CRKT Niad Climbing Knife Combines Lightweight Construction With Heavy Duty Cutting Power


Yes, any small pocket knife should be plenty useful to climbers, who sure can use one for a variety of life-saving duties while scaling a crag. If you want one that’s designed specifically for climbing, though, you might want to trade in that EDC folder for a CRKT Niad.

Designed by record-holding speed climber Hans Florine, it’s a pocket knife that drills everything down to the essentials, ensuring you don’t expend unnecessary energy carrying it in your stash. Lightweight, compact, and dead-simple to use, it’s a knife that will let you focus on the climb, all while being ready to serve its function in a jiffy.


The CRKT Niad uses a simple two-piece construction, ensuring there’s no complicated machination that can distract you during a climb. Measuring just 2.5 inches long when closed, it’s the perfect size to hang on a carabiner (there’s a large hole on the handle), all while deploying a 1.56-inch blade that should serve you well, whether you’re clearing old cords at a rappel horn, cutting away damaged sections of a rope, or pricking yourself because you’re getting sleepy in the middle of a steep climb (yeah, not a good idea). Construction is stainless steel for the flat top serrated blade, with the handle cut in much lighter titanium, allowing the whole thing to weigh just 0.6 ounces. Features include a 0.8-inch thick blade with a stonewash finish and a straightforward frame lock mechanism.


Available now, the CRKT Niad Climbing Knife is priced at $26.44.

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2 Responses

  1. Heather

    My son wants to get into climbing. He’s always been the explorer type and while I fully support his expeditions, I can’t help but have that motherly worry tugging at my heart strings. I keep telling him he needs to do more research. I may not know much about climbing but I know you definitely need a knife while suspended high in the air. You never know when you may need to cut a rope or get yourself out of some sort of tricky situation. While I’m still in the beginning of the learning process myself, this knife is looking really promising. I love how small and compact it is as well as the locking feature because the last thing I want is for my boy to injure himself.

  2. William

    The design is very uniq for a knife, and I really like the design. It is very lightweight at less than 1 ounce. I am generally leery of it being manufactured in China, but this is Columbia River and they have great feedback from their Amazon reviews. Knife blade quality is often something to be worried about with Chinese made knives, but this one is made with a handle composed of 6AI4V titanium, so it should be good-to-go. The benefit of a good Chinese made knife is it will be cheap to produce.

    I prefer to hold a knife in my hand to see how it feels. If a knife doesn’t feel right I wont buy it regardless of how good it may be. On the other hand if a knife is a high-end design made from a top knife maker but the knife doesn’t feel good to hold, then I also won’t buy one. This is why I LOVE to buy knives from Amazon. They have such an easy return policy. Order it up and then pull it out and see if it feels right. If it does great, you have a new knife. If the knife doesn’t feel right then you can easily send it back to Amazon.

    Columbia River makes affordable knives that are also very well designed. Almost all of the knives that Columbia River sells have a 4-5 star rating.


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