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CRKT Bear Claw: Most Badass Knife Ever?

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CRKT Bear Claw – Crafted by the Gods?

Disclaimer: Self-defense is mentioned in this article. Always consider local laws in regards to self-defense tools and how they might be used. WaterBearLair.com is not responsible for your use, misuse, or the consequences of your actions in any way.

I’m not a knife connoisseur by any means, but I have owned several knives over the years. Knives serve a lot of purposes and some are built a lot better than others.

Of all the knives I’ve owned, Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) continues to impress. CRKT makes knives for a variety of uses. Some of those uses include wilderness and outdoors, every day carry (edc), and even first response and tactical use.

Today we’ll take a look at one of my favorite knives from CRKT, the Russ Kommer Bear Claw.

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Russ states in the video that the knife was designed for women, but don’t let that fool you. The Bear Claw can save lives or cause a lot of damage depending on how it’s used. But before we get into that, let’s take a closer look at the Bear Claw’s specs:

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Bear Claw – Sharp Tip – Plain Edge:
• Overall length: 5.75 inches
• Weight: 3.2 ounces
• Blade Length: 2.375 inches
• Thickness: 0.13 inches
• Material: AUS 4
• Grind: Flat
• Style: Hawksbill
• Edge: Plain
• Handle: Glass filled nylon
• Sheath Weight: 1.1 ounces

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Bear Claw – Sharp Tip – Serrated Edge:
• Overall length: 5.75 inches
• Weight: 3.2 ounces
• Blade length: 2.375 inches
• Thickness: 0.13 inches
• Material: AUS 4
• Grind: Flat
• Style: Hawksbill
• Edge: Full Triple-Point Serrations
• Handle: Glass filled nylon
• Sheath Weight: 1.1 ounces

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Bear Claw – Blunt Tip – Serrated Edge:
• Overall length: 5.75 inches
• Weight: 3.4 ounces
• Blade length: 2.375 inches
• Thickness: 0.13 inches
• Material: AUS 4
• Grind: Flat
• Style: Hawksbill
• Edge: Blunt Tip / Full Triple-Point Serrations
• Handle: Glass filled nylon
• Sheath Weight: 1.1 ounces

All About the CRKT Bear Claw’s Greatest Features

As you can see there are three different versions. All have similar features. Among the best of the best are the blade length, well weighted handle, and the finger hole for quick action.

Once the bear claw sits in your palm the handle disappears. You get excellent grip, but nobody else can take it from you without facing the ferociously sharp blade.

The sheath fits snug and pops loose with the press of a thumb. Plus it is easily concealable, and you can equip it several ways.

Oh and let’s not forget the price. At just $49.99 this is one of the most inexpensive quality knives you’ll ever find. Even my CRKT Sting which only comes in a double sided 3 inch piercing blade costs at least $69.99. Personally I think $49 is a steal, and if you search around you might even get it cheaper. I bought mine in store locally, so it’s cool to know our community keeps em stocked too.

What’s the Best Use for the Bear Claw?

The answer depends on the version you buy. Each bear claw was designed with a slightly different purpose in mind.

The sharp tip serrated bear claw was specifically designed for women’s EDC. It was built with a short blade that falls under the typical 3″ or less rule of many employers. With an overall length of 5.75 inches it’s small enough to easily conceal and is worn around the neck, on a belt, or can even be kept sheathed in a purse.

The blunt tip serrated bear claw was made for EMS workers. Paramedics and EMTs find it useful since there’s less risk of poking or getting poked with the sharp tip. It can cut away clothing, seat belts, and everything in between. It’s still small enough to conceal so it won’t scare your patients. Even if you’re not in EMS you can still keep it in your car in case of emergencies.

The sharp tip plain edge bear claw serves a more general purpose. This knife makes an excellent last resort self-defense tool. It’s not serrated, so it’s not the best for hardcore cutting, but it’s definitely enough to fend off an opponent if attacked. The size of the handle is small enough that you can hold the bear claw in a way that only reveals the blade, so your opponent has no way to snatch it from you.

How I Use the Bear Claw

I keep the plain edge bear claw on me or in my car. When it’s in the car it’s hidden under the radio on the dash. It’s almost completely concealed so nobody tries to break in and jack it but also easily accessed in an emergency.
 
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I keep it on me most of the time, but usually not on my belt. One problem I had with the sheath was that I couldn’t find a good way to quickly draw the blade when it was on my belt. The bear claw sits very snugly inside the sheath and every time I pulled it, the whole thing kept coming off. I tried attaching the sheath upside down, but that also wasn’t a solution since it required my opposite hand.

I think the belt could be a good option if I used better belts. A sturdy EMS belt or something with thick leather would work a lot better than my casual wear belts. Either way, it’s small enough to slide in a pocket which is usually what I do. Inside my pocket it’s simple to draw the knife and remove it quickly. Sometimes I also wear it around my neck.

The main purpose for me is to have an emergency backup. It could be used for self-defense, but usually I just avoid places and situations that require self-defense tools. However, I never know what’ll happen tomorrow or when some crazy might try to lose his mind, so it’s nice to know I have some kind of defense.

Any Drawbacks to the CRKT Bear Claw?

Drawbacks depend on which version you buy and how you use the knife.

For the plain edge and sharp point serrated some people mention the tip breaking off. I rarely use my bear claw for cutting, so there’s never been an issue with tip breaks for me. The best way to avoid tip breaks is not to use the knife to cut things it isn’t designed to cut. The tip is thin and sharp. Not thick and rugged. It was never meant to be a work knife.

The blunt edge version obviously won’t be the most useful for moments when a tip is required. It’s rounded at the end, not just a little, but a lot. So if you need to pierce something, you’ll need a different tool.

Beyond that the only real drawback for me has been the sheath which I’m still trying to attach for quick action. One solution for this, as was mentioned in the video above, might be to attach velcro. If I’m feeling sprightly later I might go ahead and do it and if so I’ll post an update about how it works.

Final Thoughts on the CRKT Bear Claw

If you’re looking for an inexpensive defense knife, or even just something to cut seat belts then the CRKT Bear Claw is an excellent option. It’s a good quality knife, though it’s uses are limited to specific needs. But for $49 bucks you really can’t go wrong, and I’m confident I’ll purchase another at some point in the future.

Oh by the way, I looked at a lot of other similarly designed knives before choosing the Bear Claw. I kept running into two problems. The first was that most of the knives are serrated and I wanted plain edge. The second was none of the other claw style knives looked as cool as the Bear Claw. If coolness is important to you, then this sexy knife wins. 1f642

Until next time!

P.S. I received no compensation for this review and have no affiliation with CRKT.
I just like their products.

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