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Columbia River 2387 Folts Minimalist Neck Knife 2" Bowie Blade

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Part Number: CR2387
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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CR2387: Minimalist Bowie
Columbia River

The CRKT Minimalist, the most comfortable small fixed blade design we have ever seen, is now available in Wharncliffe, Tanto and Bowie blade grinds.

Alan Folts is a knifemaker and metalworker in Greenville, N.C., who makes a remarkable range of custom objects, including titanium chopsticks. His Minimalist neck knives have proven to be very popular, so we are now offering three CRKT production versions.

They are very small and lightweight knives which give surprising comfort and control, thanks to the unusual geometry of the full-tang blades, aided by three finger choils, friction grooves for the thumb, hand-contoured green-black Micarta scales, and a braided fob. Unlike many small neck knives, this handle is really functional for a wide variety of daily cutting tasks. Each Minimalist comes with a custom-fitted Zytel sheath and neck paracord for inverted carry as a neck knife. The knife is held securely in place by a positive detent which locks the base of the blade in place for maximum safety. Because the knife and sheath weigh about two ounces together, it is a personal carry you will barely notice.

Minimalist Wharncliffe. This 2.0" Wharncliffe blade has a point which gives excellent penetration, while the Razor-Sharp straight edge is perfect for scraping, woodworking and precision carving.

Minimalist Tanto. The 2.125" Tanto blade shape is very strong because of the strong central spine of metal which extends nearly to the tip. This version has a straight Razor-Sharp front edge, which allows push cutting, and a concave main edge which feeds material into the edge for fast cutting.

Minimalist Bowie. We also offer a deep-bellied clip-point Bowie style 2.125" blade for those who desire a classic hunting knife blade shape. The Minimalist Bowie makes a great wilderness carry, and can be used for camp chores, cooking, and even skinning and dressing in a pinch. It is also an excellent survival knife.

True to their name, these really are minimal fixed blades, but they are also the most useful for their size that we have seen. And they are certainly great values which explains why the Minimalist family continues to grow.

  • The Minimalist fits the hand perfectly, giving a surprising level of comfort and control in a lightweight fixed blade.
  • The Minimalist Bowie blade is an ideal short skinning blade for the hunter, as well as an outdoor utility knife.
  • 2387: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
  • Blade:
    • Length: 2.125" (54 mm)
    • Thickness: 0.108" (2.7 mm)
    • Steel: 5Cr15MoV, 55-57 HRC 
  • Knife:
    • Overall length: 5.13" (130 mm)
  • Weight: 1.6 oz. (45 g)
  • Minimalist Sheath:
    • Material: Zytel
    • Length: 2.5" (64 mm)
    • Width: 1.80" (46 mm)
    • Weight: 0.5 oz. (14 g)
About Alan Folts
Alan Folts of Greenville, North Carolina, has been making knives since 1992. During his college career he entered knives in Art Shows, winning "Best of Show" and honorable mentions.He was also awarded a scholarship based on his artistic/design abilities. Upon moving to North Carolina in 1995, Alan joined the North Carolina Custom Knifemaker’s Guild. Alan won "Best Fixed Blade" at the 10th Annual Southeastern Custom Knife Show. Alan is adamant about teaching and passing on the skills of custom knifemaking to others. Alan has been teaching knife enthusiasts and assisting other makers with their craft for many years. Alan specializes in both limited production small fixed blades and one-of-a-kind fixed blades and linerlock folders. He is best known for small carriable blades, such as the CRKT Folts Minimalist, that both function well, have proper ergodynamics, and a sleek and often futuristic design. He also makes custom neck knives, kitchen knives, swords and art collectibles.
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Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
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Micarta Handles
Similar to G10, Micarta is a a compressed layered composite which instead of using fiberglass, uses fiber compounds of any type of create a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
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Big Z
Jul 30, 2015
Pros: Weight, Sheath/Scabbard, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness
Great balance, nice sheath
Great balanced knife, with a good sheath. Only reason I gave it 4 stars is because the blade wasn't as sharp as I cared for.
5 out of 5
Jul 06, 2015
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Doesn't get better.
This is, from my experiences, the best neck knife you can get at a great price. I carry it everyday on the back of my belt and its so light and small that I don't even notice its there. It is an extremely comfortable mircata grip, super easy to hold and maneuver. The sheath is well made, absolutely no slippage at all. Especially at this price it doesn't get any better.
5 out of 5
J Legault
Jul 02, 2015
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Materials, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Finish, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
very nice knife
Easy to handle. Small fits in your pocket with no problems. Or around your neck.
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