Ken Onion hasn’t sat idle since beginning his association with Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT). From the Ripple to the Shenanigan, along with some fixed blade work as well, Ken has been providing CRKT with a steady stream of new designs. The latest of those is the Foresight, a tough tactical blade that has everything that you love in an Onion design in a package built for hard use.

The Foresight is a little beefier than the earlier Shenanigan. It carries a black titanium-nitride-coated, hollow-ground AUS-8 blade available in either CRKT’s Razor Edge or in a partially serrated version with their trademarked Triple Point serrations. The blade is a drop-point design with a slight recurve and an unsharpened back swedge. The Foresight’s point is pretty much center line. It checks in at a stout 0.16 inches thick and 3.5 inches long, with an inch of that being taken up by serrations on the Triple Point version. Integral to the blade is Ken’s characteristic flipper for easy one-hand opening. The blade rides on the silky smooth IKBS ball-bearing pivot system and locks up via a stainless-steel liner lock. The handles are manufactured of cold-forged aluminum and feature a set of sculpted finger grooves as well as a palm swell for a positive grip. The handle is generously sized at 5.17 inches long, and the knife weighs in at a respectable 6.3 ounces. The pocket clip is a short, discrete affair, and both it and the handle wear a tactical black finish. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price on the Foresight is $140 in either blade configuration.


The Foresight makes for an excellent carry piece, whether as a backup to a firearm or as your primary piece of defensive gear. You can see that Ken paid a lot attention to detail when designing it, keeping in mind that, for the knife to be useful, it needs to be carried constantly, day in and day out. All of the edges on the Foresight are smooth and rounded off, or “melted” if you want to use a term from the firearms industry. Running your hand along the knife when closed, you won’t feel any sharp corners or edges poking you. That’s a good feature, especially if you’re one to tuck the knife inside your waistband, and it’s easy on your clothing, too.

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For the complete article please refer to Tactical Knives July 2013.

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