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Columbia River K700KXP Ken Onion Skinner Fixed 3.75" Blade, Leather Sheath

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Part Number: CRK700KXP
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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CRK700KXP: K700KXP Onion Skinner
Columbia River

Hawaiian knifemaker Ken Onion told us he was working on the ultimate hunting knife, but it wasn't ready yet. We assumed that he meant he was putting the finishing touches on a prototype, and were we wrong!

Instead, Ken was concluding an extensive field testing program spanning more than five years, making dozens of custom skinners and giving them to Alaskan guides, professional hunters, and taxidermists in exchange for their feedback. He kept modifying the design and sending out more knives, which have now been used to skin over 60 Alaskan bears, and have been proven on deer, elk, moose, antelope, hogs, sheep and cattle.

While some were skeptical at first, it has become the favorite knife of many of the top guides. It also works well for skinning, gutting, deboning, the fine detail cuts preferred by taxidermists, and even kitchen and camp chores.

We call it simply the Onion Skinner™. It features a three-quarter tang Bohler K110 tool steel blade, high hollow-ground and polished to a satin finish, with a hardness of HRC 58-60. The scales are Twin-Fused™ with a Zytel® core and soft textured TPR outside for grip. A lanyard is included. The custom leather sheath is molded and fitted to grip the scales and lock the knife in position until needed. It can be worn left or right, inside or outside the belt.

Here's an explanation of its unusual features and their functions:

First, the knife has a thin tip, with a slightly convex grind near the tip that minimizes drag. No caping knife is needed for detail work.

Second, the top of the blade has a pronounced "camel hump". This allows the hunter to insert the tip under the skin and rock the hand back, which raises the tip up and away from the paunch.

Third, the tip has a straight section at an offset angle. This makes the knife a useful utility and cooking tool around camp.

Fourth, is the short 3.75" blade length. This is just the length of the average finger, which has proven perfect for the pencil grip favored by many hunters.

Finally, the Onion Skinner features a handle which has a deep finger choil, which greatly improves grip in slippery conditions. The thin cross section allows for less obtrusive carry while still locking in the fitted sheath.

So here is Ken's ultimate skinner. Field-tested for five years, and finally ready for production and your own field test.
  • Onion Skinner
    • K700KXP: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
    • Blade: Length: 3.75” (95 mm)
    • Thickness: 0.142” (3.6 mm)
    • Steel: Bohler K110 Tool Steel, 58-60 HRC
    • Knife: Overall length: 8.00” (203 mm)
    • Closed: Handle length: 4.375” (111 mm)
    • Weight: 3.7 oz. (105 g)
  • Onion Skinner Sheath
    • Overall length: 6.75” (171 mm)
    • Width: 4.00” (102 mm)
    • Weight: 2.1 oz. (60 g)
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 794023970029

Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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C. Barker
Decatur, IL
Aug 27, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Super Knife
I'm a pretty serious knife collector and have been for years. I can't say that I have a favorite knife, but looking through my collection, I do have a favorite brand CRKT. Dollar for Dollar CRKT consistently puts out the most innovative and quality knives on the market, and the Ken Onion Skinner proves my point. Right out of the box you can shave with this knife. The feel of the blade steel and the attention spent on the grind, scream I'm Damn Expensive and yet Knife Center sold this knife at a great price with free shipping deal, and by the way I got it in only 3 days. The handle of this knife has a different feel than any other knife I have handled, kind of hard to explain, but it does give confidence to the hand wielding it. About the Sheath, I've read reviews about how much better Kydex is rather than leather. There's a very easy answer to this. This knife is a skinner not a fighter, I don't know how tactical I need to be with Bambi. Bottom line this is a fine leather sheath and like any good wallet or ball glove it will need to be broken in.
3 out of 5
State College PA
Mar 28, 2014
Pros: Blade Material, Weight, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard, None
great design
Very effective blade design. Ken Onios's blade geometry and ergonomics work beautifully. Light weight, easy to pack. I like the shape of the handle, but find it slippery when dry and worse when wet. The sheath is flat (not shaped to the knife) and collapses as soon as knife is drawn, so it is difficult to replace blade in the sheath.
5 out of 5
College Grove, TN (US)
Feb 28, 2014
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Materials, Blade Material, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
If you are a large/small game hunter, you need to try this knife!
From squirrels to deer, this knife does it all... Buy one now before there gone! At a price this low, it just can't be beat. Super tough & Super sharp. Hard to sharpen, but this thing will hold an edge all season long! I used it the whole deer season & trapping season and didn't have to sharpen it once!!! It feels great in the hand, and the deep belly makes those skinning chores a breeze. Only draw back is that the sheath takes some breaking in (but it is quality leather). Stop drooling & get one. You won't be disappointed...
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