EDC Micro Neck Knife for Survival and Bushcraft
It’s been said that, “The best survival knife is the one that you have on you when you need it most.” But how can you ensure that you have a knife with you 24/7?
Mini Neck Knife
The Folts Minimalist is a Mini Neck Knife.
Multiple Blade Styles
The Minimalist comes in several blade styles including a Bowie, Tanto, Keramin (for self defense) and a Wharncliffe Style blade, which is similar to a long sheep-foot style blade.
All of the blades are full tang and the Minimalist is made from good quality bead-blasted stainless steel and travels in a versatile sheath with nylon neck cord and a bolt-on belt clip for multiple carry options.
PLUS there’s a host of other cool features that we’ll get to. Let’s start with the size and weight.
Size and Weight
One of the main reasons I’ve grown so fond of the Folts Minimalist is its small size and weight – which makes it easy to every day carry, 24/7.
The Minimalist weighs around 1.4 ounces (or 40 grams), with the sheath and paracord necklace totaling 1/2 an ounce or 14 grams. So this total knife package runs only about 2 ounces or 56 grams, which is pretty light.
The knife is about 5 inches from tip to butt, which includes a blade that’s a little over 2 inches (or 5 centimeters) in length.
I have found the blade width of .1 inches (or 2.5 millimeters) to be more than sufficient even on my straight Wharncliffe-edge Minimalist which narrows from spine to point and has done quite a bit for drilling and fine detail work.
My Minimalists ALL came very sharp and have been kept that way through careful use and field stropping.
Bead Blasted Finish
Each Minimalist comes with an attractive, non-reflective bead blasted finish that resists scratching, fingerprints and corrosion.
Now let’s talk about the handle and general blade dynamics…
The unique handle design of the Minimalist has three deep, yet comfortable finger cutouts and Micarta-like handle slabs.
Although the handle is small – the deep cutouts provide a very firm and secure hold on the knife.
And last, but not least, the jimping on the spine toward the handle is an additional aid to grip.
Now Let’s Take a Look at the Sheath
The Minimalist comes with a low-profile Kydex-type sheath that the knife snaps firmly into. I have worn mine for months, only taking it off when I shower and before sports.
To increase the survival versatility of this knife package, duct tape a miniature fire steel rod to the back of the sheath. Trust me… you won’t even know that it is there.
Now before you think the Minimalist is perfect, I do have one complaint.
The necklace cordage looks AND feels like it’s 550 paracord, but it’s not. Yes… it does have an outer casing that looks almost identical to standard paracord but inside, we have only one solid piece of nylon cordage.
So I recommend replacing the stock cordage with a quality 7-strand 550 paracord.
Cool, 4-Position Belt Clip
Each Minimalist comes with a multi-position belt clip that can be installed on the sheath by inserting two bolts into the grommets.
The sheath can be set up for right, left, upside down or right side up carry on many standard belts up to about 1 1/2 inches (or around 4 centimeters) wide.
Pocket and Pouch Carry
Leave the clip off and remove the nylon cord for easy carry in a pocket, purse or pouch.
Now let’s take a look at owner comments…
The solid 4.7 out of 5 star rating on Amazon and the high volume of reviews bears witness to the popularity of the Minimalist.
Comments about the knife’s sharp edge, comfort in the hand, convenient small size, multiple carry options, and versatility as an everyday carry utility knife are common.
Negative comments seem to center around some simply not preferring the small size or unique grip.
VERY Affordable Neck Knife
But just about everyone agrees that this knife is a great value at between $20 and $30 US at the time of this review.
SO Who is the CRKT Folts Minimalist For?
The Minimalist is for men and women who want a low-profile, lightweight and functional knife for everyday carry tasks, or for… camping, survival kits, bug out bags, bushcraft, hunting, fishing, conceal-carry personal defense or as a high value, yet affordable gift for someone on your list.
Which Blade is Best for YOU?
If you want an even smaller EDC knife that fits in a survival tin, check out the CRKT RItter RSK MK5.
For bushcraft, general tasks around the office or home… check out the Minimalist Wharncliffe.
For hunting, fishing and general outdoors tasks… check out the Minimalist Bowie.
For a tactical backup or a great box cutter… check out the Minimalist Tanto.
And for self-defense… check out the Minimalist Keramin.
We’ve just taken a look at the CRKT Folts Minimalist Neck Knife.