When it comes to survival tools, function must take precedence over form. If a knife looks appealing, there's certainly nothing wrong with that. However, these styling cues should take a back seat to its true purpose: cutting reliably and effectively. Let's face it—a knife that looks good but can't stand up to the rigors of daily use is about as helpful as a jewel-encrusted hammer.

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Scandinavian cultures have become famous for their simple and highly effective blade designs, so we were pleased to see CRKT launch a new folding knife inspired by this tradition. The new blade is called the Amicus, which means friend or comrade, and it was designed by Jesper Voxnaes, of Loegstrup, Denmark.

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Voxnaes set out to create the perfect field-folder, a knife that would be at home in the mountains and woods of the Danish countryside. In the past, he would always carry a fixed blade, but the Amicus was crafted to serve the same purposes in a more portable and compact form.

In the video below, Voxnaes explains his inspiration for designing this blade:

The full-flat grind on this 3.4-inch blade was crafted with strength and durability in mind, and is offered in a plain edge or with Triple Point serrations. The 8Cr13MoV steel blade is further supported by a sturdy frame lock carved into the stonewashed stainless steel handle. An ergonomic forefinger guard and jimping on the protruding back spacer provide excellent control for delicate tasks, even in the rain or while wearing gloves.

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This new CRKT Amicus folding knife is available now at an affordable MSRP of $60 (with or without serrations). For more information on the Amicus, visit CRKT.com.

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