Introducing the CRKT SpareTool: A rugged and useful multitool that’s a
lot more sophisticated than it first appears.
Raleigh Tabor is a bit of a perfectionist and has a “feel for the steel.”
After a long career as an autobody man, he became a custom knifemaker.
He says, “I became interested in gadgets. I tried to incorporate several
tools into one slim and trim tool that would be easily accessible and
useful.” The result is the SpareTool, a simple and honest new offering
from Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT).
Starting with a Razor-Sharp Wharncliffe fixed blade from 5Cr15MoV
stainless steel bar stock, Raleigh has also incorporated a pry bar/nail
puller, bottle opener, ruler scales in inches and millimeters, a file
edge, and a 6 mm wrench which also serves to drive the included
double-ended flat and Phillips screwdriver hex bit. The bit is stored in
the molded Zytel retainer.
The injection-molded Zytel sheath has a detent which locks it securely
to the finger choil so the blade is fully protected when using the other
tool functions. The detent also allows inverted carry with a lanyard. A
removable belt clip allows carry on belts, webbing and straps.
All in all, it’s a handy and useful precision-built gadget that will
appeal to every craftsman and outdoorsman. It’s just a few ounces in the
pocket or pack, but it makes an ideal utility and survival tool,
especially for the price.
About the Knife Designer
Raleigh Tabor says, “As the son of an AirForce Lt. Col., I traveled most
of my life.In Wyoming, where we were stationed during my teens, I
learned to enjoy the outdoors and the challenge of hunting and fishing.
When my father retired in the’70s we moved back to our home state of
Georgia, where I am still an avid hunter and fisherman. I began working
in the autobody industry and owned several businesses before retiring. I
decided to try my hand at knifemaking and discovered I had a ‘feel for
the steel.’ As time went on I felt I had come upon a challenge I could
actually enjoy. I began designing and making folders and straight knives
by hand, plus leather sheaths to fit each one. As enjoyable as my hobby
was, I soon found that by word of mouth it had turned into a success. I
have always been a perfectionist and would not offer a product to anyone
unless it met my approval. The SpareTool originated through my interest
in gadgets. I incorporated several tools into one slim and trim tool
that is easily accessible and useful.”
Just insert the hex bit into the 6 mm wrench to use the SpareTool as a
T-driver for flat and Phillips head screws.
2395: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
Length: 2.0” (51 mm)
Thickness: 0.108” (2.7 mm)
Steel: 5Cr15MoV, 55-57 HRC
Overall length: 6.25” (159 mm)
Weight: 1.6 oz. (45 g)
SpareTool Tool Sheath (included with knife)
Length: 3.25” (83 mm)
Width: 1.75” (44 mm)
Weight: 1.0 oz. (28 g)