A futuristic flip folder designed by Terry Lee Renner, the Deviation features sci fi looks and sharp lines. I thought it was unique looking so I wanted to pick up up.
…but wow… this knife actually performs like a champ! The Deviation is definitely not just a gimmick knife!
What isn’t easily apparent from pics is that some of the seemingly decorative lines of the knife are actually functional. For instance, the “fin” on the back of the blade actually forms a rest for the thumb. The blade itself sports a choil that provides a choke up grip for detail work, and the handle’s futuristic sharp angles actually provide a comfortable grip, not unlike the Kershaw Tilt.
The lockup is tight and the liner lock has an interesting shroud on the bottom of the handle. The whole knife is well designed in general and surprisingly heavy. I think I would have preferred some lightening of the handle. Also, while the blade has nice proportions and is plenty sharp, it didn’t wow me the way the rest of the design did. I think the tanto style tip actually detracts from the Deviation’s utility. The flipping portion of the blade is nicely designed and lets the user quickly and easily open the knife.
- Open Overall Length 7.63 inches
- Closed Length 4.54 inches
- Weight 6 ounces
- Blade Length 3.1 inches
- Thickness 0.12 inches
- Material 8Cr14MoV Blade-HRC 57-59
- Handle Material 2Cr13 SS with Ti-Nitride Finish
- Liner 8Cr14MoV
- Lock Type Locking Liner
- Carry System 2 Position (tip up)
I give the CRKT Deviation a Solid 3.7 out of 5 stars. This is a surprisingly tough, handy knife. I’m not wild about the knife’s weight for its size, but its profile and length are both really slick.
The Deviation’s MSRP is $70USD but it can be bought for about $20-$30 less than that in most online stores.