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CRKT Eros Large by Ken Onion

CRKT Eros Large by Ken Onion

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I really want to like this purchase, but the lever is minimal making it difficult to open and the overall size is small for my hand. I like the design and stabby pointy end, but this is not an easy flipper by any means.
32.00 bucks on prime and 31 bucks on ebay...just saying.
SheepDog67
Same on Amazon. Sometimes Massdrop just doesn't do their homework.
Does this knife ship to New York?? Amazon would not ship me an assisted open knife
smatthews
it's illegal to own a knife in new york city if you're not a citizen.
Oh man, that pocket clip.. :(
I own the titanium version of this knive. The bearings are not caged. I lost a few when I opened my knife and contacted crkt and the sent me a package for free. I bent the pocket clip and they sent one for free. Crkt has some of the best customer service.
On Amazon for $39/-, Prime. So u don’t hv to wait 2 months for Massdrop to ship. Last knife I bought from Massdrop took forever.
I read thru most of the posts before committing myself to write. When I first saw this, it strongly reminded me of the Kershaw Leek. (Also a KO design.) An entry level Leek can be had for just a bit more money. It has better steel, 14Cr28N, and is assisted opening. I have several and really like the Leek. I like the looks of this knife. The AUS-8 is decent steel. CS does very well with the HT. I am not so sure about CRKT. If I were to choose between these two, I would definitely go with the Leek. But I don't have to choose. I highly suspect that I will be getting one of these. I have one knife with this bearing system. It works well, but I have not done anything dirty with. I don't know if IKBS are currently caged. Taking a knife apart with this bearing system could result in the massdropping of these ceramic spheres and you helplessly watching them scatter to the four winds.....er, floors? Some reviews have stated that CRKT lacks good QC for this bearing. If I really need to abuse a knife, I will pick up one of my $10-20 Schrades or a fixed blade. I don't think that getting this one dirty would be a good idea. I'm going to put this on the back burner for 24 before deciding.
Just received this blade, its shaving sharp right out of the box and it sits well in the pocket. The clip isn’t the best but its not the end of the world.
My one complaint is how bloody hard it is to open, I have to push on the lever as hard as i can and even then it barely snaps open. Is there anything i could do to make it easier to open?
Does any one know what the point of this notch is in the handle scale? Picture is attached with said notch in the center of the photo.
It doesn't really affect the grip at all. Thought maybe it was lightening for precision balance?
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Derp, makes total sense, I guess I was tired, thanks!
Protonus
Looks like a notchurally occuring defect. -------------------------Sorry. I don't have a clue. It may have something to do with the mobility of the liner lock, less metal = more flexibility.
Pointy ,sliced knife. Tip is super sharp. Be carful. Great EDC slicer! Pocket clip is meh,but rest of knife is great. Better than other 100$ knives being sold here for sure.
I just received the knife, drop ended january 3 and i got the package january 15 ,pretty good since i live in canada, oh and no extra duty or tax to pay. I guess they dont bother to charge for things under 100$. The knife came pretty sharp ootb, cut paper and hair pretty easily. Lockbar engage at about 70% and blade centering is just a bit off but nothing to worry to much about, flip like a charm. For a 1st buy on massdrop i'm pretty satisfied overall.
Mine shipped this morning
Is 2.84" really considered a "large" knife blade?
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Small is minuscule,teeny tiny, pointy sharp.
seahunter
It is by some. Most of my EDCs are 3-4". Except when I decide to pocket the CS Holdout XL or the CS Rawles Voyager. It is a small knife in my books. Or my pockets.
I have purchased this knife before, and the only fault I have found is the little flair at the end of the clip. The flair will catch on a heavy jacket and.........I didn't find it still spring. Got to love stainless steel!
Jimbo65
That's awesome. I thought I lost mine one night after leaving work. I searched everywhere, went back to the parking lot, all the paths I walked ... Woke up the next morning and found it hanging by that little flair from the side of my messenger bag. (I guess it had transferred over at some point.)
bonnielass
Definitely a warm weather friend....
I'd love to see a drop of the discontinued compact version of this, if possible.
I have had this knife for over a year. weak points are bendable clip, and maybe not the best lock up of any knife out there. The lockup is plenty good tho, this is not a super hard use knife its a gents folder. The high point is the fact that it has got to be the most fun flippin knife i have ever played with. This thing is a great fidget toy and is very satisfying to flick open and closed a million times while driving and watching tv. shoot its so small i bet u can even do this in the office. It also has the fastest deployment of any knife i have ever tried. After 1 year of slamming the blade open extremely fast and hard 2 to 300 times a day I only have an almost inconceivably small amount of lock rock1 out of 4 deploys. What has occurred to this knife after this after this beating can not be felt in the daily use of the knife and only on occasion if you really look for it. Current lockup is 65 percent. Get this blade for the fun factor...aus 8 is enuf for a flipper toy you can still use to great success when needed
G'day All, I got one of these great knives in their last Drop. I've been using and collecting knives for over 50 years and I really admire the work of Ken Onion. And I've got several CRKT knives and machetes. None of them have given me any problems until the Large Eros. Since I've had it (about5 months, I think) the blade locking mechanism has failed 3 times. The locking bar barely sits in position less than one millimetre. I've never had a problem with a product purchased through Massdrop. Could someone please let me know what to do. Do I send the knife back to Massdrop or CRKT? I don't want a refund. I'd like the knife I have to be fixed or replaced. I wanted to check first because postage from Australia back to the US is expensive. Kind regards to anyone who'd like to assist with some info. Cheers, Bill Halliwell Hobart TAS
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raafbloke
Disassemble it and carefully, CAREFULLY, bend the lock bar towards the center of the knife. You really only need the lockbar to ultimately be moved 1-2mm when you're done adjusting it. That's basically it to adjusting the lockup.
What you have is 'early' lockup and is generally considered a preferable trait. You should see some higher end production pieces, especially russian made and hinderers, the lockup is so early that people are afraid to touch the knife. For the most part the early lockup is just as strong as a 50% lockup regardless of how it looks. There is a limit of course and it's obvious if you can just push the blade and have it jump off the lock.
The lock geometry is more critical than the amount of contact between lockbag and tang. This is outlined by Bob Terzuola in his book: The Tactical Folding Knife. The three points of contact are the stop pin, pivot pin and the contact point between tang and lockface. The shape it creates is a triangle, the strongest shape for load bearing. The tolerances are very tight and critical for an effective lock. The book says the lockface angle should be between 7.5 and 8.5 degrees, more than 10 and it will start slipping off, less than 5 degrees and the lock will jam. Then there is the radius of the lock face, which shouldn't exceed 10 degrees or apparently the lock will start to slip-which has been called lock rolling. Any knife manufacturer not getting sued into oblivion should know all about it.
All locks and the geometries are different and the makers decide the best application for each design. A knife with great lock geometry that locks up solid at 5-10% is better than a poorly made lock with geometries outside acceptable range that locks up at 85%. I have knives that lock up bank vault solid at 5% that I beat the hell out of them. You would probably look at it and think there is no way it's safe, but it is.
s4mpson
Thank you all for your comments and assistance. I've got partially disabled hands so it's not my thing to go manually fiddling with a mechanism I'm not familiar with, besides I don't think it is the task of the buyer to correct the faults of the supplier. With small US knife companies I've had nothing but outstanding customer service but I don't have a good track record with the large companies. I sent a copy of my post here directly to Massdrop and they most kindly granted me a ONE-OFF refund even though my transaction was long past the refund point. I really appreciate their kind gesture, I'd just rather have a good, reliable knife that is designed by a genius in the industry and one who, I'm sure, would be appalled by the thought that the manufacturer is not keeping up with quality control. I would gladly give back the refund for a reliable, safe knife as it is such a great design and fits a task I have for it perfectly. I'm too old to waste months wrangling with the manufacturer. Sadly, as far as I know there is no one in Tasmania I could send this knife to for a reliable repair. Sending even small knives back and forth to the US has now become even more expensive. Anyway, once again, thank you all for helpful input! Happy New Year from Hobart Tasmania! Cheers, BH
I love the design of this knife. It's lighter and more gentle (the feel, not the blade -- the blade's still pretty stabby) than I expected.
I have two gripes with it: 1) It doesn't lock into place as, let's say "dramatically," as I want it to. There is little tactile difference between flipping it partially open versus all the way open. It feels like it's just barely locked open.
2) The clip bent easily. In the process of repositioning myself on a couch, the clip on my back pocket briefly caught on something (the seam on the cushion?) before releasing with a nice metal twang. Unfortunately this was enough to bend the clip on my knife slightly, and it's now too loose in my pocket for me to keep carrying it. I'm disappointed that the clip was malleable enough for me to bend on accident. I'm surprised it didn't just pull the knife out of my pocket. I haven't fixed it yet, but I think the only solution is to take the clip off, bend it back by hand, reattach it, and hope it doesn't happen again.
In comparison, my Kershaw Zing has stood up to a lot more and I've had minimal issues with it. I still like the Eros. It's really quite a nice knife, but I wish I couldn't damage it so easily.
Is this not an almost angle for angle duplication of the Kershaw Leek Also by ken onion? I don't see this being a new offering tbh
Supersport
Leek user, here. The blade on the Leek is just almost a wharncliffe. Very little belly. The Eros has quite a lot of curve, by comparison, and appears to be even pointier. The Eros is a bit bigger, and has a bit of a choil, as well. The Eros also does not have the freaking annoying safety that kept locking my Leek shut, until I eventually ripped it out...
Ken Onion's designs have a lot of continuity, so, yes! It does look a bit like the Leek.
The flip on the Eros isn't as satisfying, to me. No torsion bar/assisted open feature to provide the satisfying snap of the Leek.
Yea I'm also disappointed with the status of this drop and the updates that have been offered up.
"We have an update from the vendor on this drop. Due to an unexpected delay, we now expect to be able to ship this order to you before the end of the week or sooner."
It's Tuesday of the next week and I haven't gotten an email, any news as to what's going on?
Another beautiful knife that I can't carry lefty.
barf
Nor tip up. :-(
dfwhite17
Seems I'm one of the few who like tip down carry. I pull it out of pocket with thumb and middle finger and flick with index. Quicker deployment for me.
This knife and blade are exactly as beautiful as they look in photos. I need to tighten the pivot after a day use, but that is just squeezing the nut and twisting a bit. It goes a little out of alignment and rubs against the handle.
By far one of my favorite knives in my rotation. I carried the Ti version until I lost it (was using it at work on the loading dock and set it down and then forgot it). So now I have a couple of these. Not quite as nice as the Ti version, but 1/4 of the price :)
Great price, until the shipping to the UK adds 35%. Guess I'll pass on this.
badfrog
I know nothing about knives, so apologies if I've missed something, but from a quick google this seems to go for around £70-80. The price of $50 shipped to the UK even if you account for VAT and Royal Mail charges will be cheaper than £70
This is a really nice knife for the price. I have been carrying mine for a few months and have had no issues. Has IKBS bearings to mount the blade and makes for smooth and flawless opening, but can be tough to keep track of the balls if you clean it.
Will this drop again soon?! :(
Was expecting the Eros Large and instead the Swindle showed up in the mail. Did anyone else have a similar issue?
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Thanks NoseTron, have a great day!
NoseTron
That Swindle is a nice knife, though. I got one as a gift last Christmas.
Original ship date estimate was 2/4, then 2/8, now 'we expect to have an update [on the ship date] by 2/14.' Glad to see I might have a planned Valentine's gift by March, maybe. Should have learned my lesson long ago and just paid the $5 higher or whatever on Amazon, to actually get the product in a reasonable timeframe.