For America’s fiercest warriors, only the strongest, most capable tool will do.
This tactical fixed blade was designed by a war vet for his brothers and sisters who are still abroad. It’s got the capability of a utility knife, and the powerful force of a last-resort defense tool. When you only have room for one, the Rakkasan™ delivers.
As a part of the Forged By War® program, war veteran Austin McGlaun designed the Rakkasan™ in his Columbus, Georgia shop. The name, reminiscent of the WWII paratroopers from the 187th infantry regiment, is the Japanese translation of “umbrella for falling,” because they were completely unfamiliar with the American combat tactic.
True to its combat heritage, the blade is forged of black powder coated steel and molded into a deep belly shape. The handle is built with tough G10 handles to withstand the most hostile environments, and slips into a glass reinforced nylon sheath and includes a clip system which allows for versatile carry options.
The combat arena is laden with unexpected variables. The Rakkasan™ serves to address them all.
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About the Forged By War® program
In 2013, Ryan Johnson of RMJ Tactical, designer of elite, military, tactical tomahawks, approached CRKT® with the news that he had been working with a few combat veterans that had returned from war with varying degrees of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
To help work through their challenges, they have been designing and forging steel into custom tools. Drawing from their experience earned in combat situations, they have been creating tools they wished they had available to them in the battlefield.
CRKT® cares deeply about our returning veterans and we saw a way to give back to the community that created them. In 2016, we launched the Forged By War® program.
These are mission ready tools, designed by veterans, with 10% of the CRKT® net profits of the program donated to the veterans' charity of choice.
Mission ready tools that are Forged By War®. Learn more here.
Austin McGlaun's charity of choice for this knife is The Green Beret Foundation.
There are those who fight with knives. There are others who design them. And then…there’s Austin. Having served in the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq, and as a street cop in Columbus, GA, he knows that a knife has to work as both a weapon and a tool. As part of the Forged By War™ program he applied his skills as both a combat vet and knife maker to develop the Clever Girl™. Not to mention a new way to bring his fellow soldiers home. When asked about his design philosophy, he’ll tell you that if a knife is ugly but effective, it’s not ugly. It’s perfect.