We asked Ken Onion, Hawaiian custom knifemaker, designer, inventor and
member of the Blade Magazine Hall of Fame, to give us his ideas for a
no-nonsense line of sport and work folders. Our goal was to offer great
utility and quality in a rugged high-value locking liner folder. We
think we've met the sport knife goal in Ken's new aluminum-framed
Even though Ken is known for his assisted opening folders, in this case,
the combination of the open-build frame, blade flipper, and Teflon® and
bronze bushings at the pivot allow for fast one hand opening in an
All models feature 3.25" long blades with a classic Ken Onion profile.
There is a modified drop point with a slight recurve and a swedged top
edge. Both Razor- Sharp or Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™
Serrated edges are available.
Shenanigan™ Aluminum. The sport model features a premium Acuto +
stainless steel blade and a cold-forged 6061-T6 aluminum frame with a
beadblast finish, clear anodized for durability. The stainless steel
liner lock is a strip lock, inset into one frame to save weight.
Finally, soft, textured, injection-molded scales are inset in the frame.
This makes for a frame that is exceptionally strong, lightweight and
comfortable. Finally, the sport model blades receive a black titanium
nitrite coating for corrosion resistance.
The combination of contoured handle, index finger notch and checkered
grip pattern make the Shenanigan models very friendly to the hands.
Both models come with a thoughtfully designed custom stainless steel
pocket/gear clip with a black Teflon® coating.
Ken Onion isn't playing any tricks here. CRKT is pulling the
About the Knife Designer
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."
Open Overall Length: 8.25 inches
Closed Length: 4.875 inches
Weight: 4.1 ounces
Length: 3.25 inches
Thickness: 0.119 inches
Material: AUS 8
Finish: Ti Nitride
Style: Modified Drop Point
Material: 6061 Aluminum
Type: Locking Liner
Carry System: 1 Position Clip