Krudo Introducing High-End and Entry-Level Lines

Krudo Knives is kicking off its premium Bad Attitude (B.A.) series with a trio of releases later this year. Alongside the new high-end blades, the company aims to release an economy line of entry-level products by the end of the year.

A standard Krudo model features a stainless steel frame and 9Cr18MoV steel. The new B.A. iterations will carry all titanium frames, decorative inserts of marble carbon fiber or possibly other materials, and either S35VN or M390 steel. “[These are] the high-end versions of our knives, with materials that are competitive with other premium offerings on the market,” confirms Louis Krudo, company Founder.

This high-end refitting brings noticeable weight savings. Krudo knives are famous for their overbuilt chassis and thick stock, but the swap for titanium drops the overall weight by about 30%. “The titanium BA models will maintain the same blade thickness, but here is where you will notice weight reduction, down to around 5 oz,” says Krudo.

The first two designs in line for the B.A. treatment are the Vice and Drastik models, followed by the Revolute in late summer after it releases in the standard line. Krudo intends to serialize the first 500 of each B.A. knife. If a particular B.A. model proves popular there is even the possibility of unique micro-batch customizations. The B.A. knives are sourced overseas, but some of these custom jobs could be performed by Krudo himself in his Arizona-based shop.

Krudo is also working on the TSUNAMI line of entry-level products. “Hopefully by the end of the year or 1st quarter 2019 we’ll round it out with the new TSUNAMI Series,” he says. These sub-$100 releases will be entirely unique designs, with thinner blade stock made from AUS-8 or something comparable. “The TSUNAMI Series will have slightly thinner blades, G10 scales, liners and liner locks, but still have the five ways of opening,” Krudo explains. He also intends on remaining the sole designer at the company for now. “No outside designers,” he simply states.

Krudo is also hard at work on more general releases for later this year, including a dog tag knife called the Flea DT and the Mosaik, a new flipper that will be the first to break from Krudo’s signature five-way opening system. “The big difference is that it doesn’t have a thumb wedge or finger lever,” Krudo says. He acknowledges it is a big jump out of the Krudo Knives comfort zone. “Those who know  Krudo have come to expect the Thumb Wedge and the front lever on my designs. They see those two design aspects and they know it’s a Krudo.”

Knife featured in image: Krudo Knives Revolute