CRKT: Viele Wasp and Tighe Tac

Oct 20, 1999
I want BOTH of these knives...small Tighe Tac, and the large Viele, both PLAIN EDGE.

Any advice???


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I can't comment on the Tighe Tac, but I have recently purchased one of the smaller Viele Wasps. My initial impressions are generally positive. The knife is a lot wider than I expected, given its length, but that can be good or bad. In this case I like the solid feel in the hand that width provides. In every other way the Wasp is very nice. Solid, smooth, and attractive. I bought it as a sort of "gentelemen's folder" and I think the looks work in that mode.

--Bob Q
just to complicate your life I have to ask: why not include the updated Spyderco Viele in your deliberations? They're using VG-10 in it now, which is mighty nice steel.
I'm extremely impressed with the Viele WASP from CRKT - it's a sweet knife. The blue and black scales are handsome and overall I think it's a winner. Should be a very popular seller for them.

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Mochiman1 brings up a GREAT knife in the Spyderco Viele updated with VG10 and other subtle improvements.
Personally, I'm a CRKT fan for light duty, carry knives that are "state of the art" in design, and of average material to keep prices affordable. No other company comes close for "value". As collector models or impressing other knife fans though... it's still a niche CRKT needs to settle into. IMHO.

I will purchase the CRKT Viele and Tighe products.


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I did a close comparison between the CRKT Wasp and the updated Spyderco Viele before making my decision. I am something of a Spyderco fan, so I initially leaned toward their offerring. The knives are very similar in design. Spyderco definitely uses better blade steel (VG-10), but the AUS-118 that CRKT uses seems like a decent medium-grade alloy.

Ultimately it came down to a question of appearance. As a confirmed pragmatist I feel strange admitting that, but my intended purpose was as a "formal" knife. I wanted something that could pass for a gentlemen's folder for when I have to wear a suit.

I like the way partial scales look. Having a full-length scale on one side of the Spyderco turned me off a bit. I also really liked the two-color G-10 scales on the Wasp too. Basically those superficial features are what convinced me to buy the Wasp.

My other carry knives (REKAT Sifu, Kershaw Boa, Spyderco Native, and Spyderco Ladybug) were selected primarily for function, although I think most of them are quite attractive in their own ways. The Wasp is my one concession, so far, to form over function. Of course, I'm still practical enough to insist on a knife that is also functional. The Wasp can do it all.

--Bob Q