OWENRS REVIEW Columbia River Knife and Tool Company P.E.C.K. pocket knife
- PRODUCT: Owners Review of Columbia River Knife and Tool Company
P.E.C.K. Pocket Knife
NAME: Jonathan Guessford
HEIGHT; 6 foot 2 inches
WEIGHT: 230 pounds
LOCATION: Smyrna Delaware USA
DATE: November 30, 2002
I have been backpacking for ten years and have been somewhat of a
Jardinite for the past four years. Most of my experience has been in
Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. I am inherently lazy yet I
love to hike so the compromise has been pack weight slashing. I
would now fall into the ultra light category. I am also an avid
winter trekker, as I love the cold.
PRODUCT: P.E.C.K. Locking blade Pocket Knife
MANUFACTURER: Columbia River Knife and Tool Company
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: 2002
MSRP: US $29.99
WEB ADDRESS: www.crkt.com/
MFG. WEIGHT: Under an ounce.
WEIGHT AS TESTED: .8 ounces
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Small solid stainless steel locking blade pocket
TEST LOCATION: n/a
I have been looking for a small, high quality, light pocket knife for
some time, but have found most small knives lacking in several areas.
The small Swiss Army type knives seem to have a blade that is too
thin to handle thick cutting and they do not lock open. This can be a
serious problem when cutting in the cold after a day of winter
hiking. The fingers are cold and numb and the knives are too small to
use with gloves. I have tried various brands of small locking knives
and they invariably have one feature in common: poor quality blades
that did not hold an edge! They all seemed to be mere toys rather
than true tools, until now. I recently purchased a Columbia River
Knife and Tool Company P.E.C.K. locking blade pocketknife.
Knife Makers Guild member Ed Halligan designed the knife and its name
is an acronym for precision engineered compact knife and that is
exactly what it is. This is a real knife, a keepsake if you will. You
can feel the quality as soon as the knife is in your palm. It is very
balanced for such a small knife. I fell in love with this little
dynamo the first time I slid the blade open: with one hand
nonetheless. The blade pivots very smoothly and locks firmly open.
There is no lateral movement between the blade and frame. The knife
is smartly designed in every aspect.
The construction is of solid AUS 6M Stainless Steel that has been
lightly bead blasted. It possesses an extremely sharp 1.88-inch
Wharncliffe blade and it is 2.7 inches long when closed. The knife
does not have a case that the blade closes into, instead, it relies
on an extremely clever one-piece frame that the blade folds over and
rests against. The blade is edged on only one side to prevent an
accidental cut while in the closed position. Opening the knife one
handed is easily accomplished via a tiny hex head screw placed at the
base of the blade and to close the knife you simply press down on the
frame with the thumb and secure the blade. There is a small clip on
the back of the frame that can act as a money or belt clip. There is
a hole in the rear of the frame to attach a key ring. I have used the
knife to cut cardboard and have cut through an old ridge rest
mattress. I have opened several plastic packages and cut slivers off
pine two by fours. There is no noticeable dulling of the blade at
this point but given that the knife has a straight blade, it will be
easy to keep a finely honed edge.
The only downside of carrying this knife for the ultralight addict is
its lack of a micro screwdriver for changing the photon light
batteries and glasses repair. The knife, however, weighs in at a
paltry .8 ounces and the overall quality of this demon justifies the
inconvenience of keeping up with loose screwdrivers or carrying one
of the Swiss Tech 1 ounce key chain screwdriver sets.