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    CRKT Drifter


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    I recently picked up a CRKT Drifter, and I have to say, this thing is great. For the price, it is a total steal. Good lockup, fast opening, RIDICULOUSLY sharp out of box. My only complaint is the pocket clip is way too tight from the box, but just put some quarters in it and leave it for a few hours, and it'll be fine. Definitely recommended from me, Matt.

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    The Drifter was one of my first knives! I got the full stainless one. That thing flies open so fast.

    For sure a good buy!

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    For those who don't know, the CRKT Drifter G-10 version is identical to the Sanrenmu 707 which can be found for under $10 online. It seems what is going on is not that SRM is copying the CRKT design, but that they produce it for CRKT and then sell their own version for the domestic chinese market (although you can buy them shipped to the USA).

    Still I prefer the stainless model, it's a real beauty and in my opinion is a better solid-steel knife for EDC than they new Kershaw Cryo that everyone seems to love right now.

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    Both are awesome knives! the crkt is super nice looking but i like the cost of the sanrenmu. but i have and love both.. I don't feel bad thrashing on this lil $8 to $12 knife.. also the cryo feels similar to the drifter and 707 just with a flipper & speedsafe (assist) and a lock bar stabilizer. although I wish the cryo had gimping on the frame lock bar.. the cryo takes the win for the 4 way pocket clip for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by drbobguy View Post
    the CRKT Drifter G-10 version is identical to the Sanrenmu 707 which can be found for under $10 online.
    I don't think so, the drifter is a recurve, the screws and lanyard hole are in different places, drifter has a swedge, pocket clips are different. They are kinda similar, but not identical.

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    I love my drifter, heck I love CRKT! I have a lot of their knives and their quality has been superb. Yes they do make a lot of weird/unattractive models, but there are more than a handfull of great ones. Heres my favorite from them, The CRKT S2 with full titanium handles/framelock, and ATS-34 for only 60$ . I have no idea why it got discontinued.


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    I agree the drifter is a great little knife, I paid $10.50 used, thought I would keep it forever. I decided to sell off most of the knives I seldom carry so off it went.

    I have a large and small S2 that I consider a permanent part of my collection regardless of use time.

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    I just picked up a bnib steel drifter off the bay last week for $9.99 shipped. Can't beat that!

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    Taking into consideration the price IMO the Drifter is a very nice value. It's an excellent entry level knife for the knife enthusiast on a budget. CRKT is in the business for real and producing some excellent budget knives as well as some nicer mid range knives. I absolutely love my Acuto Ripple with the IKBS. IMO it is a testament to the quality that CRKT is capable of.

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    CRKT doesn't seem to get much love or even much coverage in these forums. I've bought a few recently and I really like them. There are a few others that I might be willing to buy if I find them at a good price. I don't like their safety system on the Delegate but it does seem to be pretty secure.




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