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.
Ken came up with a work knife version featuring an almost indestructible
organic polymer frame that we call the Shenanigan™ PPS. 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 exceptional knife.
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.The stainless steel liner lock is a strip
lock, inset into one handle to save weight. This makes for a knife that
is exceptionally strong, lightweight and comfortable.
Shenanigan™ PPS offers our workhorse AUS 8 blade steel in a bead-blast
finish, plus a frame of polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) organic polymer.
This is a rugged, value-priced knife that can be used daily on the job.
It is one that will take the worst abuse from impacts, abrasion, and
solvents and still look good. 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 Shenanigans.
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
Style: Modified Drop Point
Type: Locking Liner
Carry System: 1 Position Clip