Survival Knife Review: CRKT Guppie

Survival Knife Review: CRKT Guppie

Key Points

• Built on a carabiner platform

• Portable when attached to gear

• Versatile: Adjustable wrench jaw opens to 1/2″

• Winner: Blade Magazine 2007 Best Buy Of The Year®

Review of Columbia River Knife & Tool GuppieThere are plenty of multi-tools out there. The temptation is to focus on the number or kinds of features. There's plenty of value in that, but the platform those things sit on matters just as much.

Enter the patented Guppie, part of Columbia River Knife & Tool's innovative I.D. Works line of tools. Despite its “cute” appearance, designers Launce Barber and Tom Stokes created a hard-working carabiner tool with dozens of uses perfect for survival situations.

Much of that versatility comes from the adjustable wrench jaw. It opens to 1/2″, making it ideal for all kinds of light repair and assembly jobs. That's helped by its carabiner gate, which makes the Guppie easy to carry on a belt loop, D-ring, pack or rope. Keep in mind, though, it is not a weight-bearing carabiner.

Another highlight is the high-carbon, stainless steel 2″ blade. It sports a Razor-Sharp edge, and can be opened or closed with one hand.

On the Guppie‘s left side is a removable bit carrier. It doubles as a high-intensity LED light with two strong magnets to hold it securely.

Outside of survival situations, the Guppie makes a great little money clip, too, for those who like to keep a thin wallet.

One more trick: The Guppie carabiner detent will open bottle caps and metal jar lids. (Note: Magnets may harm electronic media.)

Overall, there's a lot to like in this tool. No wonder it won the Blade Magazine 2007 Best Buy Of The Year® award. Click here to order a CRKT Guppie at a great discount from

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