Columbia River CRKT 2385 Folts Minimalist Neck Knife 2" Wharncliffe Blade


MSRP* : $39.99 | You Save* : $14.04 (35%)

CR2385: Minimalist

Columbia River

Alan Folts

is a knifemaker and metalworker in Greenville, N.C., who makes a remarkable range of custom objects, including titanium chopsticks. His Minimalist neck knife has proven to be very popular, so we are offering our CRKT production version.

Here is a very small and lightweight knife which gives surprising comfort and control, thanks to the unusual geometry of the full-tang 2.0" Wharncliffe blade, aided by three finger choils, hand-contoured green/black Micarta® scales, and a braided fob.

The Minimalist comes with a custom-fitted Zytel® sheath and neck paracord for inverted carry as a neck knife. Because the knife and sheath weigh only 1.6 ounces together, it is a personal carry you will barely notice.

Unlike many small neck knives, this handle is really functional for a wide variety of daily cutting tasks. The blade point gives excellent penetration, while the Razor-Sharp straight edge is perfect for scraping, woodworking and precision carving.

True to its name, this really is a minimal fixed blade, but it is also the most useful for its size that we have seen. And it’s certainly a great value.


  • Knife:

    • Blade: Length: 2.0" (51 mm)
    • Thickness: 0.10" (2.4 mm)
    • Steel: 5Cr15MoV, HRC 55-57
    • Knife: Overall length: 5.00" (127 mm)
    • Weight: 1.1 oz. (31 g)
  • Sheath:

    • Material: Zytel
    • Length: 2.5" (64 mm)
    • Width: 1.80" (46 mm)
    • Weight: 0.5 oz. (14 g)

About Alan Folts

Alan Folts

of Greenville, North Carolina, has been making knives since 1992. During his college career he entered knives in Art Shows, winning "Best of Show" and honorable mentions.He was also awarded a scholarship based on his artistic/design abilities. Upon moving to North Carolina in 1995, Alan joined the North Carolina Custom Knifemaker’s Guild. Alan won "Best Fixed Blade" at the 10th Annual Southeastern Custom Knife Show. Alan is adamant about teaching and passing on the skills of custom knifemaking to others. Alan has been teaching knife enthusiasts and assisting other makers with their craft for many years. Alan specializes in both limited production small fixed blades and one-of-a-kind fixed blades and linerlock folders. He is best known for small carriable blades, such as the CRKT Folts Minimalist, that both function well, have proper ergodynamics, and a sleek and often futuristic design. He also makes custom neck knives, kitchen knives, swords and art collectibles.

UPC Code: 794023238501

Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles Micarta is a compressed layered composite sealed within a thermosetting plastic which creates a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
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 2385 Folts Minimalist Neck Knife 2" Wharncliffe Bladerated 4.676 stars out of 5 (34 reviews)
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Columbia River CRKT 2385 Folts Minimalist Neck Knife 2" Wharncliffe Blade
rated 5 stars out of 5
Apr 04, 2018
Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Outstanding little knife
Everyone that sees this wants one. It comes in handy in more ways than I ever thought. The finger grips are a perfect fit and shape.
Columbia River CRKT 2385 Folts Minimalist Neck Knife 2" Wharncliffe Blade
rated 5 stars out of 5
Steven S
Pascagoula MS
Feb 08, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Still my favorite little knives
The wharncliffe Minimalist is of excellent build quality. I can shave arm hair (but not face stubble) with the factory edge. The Minimalists are my favorite small knives, both for utility and for emergency self-defense, and this one has the same advantages as its Bowie and tanto brothers. The handle is slightly thinner and with slightly shallower finger choils than the other versions - it's a small difference, but my average-size hands would prefer the exact handle as my other Minimalists. I find the straight edge easier to sharpen, and the acute point is useful for making precise holes or carefully slitting tubes or wire insulation. The thumb serrations are well-positioned, and the knife handles in a very natural "I have a claw on my thumb" way. The scales are easily removable if you want a cord-wrap, rubber-dip, or bare metal grip. I cut the little tails off mine, finding them to serve no useful purpose. Sheaths are simple, easily drawn from, and can be hung or tied nearly anywhere. The fairly low cost means you can drop them in the river, lose them to airport security, and give them as gifts without crying. As long as you don't have massive hands, you will like a Minimalist in your preferred blade shape.
Columbia River CRKT 2385 Folts Minimalist Neck Knife 2" Wharncliffe Blade
rated 5 stars out of 5
Oct 08, 2014
Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Finish
Favorite single blade knife
This knife is without a doubt my favorite single-blade knife. I still love my Victorinox Spartan for EDC, but this one goes on my belt everyday. The edge it came with was shaving sharp, the knife is so lightweight and small, it never gets in the way. The handle couldn't be better (unless they gave it a little texture, maybe, but the choils make up for the lack of textured grip. The blade has retained an edge for over a month, with only touch-up sharpening needed. The only problems I can think of are in the finish (wears off with any real use, and I've seen small spots of surface corrosion, but nothing serious, and the knife is still great) and the sheath... well, the sheath mounting holes for the belt clip. only two real options, and I'm not so fond of either. I just wound up using some cord to make my own belt loop that better suits my needs. If you are an average person in need of a nice small knife, look into this one.
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