Japanese swordsmithing dates back to 645 A.D. and has a proud craft tradition. Several years ago, CRKT was asked to create a production fixed blade following these design traditions for ceremonial and martial arts use. The result was the First Strike 2705, which has proven very popular.
These are unique knifes in the CRKT catalog, including their blade grinds, edges, and hand-wrapped handles. They are knives different in almost every way from familiar Western knives.
The blades are 440A stainless steel in a satin finish. The blade shape is a combination of the ancient chokuto straight sword and the classic mohora-zukuri double edge tanto. The grind is a convex zero edge, or appleseed cross section, resulting in an edge that is much stronger than taper or hollow grinds. The massive blade thickness continues through the tapered full tang, resulting in incredible strength from tip to butt.
The striking handles are a traditional Japanese cord wrap, resin impregnated, with black ray skin underlays. Combined with the pommel, they provide an amazing level of grip.
CRKT has designed a series of custom injection molded Zytel sheaths for the First Strikes. They firmly grip the knives, left or right, and have removable belt clips plus multiple slots and holes allowing almost infinite carry options on belts, clothing or gear.
Despite their ceremonial and martial arts origins, these are heavy duty knives with great everyday utility
2705: Razor-Sharp, Satin and Black
- Blade Length: 4.375" (11.1 cm)
- Thickness: 0.19" (0.50 cm)
- Steel: 440A, 55-57 HRC
- Overall length: 9.50" (24.1 cm)
- Weight: 7.2 oz. (204 g)
2705 Sheath (included with knife)
Overall length: 7.25" (18.4 cm)
Width: 2.50" (6.4 cm)
Weight: 2.9 oz. (82 g)
5", Black Wrap