EDC BLADES – CRKT LCK
LIGHT AND TOUGH, THE NEW RUGER LCK IS A PERFECT MATCH TO GO WITH YOUR LCP II PISTOL
Usually, I’m not fashion conscious enough to coordinate the styles of my EDC gun with my EDC knife.
I do, however, demand some of the same traits in both a knife and a gun. They must both be of good quality, sturdy and reliable. They have to carry comfortably. They must perform well and must be reasonably priced.
Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) is licensed to produce an exclusive line of Ruger knives. The knives are designed by some of the world’s top designers and, like Ruger firearms, tend to be of very good quality and are a good value.
With the new Ruger LCK (Lightweight Compact Knife), CRKT did much more than stick a gun company logo on a knife. The knife is meant to match the appearance of the Ruger LCP II (Light- weight Compact Pistol). The knife, designed by Sussex, Wisconsin, knifemaker Matthew Lerch, features glassfilled nylon grip panels over stainless steel liners. The texturing on those grip panels matches the serrations on the slide of the LCP II pistol.
The knife has a 3.3-inch drop-point blade of 8Cr13MoV steel with a satin finish. The blade is narrow—just .75 inches—so it folds into a compact, easy-to-carry package roughly 1 inch wide by a hair over 4 inches long. Still, the blade is sufficiently thick at the spine at 0.124 inch. It’s not a flimsy blade.
The knife features a flipper instead of thumb studs to open the blade one-handed. Once the blade is open, the flipper serves as a finger guard.
The liner lock that secures the blade open is simple and effective. There is a metal pocket clip positioned for tip-up carry in a right-hand pocket. It’s not reversible. At just 2.6 ounces, it carries well in the pocket.
“AFTER MUCH USE, INCLUDING CUTTING CARDBOARD, WHICH ISN’T KIND TO A KNIFE BLADE, IT WAS STILL IN GOOD SHAPE.”
I carried the LCK for several weeks and used it for all sorts of daily tasks that might be asked of an EDC blade. The blade was smooth to open, but a little tight at first. When using the flipper, I had to snap my wrist with a bit of effort to open the blade fully. It became easier with use. I actually prefer it the way it came. I’ve had loose-pivoting blades with flippers partially open in my pocket. Once open, the LCK showed no sign of blade wobble.
I used the LCK to open packages, cut cardboard and paracord, whittle sticks, sharpen pencils, and even slice fruits and vegetables, though it obviously wasn’t intended as a kitchen knife.
When I test a knife, I don’t intentionally set out to destroy it. Anyone can ruin a good knife. I’m more interested in how it feels in the hand, how easy it is to control it making various cuts, and whether or not it comes from the box sharp and stays that way.
The Ruger LCK came from the factory very sharp. After much use, including cutting cardboard, which isn’t kind to a knife blade, it was still in good shape. I touched up the blade with a few strokes on one of my favorite ceramic sharpeners: the rough bottom of my coffee cup to be exact.
The knife performed well with push cuts and slicing cuts. The spine of the blade was thick enough to be comfortable when I positioned my thumb over it for greater control on detail cuts. If I was doing a lot of serious cutting I’d prefer a knife with a larger handle. But remember, this knife was designed to be small and easy to carry, just like the LCP II pistol.
While the blade is technically a droppoint in configuration, it doesn’t drop much. It’s long, slender profile makes it excellent for detail work where some reach is required and as well as being a good penetrator.
I like carrying the Ruger LCK, but I’m still committing a fashion faux pas when I do. You see, the knife was designed to match the Ruger LCP II and I own one of the original LCP pistols.
The knife stands on its own merits, matching pistol or not. But now I’ve got it in mind that I need the LCP II to accompany it. Or maybe I’ll talk to the folks at CRKT about making a knife to match my Ruger American Compact. CC
“THE TEXTURING ON THOSE GRIP PANELS MATCHES THE SERRATIONS ON THE SLIDE OF THE LCP II PISTOL.”
Right: The metal pocket clip is sturdy, but it’s not reversible. The Ruger LCK is an inexpensive knife of good quality. It’s made by Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT). It’s shown with an original LCP pistol but more closely matches the LCP II.
The back of the handle on the LCK is open, allowing lint and other debris to pass right out of it. With the blade open, the flipper becomes a finger guard, adding a measure of safety to the small knife.
The blade is safely secured in place when open by a simple, but effective liner lock. The lock features jimping on the edge for sure-handed operation.
Left: The LCK fits nicely in the hand and the design allows for good control despite the knife’s small size.
Top: The blade is technically a drop point, but it’s long and narrow, giving it good penetrating ability. Middle: CRKT matched the pattern of the slide serrations on the Ruger LCP II pistol, shown here, when designing the texturing on the handle of the LCK knife.