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CRKT Offbeat

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Was: £36.95
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A far cry from familiar. During his impressively long career, designer Pat Crawford has earned himself a handful of illustrious awards. And throughout it all, one unique knife has stood the test of time: the Offbeat™. Originally designed in 1979, Pat has honed and refined this out-of-the-ordinary pocket knife to perfection. This is ingenuity at its finest.


For anyone that considers themselves a part of the knife community, Pat Crawford is a household name. From his shop in West Memphis, Arkansas, he’s turned out customs that have set a seriously high precedent. That’s not to mention that they’re consistently some of the most popular at CRKT®. Now, he’s back at it with a design from the archives: the Offbeat™.


Before the CNC machine revolutionized the industry, Pat spent an inordinate amount of time cutting handles out of titanium and fitting folders together by hand. So, to expedite the process, he simplified his design. Inspired by a Boy Scout wire handle folder, he invented the Crawford Lockback—an innovation that has proven its worth and is the defining characteristic of the incredibly unique Offbeat™.


The handle is made of stainless steel and features a long, slender cutout along the back with a solid thumb stud at its terminus. As the blade is deployed with its own ambidextrous thumb stud, the cutout slides around the butt end of the blade until it reaches a notch along the backside. Then, the cutout seats snugly into place, effectively locking the blade in the open position. In this position, the harder you grip the handles, the more secure it becomes.


To disengage the Crawford Lockback and close the knife, push up on the thumb stud near the pivot area of the blade and fold it closed—a truly ‘offbeat’ way to unlock a folder. The classic drop point blade features a satin finish, matching the handles, and making for one sleek, sender everyday carry.


Conventional? Nope. Utilitarian? All the way.

SKU
CR7730
Age Restriction:
18+
Blade Length (cm)
8.9
Overall Length (cm)
20.3
Blade Material:
8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel
Blade Thickness (cm)
0.27
Grind:
Hollow
Sheath:
No
Closed Length (cm)
11.3
Pocket Clip:
Yes
Handle Material:
Steel
Blade Type:
Plain
Blade Shape:
Spear Point
Blade Finish:
Satin
Product Weight (g)
83
Lock Type:
Back Lock
Newest:
2018-02-19 00:00:00
Designer:
Pat Crawford
Shipping Group:
STANDARD
Parent Base Price:
36.9500
Lead Time Dropdown:
14 - 21 Days
GTIN:
794023773002
One Handed Opening:
Yes

Description


A far cry from familiar. During his impressively long career, designer Pat Crawford has earned himself a handful of illustrious awards. And throughout it all, one unique knife has stood the test of time: the Offbeat™. Originally designed in 1979, Pat has honed and refined this out-of-the-ordinary pocket knife to perfection. This is ingenuity at its finest.


For anyone that considers themselves a part of the knife community, Pat Crawford is a household name. From his shop in West Memphis, Arkansas, he’s turned out customs that have set a seriously high precedent. That’s not to mention that they’re consistently some of the most popular at CRKT®. Now, he’s back at it with a design from the archives: the Offbeat™.


Before the CNC machine revolutionized the industry, Pat spent an inordinate amount of time cutting handles out of titanium and fitting folders together by hand. So, to expedite the process, he simplified his design. Inspired by a Boy Scout wire handle folder, he invented the Crawford Lockback—an innovation that has proven its worth and is the defining characteristic of the incredibly unique Offbeat™.


The handle is made of stainless steel and features a long, slender cutout along the back with a solid thumb stud at its terminus. As the blade is deployed with its own ambidextrous thumb stud, the cutout slides around the butt end of the blade until it reaches a notch along the backside. Then, the cutout seats snugly into place, effectively locking the blade in the open position. In this position, the harder you grip the handles, the more secure it becomes.


To disengage the Crawford Lockback and close the knife, push up on the thumb stud near the pivot area of the blade and fold it closed—a truly ‘offbeat’ way to unlock a folder. The classic drop point blade features a satin finish, matching the handles, and making for one sleek, sender everyday carry.


Conventional? Nope. Utilitarian? All the way.

Specification


SKU
CR7730
Age Restriction:
18+
Blade Length (cm)
8.9
Overall Length (cm)
20.3
Blade Material:
8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel
Blade Thickness (cm)
0.27
Grind:
Hollow
Sheath:
No
Closed Length (cm)
11.3
Pocket Clip:
Yes
Handle Material:
Steel
Blade Type:
Plain
Blade Shape:
Spear Point
Blade Finish:
Satin
Product Weight (g)
83
Lock Type:
Back Lock
Newest:
2018-02-19 00:00:00
Designer:
Pat Crawford
Shipping Group:
STANDARD
Parent Base Price:
36.9500
Lead Time Dropdown:
14 - 21 Days
GTIN:
794023773002
One Handed Opening:
Yes

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Reviews


  • 4
    Funky Knife

    Posted by Rob Hardingham on 2nd Oct 2021

    well made feels very solid but a little hard to close the lock is very stiff

  • 5
    impressed!

    Posted by Danny Thomson on 15th Sep 2021

    when i first handled this knife i wasnt sure i liked it at all. however- after having it for a week or two it has grown on me a little more each day till now when i have reached a point of really loving this knife! its slim, feels really nice to hold and the lock which i hated at first i can now open and close with one hand. big recommend from me! great knife at a great price.

  • 3
    CRKT Offbeat

    Posted by Seamus on 21st Aug 2021

    My Offbeat arrived in a dangerous condition. When I first opened the blade the lock engaged, but seized solid about 2/3 of the way down into the slot cut for the lock "key". I had to resort to a mini crow bar to disengage again, and received some minor cuts to the palm of my hand. from what had effectively become a fixed blade knife, while attempting to free the lock. I then had to spend over an hour holding the blade (now wrapped in a towel), while I filed and polished the "key", until it engaged fully, and disengaged properly and smoothly. Even fully working, the lock is not very easy to disengage, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone with arthritic hands.It's definetly a two handed opener. The knife is well made, and sharp out of the box, but although I would like to I can't give mine 5 stars due to the safety issues.

  • 3
    CRKT Offbeat

    Posted by Seamus on 16th Aug 2021

    This is a seriously nice knife for the price, if a little large for every day. Every other review so far has been 5 stars and mine would have been the same were it not for the fact that mine arrived with a potentially dangerous fault. The locking key in the back spring drops into its place when the knife is opened, but because it wasn't machined properly at the factory it gets wedged two thirds of the way Down. The lock was impossible to disengage without using tools. For this reason, I found myself wrestling with the lock with the blade in my hand wrapped in a towel. Not a good scenario. Anyway, in the end a little fettling, filing and polishing and the lock finally engages all the way, and can be unlocked without levering it out with a screwdriver. Don't get me wrong, it's a great knife for the price, but I can't in all honesty give it 5 stars when it arrived with safety issues.

  • 5
    Offbeat

    Posted by Batesie on 11th Aug 2021

    The aesthetics of this knife split option, I love it's simplistic design and simple mechanics. Great edge straight from the box, really good value utility knife.

  • 5
    Sleek

    Posted by Al on 8th Jul 2021

    Excellent service from HH as usual Really like this knife very aesthetic. Most points have been made in previous reviews. Definitely not UK friendly , to be enjoyed at home in UK! Interesting locking system which works well, sharp and I find it hard to fault, or put down.come to that. Have only used it for light tasks currently. Worth its five stars and excellent value at its reduced price.

  • 4
    BYRD CARA RESCUE

    Posted by DEREK on 26th Mar 2021

    A really useful everyday knife which is big enough for most purposes at a bargain price . Its stainless steel handle is indestructible and with Pat Crawford’s “One Hand“ design with a large cutout along the spine means its light 85 gm weight sits very comfortably in my shirt pocket. Very careful machining is needed to tight tolerances to make this design work well and I would happily pay more for higher quality work

  • 5
    Critics offbeat

    Posted by John Hopkins on 23rd Mar 2021

    Nice tactile knife. Nice action although a bit stiff. Probably loosen with use. Good price for such a little gem.

  • 5
    Understated Simplicity and Elegance

    Posted by James on 12th Jul 2019

    Pat Crawford's 1979 design for this Offbeat folder is simply stunning. The stainless handle, spine and lock appear to be machined from one piece of metal (looking through the handles to the underside of the spring shows the only milled pattern in the metal), since there are no rivets or screws visible on the knife at all, apart from the removable 3 clip screws. The only hint of two separate liners can be seen through the lanyard hole, and three very faint circular rivets around the spine at the back of the knife. But the beautiful satin finish on the steel handles makes these flush circles almost completely invisible. The tapered hollow grind on the gently curved (and very sharp) blade is sublime, and the lockback feature is simple and very effective. Since the lock bar doesn't act like a spring on this knife, opening the blade with one thumb is a simple but deliberate action, as the lock pushing on the back of the blade is a little stiff. Unlocking this slim beauty is another matter. I can break the lock arm back with my thumb and first finger, but I need a finger from the other hand to push the blade back in. Definitely a two handed job. But I like the knife so much, I don't mind the complications of the opening and closing. I also have the amazing CRKT Flatout, which is heavier, more expensive, and has a cool spring opening. The two knives are very similar in length and width. But of the two, I prefer the Offbeat - even though it's basically a more finicky knife to open and close. But I am so enchanted by the ingenious way this knife has been made, that it goes in my pocket before any other knife does. In the UK this knife is not legal carry; the blade locks and is over 3" long. What the hell. I'll put it in my boot and nobody will ever see it. Seriously, this is a knife you will want to own, to play with and wonder at. Even if you have to do it in the comfort of your own home. Five Stars, no question. Lastly, at £37 this beautiful knife is just a steel steal, and it's made so well that I would have paid twice that amount, for what has instantly become one of my favourite knives. Thank you, Julie for such a reliable, less-than-24-hours turnaround. Great knife, great service as always from Heinnie Haynes.

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