I never leave the house without a knife of some sort on my person. Whether for defense or simply to “cut stuff” a solid knife is a great tool to have in your EDC. Now, often times purchasing an EDC knife is an exercise in compromise. You want to able to “cut stuff,” but use it in a defensive scenario if need be. So we immediately have to start compromising in blade-shape, length, ergonomics etc. When I purchased the CRKT SQUID, I did so with the full acceptance that this blade was for every day cutting tasks. The affordable price sweetened the deal.
Size, Weight and Ergonomics
With a 3 inch steel handle, and 2 ¼ inch blade the Squid is an extremely comfortable carry. However, the 3.5oz weight of the Squid’s all metal construction is not competitive to the 2.8oz. weight of the OKC RAT, and other blades in a similar price range. The stonewashed metal handle of the Squid is pleasant to hold, but does not provide a no slip surface, nor does the blade pass the “bloody hand” or dish soap test due to the smoothness of the handle.
Blade Shape and Durability
The Squid impressed me in terms of durability. The broad, flat blade is extremely durable and passed all point tests (including into a commercial blade nylon board which obliterates most budget tips.) The factor that impressed me the most is how well the Squid’s 8Cr13MoV, 58-60 HRC blade held, and accepted an edge. The Squid sharpens easily and more importantly stays sharp even after 3 weeks of cutting zip ties, and other daily items.
At $29.99 and a lifetime warranty from CRKT the Squid is a worthy addition to your collection or EDC. I do find the smooth handle troublesome in the event of a situation where my hands are wet or bloody but this objection does fade away when we consider that it was designed to be an all-around daily performer. The Squid is not a “bunker knife” or self defense blade, it is simply a jack of all trades that is a pleasure to use.
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