EDC Micro Neck Knife for Survival and Bushcraft

CRKT Folts Minimalist

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?

Meet the CRKT Folts Minimalist

CRKT Folts Minimalist

Mini Neck Knife
The Folts Minimalist is a Mini Neck Knife.

CRKT Folts Minimalist

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.

Folts-some blade styles

Full Tang

CRKT Folts Minimalist
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.

CRKT Folts Minimalist

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.

CRKT Folts Minimalist

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.

CRKT Folts Minimalist

My Minimalists ALL came very sharp and have been kept that way through careful use and field stropping.

CRKT Folts Minimalist

Bead Blasted Finish
Each Minimalist comes with an attractive, non-reflective bead blasted finish that resists scratching, fingerprints and corrosion.

CRKT Folts Minimalist

Now let’s talk about the handle and general blade dynamics…

Great Grip
The unique handle design of the Minimalist has three deep, yet comfortable finger cutouts and Micarta-like handle slabs.

CRKT Folts Minimalist

Although the handle is small – the deep cutouts provide a very firm and secure hold on the knife.

CRKT Folts Minimalist

And last, but not least, the jimping on the spine toward the handle is an additional aid to grip.

CRKT Folts Minimalist

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.

CRKT Folts Minimalist

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.

CRKT Folts Minimalist

One Complaint
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.

CRKT Folts Minimalist

So I recommend replacing the stock cordage with a quality 7-strand 550 paracord.

CRKT Folts Minimalist

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.

CRKT Folts Minimalist

Pocket and Pouch Carry
Leave the clip off and remove the nylon cord for easy carry in a pocket, purse or pouch.

CRKT Folts Minimalist

Owner Comments
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.

Folts-owner comments:4.7

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

CRKT Folts Minimalist
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?

CRKT Folts Minimalist
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.

CRKT Folts Minimalist

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.

CRKT Folts Minimalist

We’ve just taken a look at the CRKT Folts Minimalist Neck Knife.


10 Responses to “EDC Micro Neck Knife for Survival and Bushcraft”

  • alaskankare

    I don’t quite understand the neck knife ideology. If you have a pocket knife, why do you need a tiny neck knife?

    • Carin

      It’s really just a matter of preference. If you always have a pocket knife, you likely won’t want or need a neck knife! Many prefer a neck knife to wear all the time and just forget about it -which, I assume, is how a pocket knife holder feels about his pocket knife, too. I know a man who sleeps with his neck knife on…;-)

    • Boomer

      Hi, alaskankare.
      Your question about neck knife ideology is a good one. Neck knives are steeped in long tradition. Many very legendary wilderness survial/bushcraft teachers and indigenous peoples all over the world, none knowing about the others, going back thousands of years used neck knives.
      Most all had belt knives, many had pocket knives and often carry all three at once (like myself). The reasoning is simple.
      Whether you have lots of clothing or just a loin cloth, having a knife on your neck means always having a knife. You don’t need a belt or a pocket to facilitate carry. Many people in the woods and around the house wear other than traditional, modern clothing (i.e. PJs and a robe).
      Falling into a river, losing your knife in a mishap, not always being able to reach your other knife(s) (particularly in a life-threatening emergency), saving a pocket or belt knife blade for a particular task such as food processing and just plain convenience are but some of the reasons. When out in the woods it is not always convenient to reach for, open and wield a pocket knife. Belt knives are often too large for the task at hand. Your other knife may be in the hands of a friend or family member right when you really need it. I carry a pocket knife (a very high quality, expensive one at that) religiously, a belt knife in the woods (actually two on one sheath) and still carry a neck knife. I particularly carry it around the house as I seldom wear pants with a pocket. From opening mail to cutting string/threads or any number of tasks, all you need do is reach towards your chest and pull. It doesn’t get any simpler/easier/faster/more convenient than that. When working around the camp sight doing any number of small tasks it’s much handier to just reach for the neck knife and, in one smooth motion, cut the item in question then slip it back into the sheath and never miss a beat.

      So, to cook all that down into three good reasons…
      1) It’s on you even when the pocket with the knife is still in the other room.
      2) Light weight and maneuverable
      3) Convenience.
      It becomes a part of you, rather like wearing a wedding ring or a watch. If it’s not on, you feel naked.

      Ok, so if you need more ideology than that, I’m afraid I
      can’t help you. *laugh* Give it a try. I’ll be willing to bet that if you have one on for a month, you’ll be amazed at how many times you’d use it and it will become part of you. Especially if you are handy around the house or into crafts. 🙂

      Take care…

  • Zig Zag

    Looks like a great concept and well done execution, except for that jimping on the spine. As a carver, I find jimping to be uncomfortable and annoying as it digs into my thumb on certain types of carving. Wish more knives came without it…

  • You find so many cool things. I always follow the links from your YouTube links. My “wish list” is getting so long that I’m not sure where it ends. Than you. You and your wife Carin do an amazing job at keepin us informed.

  • I love this knife and I do believe you wear it often. In fact I believe all your reviews. My Amazon “wish list” is longer than I can afford. I always remember to follow the links from the “more” on YouTube. You and Carin do a wonderful job at keeping us informed. God bless you and all that you touch.

  • Josh

    can you hook this on to molle webbing?

    • Carin

      It comes with a belt clip which would likely make it molle-compatible. We haven’t done it and I happen to not be able to even find my belt clip right now (sorry!), but both David and I feel it would be the right size. You could contact CRKT directly and ask…

  • Nick sileno

    Ok these sound good but where r they made. Thank u

    • Carin

      Check the specs on Amazon…

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