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I was totally excited to see a cool looking small knife I could use in the workplace..... called the Cricket. Then I saw the price tag....
there was a drop not too long ago, and proably will be another in the near future on a great little folder, and much more reasonably priced.
the kershaw chive was very inexpensive, but still feels quality built and i use it at work for opening boxes/letters without intimidating others. highly recommended little knife.
Love the Chive. Someone else here in the office got it and I would to try and steal it every time I had a box to open.
That said, I just got this Cricket, and it's great. There's not really anything for scale in the pictures, but it's such an easy knife to carry around. I clip it into the little coin pocket of my jeans and it fits no problem. The little curve on the end also makes it perfect to get the tip in and slice the tape holding a box together. I'm still babying it so I don't know how it does with straight cardboard, but the thing is so sharp I doubt it would have any trouble.
Hmm interesting. I guess that would seem high to someone who's not into knifes I guess.
The Chive is a good inexpensive knife for every day carry, but there's a reason the Cricket costs more, and in my opinion, is the better buy.
The Chive is an assisted-open knife (Kershaw has branded their assisted-open as SpeedSafe) and while that makes it extremely easy to flip open, it also presents a potential point of mechanical failure.
The Cricket is not an assisted-open knife, eliminating that element simply makes this a more reliable knife. It also runs much better steel than The Chive. VG-10 isn't the best steel on the market, but it sharpens well and holds an edge well. The Chive runs 420HC standard, though there are likely variants with better steel and subsequently a higher price tag. If you're using this as an office knife - opening boxes, cutting twine and tape, opening letters, cutting paper - you'll find The Chive loses its edge quicker and may be easier to chip, whereas The Cricket is going to remain functional for a longer period of time.
There are other pros and cons if you dive into the specs. I like that The Cricket is slimmer and lighter and easier to pocket.
It's all a matter of perspective and budget, but no need to rule The Cricket out on cost, it's making up for it in performance.