Penned by Lucas Burnley, the CRKT Squid is a small but capable EDC blade with a design that was inspired by compact pistols. While the knife has been produced in a wide variety of different model variants, the Squid received its most significant update to date back in August when the American knife maker introduced an ultra-top-shelf spec that gained sculpted Micarta scales and a premium Böhler M390 blade construction. And after the immense success of the high-end Squid II, Columbia River Knife and Tool is now producing another limited edition batch of Squid II knives, this time receiving even more impressive material upgrades.
Now equipped with a liner lock in place of the regular Squid I’s frame locking mechanism, this new limited edition knife has been bestowed with a rugged yet lightweight set of Fat Carbon Dark Matter handle scales — a custom forged carbon construction with shredded copper accents. What’s more, the forged carbon material has also been paired with an equally top-shelf 2.68” blade crafted from Böhler M390 blade steel.
The new carbon-scaled model features the same new machining and more rounded spine present on the first Squid II from August. Additionally, just like the previous top-shelf Squid II release, the new CF model is also made by hand in Italy and will be limited to just 500 units worldwide. Rounding out the limited edition run is a deep carry pocket clip and CRKT’s IKBS ball-bearing pivot system.
The CRKT Squid II Carbon Fiber is available now, with pricing set at $195.