Columbia River CRKT 2010K Crawford Kasper Dragon Tactical Fixed Blade Knife 4.5" Black Blade, Black Zytel Handles

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Part #: CR2010KN | Columbia River (CRKT)
CR2010KN: Crawford/Kasper Dragon
Columbia River

Bob Kasper, the late writer and combat instructor, designed the basic outline of the C/K Dragon after ten years of study into the principles of extreme in-close fighting developed by Dr. Gordon Eric Perrigard over fifty years ago. These techniques use automatic conditioned reflexes with minimal body movement. The knife is considered as part of the hand.

Bob sent his sketch to award-winning custom knifemakers Pat and Wes Crawford of Crawford Knives in West Memphis, Arkansas, who developed the handle scales. As Pat Crawford says, "This knife is all business. I hope it will become a part of Bob's legacy to the professional martial arts community."

Like its namesake, the C/K Dragon bites (with the tapered tip), claws (with the long Wharncliffe cutting edge), and strikes (with the pommel) its adversary. We at CRKT have engineered our production model to be as close as possible to the Crawford custom Dragon, which has proven popular with law enforcement and military operators.

The 4.50" full tang blade has a tapered Wharncliffe grind for great penetrating power. It is made of exceptionally tough 9Cr18MoV high-chromium stainless steel to stand up to the worst abuse.

The handle features a deep finger choil and textured zytel scales with deep diagonal grooves for optimum grip with gloved hands and under wet conditions, aided by deep friction grooves at the thumb. At the pommel, a pointed metal hammer tip is useful for window breaking and other tactical impact needs.

True to Bob Kasper's concept, this is a knife with perfect balance that truly feels like part of your hand. Mass is centered at the palm, and the tapered blade tip makes the Dragon feel like a much smaller knife.

Despite its tactical intentions, we have found that thanks to its weight, balance, grip and long precision cutting edge, the Dragon makes a very functional and versatile knife in the shop, too.
  • Blade Length: 4.50" (114 mm)
  • Thickness: 0.138" (3.5 mm)
  • Steel: 9Cr18, 58-60 HRC
  • Knife: Overall length: 9.25" (235 mm)
  • Weight: 4 oz. (114 g)
  • Sheath (included with knife)
  • Material: Kydex
  • Overall length: 6.0" (152 mm)
  • Width: 2.5" (64 mm)
  • Weight: 1.1 oz. (31 g)
  • Weight w/Clip: 2.5 oz. (70 g)
  • Made in China

UPC Code: 794023201048

Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
Kydex Sheath
Kydex Sheath Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
Columbia River CRKT 2010K Crawford Kasper Dragon Tactical Fixed Blade Knife 4.5" Black Blade, Black Zytel Handlesrated 4.270 stars out of 5 (37 reviews)
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Columbia River CRKT 2010K Crawford Kasper Dragon Tactical Fixed Blade Knife 4.5" Black Blade, Black Zytel Handles
rated 4 stars out of 5
Tom Horn
Feb 24, 2019
Pros: Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Blade Material
Cons: None
Great Concept – Needs Refinement
You can tell CRK&T held Mr. Kasper’s design in high esteem, since they made it in 9Cr18Mov (good stainless). They don’t make many knives in 9Cr; mostly 8Cr. Maybe, they just used 9Cr hoping to prolong the fine point? This is a great design concept, but the final product falls short. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The first major problem is the handle is too short, and the rear quillon digs into my pinky finger. Otherwise the handle is very secure, and functions well in most grip styles. It just needs to be a half inch longer between the quillons to accommodate large/gloved hands. The screws they used to attach the scales to the tang look like screws used in HO scale toy trains. Doesn’t inspire truck loads of confidence. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I understand that they went with a hollow grind to take the taper down to a fine edge in the short amount of depth of blade (1.1875” at apex). This would be stronger/better performing (less friction @ shoulders) tactical knife if they went with a deeper blade (2”?), and went with a flat grind, or flat saber grind if you wanted to keep the shoulders, for added strength. I’d like to see the length extended, too, more closely to Fairbairn-Sykes minimum standards (6.5”-7”); and the blade thickness increased to 3/16” at the spine/tang. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I predict that this will become a true tanto blade (broken sword) after any hard use, as the point tapers down to almost the thinness of an Exacto blade. Upgrade the steel to CPM 3V, and the fine point may survive some abuse. As long as I’m whining about stuff: the jimping on the spine is too, aggressive, and is uncomfortable on the thumb. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Well there ya go, CRK&T. We have designed the Kasper Dragon II. Hop on it, and we could have it by next year’s Blade Show. Might as well make the Kasper Dragon’s Beak (hawkbill version) while you’re at it. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Kasper Dragon is an effective, well balanced, mid-size tactical knife (a “little convincer,” as, I call ‘em). I bet this wharncliffe blade would score well on Michael Janich’s tactical pork roast. At these prices, I’m guessing that the Kasper Dragon is being discontinued. Heck of a deal. For any shortcomings, it is still a, “must have,” for serious collectors of tactical knives.
Columbia River CRKT 2010K Crawford Kasper Dragon Tactical Fixed Blade Knife 4.5" Black Blade, Black Zytel Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Lawrence, Ks
May 09, 2017
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Small and light, is this not more of a neck knife??
Is this blade not able to stay seated in its sheath, in an inverted position? I would thinkthat this set-up more than meets the requirements for a neck knife. Better position inergonomics and just apparently feels right........
Columbia River CRKT 2010K Crawford Kasper Dragon Tactical Fixed Blade Knife 4.5" Black Blade, Black Zytel Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Jeff J
Tulsa, Ok
Feb 11, 2017
Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Steal Of A Deal
I purchased this for self-defense based on design and reasonable price. The sheath isn't the greatest but can easily be replaced according to personal preference. I bought this particular knife because I like the blacked-out version. The ergonomic handle reflects typical CRKT quality.
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