. The blades are study, and I don’t baby them. You will lose the tip. But don’t use the blade as a screwdriver.

  4. Roger says:

    I don’t know about that pocket clip. Not necessarily flimsy but thin and looks like one position only.

    1. Dave says:

      I have to agree with the pocket clip location. I don’t mind if a knife has multiple loctions to place a clip, but I hate that postion. Bid deal breaker for me. If I can’t wear all of my EDC knives the same way I’m not going to invest in it.

      1. Roger says:

        That’s pretty much my issue. The Leek has a four possible position clip. Would it have been so hard to add a few more holes?

  5. Pat says:

    Mainly shaped for defensive stabbing.

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SHOT Show EDC For CCW: CRKT Ken Onion ‘Eros’

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