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Columbia River K470KKP Ken Onion Shenanigan Flipper 3.25" Ti Black Plain Blade, Aluminum Handles

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Part Number: CRK470KKP
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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CRK470KKP: K470KKP Ken Onion Shenanigan
We asked Ken Onion, Hawaiian custom knifemaker, designer, inventor and member of the Blade Magazine Hall of Fame, to give us his ideas for a no-nonsense line of sport and work folders. Our goal was to offer great utility and quality in a rugged high-value locking liner folder. We think we've met the sport knife goal in Ken's new aluminum-framed Shenanigan™. 

Even though Ken is known for his assisted opening folders, in this case, the combination of the open-build frame, blade flipper, and Teflon® and bronze bushings at the pivot allow for fast one hand opening in an exceptional knife. 

All models feature 3.25" long blades with a classic Ken Onion profile. There is a modified drop point with a slight recurve and a swedged top edge. Both Razor- Sharp or Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges are available. 

Shenanigan™ Aluminum. The sport model features a premium Acuto + stainless steel blade and a cold-forged 6061-T6 aluminum frame with a beadblast finish, clear anodized for durability. The stainless steel liner lock is a strip lock, inset into one frame to save weight. Finally, soft, textured, injection-molded scales are inset in the frame. This makes for a frame that is exceptionally strong, lightweight and comfortable. Finally, the sport model blades receive a black titanium nitrite coating for corrosion resistance. 

The combination of contoured handle, index finger notch and checkered grip pattern make the Shenanigan models very friendly to the hands. 

Both models come with a thoughtfully designed custom stainless steel pocket/gear clip with a black Teflon® coating. 

Ken Onion isn't playing any tricks here. CRKT is pulling the Shenanigans.

About the Knife Designer

Ken Onion

Ken Onion - "Though I have been a devout knife collector since childhood, collecting mostly production knives and anything else I could find, I was unaware of the custom knife industry until 1989 when I saw an issue of Knives Illustrated at a local drug store. From there I found a local knife maker named Stan Fujisaka and begged him to teach me. I made my first knife in November 1991 and have continued the craft since.á While recovering from back surgery in 1996, I decided to try to design a folder that was easier to manipulate than what was available, and not a switchblade. The result was the first assisted opening knife I called "Speed Safe" After finding some information on the whole patent process and consultation from an attorney, I got my first patent, creating a whole new category of knives between manual and auto."
  • Dimensions
    • Open Overall Length: 8.25 inches
    • Closed Length: 4.875 inches
    • Weight: 4.1 ounces
  • Blade
    • Length: 3.25 inches
    • Thickness: 0.119 inches
    • Material: AUS 8
    • Blade-HRC: 59-60
    • Finish: Ti Nitride
    • Grind: Hollow
    • Style: Modified Drop Point
    • Edge: Plain
  • Handle
    • Material: 6061 Aluminum
    • Liner: 420J2
  • Lock
    • Type: Locking Liner
  • Carry
    • Carry System: 1 Position Clip
  • Features
    • Flipper: Yes
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 794023947007

AUS-8 Stainless Steel
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Aluminum Handles
Aluminum Handles
A solid, lightweight material that can be molded, textured or anodized to provide better grip under extreme conditions.
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Dexter Ewing
Jul 19, 2011
The Shenanigan is the latest collaboration folder from Columbia River Knife & Tool, designed by renowned custom knifemaker Ken Onion. This exciting new folder series joins the other two CRKT Ken Onion designed folders – the Ripple and Eros - and is available in two distinct versions, each differing in handle materials. Both models feature drop point blades of 3 ¼ inch lengths. The regular Shenanigan has a cold forged and contoured aluminum handle with a textured rubber inlay and has a blade made of premium Acuto+ stainless steel and given a black titanium nitride finish for additional corrosion resistance. The Shenanigan PPS is a lightweight but tough work knife with a contoured and radiused molded Zytel handle and a drop point blade machined from AUS-8 stainless. Both model variations feature fast, one handed flipper opening that is easily accomplished by applying light pressure to the protruding flipper which in turn causes the blade to propel to the open and locked position. Regardless of which variation of the CRKT Onion Shenanigan you choose, you are guaranteed to get a stylish but hard working everyday carry folder. Let’s take a closer look at the lightweight Shenanigan PPS first. At first glance the handle appears to be a flat profile. Once you pick the knife up it is clear that the profile isn’t as such. There is a slight contour to the handle, allowing it to rest in your grip very nicely. A large finger groove allows the user to wrap the index finger around, with the rest of the fingers falling naturally in place. At the thumb rest area, there are a series of pronounced traction notches which permit the thumb to rest on a non-slip area. A steel pocket clip carries the knife tip down and securely inside the pocket. Inlaid partial steel liners give the handle its rigidity, and on one side the liner is formed like a regular liner lock to securely lock the blade open and closed. And finally, a checkering pattern in the grip area of the handle gives the user enough hand traction without it being too aggressive. The blade of the Shenanigan PPS is made out of AUS- 8 stainless, a popular choice among knife manufacturers. This blade steels offers up good edge holding and is easy to resharpen, which is why it is the steel of choice for manufacturers like CRKT, for their working folders. The blade is given a bead blast finish which has a nice contrast to the solid black Zytel handle. The regular Shenanigan offers a few upgrades from the PPS version but otherwise, all dimensions, handle/blade features and blade lock are the same. First off is the cold forged aluminum handle. The cold forging process allows the radius and contours to be included, and thus, reducing the need for machining of the handle which will increase the price of the knife. Second, the textured rubber inlay sports a nice, mild checking pattern similar to that of the PPS version. Third, the blade is ground from Acuto+ stainless steel and gives solid performance, close to that of 440C stainless. The blade is given a black titanium nitride coating. Since the handle inlay, screws, and blade are black, this gives a really striking appearance when the gray aluminum handle is thrown into the mix. Very nice two tone appearance. And again, like the Shenanigan PPs, a black steel pocket clip is mounted to the handle to carry the knife tip down. Overall, the regular Shenanigan has a nice, upscale look to it belonging to folders that are twice as expensive as this one is. Both versions of the Shenanigan have 3 1/4 inch long drop point blades. The blades are hollow ground, with a generous belly. Both traits enhance the knife’s superb slicing ability. A swedge is ground on the top of the blade and consumes about 60 percent of the blade’s length, giving the Shenanigan a sleek appearance. Note there is a lack of thumbstuds/disk or opening hole in the blade. It is only opened via the flipper. The flipper action is the best on this knife. Why? The secret is in the detent. You apply pressure to the flipper to initiate the opening, and the detent loads up for a second and then releases that energy. When it does, the blade is propelled easily and swiftly to the open and lock position. There is no need to hit the flipper and jerk your wrist at the same time like some other manual action flipper folders on the market now. Just light finger pressure is all that is needed. Keep in mind the Shenanigan is a manual opener, not an assist. CRKT and Ken Onion have the action dialed in very nicely. Very well done!
4 out of 5
Chris B.
Jun 05, 2017
Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Pocket Clip
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
Wonderful flipper!
I've made this my EDC after losing the Kershaw I carried for a year or so. I was expecting a smallish folder, and was (pleasantly) surprised by how big it is. Still very light, but good size for a multitude of tasks. Edge cut paper cleanly right out of the box but not quite shaving-sharp. My only complaint is that the jimping on the handle is a little irritating (and, really, thoroughly unnecessary) and I had to modify my opening technique to keep it from hurting the tip of my index finger. It also gives a little resistance when trying to open it, which is a mixed blessing. Overall great product!
4 out of 5
Apr 10, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Pocket Clip, Lock Type, None
an amazing value! The only draw backs are the non-movable pocket clip and the thinner liner lock. Aside for that this is an amazing knife that will last a very long time. It's also one of the only manual flipper blades in it's price point so get it while you can.
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