The CRKT Nirk Novo Folding Knife was designed by Glenn Klecker, award-winning knife and tool designer from Silverton, Oregon. The name comes from his son: Nathan's IRreducible complexity Knife, or NIRK. Made so that every piece serves an irreplacable function, the CRKT NIRK Novo Knife contains just two well-thoughtout pieces, plus a blade pivot screw. The innovative design allows the CRKT NIRK Novo to be manufactured from a single sheet of stamped and folded stainless steel to serve as the folder frame, back spacer, spring and lock, resulting in a solid lockback folder. The geometry of the cutout areas on this CRKT Knife is critical, carefully calculated to provide just the right spring action when the rear of the spine is pressed. At the front of the frame, the lock tab mates with a notch in the blade to provide safe lockup. The tighter the grip on the knife handle, the tighter the lockup, making this an exceptionally safe design. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to accidentally release the lock, and it is very, very strong. When the blade is closed, the same lock tab ramps over a rounded detent to hold the blade in the closed position.
The new CRKT NIRK Novo Knives are slightly smaller with 2.75" sheepsfoot blades, a weight of only 2.5 ounces, a thumb stud for opening, and are available in Razor-Sharp and Combined Razor-Sharp & Triple-Point Serrated edge options. There you have it: simple, flat, almost indestructible folders. The CRKT NIRK Novo Folder Knife is priced so you can afford several: one for the toolbox, one for the backpack, one for the truck, one for the boat, one for the survival kit. All models have stainless steel pocket/gear clips.
CRKT 5170: CRKT Klecker NIRK Novo Knife - 2.75in. Blade, Razor-Sharp Edge, Brushed Frame
CRKT 5175: CRKT Klecker NIRK Novo Knife - 2.75in. Blade, Combo Edge, Brushed Frame - Combined Razor-Sharp & Triple-Point Serrated edge