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CRKT Survival Knives: The CRKT Hoodwork

Columbia River Knife & Tool, more well known as CRKT, is a company that specializes in the manufacture of accessories, tools, and knives. The company was founded in Tualatin, Oregon by founder Rob Bremer back in 1994. CRKT is known for its extensive line of work, sport, and professional knives as well as tools that have designs that are driven by a purpose. Some of the most innovative sort of designers as well as custom knife makers in this industry have made their tools, knives, and accessories. The result of all this is that their popular custom designs are available to customers at an affordable price, and can be used in everyday applications. All of Columbia River Knife & Tool’s tools and knives are actually built by incorporating advanced equipment, and top of the line production systems. The company’s main goal is to provide their customers with brand new product concepts, as well as a number of useful improvements, ones that fully embrace the company’s core values of innovation, value, and, most importantly, true quality.

While CRKT has a variety of tools and knives that they specialize in and have garnered quite the response from their customers for, in this post we’re going to focus on one knife in particular: the Hoodwork knife. In doing so we think you’ll be able to get a better idea as to what it is that CRKT actually does, and you’ll better understand the level of quality and care that goes into each and every knife and tool that this company produces.

The CRKT Hoodwork

CRKT Hoodwork

Let’s be honest: When it comes to surviving out in the wild, you’re going to want a knife that can truly adapt to every environment and scenario. To that end, CRKT presents the Hoodwork knife to get the job done. This is a survival knife that was designed by legendary designer Karen Hood, and it was specifically designed with the idea of keeping you both alive and innovative in any survival situation you might find yourself in. It’s made in the US and has a modified blade of the drop point variety with a patented and exclusive Veff Serrations feature, as well as a G10 rated handle that’s been designed for maximum comfort, and to fit well in your hand. The scales on this knife can actually be removed, which will allow you to take off some of the knife’s weight and instead wrap your knife’s handle in paracord. There are holes in the handle, and they’ve been designed for the purpose of straightening arrows.

The “work” part of Hoodwork is actually an acronym. It stands for Wilderness Outdoor Recreation Knife. It’s a survival knife that was crafted from a single, solid billet made of high carbon steel that’s graded as 1095. The knife is first sandblasted, and then it’s sealed with a Cerakote coating that’s clear, for the purpose of staying durable even in the harshest of conditions. The knife has an orange paracord lanyard rated at 550 that keeps the knife close to you at all times. Its custom sheath is made here in the US from fully grained leather, and that leather is actually vegetable tanned, and won’t corrode the metal of the knife. The knife is hand oiled for beauty and durability, and then is lock stitched with a nylon thread of a heavy weight. The sheath is made to fit belts that have widths of up to two and a half inches. It also has a small pouch for carrying tinder, firesteel, or anything else you might need.

As you can see, Columbia River Knife & Tool is a company that puts quality and durability first. While they have a variety of tools and knives in their line of products, the Karen Hood designed Hoodwork knife is the perfect entry point for anyone looking to check out what this company offers.

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Do You Really Need A Big Survival Knife?

We’ve all seen them, been fascinated by them, and instantly want to add a good looking survival knife to our collection. If you’re anything like us, you have to make an effort to NOT buy a new survival knife. But do you actually know how to use quality survival knife efficiently? Let’s take a look at some of the purposes behind these knives.

A common misconception about big, Rambo-style survival knives are that they are made for one purpose – to take out the enemy in hand to hand combat. Unfortunately, this is more wrong than right. You see, many large knives like this are more for looks or fantasy and don’t have a lot of practical use. They feature hollow handles, a compass, fishing kit, or some other gadget – and they weaken the knife. Don’t do it!

A real survival knife, unlike the fantasy Rambo knife, serves a number of purposes and is an actual multi-purpose tool that can be used for a multitude of tasks. And did you know that a fixed-blade survival knife is typically safer than a folding survival knife? This is because you have less mechanics involved and, instead of risking the locking mechanism breaking, a fixed blade knife provides stability, strength, and, best of all…simplicity.

So what can you use a survival knife for? We’ve stated they can be used for a number of outdoor and survival tasks but what are they? Here are a few to get you going.

Preparing and Splitting Wood

I don’t know how many times that my survival knife has been used to split wood. This has to be one of the most common purposes out there because, let’s be honest, you and I probably aren’t going to go hand to hand with a bear or mountain lion anytime soon.

The fact is that a sturdy survival knife can be pounded on, used to pry on, and even used to saw down a small tree. A good knife for that is the Slysteel C.U.M.A. Oh man, what a knife! This type of knife has a solid saw on its spine as well as a kukri-style blade that helps distribute the weight when swinging. This makes it easier to chop through wood with less effort and more speed.

Starting A Fire

Many of the modern survival knives on the market have a ferro rod included in the sheath. This comes in handy when you forgot your fire starting kit. Using the back of the blade to strike the rod, you’re sure to get a few sparks going. Hopefully you have some cotton balls or other kindling that you can send the sparks to!

Digging A Hole

Lets be honest – if you’re digging a hole with you survival knife, you’re probably pretty bad off. In most situations we don’t recommend doing this. It dulls the blade, causes dirt to get trapped in the handle and other areas of the knife. Regardless, if it’s a must then do it. Otherwise just stick to using your knife for other things.

As A Hammer

This really depends on the type of survival knife you are carrying but if your knife has a decent pommel (the end of the knife at the handle end) then you can use it to set tent stakes and other hammering purposes. Just remember to hammer safely and keep the knife in the sheath.

Rescue Tool

Yes, you can use your knife as a rescue tool. The pommel end of most survival knives are good for hitting a windshield or window. You can use it to cut seatbelts or other ropes and straps that people can get entangled in.

While not all inclusive, this is a short list of some of the situations you may find yourself needing to use your survival knife for. We don’t expect you to become an expert user after reading this but we would like to hear your stories of survival situations you’ve been in that have required the use of your survival knife!