New Knives

This New Pocket Knife Is the First of Its Kind


January 25, 2020 Sports and Outdoors By

If you’ve watched any of Discovery Channel’s many survival shows, then you know the value of a simple piece of cord. You can use it to build a shelter, make a trap or construct an elaborate water filtration system. It’s no wonder, then, that knife companies make survival-oriented blades with paracord-wrapped handles: think Gerber’s fixed-blade collaboration with Bear Grylls. Pretty much all paracord knives use the fixed-blade design, but in its first batch of 2020 knives, CRKT revealed a folding paracord model called the Parascale.

There are plenty of reasons why we haven’t seen a paracord folder before. Folding knives require mechanisms to pivot and lock, which get in the way of a skeletonized handle design. The blade also needs an open channel to fold into, which can’t be blocked by loops of cord.

Designer TJ Schwarz found a solution in CRKT’s simple Deadbolt lock and a weave pattern that has the cord zig-zagging back and forth across the back of a handle with carved channels. The result is a unique folder with a 3.2-inch drop-point blade and roughly four feet of cord that’ll come in handy should you find yourself in a horrendous, Naked and Afraid-style predicament. Or, you know, if your bootlace breaks on a hiking trip.

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Tanner Bowden

Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.

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