Up To Shenanigans

Ken Onion’s new flipper folders for Columbia River Knife and Tool are lightweight and quick.

The Shenanigan design began when Columbia River Knife & Tool asked Ken Onion for his ideas on a no-nonsense line of sport and work folders. CRKT was looking for utility and quality in a rugged locking-liner folder. Onion came back with the aluminum-framed Shenanigan.In addition; he added a work knife version featuring organic glass-filled nylon that came to be the Shenanigan “Z,” and a tactical version with a “T” designation.

 

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This straight-edge Shenanigan folder is the aluminum-frame model.

Best known for his assisted opening folders, this non-assisted opening folder combines an open-build frame, blade flipper, lubrous washers and bronze bushings at the pivot to allow for fast one-hand opening.

All Shenanigan models feature 3 1/4-inch blades. There’s a modified drop point with a slight recurve and a swedged top edge. Straight or serrated edges are available.

SHENANIGAN ALUMINUM

The sport model features an AUS 8 stainless steel blade and a cold-forged 6061-T6 aluminum frame with a bead-blast finish. The frame is clear anodized for durability. The stainless steel liner lock is a strip lock, inset into one frame to save weight. Soft textured injection-molded scales are inset into the frame. This makes for a frame that’s strong, lightweight and comfortable. The sport model blades received a black titanium nitrite coating for corrosion resistance.

SHENANIGAN Z.

The work model of the Shenanigan offers AUS 8 blade steel in a bead-blast finish, plus a frame of glass-filled nylon. This is a rugged, value-priced knife. The combination of contoured handle, index finger notch and checkered grip pattern make the Shenanigan models very friendly to the hands. Both models come with a thoughtfully designed custom stainless steel pocket/gear clip with a black corrosion-resistant coating.

Ken Onion isn’t playing any tricks here. CRKT is pulling the Shenanigans. The Shenanigan aluminum models have a suggested retail price of $115 MSRP, while the Z work models are only $59.99 MSRP.

SHENANIGAN T

The Tactical version of the CRKT Shenanigan folder is designed and built to hold up to the rigors of duty whether it’s on the streets or in the field. The tanto blade shape is pointed for piercing while having a high hollow grind, which is ideal for a razor-thin cutting edge. Blade actuation is quick with the use of the blade flipper. All blades are black titanium nitrite coated for non-glare, corrosion resistance.

The Shenanigan T handle shape provides a confident grip through a profiled palm swell, overall balance and a swept finger groove. Available in either forged aluminum or molded glass-filled nylon, the handle also features a soft molded grip insert, which is texture checkered.

Overall, the Shenanigan variety of folders is offered in the full range, from economical to tough tactical. Get one in your hands and test the feel for yourself.

Specs

Onion Shenanigan

K470KKP: Razor-sharp cutting edge

K470KKS: Combined razor-sharp and triple-point serrated cutting edge

Overall: 8.25 inches (210 mm)

Closed: 4.875 inches (124 mm)

Blade: 3.25 inches (83 mm)

Thickness: 0.119 inches (3 mm)

Steel: AUS 8, 58-59 HRC

Weight: 4.1 ounces (116 g)

MSRP: $115 US

Onion Shenanigan Z

K480KKP: Razor-sharp cutting edge

K480KKS: Combined razor-sharp and triple-point serrated cutting edge

Overall: 8.25 inches (210 mm)

Closed: 4.875 inches (124 mm)

Blade: 3.25 inches (83 mm)

Thickness: 0.119 inches (3 mm)

Steel: AUS 8, 58-59 HRC

Weight: 3.7 ounces (105 g)

MSRP: $59.99 US

 

By KI Staff

Photos by Columbia River Knife & Tool and Terrill Hoffman