When Jon Graham of Graham Knives in Cleveland, Tennessee, developed the custom Graham Razel™ in 2001, most knife blades came to a single point. Not the Razel. It's a cross between a chisel and a razor with a knife handle. The result gives two useful Razor-Sharp edges, one for pushing or tapping, and the other for precise cutting, plus a top serrated edge on the SS7. You also get two strong blade points. Jon Graham brothers has been very successful with their custom versions in a variety of sizes and styles.
Our Razel™ SS7 is a humongous 13.8-ounce work tool with the look of a cleaver and the heft of a hatchet. The full-tang blade is 0.25" thick with cutting edges of 1.70" and 7.25", plus a 3.70" top cutting edge with patented(1) Veff™ Serrations. The butt features a bottle and jar opener, plus a hardened steel window-breaker tip. Use it to cut through thickets and to release tangles of rope or nets.
The CRKT production Razel models follow the Graham concept faithfully, with very thick full-tang blades of premium 9Cr18MoV (similar to 440C) stainless steel in a brushed finish, hand-contoured resin impregnated fiber handles, and custom-fitted Kydex® sheaths.
How are mechanics, carpenters, farmers, and home craftsmen using their Razel models? The Jon reports: Scraping gaskets, removing paint and stickers. Chiseling to make reliefs, mortises and tenons. Prying tight-fitting parts. Cutting things like paracord, wire insulation, radiator hose, plastic ties and tubing. Taper reaming a hole with the twist of the wrist. Reaching into tight spaces and push cutting with the chisel edge. Opening feed bags and cutting through bales of hay. You name it, the Razel does it.
It's an extremely high-quality work tool, built to custom standards, unique in the knife and tool world. And just about every serious craftsman we show them to, wants one immediately.
The Razel SS7 comes with a custom molded Kydex sheath and a patented (2) quick release belt connection system.
1. U.S. Patent No. D559,939
2. U.S. Patent No. 7,007,352
The reason that I don't have this knife is because it is to expensive and it SCREAMS zombie killer.
2012-04-10 FORT MYERS, FL
this knife is fantastic. as with all of my knives i have changed the edge to 17 degrees and polished it with 2000 grit sandpaper. it is balanced towards the tip making it nice for chopping. i have cut myself several times because of my own stupidity. but it has also saved me from water moccasins more than once. and to solve the sheath problem you guys. take a strand of para-cord and put it through a grommet then melt the two ens together just long enough so they can loop around the bottle opener on the knife. it keeps it there in any position. just push the knife forward and slide it off to get your knife out. i would recommend this to anyone responsible enough to use a knife.
2011-10-22 Portland, OR
Beautiful knife , I do however think there are two design flaws 1- the handle should be slightly larger in circumference ,2- the glass breaker is a very bad idea the first thing I did upon receiving the ss7 was to strap it on and draw it out then reshethed the knife and pushed on the but to set it firmly in the skaberd and stuck the glass breaker into my hand , the glass breaker does not alow you to hammer on the butt to use it like a chisel . I then took a bench grinder to the breaker to get rid of it being careful not to over heat the metal, now it just needs thicker handle plates and it will be perfect . Still with all that said I would give it a 4.5 out of 5 rating Love the knife
2011-10-21 Holland, MI
bought this about a month ago and I absolutely love the knife. I wasn't sure exactly what I would use it for, but I now use it for everything. It has handled everything I have needed it for. This is a serious, versatile blade. Highly recommend it. I do have to agree with previous reviews about the sheath. It could have been better, but not a big enough issue to detract from the overall rating I give this knife.
2011-09-06 cincinnati, OH
i bought this blade about a month ago and there hasnt been anything it hasnt been able to handle so far. the sheath is solid and has held the blade tight and secure upside down, while running and hiking. i took off the belt attachment and ran cord through the eye loops and have it strapped to my hip, makes for a much easier to access.
2011-07-05 wendell, ID
its a great blade i love it, havnt got to use it much, but i'm a marine and it comes in handy for feild work the only thing i have a major problem with is the sheath, its too cheesie and from CRKT i would expect better, the knife does not lock into the sheath its barly held by pressure and i have had it fall out a couple times, thinking about ditching the sheath.
2011-02-11 Lawrence, IN
A great multi-use camp knife:
I have used this knife for over a year now, and It has been a pleasure.
While you will never be able to baton efficiently with this blade (a dozen other methods split logs just as effectively), it chops wood very well and feels good doing it - especially when you properly employ a lanyard.
This knife is equally at home in the kitchen. The blade is both an effective cleaver, and efficient mincer. You can prepare salmon patties from raw fillets in a flash - even fold in your additives, press the portions flat, and move them into the pan safely and securely with the generous flat of the blade.
2011-01-31 Chandler, AZ
I recently bought this knife for general work around the garden and as a survival knife while out hiking.
Overall I give this knife a four-star rating. This is based on the following:
Blade - I bought this knife for the unusual and functional blade. Super sharp and great for cutting and chopping wood. The blade I rate as five star.
Handle - I have to rate the handle as three star. The handle does not do justice to the quality of the blade. I have smallish hands and the handle feels small. The worst part is that while using the knife for chopping wood, ones hand slips to the back of the handle, off the main part of the grip, which is SHARP metal. And come on, who needs a sharp piece of metal sticking out the top of the handle???
2010-12-16 albuquerque, NM
Beautiful knife. Beautiful handle. Front chisel edge is a great, useful feature, that becomes more so with practice. The serrated back edge works quite well on small branches and other things. The only thing that keeps this knife from being an ideal survival knife is the sharpened front couple of inches on the blade's back edge. It prevents the user from performing some basic bushcraft functions, such as batoning wood, and two-handed scraping, as in making feather sticks.