Closely following their recent Cerberus Knives-designed, mainline Satyr model, Artisan’s CJRB sub-label is getting a new release as well, called the Frack. This one is a big old folding knife, available at two different price points.
The Frack has a post-apocalyptic vibe to it. It looks like it would be the weathered companion to a wanderer in some Mad Max-style nuclear wasteland. It helps that this is a big knife, too: the blade length is 3.9 inches, a specification that allows the Frak to tackle the big chores indoors and out. The blade shape, a sort of modified leaf profile, adds to the desert mutant style while still being as straightforwardly useful as a more traditional take on the form would be.
There are two steels choices available for the Frack (they also affect the handle material, but more on that below), and the first will come as no surprise to those familiar with Artisan/CJRB: it’s AR-RPM9. This stuff, a proprietary powder metallurgy recipe, hit the market a few years ago. Whereas many powder metallurgy steel development aims to create formulations that can only be implemented on expensive knives, Artisan sought to bring a meaningful portion of that performance into a recipe that could be used in budget-focused designs. It’s received a pretty warm reception, and inf act AR-RPM has spread beyond the strict bounds of the company’s catalog, as RoseCraft blades has made it a key part of their lineup.
But if you want the full fat, high end knife experience with the Frack, there’s a variation made from S90V steel as well. This stuff, which also appeared on the aforementioned Satyr, remains a top contender years after its formulation, a fan favorite amongst the cognoscenti who will gladly take something a little more difficult to sharpen in exchange for high performance metrics.
The Frack’s simple handle is made from all stainless steel on the RPM9 models, and titanium on the S90V variation. The stainless steel handle version can be had with or without the frag pattern grip, but the titanium model only comes fraggified. The titanium version is much lighter at 3.6 oz.; the steel Frack weighs about an ounce more.
The Frak family is available now.
Knife in Featured Image: CJRB Cutlery Frak
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