The CRKT Minimalist, the most comfortable small fixed blade design we
have ever seen, is now available in Wharncliffe, Tanto and Bowie blade
Alan Folts is a knifemaker and metalworker in Greenville, N.C., who
makes a remarkable range of custom objects, including titanium
chopsticks. His Minimalist neck knives have proven to be very popular,
so we are now offering three CRKT production versions.
They are very small and lightweight knives which give surprising comfort
and control, thanks to the unusual geometry of the full-tang blades,
aided by three finger choils, friction grooves for the thumb,
hand-contoured green-black Micarta scales, and a braided fob. Unlike
many small neck knives, this handle is really functional for a wide
variety of daily cutting tasks. Each Minimalist comes with a
custom-fitted Zytel sheath and neck paracord for inverted carry as a
neck knife. The knife is held securely in place by a positive detent
which locks the base of the blade in place for maximum safety. Because
the knife and sheath weigh about two ounces together, it is a personal
carry you will barely notice.
Minimalist Wharncliffe. This 2.0" Wharncliffe blade has a point which
gives excellent penetration, while the Razor-Sharp straight edge is
perfect for scraping, woodworking and precision carving.
Minimalist Tanto. The 2.125" Tanto blade shape is very strong because of
the strong central spine of metal which extends nearly to the tip. This
version has a straight Razor-Sharp front edge, which allows push cutting,
and a concave main edge which feeds material into the edge for fast
Minimalist Bowie. We also offer a deep-bellied clip-point Bowie style
2.125" blade for those who desire a classic hunting knife blade shape.
The Minimalist Bowie makes a great wilderness carry, and can be used for
camp chores, cooking, and even skinning and dressing in a pinch. It is
also an excellent survival knife.
True to their name, these really are minimal fixed blades, but they are
also the most useful for their size that we have seen. And they are
certainly great values which explains why the Minimalist family
continues to grow.
About Alan Folts
Alan Folts of Greenville, North Carolina, has been making knives since
1992. During his college career he entered knives in Art Shows, winning
"Best of Show" and honorable mentions.He was also awarded a scholarship
based on his artistic/design abilities. Upon moving to North Carolina in
1995, Alan joined the North Carolina Custom Knifemaker’s Guild. Alan won
"Best Fixed Blade" at the 10th Annual Southeastern Custom Knife Show.
Alan is adamant about teaching and passing on the skills of custom
knifemaking to others. Alan has been teaching knife enthusiasts and
assisting other makers with their craft for many years. Alan specializes
in both limited production small fixed blades and one-of-a-kind fixed
blades and linerlock folders. He is best known for small carriable
blades, such as the CRKT Folts Minimalist, that both function well, have
proper ergodynamics, and a sleek and often futuristic design. He also
makes custom neck knives, kitchen knives, swords and art collectibles.
The Minimalist fits the hand perfectly, giving a surprising level of
comfort and control in a lightweight fixed blade.
The Minimalist Bowie blade is an ideal short skinning blade for the
hunter, as well as an outdoor utility knife.
2387: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
Length: 2.125" (54 mm)
Thickness: 0.108" (2.7 mm)
Steel: 5Cr15MoV, 55-57 HRC
Overall length: 5.13" (130 mm)
Weight: 1.6 oz. (45 g)
Length: 2.5" (64 mm)
Width: 1.80" (46 mm)
Weight: 0.5 oz. (14 g)