Stinging Steel

CRKT’s A.G. Russell Sting 3B Dagger Is An
Ultra-Light, Mid-Sized Marvel.

By Pat Covert

Cutlery entrepreneur A.G. Russell’s first Sting dagger was introduced in 1975 and has proven to be one of his most enduring designs ever. For over 20 years Russell produced three iterations of the knife and in the process garnered a cult-like following. In 2010 Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) collaborated with Russell on a drop-forged, all-steel Sting 2020 model, which sold successfully enough for an encore. The Sting 3B, shown here, is an all new lightweight version of the little dagger half the weight of the 2020 model, and it just may be the best one yet.

The dagger is basically a self-defense combat knife, which can double as a fancy letter opener. The Sting 3B, a skosh over 7.0 inches overall, is versatile in that its extremely light weight—1.8 ounces—allows purposeful use as an easy-to-conceal neck knife, boot knife, or pocket carry. The Sting 3B’s glass-reinforced injection molded sheath (1-ounce weight) has a chain loop, pocket clip, and a snap for keeping the knife secure until needed. Textured G10 scales vastly improve the grip over similar knives without and 8Cr13moV stainless steel helps keep the rust bugs away. The 3.42-inch double-ground blade is sumptuously contoured and this attractive knife decries its original intent of aggressive slicing and penetrating.

The base of the Sting 3B’s handle has an ample lanyard hole and comes with a nice braided lanyard loop attached. The price is as lithe and light as the knife itself. A suggested retail of $59.99 puts the Sting 3B well within reach of virtually any budget. Considering all you get this is a great little self-defense knife with a sting-free price!

Sting 3B
Maker: Columbia River Knife & Tool
18348 SW 126th Place
Tualatin, OR 97062
(800) 891-3100

Steel type: 8Cr13moV stainless steel
Blade length: 3.42 inches
Overall length: 7.19 inches
Weight: 1.8 ounces
Handle: G10
Carry: Glass-reinforced nylon sheath
Price: $59.99

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