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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.
- 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)
- Material: Zytel
- Length:3.25” (83 mm)
- Width: 1.75” (44 mm)
- Weight: 1.0 oz. (28 g)
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.”
Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
Stainless Steel knife handles provide strength and durability while using chromium oxide to create a rust-resistant barrier.