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Eros - Ken Onion Design

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(K455TXP) Eros - Ken Onion Design
(K455TXP) Eros - Ken Onion Design
(K455TXP) Eros - Ken Onion Design
(K455TXP) Eros - Ken Onion Design
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Ken Onion was inducted into the Blade Magazine Hall of Fame in 2008 and is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful knife designers of our time. He has been making custom knives since 1991 and invented the first commercially successful assisted opening mechanism in 1996, creating a new product class. He holds more than 36 patents on locks, gadgetry, mechanisms, safeties, and designs. He has collaborated on production designs with a number of prominent manufacturers, and conducts classes on knife technology around the world. He also teaches classes in design, knife making and business in his home state of Hawaii. In addition to cutlery, Ken has a wide variety of other product designs to his credit and in the works. We are delighted to have him as part of the CRKT team.

The Eros is an incredibly light and fast pocket knife. Ken likes to call them "Gentleman Tacticals." The Titanium frame lock is CNC machined and the Japanese Acuto + blade steel is incredibly sharp. The IKBS bearing system make these blades fly open. Once you pick up an Eros you will not be able to set it down


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No. of ratings: 8
 3.4/5.0 Stars  
 
 
 
Number of Reviews: 14
  • 2014-08-04
    Yuba City, CA
I like how sharp the knife is. II would like a knife which is about an inch longer

  • 2014-03-25
    Houston, TX
I have one of these Eros knives (and several other Ken Onion designed knives). I have two MINOR complaints about the Eros, and they are related. (1) The clip is rather cheesy aluminum, and bent out of shape way too easily to be effective, (2) There is no way to reverse it. I wound up taking the clip off altogether. The knife itself though is Onion's usual primo quality. It stays bloody well sharp. I would like a slightly larger one. I absolutely LOVE the scales of the Titanium model.

  • 2013-08-01
    APO, AE
I first saw this knife while working in Afghanistan. It was in a German PX (Post Exchange) and I was very impressed with the knife. I would have bought it on the spot, but they were asking 269 Euros for it ($356.58). I decided to look for it online and snatched it from CRKT's site for only $225 I'm still very impressed with it and look forward to a long happy experience with my new Gentleman's Tactical from Ken Onion.

  • 2013-07-10
    Marstons Mills, MA
This knife lives up to its moniker, "Gentleman Tactical". The knife is sturdy, elegant, finely made, sharp-sharp-sharp, light, and hand friendly. It is a bit difficult to open and close at first, but as with any knife, it gets smooth with practice and wear. I too would be interested in a larger version of this knife - while it's perfect for deep carry, I would love to see a longer version. Careful when you first open it, I touched the tip to my finger and drew blood.

  • 2013-04-07
    Clayton, NM
I absolutely love this knife. It weights nothing at all and is beautiful If your looking for an EDC that you will forget you have in your pocket this is the one. The only thing that I would like to change is to make the knife just a little bigger. It is the size of a mini griptilian right now. I have fairly big hands so it is just a little small for me but not to bad. If it was half an inch bigger it would be perfect in every way

  • 2013-02-22
    Elkin, NC
I have owned this knife for approx 1 year. I have spent $$$ on knives this is one of the best. Feel and Fit are as fine Silk. Blade works with razor cuts. Great Knife at any price. Only thing I would change is a longer pocket clip if one is ever produced please let me know. Thank you for an incredibly Good Product. Dr Larry

  • 2013-02-22
    Arlington, WA
I am a pocket knife collector. The Eros has risen to the top of my finest knifes in my collection of over 300. I am very impressed with the light weight and overall thinness of the Eros. I have been carrying it every day since it arrived and have recommended this knife to my other enthusiast. Reading others reviews of the Eros is miss leading do to lack of understanding the properties of Titanium. By the nature of Titanium material, one could consider the closure not being as easily to perform as others. I myself rate this knife a solid 5 star. R. Heppell.

  • 2013-02-18
    Palmdale, CA
Had this knife for almost a month and I love it. As another reviewer said, the detent is quite hard and my 14 yr. old cannot open it. The lock was extremely hard to disengage at first. It works beautiful now. Maybe it was just a learning curve on my part. Opens in a flash and has no play in the blade. The most info on the steel is that it is close to VG10. I have many VG knives and love the steel for its durability of edge even though it takes a bit more effort to sharpen w/ the Apex Pro. The knife came quite sharp but w/o much bite. Tip is awesome and centering when folded is perfect. Super light as mine wieghs 1.55 oz. Only problem is that the pocket clip has failed to keep it in my pocket. Would hate

  • 2013-01-27
    Fairfax, VA
I have had this knife for about a month and I'm torn. It first I could hardly open it the detente was so strong, and closing it once open was nearly impossible. Then I discovered the trick of using a sharpie on the tang where it interfaces with the lock bar with tended to solve the sticky closing problem. But it continues to be very hard to open no matter how loose I make the pivot or frame screws. Any inward squeezing of the frame on any part also presses on the frame lock even if your fingers are nowhere near the lock itself. You have to get the hang of opening without any pressure on the handle, which would be hard to remember in an adrenaline-filled situation. Also, a minor thing, the matte finish on the ti frame just feels like running your fingers over a chalk board. Sorta icky.

  • 2012-10-21
    Branson West, MO
I have MANY knives but this is the one that goes with me EVERY day. The Acuto blade is phenomenal It will hold a razor sharp edge much longer than other more expensive hand made blades. I like it so much I bought the Eros II and another Eros for my Grandson. I also own a couple of Ripples. Also a VERY nice knife. Ken Onion CRKT please keep up the great work By the way, for the gentleman that had his pockets fray, who can see it when you carry it every day? Most of my jeans have a fray or two anyway It also frayed the bottom edge of my 5.11 Tactical belt. Solution, kick pass or two with a lighter and no more fray a nice hard belt edge.



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Product Specifications
Dimensions
Open Overall Length7 inches
Closed Length4 inches
Weight1.4 ounces

Blade
Length3 inches
Thickness0.079 inches
MaterialAcuto +
Blade-HRC59-60
FinishSatin
GrindHollow
StyleSpear Point
EdgePlain

Handle
Material6AL4V Titanium

Lock
TypeFrame Lock

Carry
Carry System1 Position Clip

Features
IKBSYes

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Ken Onion - Though I have been a devout knife collector since childhood, collecting mostly production knives and anything else I could find, I was unaware of the custom knife industry until 1989 when...
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