We asked Ken Onion, Hawaiian custom knife maker, designer, inventor
and member of the Blade Magazine Hall of Fame, to give us his ideas for a no-nonsense line of sport and work folders. Our goal was to offer great utility and quality in a rugged high-value locking liner folder.
Ken came up with a work knife version featuring an almost indestructible glass filled nylon frame that we call the Shenanigan™ Z. Even though Ken is known for his assisted opening folders, in this case, the combination of the open-build frame, blade flipper, and lubrous washers and bronze bushings at the pivot allow for fast one hand opening in an exceptional knife. All models feature 3.25" long blades with a classic Ken Onion profile.
There is a modified drop point with a slight recurve and a swedged top edge. Both Razor-
Sharp or Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges are available. The stainless steel liner lock is a strip lock, inset into one handle to save weight. This makes for a knife that is exceptionally strong, lightweight and comfortable.
Shenanigan™ Z offers our workhorse AUS 8 blade steel in a bead-blast finish, plus a frame of tough, glass filled nylon. This is a rugged, value-priced knife that can be used daily on the job. It is one that will take the worst abuse from impacts, abrasion, and solvents and still look good. The combination of contoured handle, index finger notch and checkered grip pattern make the Shenanigan models very friendly to the hands.
Both models come with a thoughtfully designed custom stainless steel pocket/gear clip with a black corrosion-resistant coating.
Ken Onion isn't playing any tricks here. CRKT is pulling the Shenanigans.
For the price, this knife is a STEAL If weight is a concern, you can never get a better one, great feel and balance on hand, nice edge from the factory.
2013-09-17 Ridgeville Corners, OH
Knife holds a fine edge, could be sharper from factory for my tastes, especially the conbination edge. I bought both, the razor edge sharpness was better, yet both could be honed especially around the curve of the blade to the tip. (I am freak concerning sharping, like a RAZOR edge) That being said these are the very best knives I have purchased b ar none. I use the conmbination edge for EDC, the razor edge went directly into my hunting bag. Handle well, feels the hands, blade flips out on demand. Could use a small thumb stub as well. Gret product, keep making em like this one I will keep buying them.
2013-03-02 Virginia Beach, VA
I really like this knife. If I could change one thing on it, it'd be to bevel the inside where the flipper is. It very sharp and kind of hurts a bit when you flip it hard. I thought it was just me, but a few friends found it the same for them. I took a jewelers file and filed it down a little to take the sharp edge off. This is the only knife that I've had that problem. Otherwise, a great knife. And yes, the clip on the opposite side would be nice too
2012-09-30 Stockbridge, GA
ttttttttttthis is the secand one that I have had the first one got gooon, that is I lade it down and for got it ,my lose and some one's gain
I love the waight of the knife, and is a good fight in my hand.
I must keep with what most of all is stating that the clip would be best on the outher side of the handle.
Keep Up with the good work
2012-05-26 San Diego, CA
they need to make this knife with the clip on the opposite side so you can draw and open the knife with minimal manipulation. As it is now if you draw from the right pocket, you have to bring the knife up out of the pocket, turn the knife 180 degrees, open with index finger and then proceed to use the knife. If this was a self defense situation this would be one extra move that could mean life or death. since all my knives are defense first, and utility second, I would prefer to be able to reach into my pocket with my thumb, and draw and open the knife in one easy motion, thus bringing the knife into play without any extra movements.