Russ Kommer is a bright young custom knifemaker who was based in Anchorage, Alaska, for many years. Conditions there are rugged, either from the climate or the work folks are doing. He thought a knife that was easy to grip and hard to lose would be a big hit, and since he made the first Bear Claw™, he hasn't been able to meet the demand. His original concept was a self-defense knife for women that would be lightweight, easy to access and control. But it seems that every parachutist, bush pilot and commercial fisherman who sees one, wants one.
As a result, Russ and CRKT teamed up to make the production Bear Claw, a cutting machine that, thanks to the generous size finger hole, acts just like an extension of your hand. It is the perfect emergency cutting tool for anyone who needs to quickly cut rope, webbing or netting, especially if their life is going to depend on it.
The Bear Claw 2500 has a Razor-Sharp edge and sharp tip. Blades are full-tang, taper-ground AUS 4 stainless steel with a fine bead-blast finish. Friction grooves are placed on the blade spine, choil and near the tip for maximum blade control and safety. The contoured glass filled nylon handle fills the hand neatly. The Bear Claw weighs in at a lightweight but stout 3.2 oz.
We developed one of our CRKT trademark high-tech sheaths for the Bear Claw that's only 1.1 oz. of tough, durable, injection-molded glass filled nylon. It allows efficient quick release of the knifejust thumb push against the sheath to release smoothly and quietlyor give a sharp pull.
It features molded-in threaded fittings for attachment of the wide black stainless steel pocket clip at either end, using the Torx® tool and screws provided. The sheath also has a total of seven lanyard holes and belting slots to permit a variety of carry positions, and a lanyard is provided.
This is my favorite knife. I just received about one month ago and so far its awesome. The case is well made
2013-01-03 O Fallon, MO
I received the plain edge,sharp point,Bear Claw today. I agree with other reviews. The knife and sheath were everything I wanted. The knife fit the sheath tightly and will not bounce out. The sheath clip, however, was a BIG let down. The clip could be installed open end up or open end down down. I installed it open end up so when the knife was drawn, the sheath wouldn't come with it. The clip fit over my 1.75" wide "bullhidebelts" dress belt, but would not fit over my 2" wide "bullhidebelts" carry belt at all. To me, the clip needs to be attached at the top and the bottom of the sheath so it will NOT come off the belt, drawing or re-holstering. The clip's belt opening should be 2" to handle any sized belt.
2012-11-06 Hurst, TX
Love the knife but would like to see a left-handed carry sheath offered
2012-09-20 Santa Fe, NM
This knife is great, small and compact. Easy to carry and conceal. The knife fits tight in the sheath.
2012-07-20 Burlington, VT
I should start by saying this is one of the better design's I've used. Not only is it intimidating to riff-raff it fits the wife's hand too What a great little deterrent when you cant have your sidearm I promise I'll own 3-4 before the end of the year
2011-02-11 Lawrence, IN
I purchased this knife to carry in those times I cant carry my pistol. I needed something concealable and this looked like the best small fixed blade knife for the money.
PLUSES: Ergonomics are fantastic, sheath is very secure, and the blade came shaving sharp. It just feels good in the hand, and its use is instinctive.
NEGATIVES: The only down side I found was that the lanyard included STINKS - a piece of nylon cord with frayed ends. Rigging the sheath with it is difficult at best. Also, it is barely long enough to ware as a neck knife, let along any other rigging style. Not too big of a deal though, because I made my own harness out of 550 cord which carries much more comfortably, and conceals much better.
2011-01-08 Canton, GA
I carry this knife on a daily basis. Owning a landscape company, it really comes in handy. The design is great. I don't have to worry about it slipping with the finger hole. Just an all around cool looking knife as well. I will be getting one for my wife to carry when she goes on trail rides. Way to go Russ Kommer.