The CRKT Ruger LCK comes from a collaboration between CRKT and Ruger, who lent their firearm style – and their branding – as inspiration for this line of knives. Designed by Matthew Lerch, the Ruger LCK is based on – wait for it – the LCP II, a popular .380 Auto sidearm. LCP stands for Lightweight Compact Pistol, so we predict that LCK stands for Lightweight Compact Knife.

The textured glass reinforced nylon handle is designed to evoke the design of its firearm inspiration; it’s thin, angled with scales that look like the grooves of the LCP II.  The knife features a locking liner, and the blade comes in both modified sheepshead and drop-point, 3.325” long and crafted from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a plain edge.

Well-balanced and sized perfectly for both everyday and outdoor tasks, it promises to slice easily, and the fine point is good for precise cuts. On the back of the blade is a flipper for easy, one-handed deployment, which is important when seconds count (and sometimes they do).

One thing we wish was different: it’s right-handed only, and you can’t switch the pocket clip around.

And at just over $20, what’s not to like about this slim, light, sharp knife? It weighs 2.56 ounces, and deserves a spot in your EDC collection.