While investigating the new knives at the CRKT booth at SHOT SHOW I was shown a handy little item by the representative. Called the CRKT Eat’N Tool, this survival tool incorporates several of the necessary items for outdoor survival, into a nice compact frame that is easily carried in a pocket or attached to gear. The Eat’N Tool is apart of CRKT’s I.D. Works or Inspired Design.
CRKT is, by far, known more for some of today’s most outstanding knife designs than any of their other designs. Founded in 1994 by Rod Bremmer, CRKT is located in Tualatin, Oregon which is a suburb southwest of Portland. Although Tualatin has a population of only about 26,000, it is the home to both CRKT and Kershaw, another well known knife manufacturer. The area boasts some of the most beautiful hunting, fishing, camping, and mountaineering areas in the country, and I’m sure a constant inspiration for CRKT designs.
The Eat’N Tool has the following survival tools combined in one:
- Fork/Spoon combination
- Bottle opener
- (3) Metric wrenches (6mm, 8mm, 10mm)
- Standard screw driver/pry edge, and a
- Attachment carabiner (non-weight bearing).
The Eat’N Tool was designed by Liong Mah, who had a large hole drilled in the center of the frame to keep the weight down. In fact, the Eat’N Tool weighs only 1.5 ounces and is only (4) inches long.
Made of 3CR13 steel the Eat’N Tool comes in two finishes – Bead Blast (a stainless steel appearance), or with a Food Grade Black Non-Stick Coating. Mine came with the later.
I had never heard of 3CR13 steel so a quick Google search found that 3CR13 is the name of the coating put on 1045 steel by high velocity arc spraying. The steel is then treated by low temperature ion sulfuration that creates the solid lubrication composite 3CR13/FeS layer (3CR13 for short). It’s a Teflon-like finish.
For anyone who’s going to be in the field and doesn’t want the added bulk of carrying multiple tools, or heavier multi-tool combinations, the Eat’N Tool has a real benefit in size and weight. Click here to get your CRKT Eat’n Tool from Amazon.