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Columbia River Veff M.U.K. Black Handle Fillet Knife 4.25" Combo Edge - 3011K

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Part Number: CR3011K
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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CR3011K: Veff M.U.K.™ - Black Handle
Columbia River Knife & Tool

Avid fisherman Tom Veff designed the Marine Utility Knife (M.U.K.™) after years of frustration with gimmicky knives that didn't do the job.

Tom Veff says, “I fish a lot, and wanted a fishing knife that was truly useful. Not a multi-tool that did an ‘okay’ job at a lot of things, but not a ‘good’ job at any one thing in the boat, on the bank, or on the cleaning table. I also wanted a one-piece fixed blade that did not require a college degree to open and operate it. And it should be a knife that you can grab with one hand and use to cut a rope in an emergency. Its handle should be brightly colored so you can find it quickly in your boat or tackle box. And it should be affordable so if it accidentally goes overboard, it won’t ruin your whole day of fishing.”

So he went to work. Because Tom knows knives from his life as a meat cutter, professional knife sharpener, and designer of knives and our exclusive Veff™ Serrations. He designed one of the most carefully thought-out fixed blades we have ever produced, even though it also has the lowest price of any knife in our catalog. He calls it the Marine Utility Knife (M.U.K.™).

First you notice that the M.U.K. has an offset handle angle. Tom explains that it gives you knuckle clearance when cutting bait or slicing fish on a cutting table. And it has a soft, grooved polypropylene handle with four finger choils to give you all the grip possible when your hands are cold, wet, and slippery. You choose from four handle colors for best visibility.

Second, you see the rounded-back drop point blade with a straight cutting edge in combination with a concave serrated section. Tom says the straight edge cuts cleanly against a cutting board. The oversized serrations are what Tom calls “non-stick”—there is no sharp point to snag. That makes them great for those times when you need to cut a nylon line or other tough materials. The blade’s rounded back reduces the risk of cutting entrails when cleaning fish.

Then there is the row of non-slip grooves along the top of the blade. These are friction grooves for your thumb, but they also work great as a fish scaler.

Even in a budget knife, Tom wouldn’t have anything but a full-tang blade of high-carbon stainless steel for strength. At the butt, there’s a lanyard hole and a blood groove spoon. And finally, there are a few more friction grooves at the butt top and index finger choil to enhance feel.

That’s quite a story for an inexpensive little knife. Probably only a serious fisherman could design it, sitting there between strikes, thinking about the perfect fishing knife.


  • Blade: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge with Angled Veff Serrations
  • Length: 4.25” (10.8 cm)
  • Steel: 3Cr13, 52-55 HRC
  • Knife: Overall length: 9.00” (22.8 cm)
  • Weight: 2.9 oz. (82 g)

  • Plastic blade protector (included with knife)

About the Knife Designer
Tom Veff developed a love of knives at an early age. The son of an Army First Sergeant, he traveled extensively and always sought out knife shops wherever his father was stationed. As a young man, he entered the meat industry and was a journeyman meat cutter and meat department manager for 20 years. He found that he had a natural ability to put an edge on all types of cutting tools. In 1989, he established Veff Sharpening Service in Oregon City, Oregon. His reputation for producing a very high polished, surgically sharp convex edge has led to his customer base extending throughout the United States. He decided to incorporate some of his own ideas and began designing knives that were task specific. His philosophy is that a cutting tool should be comfortable to use and efficient for the task at hand. Because he was always intrigued with cutting edges, it was natural for him to improve on pre-existing designs. This led him to design Veff Serrations which have proven to be the most efficient and effective serrations available to date and are used exclusively by CRKT.
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Chris K.
Reading, Pa
Apr 25, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Finish, None
Cons: Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard
Interesting Little Blade
Received two recently & anticipate giving one to fisherman friends to rate the rust worthiness. Sheath seems best suited for permanent attachment to a cutting board or tackle box. Pleasantly sharp w/wonderful serrations...I will use mine as a camp/kitchen knife.
5 out of 5
Seattle, WA
Aug 12, 2010
Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard
Economical do-it-all boat/camp knife
I bought this a few months back, and it's only now, into the summer months that I've gotten a chance to use it out on the boat, on fish, and as a general camp & utility knife. The only drawback is the lack of a proper sheath, though it comes with a 2-sided blade guard that envelops the blade completely and protects you from the knife's edge. The smoke colored translucent guard stays on firmly until you angle the knife and give it a wiggle to pop it out for use. It's safe to be carried in say, cargo shorts, or a pack this way. The back spine of the blade works moderately well to scale trout (and other fish I imagine), and the exposed tang at the butt can be used as a gut spoon. The edge bevels are nice and fat, making touch-up sharpening a snap with a shallow angle on a ceramic or diamond rod. The serrations are very aggressive and make short work of food, fish, line, rope and even tough packaging plastic. Thanks to a fairly polished finish, the MUK resists rust pretty well. If you're not going to use it on fish or food you'll eat, give the blade a good coat of Sentry Tuff Glide, to enhance its rust protection. Even without wiping with a Tuff Cloth, or Tuff Glide, it stays fairly rust resistant. Don't discount this as simply a fish knife, though it excels for that task. It's a great camp kitchen knife, as somebody mentioned, for cutting veggies it works well. The price makes all these features an even bigger value, and it's inexpensive enough that if it goes missing, you can replace it without crying and moaning for your expensive custom folding knife. If I got another one, I'd get a brighter color, like blue or green, so it's easier to spot in camp or at a glance on the boat. I wish CRKT would do a version with dayglow orange or yellow handles, and make the MUK float somehow. Then it would be perfect.
4 out of 5
Apr 04, 2009
Pros: Weight, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Teriffic bargain
A great knife for the price. I've mostly been using one as a kitchen utility knife, and the only way it could be improved is if it was a full blade w/o the serrations - plenty sharp enough to cut ripe tomatoes without them. I have another one stashed in the disaster kit.
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