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CRKT Koji Hara Ichi

CRKT designs tend to focus on aesthetics, but the assisted opening Koji Hara Ichi is a knife that gets right down to business offering a great deal of function at an amazing price.

CRKT Koji Hara Ichi

Blade Length: 2.5 in (6.4 cm)
Closed Length: 3.25 in (8.3 cm)
Open Overall Length: 5.62 in (14.3 cm)

Designed by famed knifemaker Koji Hara, the Ichi is the type of knife that has very broad appeal. It’s a closed linerlock design with a Black Kraton and Zytel handle. The 2.5 inch stainless brushed finish blade opens with little effort via the radial thumb stud and thanks to the OutBurst assisted-opening system. The open overall length is 5.62 inches and it all weighs in at a very convenient 1.9 ounces.

Customer reviews of the Ichi are limited but positive. We have never heard a negative review, but one thing that is worth mentioning is the opening mechanism. While most praised it, a small segment seems to experience discomfort in the thumb. Otherwise, everything we’ve heard tends to focus on the lightweight and durable nature of the knife overall and the tapered blade in particular. For a knife at this price point, there is amazingly little play in the blade, and the edge holds up extremely well.

We led off this review commenting on CRKT’s focus on aesthetics, but that’s really only half the story. CRKT manages to stand out in a market dominated by companies like Kershaw by offering great value. These great values generally come in flashy packages attempting to catch the collector’s eye, but you also get knives like the Ichi. The Ichi is handsome and rugged enough to serve most people as the primary blade that they carry around in their pocket. It also has that je ne sais quoi that makes it a great addition to any knife collection.

CRKT Koji Hara Ichi Demo