CRKT Williwaw Folder 3.0 in Plainedge Blade Stainless Handle
Art in motion. They say, “dress for success.” If that’s the case, the Williwaw knife’s wispy, artful handles take the cake, sitting squarely at the intersection of beauty and functionality. It’s upping the ante for everyday carry knives. Black tie not required.Jim Hammond is the very first knife designer we worked with way back in 1994, and we’ve been deeply admiring of his talent and unparalleled work ethic ever since.
From his studio in Birmingham, Alabama, the knives he produces are renowned and remembered. He’s been a member of the Knifemakers’ Guild for over four decades, and truly, his designs simply keep getting better and better. So when he presented us with his vision for his newest design, we couldn’t wait to see it come to fruition.
The cherry on top was the name he had chosen: Williwaw, nodding at a frigid wind that originates in the Alaskan mountains and ends blasting into the coastal fjords.A practical modified drop point blade with a satin finish sets the tone, deployed with a subtle flipper. Opening this one is a breeze with the IKBS ball bearing pivot mechanism.
Stainless steel spheres reduce friction around the pivot for quick, consistent operation, and once open, the blade is locked in place with a frame lock to keep digits safe.The real show-stopper of the knife is its black stonewash stainless steel handle whose curvy, wandering lines expertly illustrate its well-chosen name.
The Williwaw: an awesome representation of an artist at work.
How IKBS Works:
Designer Flavio Ikoma and Rick Lala invented this system that sets lubed ball bearings into the folding knife pivot. The result is rapid blade deployment that is smooth and fast.