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.
Knife gets 5 stars, the sheath/belt clip gets 3 stars. Functionality of the belt clip gets 2 stars. The sheath holds the 'claw' great but the clip doesn't hold on a belt. It's fallen off my belt with just basic bending/maneuvering countless times and/or pulls off the belt at times when raising a shirt to access the 'claw.' A PITA at best and figured this would end up being problematic at some point. Well as of today while working outside around the house, I lost the belt clip along w/ the knife.
May order another knife but only if I can figure out an equal quality carrying option.
2014-11-01 Orlando, FL
Love this knife - the belt clip fits and the knife holds securely. It pulls out easily, is sharp and ready to use straight out of the box. One of my new favorite CRKT blades...
2014-10-13 johnstown, PA
Loved this knife, felt great in your hand, fantastic retention in the sheath for carrying as a neck knife... but then the tip broke, and now i'm left disappointed with a tipless knife. instead of forgetting it around my neck until just in the moment when i need it most, it now just sits on my dresser looking lonely. i'd buy something with a stronger tip the next time.
2014-09-23 Picayune, MS
I've only had my Bear Claw for a couple of weeks but I like it. I have a smallish hand but the Bear Claw fits easily in my hand and is very secure with my index finger through the finger hole. On the neck chain it is comfortable and easily accessible under my loose fitting summer light-weight shirt. I only wish CRKT offered a left handed sheath as I would like to be able to carry and draw the knife with my off hand, leaving my strong hand free to deploy my firearm if necessary. I would recommend this knife highly. I am considering ordering a second one for me (especially if they'd offer a left handed sheath).
Thanks, Cliff, Pacayune, MS