The CRKT HCK1 Is A Grub Rustlin’
Fixed-Blade Par Excellence.
By Pat Covert
For the most part, the kitchen-knife boom lighting up the cutlery industry has passed field knives by. Somewhat confusing since the tactical/survival end of the cutlery industry has been its unfailing strong suit for over two decades. The CRKT (Columbia River Knife & Tool) HCK1 is one of a few food-prep knives to explore this fertile ground, and it does so in spades.
Designed by outdoors expert Karen Hood, widow of noted survivalist Ron Hood, knows her field cooking and the most effective means of getting the job done. At a bit over 11 inches long, the HCK1 is a Santoku for feeding the hearty and hungry. The full tang, flat ground 6.31-inch blade is of easy to sharpen 1095 high carbon steel with a protective sandblasted gray Cerakote finish. The handle is a grippy, gray linen micarta with removable scales for cleaning.
The HCK1 sheath is a work of art. Made of 6- to 7-ounce vegetable tanned leather, it’s lock-stitched with heavy weight nylon thread and hand-oiled for durability and longevity. On the front of the sheath is a pouch for carrying a whetstone, fire steel and tinder, salt and pepper, or whatever you see fit. Better yet, for all us patriots, the CRKT HCK1 and sheath are made in the USA.
At 8.2 ounces the HCK1 will get you to and from the campsite with very little burden, and when you get back from the hunt or hike it’ll make quick work of slapping together a wholesome meat and potato stew. At a suggested retail of $295 the HCK1 ain’t cheap, but you’ll appreciate its efficiency and time-savings after a long day in the field. You’ve got Karen Hood’s word on it!
KAREN HOOD HCK1
Maker: Columbia River Knife & Tool
18348 SW 126th Place
Tualatin, OR 97062
Steel type: 1095 High Carbon Steel w/Cerakote
Blade length: 6.13 inches
Overall length: 11.31 inches
Weight: 8.2 ounces
Handle: Gray Linen Micarta
Carry: Leather sheath