Designer Alan Folts of Melbourne, Florida, created the custom model that would later become the Biwa after being pressured by his minimalist hunting friends to create a hunting knife that weighed as little as possible.
CRKT Biwa, lightweight and no-frills
Over the years, Alan Folts has designed some of the most popular knives in the CRKT catalog, such as the Minimalist – whose name already says it all about the construction philosophy of this young knifemaker: what's not there can't break, a motto that is also very dear to gun enthusiasts. All his creations are therefore marked by maximum simplicity and rationality. The new knife he designed for CRKT perfectly embodies this aesthetic and functional choice.
Named after a kind of Japanese trout, the CRKT Biwa hits the mark with an essential design with maximum efficiency in mind. The blade featuring a long distal taper is made from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a satin finish and plain blade edge, and measures 3.02”/76 mm. Its profile makes it ideal for use in the field but also as a table knife. The handle is made of multiple layers of G10. Also included in the package is a sturdy injection-molded sheath that can be easily lashed to a backpack and also allows the knife to be worn around the neck. The overall length of the CRKT Biwa is 6.63”/168 mm for a weight of 1.6 oz/45 g – a real featherweight. The profile of the blade makes the Biwa ideal as a general purpose tool, and even as a steak knife.
There is nothing more to add: the Biwa wants to be simple – and it is. With a retail price that in the US does not reach $50 (about 41 euros) it will have no difficulty to be appreciated by fans of minimalist style.
CRKT Biwa knife in video
CRKT Biwa knife specs and price
|Type||Fixed blade knife|
|Blade Length||76 mm|
|Overall length||170 mm|
|Price (MSRP in the US)||49.99 USD (about 41 euro)|