Hands-on Gear Review

CRKT Jettison Review

CRKT Jettison
Price:  $50 List | $28.73 at Amazon
Pros:  Thick blade, super smooth hinges
Cons:  Degrading blade finish, narrow handle, thick blade
Bottom line:  A unique product for the pocket knife consumer that values uniqueness for its own sake.
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Weight (ounces):  4.5
Blade Style:  Modified Sheeps Foot, Straight
Blade locks closed?:  No
Manufacturer:   CRKT

Our Verdict

A heavy, robust, creatively constructed pocket knife. CRKT shakes up the formula with a thick blade and thin handle, all made of value-level materials in a design that only might justify the higher cost. The CRKT Jettison is unique. The slim handle is difficult to handle, while the thick (in all directions) blade fills your pocket. For every day carry, we recommend something like our Editors Choice Benchmade Mini Barrage. For making a statement and pocketing a piece of art, consider the CRKT Jettison.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Jediah Porter

Last Updated:
Thursday
May 31, 2018

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This model is one of the most unique knives we have ever tested. The dimensions are the real distinguishing characteristic. Given the overall size, the handle is quite small, and the blade is very large. Between weird proportions and a few unexpected signs of wear and tear, the CRKT Jettison didn't thoroughly impress us.

Performance Comparison


The beefy blade of the Jettison is well suited to heavy tasks. Our only wish is that the handle better supported heavy forces.
The beefy blade of the Jettison is well suited to heavy tasks. Our only wish is that the handle better supported heavy forces.

Blade and Edge Integrity


Blade and edge integrity is a multi-faceted feature to assess. Materials, design, and final finish inform the blade integrity. Within a design, different attributes must be balanced. Thick blades are stronger, while thinner blades feel sharper. Softer steel is easier to sharpen but doesn't "hold an edge" for as long. The blade of the Jettison is thick and made of relatively soft steel. The thickness lends support and strength that will hold up to the most robust of tasks. The edge itself will reward those who take an active role in the maintenance of the cutting surface.

The best knives in our test balance the competing "interests" mentioned above quite well. The blade of the Editors' Choice Benchmade Mini Barrage 585, regarding thickness, is roughly halfway between that of the Jettison and the Top Pick Victorinox Classic. The Jettison represents the thick end of the spectrum. Not even the tactical blade of the Top Pick SOG Trident Elite is as thick. In our few months of use, the blade of the CRKT Jettison shows more nicking and dulling than almost any other blade we have tested, in years now of assessment.

The thick blade works  but a thinner blade is preferred for food preparation.
The thick blade works, but a thinner blade is preferred for food preparation.

Ergonomics


How do you deploy the blade of the knife, how does the handle support heavy tasks, and how precise can you be with the blade? These are the "ergonomics" questions we ask. You activate the blade by either pulling it open with two hands or by a one-handed index finger flick. The handle of the Jettison is small, with squared off edges. For pushing hard, we wish the handle were twice the overall bulk. The heavy and thick blade, driven by that same narrow handle, isn't super well-suited to delicate tasks.

The Jettison can be opened one-handed. Some practice and a quick finger flick do the job.
The Jettison can be opened one-handed. Some practice and a quick finger flick do the job.

Our preferred deployment method is the assisted-opening, thumb-stud actuated action of the Kershaw Blur, Benchmade Griptillian, and the Mini Barrage. The set up of the Jettison is something you will get used to. The narrow handle, though, is likely a "non-starter" for you. For both heavy and precise tasks, a bulkier handle is better. The slender design of the Jettison handle is peculiar, especially considering that the overall closed profile isn't all that small. It's not like the designer wanted a narrow handle to make the knife carry smaller. The full-sized, rounded handle of the Spyderco Tenacious G-10 is far better suited to difficult tasks than the Jettison.

Portability


At 4.5 ounces, few knives we tested are heavier than the Jettison. With most of that weight in the blade, this weight is difficult for everyday carry enthusiast to justify. The pocket clip works great and allows the knife to hang deep in your pocket, virtually unnoticed. The external profile is largely smooth and relatively thin in cross-section.

At 3.4 ounces and smaller in most dimensions, with a configurable pocket clip, the Benchmade Mini-Barrage sets the standard for every day carry blades. It is a better compromise of function and portability than the Jettison. The super-heavy, classic Buck Knives 110 Folding Hunter is more cumbersome to tote around than the Jettison.

Especially as compared to something like the Kershaw Blur  the pocket clipped Jettison virtually disappears on the edge of your pants.
Especially as compared to something like the Kershaw Blur, the pocket clipped Jettison virtually disappears on the edge of your pants.

Other Features


There are no other features to note on the Jettison. Few knives we tested have anything more than a simple blade. Consult our comprehensive Multi-Tool Review for more versatile pieces of equipment.

Construction Quality


The super-structure of the Jettison is very confidence inspiring. We used this knife for almost three months (as is typical for our reviews; we don't mess around with short test periods. You deserve better.), and only liked the big-picture construction quality more and more. The hinge works very smoothly, and the all-metal construction will be tough to wear out. However, near the end of our test period, we began to notice little signs of wear. Fading and chipping of the stamped logos and discolored staining, all on the blade, suggest inferior materials, inattention to rigorous quality control, or both. As noted in the blade section above, we also noticed chipping of the edge.

Close examination of this photo reveals the peeling CRKT logo and at least one major nick in the blade edge.
Close examination of this photo reveals the peeling CRKT logo and at least one major nick in the blade edge.

Best Applications


Of the major pocket knife applications, the Jettison is most suited to everyday carry by someone that appreciates uniqueness for its own sake. It is too heavy for outdoor, human-powered uses. Its ergonomics suffer in tactical or construction settings.

The CRKT Jettison  here showing the relative size of the handle and blade.
The CRKT Jettison, here showing the relative size of the handle and blade.

Value


For the price, we are a little disheartened by the blade deformities, staining, and logo degradation. These are things we might be inclined to overlook (in final assessment… we overlook as little as possible in testing) on less expensive products. At this price point, the fit and finish of something like the Best Buy Kershaw Leek stand out above that of the Jettison.

For 2018 we added three new knives to our review  and updated comparisons to the entire fleet of 14. From left to right: Kershaw Blur  CRKT Jettison  and Best Buy-winning Opinel No. 8.
For 2018 we added three new knives to our review, and updated comparisons to the entire fleet of 14. From left to right: Kershaw Blur, CRKT Jettison, and Best Buy-winning Opinel No. 8.

Conclusion


This is a "statement" product. It is a conversation starter and a unique choice for a unique user. The CRKT knife design team on the Jettison is creative and bold. We appreciate the boldness of someone that would design and choose a product like this. We just wish that the creativity resulted in something that excelled.
Jediah Porter

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