CRKT was delighted when internationally known Japanese knifemaker and American Knifemakers’ Guild member Koji Hara agreed to design a personal knife for CRKT. CRKT's goal was to apply Koji’s remarkable design sense to a small personal folder which could incorporate their patented OptiFast™ assisted opening mechanism.
For rigidity and strength, CRKT used their InterFrame open build, with two 420J2 stainless steel liners. In a first for CRKT, they created layered injection-molded scales of Kraton® and Zytel®, the latter with Koji’s terraced Air-Step design. The result is a small knife that gives good grip, fits the hand nicely, and is truly functional for a variety of work tasks. The Ichi features bronze and Teflon bearings at the adjustable blade pivot for smooth, fast action
The handle tapers neatly into a modified drop point pen blade with a high-hollow grind made of high-carbon stainless steel. An ambidextrous thumb disk allows easy one-hand opening.