CRKT S.P.E.W. Knife Review

The S.P.E.W, or the Small Pocket Everyday Wharncliffe, is a small Fixed Blade Knife from Columbia River (CRKT). It was designed by Alan Folts to be a lightweight, easy to carry, fixed blade knife.


I’ve been carrying the CRKT S.P.E.W. for the last month as my primary EDC and it’s really started to grow on me. I really like the way it feels; the grip is solid and I think it makes a pretty good choice for anyone looking for an EDC Defense Blade.


Knife SPECS:

The knife is 6.25 inches in overall length, has a 3 inch blade and weighs in at 3 ounces. The handle is layered G10 and is textured to give it a solid feel. It also has a nice little Braided Lanyard which helps to extend the grip on the handle and makes it easier to draw out.

Its small size and weight make it a great every day carry knife and a good option for those who like to carry a small discreet Self Defense blade.


The blade is Chinese 5CR15MoV5 steel, which is one of the lower-end softer steels, so I was a little concerned on how well it would hold an edge. That being said, this steel is extremely easy to sharpen and might be a good choice for someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience sharpening knives.

While it’s definitely not my first choice of steel, it actually held its edge surprisingly well. It wasn’t the sharpest edge in the world, but for its price point I really can’t complain. I’ve seen knives for double this price that haven’t held an edge as well as the S.P.E.W.


It comes with a nice molded kydex plastic sheath that was one of the unexpected highlights of this knife. I really liked how it felt in my pocket and how securely it held the knife. It holds the knife very firmly while still allowing you easy access and release when removing the knife.

The sheath weighs in at 1 ounce making it perfect for every day carry purposes.  They also include a multi-position belt clip and neck cord which I loop around my belt when carrying in my front pocket.

crkt knife sheath


Besides the steel, my biggest concern about this knife was its extreme tip. The tip of the knife is extremely fine and at first I was pretty worried how it would hold up under heavy use.

Although I probably wouldn’t recommend this knife as an everyday utility blade, I’ve been using it as my primary blade for the last 30 days and it’s held up surprisingly well. I’ve used it on everything from thick vinyl banner material and cardboard to rope and zip ties. After 30 days of use, the edge is still sharp and the tip is still intact.

Columbia River SPEW Knife Stuck in a BoxThoughts on the CRKT S.P.E.W.

If you’re looking for an all-purpose utility knife, this probably isn’t the blade you’re looking for (mainly because of the tip). But if you’re looking for a good, low price every day carry defense weapon; I have no problem recommending the S.P.E.W. It easily concealable and is a great little self-defense weapon.

For under $30, which is what Amazon has it listed for; this knife outperforms every other Wharncliffe style knife in its price range.

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    • Not a waste of money, they are great little knives for the price, steel is strong and durrable, holds an edge well, and is easy to sharpen. Both of mine were razor sharp out of the package. Fit and finish on them are very high quality as well.

  1. I picked up two of these at Bass Pro, one i keep as a self-defense back-up to my CRKT Hissatsu or Crawford/Kasper Dragon. The other I have been using as a utility blade. I did manage to break the tip on that one- had an emergency situation where I had to pry on something. No fault of the knife or quality of steel, would have broken any knife tip doing that. So I just re-profiled it, good as new. This knife does hold an edge very well, is easy to sharpen, and has so far been reliable. It is a good-looking knife as well. On the one I use for defensive back-up I polished the edges around the handle and at top of blade. It took polish really well, so when I have time, will do a full polish on the utility one. Great knife for the price, I paid under $25 for them on sale at Bass Pro.

  2. The design of CRKT S.P.E.W looks good and the size isn’t that big. Overall the knife it’s useful and the price isn’t that big, I especially like the handle.

  3. Great little knife. I got one just over a month ago I have no complaints. Blade was razor sharp out the package. The handle is comfortable – the knife feels good in my hand. Great especially for the price!!!

  4. I don’t know why or who, would not like this knife. I have one and its the perfect small game gutter/
    Skinner. I’ll guess those that are critical of this knife must be Libs,
    And are on here just to try and screw things up.

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