CRKT Soldotna Commemorates Company’s 30th Anniversary

CRKT Soldotna Commemorates Company’s 30th Anniversary
Dang fine looking damascus blade on the Soldotna limited edition. Las Vegas Forge provided the steel for this project.

Fixed-blade hunter finds its roots a knife gifted to CRKT’s founder.

CRKT is 30 years old this year, but who’s counting candles? Apparently, the company, because it’s commemorating the milestone with the release of a little something. And what better way for an outdoorsy brand from Oregan to mark an anniversary than with a hunting knife—a dang slick-looking one at that.

Shake hands with the Soldotna.

Designed by renowned craftsman, guide and all-around outdoorsman Russ Kommer the knife is a bit of a team effort. With the Soldotna, CRKT partnered with the master blacksmiths at Vegas Forge in Nevada to make the blade’s Damascus steel and worked with TOPS Knives in Idaho to manufacture the knife. It comes with a full-grain leather sheath with a belt loop and stud closer, which is hand-made in Idaho. Yet, the design itself is pure Kommer.

The Soldotna’s roots lie in a custom knife the maker and backwoodsman created for CRKT founder Rod Bremer. As the story goes, it was a gift for Bremer’s grandson who had a particularly special hunt planned. The name of the knife, interestingly, comes from an Alaskan town near the Kenai River where Kommer and Bremer would angle for king salmon together.

Soldotna carbon steel
In addition to the limited edition, CRKT is offering a carbon steel version with a tan canvas Micarta handle.

As for the knife itself, it’s designed as a do-all hunting knife boasting a 3.5-inch drop-point blade, with a flat grind. It has enough belly for skinning detail but is svelte enough—particularly at the point—to handle more fine jobs in the field.

Ergonomics take the front seat in this extremely manageable knife, with a slight palm swell in the walnut handle to ensure it fills the hand. Furthermore, there’s a slight curvature near the finger guard, a safety feature that locks the knife in hand and prevents slipping. Well thought out, to say the least.

CRKT is only doing a limited run of the damascus Soldotna, with only 200 pieces up for sale. One of these beauties will set you back $500. However, if you don’t have that sort of change floating around your couch cushions, CRKT is offering a Cerakoted carbon steel Soldotna at a much more affordable $200. Note, the carbon steel model has the same specs as the Damascus, except in steel and handle material, which is tan canvas Micarta.

Soldotna Damascus

Soldotna Limited Edition Specs
Blade Steel: Damascus
Blade Edge: Plain
Blade Finish: Acid Etch
Blade Length: 3.53″
Blade Thickness: 0.13″
Overall Length: 7.63″
Weight: 3.00 oz.
MSRP: $500

Soldotna Carbon Steel

Soldotna Carbon Steel Specs
Blade Steel: 1095 Carbon Steel
Blade Edge: Plain
Blade Finish: Cerakote
Blade Length: 3.48″
Blade Thickness: 0.12″
Overall Length: 7.63″
Weight: 3.30 oz.
MSRP: $200

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