CRKT and noted knife designer Ken Onion are proud to introduce the
Aluminum Ripple K415KXP folding EDC knife. The Ripple is noteworthy for
its exceptional manufacturing quality, plus an almost unbelievable silky
smooth and fast opening action thanks to the use of the IKBS internal
knife ball-bearing system.
The modified drop point blade has a high hollow grind, swedged top edge,
and a high satin finish. Blade Steel is 8CR14Mov high carbon stainless
steel with an HRC rating of 57-59. The blade is instantly opened by
pressing the blade flipper with either hand. For safety while closed,
the blade has a ball detent.
Even the best conventional blade pivot bearings have some degree of
friction which resists initial movement, or "stiction." In contrast, the
Ripple blade opening action is almost friction-free due to the IKBS
ball-bearing system. This innovative and simple design places ball
bearings built into the stainless pivot screw. It is compact and
adjustable at the blade pivot screw if ever needed. Not only is opening
and closing exceptionally smooth, the IKBS system is durable and
requires little maintenance, and yields a folder with great rigidity and
no blade play.
The Ripple K415KXP model has locking liner. In typical Ken Onion
attention to detail, the aluminum handles are CNC machined with over 40
lightening holes and small ripples. The handles are then hard anodized
black and then the top of the ripples are polished off to create a
pocket worn finish.
Ken Onion designed the stainless steel clip so it tucks away nicely in
your pocket for every day carry and easy access. This knife combines
brilliant design, custom knife quality, and advanced manufacturing
technology in true Ken Onion fashion.
Ken Onion - "Though I have been a devout knife collector since
childhood, collecting mostly production knives and anything else I could
find, I was unaware of the custom knife industry until 1989 when I saw
an issue of Knives Illustrated at a local drug store. From there I found
a local knife maker named Stan Fujisaka and begged him to teach me. I
made my first knife in November 1991 and have continued the craft
since.á While recovering from back surgery in 1996, I decided to try to
design a folder that was easier to manipulate than what was available,
and not a switchblade. The result was the first assisted opening knife I
called "Speed Safe" After finding some information on the whole patent
process and consultation from an attorney, I got my first patent,
creating a whole new category of knives between manual and auto."
Blade Material: 8CR14MoV Stainless Steel 58-59 HRC
Blade Style: Hollow Ground Drop Point, Satin Finish
Blade Length: 3-1/8"
Closed Length: 4-1/3"
Handle Material: 6061 Aluminum
Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
Weight: 2.5 oz.
Made in China