The CRKT Ripple is a knife that I find to be extremely attractive. From the blade shape, the design of the serrations, even the 66 holes dotting the scales, and the 22 dotting the stainless steel pocket-clip. I really wanted to love this knife, especially for a lightweight gentleman’s carry…but it didn’t live up to my expectations.
The CRKT Ripple comes in a cardboard box with the knife and nothing else. The Ripple is CRKT’s first collaboration with the designer Ken Onion. The blade itself has extremely nice serrations (if you opt for them), it’s very lightweight, and has CRKT’s famous IKBS ball bearing system.
Grip Material: Aluminum
Blade Steel: 440 Acuto +
Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
Blade Style: Drop Point
Activation: Thumb Flipper with IKBS ball bearing system
Overall Length: 7.5 inches
Closed Length: 4.33 inches
Blade Length: 3.125 inches
Width: ~1 centimeter
Height: 1.5 inches
Weight: 2.5 ounces
The CRKT Ripple is one of the most aesthetically pleasing production knives that I have ever seen. From the blade shape I previously mentioned, down to the pattern on the scales. Unfortunately the pocketclip isn’t ambidextrious though…which sucks being primarily left handed. That said, the blade does come relatively sharp out of the box and the serrations are little monsters.
This knife is definitely intended for gentleman’s carry or light duty work which you can tell by the extremely slick design. The other telltale sign is the texturing on the knife. The aluminum scales have a pattern that appears aggressive, in reality that isn’t the case. If you have slightly damp hands (be it sweat, water, or other) you lose traction easily. The thumb flipper acts as your “stop” to keep your hand from slicing on the blade during use, it does a moderately good job, however, if you’re trying to do a task that’s harder than easy your fingers could jump it.
In use I have been fairly underwhelmed by the knife. The action is smooth and it’s fast. The serrations do an excellent job at slicing through even the thickest of cordage. The frame lock is what kills it though; but this is probably a me thing. Despite having this knife for a few years now I still have issues with deploying it. Often times I grip the frame safety on accident and the blade either can’t deploy at all, or it doesn’t lock. The blade is also offset in the grip, which you should be able to tell in the picture.
With this knife you are restricted to tip-down right-handed carry. I personally prefer tip-up left-handed carry, not having that option is a little bit of a downside. Past that the knife is easy to forget about in your pocket, maybe it’ll even make it’s way through your laundry. As far as lightweight, low profile knives with a use-able blade the Ripple is definitely a strong contender; despite my grievances.
The CRKT Ripple isn’t one that I put in my pocket anymore, it does hold it’s place on my desk though. This was a knife that I had high expectations for, but was sadly underwhelmed by it. If you’re looking for a cheap-ish but cool knife to add to your collection you can’t go wrong. You also can’t go wrong if you enjoy having a pretty utilitarian-esque knife sitting on your desk to look at.
Unfortunately I have not been able to find anymore CRKT Ripple’s with the Acuto 440+ steel, but the design is still available on the market. This is probably due to the fact that the one reviewed is a “First Production” batch.
That said, here’s a link to the current offering.