Over a month ago I went over the CRKT Triumph N.E.C.K. knife. This knife highlighted one of the biggest challenges of any piece of gear, an item that is perfect for one person may not be perfect for another. While this knife was comfortable, useful, and very easy to use, I found it would not work for me on carry. Peeking into the box of options, my next selection was the CRKT Krein Dogfish.
Strangely I bought this knife on a whim, it has a very unique name and look, and this knife happened to put an order just over the limit for free shipping, so in essence was free for me. Since then I’m on my second one, the first I owned was a plain edged, and my present incarnation has the serrations as you can see. The blade is a somewhat angular “modified” Wharncliffe (straight line edge with curved back), which I’ve come to like with some use.
It’s a little smaller than most knives I carry, with a blade length of just over 2 inches.
CRKT’s description describes ”a secure finger choil and friction grooves at the thumb spine and near the butt” which is easy to notice, and makes for a comfortable, safe, and secure grip on the knife.
You might recall a previous posting of mine about the outstanding Triumph N.E.C.K. also sold by CRKT. My ONLY problem was that I found that for my purposes (as well as due to my lack of grace) the kydex sheath/patented mounting hardware just did not work for me. Well, in this case, vanity and simplicity saved the day. I have found that the mouth of the Dogfish also can work quite well to aid in retention!
It’s extremely simple, just affix some form of elastic band (i use a hair tie since I don’t want it catching the random body hair… OW!) using a zip tie laced through the necklace hole on the same side as the blade (and mouth). Trim the zip tie and make sure any rough edges of it are not going to dig or snag when stowed.
This creates a wonderful positive retention of the knife, HOWEVER: You MUST be cautious on removal of this knife. Keep a firm grip, since it can very easily launch itself away once you have pulled it out.
I’ve also occasionally run into non CRKT variations of this knife on the internet, just focus your google-fu on “Tom Krein Dogfish” and see if you can snag one, usually $75 USD and up.