CRKT Clever Girl Folder

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Silent H, Jun 5, 2019.

  1. Silent H

    Silent H Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2018
    CRKT is coming out with a folding version of their Clever Girl fixed blade, it has the Deadbolt lock they debuted on the Seismic earlier this year. I want to check out the Deadbolt lock, but I wasn't a big fan of the Seismic because of the 1.4116 steel on a $100+ knife. The Clever Girl Folder has D2 steel, and I like the design much better than the Seismic.


    I ended up buying the Clever Girl today, I'll update this with my impressions once it arrives, but I am very excited for this knife.

    I like the fact that CRKT has upgraded some of their knives to D2, hopefully they'll continue upgrading their steel. It's nice to see a company listening to the customers.
  2. jeffsenpai

    jeffsenpai Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    While I do not use fixed blades really, I do like the design of the fixed blade Clever Girl. This folder though, not a fan of the handle shape, nor the hump on the back of the blade where the jimping would be. Looks awkward.
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  3. BladeScout


    May 16, 2010
    I quite like the look.
    It looks a bit like the Spyderco Persian.
    I won't be buying one though as I don't do thumb studs and because I'm not that impressed by CRKT.
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  4. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    I'd get the Spyderco Gayle Bradley 2 with D2 steel instead of the CRKT. The GB 1 has been my EDC since introduced and it excels in everyday cutting chores.

  5. BladeScout


    May 16, 2010
    The GB rocks but I thought Spyderco only made the GB2 in CPM M4?
    I couldnt listen to/watch the video because of the dialect or what ever that is.
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  6. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    I'll probably pick one up...I like persians and D2, and of course need an example of the lock for the collection;)
  7. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Thanks for posting. I hadn't seen this one. On paper and in pictures, this looks great. Love the blade shape. The lock is intriguing. Materials look good. I'll be looking hard at reviews of this when it hits the streets.

    I do have a couple of concerns that not surprisingly revolve around the company. First, this is crkt. Fit/finish and quality control are always a concern with crkt, making any purchase a risk. Second, all d2 is not created equal. I can see them charging more just because it says d2. I didn't see any information on the country of origin but I'm betting China, which means Chinese d2. Lastly, price. MSRP is $160. What will the street price on these be? $100 might be acceptable if all the other classic crkt issues are fixed. $120 is really pushing it.

    So, taking all that into account, this could be a hit or a major bust for me. Only time will tell. Crkt is still a budget brand and doesn't seem to know how to break out of that mold. Hopefully they can do it here because it looks like a great design.

    Are they making the GB2 in D2 now? Or did you mean m4....
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  8. Basp2005


    Dec 6, 2015
    So edgy.
  9. Silent H

    Silent H Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2018
    You're right, F&F on CRKT has been spotty in the past, I've been fairly lucky, the worst issues I've experienced have been blade play (usually fixed with disassembly) and dull factory edges. Chinese D2 is a concern, but I recently got the Provoke with a D2 blade, which came with a very dull factory edge. Sharpening it was a challenge, but their D2 was definitely pretty hard, so I'm willing to take the chance. As for the price, when I first saw a "teaser" from the designer, I was expecting the price to be closer to the $200 Provoke. I think CRKT recently changed their MAP policy (there was at least one thread about it on here), so I think it will stay right around $160, the good thing about their website is that they have frequent sales and it's fairly easy to find coupon codes.
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  10. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Yes, they did just implement a map like plan. If the price stays anywhere near $160 that would be really sad. We are talking benchmade bedlam territory (that's what I paid a few years ago, and the quality is there unlike crkt).

    I really hope crkt gets out of their own way on this one. They'll never break their reputation in the enthusiast community if none of us buy their knives. $160 for a Chinese produced crkt is ridiculous. I mean, look at what many of these smaller Chinese companies are doing. I've been carrying this guy around for a while and at the price it crushes anything I've ever had from crkt:
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  11. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    At $160 there's no way. If I could grab one for $100 and reviews are decent I would be very, very tempted. The design and lock look very cool, but as @craytab says, CRKT gonna CRKT, so I'm interested, but cautious.
  12. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Yup, at a certain point crkt is going to need to go above and beyond their reputation for enthusiasts to take the plunge. A high price is going to keep that from happening. It doesn't matter the cool design or lock or upgraded materials.

    I mean, if I think about all the quality knives I've bought for around $160 or lower on the secondary market the last few years, the list is staggering and not something crkt can compete with in any way what-so-ever.
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  13. Dadpool

    Dadpool Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    Every time I see CRKT coming out with a good-looking knife with an interesting lock or feature, I just wish it was being produced by a different company.

    On paper the Clever Girl folder looks right up my alley: 4" upswept blade, clean lines, some visual pop, D2, nifty lock. But I worry about CRKT's ability to execute that lock well (it's basically a button lock with two pins, right? So two pieces that need to be designed to wear in without introducing blade play) and do a good job with the steel and overall fit and finish.

    From, say, Kershaw -- at a Kershaw price -- this would be an insta-buy for me. From CRKT, I'm curious to see how reviews and its street price shake out but my starting point is "cautiously pessimistic."
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  14. Comeuppance

    Comeuppance Fixed Blade EDC Emisssary

    Jan 12, 2013
    I was going to make a post in this thread, but it looks like you already made my post for me.

    The only addendum I’d add is that I’ll be waiting on two things. First, an independent HRC test - if that checks in at 60+ and the build quality seems good, I’ll then be waiting for one to pop up on the secondary market.

    I would feel foolish were I to pay more than $100 for this knife, all things considered.
  15. slyraven


    Feb 19, 2019
    not at that price, crkt out of their minds. If they are trying to get into this priced field, they need to up their game. I'd never pay more then 40 to 50 for any crkt. There are way to many better options at that price, heck, even lower for d2 steel.
  16. b00n


    Dec 15, 2016
    D2 4in Persian...tempting me to give CRKT another shot. But it will be 230$ most likely. Which is hard to swallow for a CRKT...
  17. Dadpool

    Dadpool Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    List price on CRKT's website is $160.
  18. BladeScout


    May 16, 2010
    Not where b00n resides. The forum members signature is a hint.
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  19. b00n


    Dec 15, 2016
    Well the Clever Girl Fixed Blade is 125 $ on the CRKT Website and sells for 135$ here. (EU Tax.) So probably 175 $ for the Folder.
    Less but still a chunk of change for a CRKT.
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  20. Dadpool

    Dadpool Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    No sigs on mobile (at least on my phone), but point taken. ;)

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