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Columbia River CRKT 1520 Austin McGlaun Rakkasan Fixed 4.894" Black Clip Point Blade, Black G10 Handles


MSRP* : $125.00 | You Save* : $45.05 (36%)
Part #: CR1520 | Columbia River (CRKT)
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CR1520: Austin McGlaun 1520 Rakkasan
For America's fiercest warriors, only the strongest, most capable tool will do.

This tactical fixed blade was designed by a war vet for his brothers and sisters who are still abroad. It's got the capability of a utility knife, and the powerful force of a last-resort defense tool. When you only have room for one, the Rakkasan delivers.

As a part of the Forged By War program, war veteran Austin McGlaun designed the Rakkasan in his Columbus, Georgia shop. The name, reminiscent of the WWII paratroopers from the 187th infantry regiment, is the Japanese translation of "umbrella for falling," because they were completely unfamiliar with the American combat tactic. 

True to its combat heritage, the blade is forged of black powder coated steel and molded into a deep belly shape. The handle is built with tough G10 handles to withstand the most hostile environments and slips into a glass reinforced nylon sheath and includes a clip system which allows for versatile carry options. 

The combat arena is laden with unexpected variables. The Rakkasan serves to address them all.

About the Forged By War program

In 2013, Ryan Johnson of RMJ Tactical, designer of elite, military, tactical tomahawks, approached CRKT with the news that he had been working with a few combat veterans that had returned from war with varying degrees of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

To help work through their challenges, they have been designing and forging steel into custom tools. Drawing from their experience earned in combat situations, they have been creating tools they wished they had available to them on the battlefield. 

CRKT cares deeply about our returning veterans and they saw a way to give back to the community that created them. In 2016, they launched the Forged By War program. 

These are mission ready tools, designed by veterans, with 10% of the CRKT net profits of the program donated to the veterans' charity of choice. 

Mission ready tools that are Forged By War.
  • Black Powder Coat Blade Finish
  • Tough G10 Handles
  • Kydex Sheath w/Paracord
  • Blade Length: 4.894" (124.31 mm)
  • Overall Length: 10.438" (265.13 mm)
  • Blade Material: SK5 Carbon Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.147" (3.73 mm)
  • Blade Hardness: 55-58HRC
  • Blade Style: Clip Point
  • Blade Finish: Black Powder Coat
  • Handle Material: Black G10
  • Sheath Material: Black Kydex
  • Weight: 9.2 oz.
  • Designer: Austin McGlaun
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 794023152005

Kydex Sheath
Kydex Sheath
Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
Columbia River CRKT 1520 Austin McGlaun Rakkasan Fixed 4.894" Black Clip Point Blade, Black G10 Handles5.000 (3 reviews)
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Columbia River CRKT 1520 Austin McGlaun Rakkasan Fixed 4.894" Black Clip Point Blade, Black G10 Handles
5 out of 5
Powhatan VA
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
This knife can handle any task as a tool and can easily be used as a weapon if push comes to shove. Love the grip.
Columbia River CRKT 1520 Austin McGlaun Rakkasan Fixed 4.894" Black Clip Point Blade, Black G10 Handles
5 out of 5
Sycamore, Il
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Post Purchase Review
Post Purchase ReviewThe ‘one knife,’ while a simple concept in theory, can be difficult to master in practical reality. I once bought a canoe that was touted as a, ‘do all’ canoe. Although, it could do everything, it did nothing well. If you have ever tried to dress a squirrel with a large Bowie knife, you know what I mean. 90% of tasks I perform with a knife I could do with a small folder, or a bird ‘n’ trout knife, but I wouldn’t want to defend myself with it, or baton firewood with it. Although, the original Fairbairn–Sykes fighting knife was 5.5”, the standard was later lengthened to 7” to enable it to pass through several layer of clothing. My point: The, ‘one knife’ concept is always compromise, choose wisely. The winner on the first season of the TV series, ‘Alone,’ lasted 56 days in the wilderness, armed only with a fairly large, Kukri. One man’s machete is another man’s steak knife, I guess. ************************************ Blade: The clip point blade is almost Bowie in shape, a proven design. Nice, long primary grind, arrived with nice sharp edge, too. The similarities of this blade, to a butcher knife (You know, the ‘one knife’ our ancestors conquered the American West with?) are not lost on me. Rakkasan would be right at home with most butchering/meat processing tasks. I particularly like the recurve in the blade after the belly. This acts as almost as a hook, and brings pressure to bear on the belly, acting as a fulcrum. Good for rope work, and bush craft, such as fuzz sticks, carving points and notches, etc. The deep belly and upturned point make it practical for skinning, and such. ******************************************* Grip: Comfortable and grippy. Large enough for Paul Bunyan’s hands with mittens on. Ergonomic in forward, or reverse grip. ******************************************** Steel: “Blade Hardness: 55-58HRC” Does this mean the edge of the blade is heat treated differentially than the spine (edge 58, spine 55), or as I suspect, is this the hardened tolerances (one day it’s 55, the next it might be 58)? Anyway, this SK5 is growing on me. Seems comparable to 1095, haven’t sprouted a rust bloom on my Clever Girl, yet. I like softer steel for a field knife, that can be easily sharpened in the field, over edge retention, to a point. SK5 takes an edge well, and seems to hold one comparable to 1095. ****************************************** Sheath: From the picture, I was prepared not to like the sheath. On arrival, I find it to be one of the nicest Kydex sheaths I have recently purchased. The retention/release is as quiet as a stalking panther. None of that, “Thwack!,” you get with cheap plastic sheaths. Good retention, but comes out smoothly with little effort. I don’t know if I trust the nylon cord for long term carry on belt, but I can always add a Tek-Lok later on: https://www.knifecenter.com/item/BO09BO505/boker-plus-large-blade-tech-tek-lok-09bo505 ******************************************* Performance: Balance of Rakkasan is right in the index finger groove, making handling responsive, natural, and nimble. It points/thrusts naturally and accurately in a saber grip. I could go baton this through a few logs, and perform other bush craft duties with it, but I feel no need to. I can tell from Rakkasan’s design, and experience with knives of similar build that it would have no problems with such tasks. No critters to butcher at present. Maybe the wife will make one of her infamous overcooked, shoe-leather, pot roasts this weekend, and I can really put it through a torture test. ******************************************** I wouldn’t be caught dead in my coffin with just one knife. Call me a nut job, but I usually carry 3-4 bladed tools on me. I would be proud and confident to have Rakkasan hanging from my belt as one of those tools. This would be a great knife on anyone’s hunting pack/bug-out-bag/camping kit, or to keep in the truck, just in case. Hey, Austin, still waiting to meet Clever Girl’s 7”-9” big sister, ‘Nasty Girl.’ : )
Columbia River CRKT 1520 Austin McGlaun Rakkasan Fixed 4.894" Black Clip Point Blade, Black G10 Handles
5 out of 5
Pros: None
Cons: None
Pre-order Review
I need another knife of this size and style, like I need a 3rd butt cheek. But when I saw the beautiful lines of this knife, I knew I had to have it. Mr. McGluan has become one of my favorite knife designers in 2 knives (Clever Girl & Rakkason). He is an artist, marrying beautiful form, to practical function. At a time when many knife designers are putting out impractical, tanto bladed (and I use the term loosely) monstrosities that seem to have come from the movie set of Aliens, Mr. McGluan is creating great knives that are a melding of the modern, with the traditional. I would love to see his interpretation of a larger combat knife (size of WWII Ka-Bar), or a heavy-duty, Chicago/Cali/Euro legal knife with a practical grip, or a survival tool (pry bar/hatchet/entry tool, etc.). Cannot wait to see his next offering.
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