When Jon and Josh Graham of Graham Knives in Cleveland, Tennessee, developed their custom Graham Razel in 2001, most knife blades came to a single point. Not the Razel. Itís a cross between a chisel and a razor with a knife handle. The result gives two useful edges, one for pushing or tapping, and the other for precise cutting. You also get two strong blade points. The Graham brothers have been very successful with their custom versions in a variety of sizes and styles.
The CRKT Razel SS7 is a humongous 13.8-ounce work tool with the look of a cleaver and the heft of a hatchet. The full-tang 9Cr18MoV steel blade is 0.25" thick with cutting edges of 1.70" and 7.25", plus a 3.70" top cutting edge with patented Veff serrations. The butt features a bottle and jar opener, plus a hardened steel window-breaker tip. The CRKT production Razel model has a hand-contoured resin impregnated fiber handles, and custom-fitted Kydex sheath.
How are mechanics, carpenters, farmers, and home craftsmen using their Razel models? The Jon reports: Scraping gaskets, removing paint and stickers. Chiseling to make reliefs, mortises and tenons. Prying tight-fitting parts. Cutting things like paracord, wire insulation, radiator hose, plastic ties and tubing. Taper reaming a hole with the twist of the wrist. Reaching into tight spaces and push cutting with the chisel edge. Opening feed bags and cutting through bales of hay. You name it, the Razel does it.