The Gungho is a Tom Krein designed spring assisted model that is a masterfully simple while integrating key features. Highlights of this knife include a G-10 scale for extra grip security and the blade style allows for increased and effective piercing action. Each model features CRKT's patented Outburst™ assisted opening mechanism for rapid deployment and the frame locks aids in blade lock-up fortification. From the beginning, CRKT has been driven by a single purpose: to bring useful technological advancements and entirely new product concepts to today's market. This model features a black G-10 front handle scale and a black stainless steel rear handle scale, a tanto style blade in a black oxide finish and the reversible pocket clip is designed for for the traditional side of the handle only but is eligible for a tip up or tip down carry option.
- Blade Length: 2.78"
- Overall Length: 7.04"
- Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel
- Blade Finish: Black Oxide
- Handle Length: 4.26"
- Handle Material: G-10 / Stainless Steel
- Weight: 4.7 oz.
The CRKT Gungho Tanto Spring Assisted Knife
Columbia River Knife & Tool, Inc. is an American knife company established in 1994, and currently based in Tualatin, Oregon. CRKT was founded in 1994 by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. Both individuals were formerly employed with Kershaw Knives. The company did not truly take off until the 1997 Shot Show when the K.I.S.S knife was introduced. The small folder, designed by Ed Halligan was a success. Within the opening days of the show the years’ worth of the product was sold out. They sold at 4-5 times original production numbers resulting in a tripling of production efforts.
The company produces a wide range of fixed blades and folding knives, multi-tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems. CRKT has collaborated with custom knife makers such as Ken Onion, Harold “Kit” Carson, Allen Elishewitz, Pat Crawford, Liong Mah, Steven James, and the Graham Brothers.
CRKT owns fifteen patents and patents pending. These include the Outburst assist opening mechanism, Lock Back Safety mechanism, and Veff Serrated edges. The Outburst is the company’s proprietary mechanism for their assisted-opening knives. These knives are standard pivot joint liner lock or frame lock folding knife. Inside the knife there is a spring tab that catches the tang of the blade as it is manually opened. Once the blade reaches thirty degrees the spring takes over and quickly snaps the knife open.
The Lock Back Safety mechanism, also invented by Ron Lake, is similar in function to the LAWKS mechanism. It is a lock back folder with a switch that can prevent the locking bar from being depressed. Inside the handle there is a small rod with a flange near the butt of the handle. The other end is connected to a switch near the pivot end. When the switch is pulled back the lock functions as a regular lock back. When the switch is closed the flange on the rod slides under tip of the locking bar at the butt end. This prevents the depression of the bar and the blade form unlocking. Veff-Serrations were developed by Tom Veff, a sharpener and knife maker, and are exclusively licensed to CRKT for production.
Today we will be discussing the CRKT Gungho spring assisted knife. This knife is in stock at BladeOps right now, so you can purchase yours today.
The man behind this knife is Tom Krein. When CRKT is describing him, they say, “’Form follows function’ is more than just a saying for Tom. It’s a philosophy that guides every knife and design decision he makes. After all, having been an ER nurse and later working as a knife maker he knows what works. Blending art with handcrafted steel, he creates tools that get used often. Whether it’s cleaning a freshly landed trout with his Mossback™ knife or dicing up vegetables from the garden outside his shop that’s free to the public.”
The blade on this knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. It is generally accepted that 8Cr13MoV steel is almost the equivalent of AUS8A steel. This is true. For an EDC knife such as the Intellect, even a hardcore knife lover would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between a well-made 8Cr13MoV blade and a well-made AUS8A blade. Of course, when it comes to heavier duty knives, that is where the differences show. Just because they are similar, does not mean that there are no differences. For starters, 8Cr13MoV steel does have slightly more carbon which is going to add in hardness and wear resistance. 8Cr13MoV steel also has slightly less nickel. The key to blade performance for this steel is the manufacturing quality. This is a top-of-the-line Chinese steel that is going to significantly reduce the cost of the blade and give you great value. The steel has been hardened to a HRC 57-59.
- This is an inexpensive steel.
- Steel will be able to take on what you need it to.
The blade has been coated with a black oxide finish. A coating serves a variety of purposes on a knife blade and the first and most important is to prevent corrosion. A good coating can greatly reduce maintenance time on a knife, which comes in handy in many situations. Plus, a coating eliminates any shiny surfaces. While you probably won’t be using this knife on a mission, since it is an everyday knife, that characteristic is not as important as it could be, but it does still serve its purpose. The coating, especially a black coating, gives this blade a very sleek look. Unfortunately, with coated blades, the coating will sooner or later come off. And while you might think it looks cool to have a beat up blade, the coating will not provide those quality benefits that it once did. One of the disadvantages about this knife is that it is a black oxide coating which is actually the lowest quality of coatings that you can find. It will serve its purpose, but it is going to scratch off with heavy use. Maybe stick to the everyday basics with this one.
- Coating is going to prevent corrosion.
- Coating prolongs the life of the blade.
- Coating is going to reduce the maintenance time.
- Will cut down on glares and reflections.
The blade on this CRKT has been carved into a tanto blade shape. Something interesting about the tanto blade shape is that it is not designed to do a lot of things. It is not even designed to do a couple of things. It is designed to do one thing and do that one thing incredibly well. The tanto blade shape is designed to be able to pierce into hard or tough materials without breaking. If you are looking for a piercing blade, look no further, this is the best that you are going to come across.
The original look for the tanto blade shape came from the ancient Japanese long and short swords that were built for piercing through armor. While this tanto shape is modernized, it still has many of the same qualities. For example, this blade has a high point with a flat grind, as well as lots of excess metal near the tip. Each of these characteristics are going to allow the blade to repeatedly pierce into a tough material without breaking. An interesting aspect of this blade shape is that it does not have a belly. Instead, the sharpened edge meets the spine at an angle, leading to an even stronger tip.
- Tanto blade shape can’t do everything—not a versatile blade shape.
- Excels at piercing through hard or tough materials—great for a tactical blade like this one.
The handle on this knife is made out of black G10. This is a material that is made out of fiberglass. To make the material, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in a resin. The next step is to compress them and bake them under pressure. This creates a very tough, hard, lightweight, and strong material. This is a very similar material to carbon fiber, but it is inferior and can be had for almost a fraction of the cost. The overall pros to this knife handle material is that it is going to be tough, light, and durable. Unfortunately, it is also brittle and some people feel like it lacks elegance.
- G-10 is tough, durable, and light.
- G-10 is inexpensive.
- This material offers enough texture that you know you will have a solid grip on the knife.
The back handle scale is made out of stainless steel that is black. This is going to add durability and strength to the knife. Stainless steel is also corrosion resistant, so it is going to be a low maintenance knife. Unfortunately, the stainless steel is prone to scratches.
- Stainless steel is durable.
- Stainless steel is tough and corrosion resistant.
- Stainless steel is prone to scratches.
- Stainless steel does add weight to the knife.
The Pocket Clip:
The pocket clip is designed for the traditional side of the handle but is eligible for a tip up or tip down carry. This does mean that you can carry it in a way that is comfortable to you, but it is not completely ambidextrous. The clip is black, which does match the rest of the hardware as well as the blade and the handle. The clip is not a deep carry.
- All black hardware and knife.
- Not a deep carry.
- Can be attached for tip up or down carry.
- Only can be attached on the traditional side of the handle.
This is a spring assisted knife which is a type of folding knife that uses an internal mechanism to finish the opening of the blade once the user has partially opened it using a thumbstud attached to the blade.
- Spring assisted knife is easy to use.
- Spring assisted knife makes bringing the knife into play easy and quick.
The knife has been attached with CRKT’s Outburst Assisted Opening knives. When CRKT describes this innovation, they say, “Lightning fast. Ridiculously easy to use. These are just a few of the ways people have described our patented opening system. Just manually open the blade up to 30 degrees and the patented OutBurst® assisted opening mechanism springs the knife fully open so that you’re good to go. The powerful spring also holds the blade securely closed when not in use. On many models, we’ve combined the OutBurst® system with our locking and actuation systems like Fire Safe® for a new level of ease of operation, as well as security.”
- OutBurst is easy and safe to sue.
- Patented system that holds the blade in place when you are using it.
The knife has lastly been equipped with a frame lock, which is very similar to the liner lock. The only difference is that the frame lock uses the handle to form the frame, which means that it also forms the lock. The handle has two sides and is cut from a steel that is thicker than a lot of liner locks. The frame lock has the liner placed inward, which puts the tip in contact with the bottom of the blade. To release the lock, apply pressure to the frame which will move it away from the blade. When the knife is opened, the pressure on the lock engages it at its furthest point, which means that it is going to stay completely into place. The frame lock is known for their strength and thickness, which means that you can take on those tougher tasks.
- Frame lock is known for their strength and thickness.
- You can take on those tougher tasks with this knife.
The blade on this knife measures in at 2.78 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4.26 inches long. This creates an overall length of 7.04 inches long when the blade is opened. This knife weighs in at 4.7 ounces, which is the ideal weight for a knife that you are carrying with you at all time.
The Gungho is a Tom Krein designed spring assisted model that is a masterfully simple while integrating key features. Highlights of this knife include a G-10 scale for extra grip security and the blade style allows for increased and effective piercing action. Each model features CRKT's patented Outburst™ assisted opening mechanism for rapid deployment and the frame locks aids in blade lock-up fortification. From the beginning, CRKT has been driven by a single purpose: to bring useful technological advancements and entirely new product concepts to today's market. This model features a black G-10 front handle scale and a black stainless steel rear handle scale, a tanto style blade in a black oxide finish and the reversible pocket clip is designed for the traditional side of the handle only but is eligible for a tip up or tip down carry option.
This knife is in stock at BladeOps right now, so get yours now.