The category of "key chain knives" has been around for a long time. In most cases, these are little pen knives, with thin blades and slip joint pocket knife frames. Gerry McGinnis had a radically innovative idea, which is why this knife is in our catalog. He calls it the Shrimp™.
The revolutionary idea is this: make a small knife with premium quality materials and big knife build. The Shrimp is not a toy, but a real sport and work knife. The only difference is that it has a 1.75" blade and a 2.5" handle.
Take the blade, for example. It is made of premium 8Cr13MoV stainless steel in a high satin finish. Although short, it is fully featured, with a modified drop point shape with recurve. It is high hollow ground and has a slight swedge on the top edge. It is opened by a large CNC-milled nail notch. There are aggressive friction grooves on the spine for the thumb. But most impressively, the blade is a full 0.125" (3.2 mm) thick, a width common on much larger folders.
The Shrimp has a frame-lock build, eliminating the need for separate liners. The right side frame is 3Cr13 stainless steel on all models. The left frame is 6061anodized aluminum on the colored models, and stainless steel on the bead-blast model 1181. The left frame is skeletonized to save weight. To aid grip, there are two finger choils and the frame has a rounded contour.
Five color schemes are available: Black, Stainless Bead-Blast, Metallic Orange, Metallic Pink, and Metallic Purple.
The combination of thick blade, solid frame lock and large blade pivot means that this is one shrimp that doesn't wiggle!
But there's more to the story. Just like our larger knives, the Shrimp has a removable stainless steel pocket clip in bead-blast finish. Torx® fasteners are used throughout. There are lubrous washers at the blade pivot. And there's a small key chain loop that folds out of the frame.
And finally, we've added a back spacer of moon glow plastic that glows in the dark, so you can quickly find your Shrimp at night.
We have value-priced the Shrimp so anyone can afford one as a key chain knife, a money clip knife, a first knife, or a gift knife. And please remember, the name Shrimp is not intended as an insult, but as a term of endearment for a tough little guy.
Great lil' pocket knifeColor options are good too. For the size very well -crafted and durable.It fits perfect in your 5th pocket of your jeans
2012-05-19 durham, NC
i like it one downside, is that it is heavier that my SOG Trident, which is a large assisted opening knife. G10 handles.
this is certainly a good knife 4 stars for Mr. McGinnis
2012-03-05 Taylor, TX
A great little knife. A perfect addition to any tackle box.
2012-02-28 Deerfield, IL
Awesome knife. Now that I bought my wife a pink knife, she likes them. This knife could use a drop of oil and other than that, I holds a great edge. Well worth the price.
2011-12-20 Gainesville, FL
The shrimp is adorable. I bought it in Orange for my uncle who loves to ride Harleys but didn't have much room in the front compartment for a large knife, it works well
2011-08-29 Medley, FL
I always carry a knife and sometimes a larger knife is'nt practical. This knife fits that occasion.
very well built and functional.
Brad Miami Fl.
2011-08-19 Plymouth, MN
Nice little knife, can be a bit hard to open since it is so small.
2011-07-14 williston, ND
After carrying this as my main edc for a week, I can honestly say this is more than just another little knife. I was breaking down boxes, opening packages, cutting 550 cord and never once did I have a problem. Very solid lock up, stays sharp, easy to handle, hides away nicely. Great little knife.
2011-04-05 Tekamah, NE
I've always carried a knife, now I carry two. The Shrimp is right along with my Lake Thunderbolt
2011-03-16 Pueblo, CO
The knife is solid and heavy duty. I have no problems with the knife itself, but the key loop pops off quite often. If this problem was fixed, it would be the perfect keychain knife. As a regular EDC knife, it functions very good.