My favorite knives are fairly simple in terms of design and appearance, but pack a punch when it comes to performance. The CRKT Koji Hara Ichi is quickly becoming one of my favorite knives for these very reasons. Here are my thoughts on the knife:

What I like about the knife:

1. At 2.5 inches long, the modified drop point style blade is the perfect length for everyday carry. Legal to take with you almost anywhere, the Koji Hara is also extremely handy for utility purposes.

2. CRKT gives you the option of assisted opening or standard opening. I opted for the patented “Optifast” mechanism, which launches the blade into the locked position once it goes above 30 degrees.

3. Weighing 1.9 ounces, this knife is very light and unobtrusive. You won’t have to worry about the Koji Hara breaking your pockets or looking incredibly obvious.

4. Made with kraton and zytel inserts, the handle not only looks great, it feels fantastic in your hands. The material of the handle is not affected by elements such as rain or snow and is very resistant.

5. My knife came out of the box sharp. After using it to open boxes for several days, it has had no problems holding its edge. CRKT uses 420J2 steel on the blade, which is powder coated to protect against rust and corrosion.

That I did not like:

The pocket clip cannot be changed to allow left-handed carry. It’s a shame lefties miss out on such a great knife.


The CRKT Koji Hara is a great knife at a very reasonable price. I would have paid over $100 for this knife, but the suggested retail value is only $59.95. Go get a Koji Hara, you won’t be disappointed.