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There are several things you notice about this knife from the minute you take it out of the package.

First the knife is integrated with the sheath it comes in. This is a refined version of the original sheath and it’s a good one. I like the way it holds the knife firmly in place yet releases with a gentle tug. Look at the round indentation in the body of the knife. It fits perfectly into the sheath which has a depression that fits into the hole perfectly. There is no real wiggle felt. When it’s in, it’s in! I could not jog it out or shake it out. The knife comes with some 1 inch strapping sufficient to strap the knife to your leg. Other suggested carry positions are belt, arm or middle back. I wore mine primarily on my leg, mounted well above my ankle. It carries easily in my boot, did not move and with a simple reach in, it could be released.

The second thing you notice upon extraction from the sheath is the sharpness of the knife itself. And its sharpness x2! One side is as sharp as the other. I mean shaving sharp.


Finally it has a point. The two sharpened sides come to a point that is also piercingly sharp. The knife also has a depression about the middle/end of the knife and it is finished off by a lanyard hole.

There is one more thing, in a classic boot knife that knife does indeed need to be grasped. That requires some spacing to accomplish that and once again there is a built in feature on the sheath, in that it is sewn over creating a layer that forces the top end of the knife slightly outward.

Look at the difference between the top loop and the bottom.


Primarily this knife would be used for defensive purposes, possibly as a backup or even a last defense. The knife could also be used for skinning with its sharp double side. In a pinch it could be tied with paracord to a branch to make an effective spear. One thing it is not, is a throwing knife. Not unless you were in a situation that demanded you resorted to that defense.


The CRKT A.G. Russell Sting Double-edged belt/arm/leg stealth knife measures 6 7/8" (175mm) overall. The knife/handle is made from one piece, black powder coated, hot-forged, 1050 carbon steel made to be virtually indestructible (HRC 54-55).
The 3 1/4" (83mm) double-edged blade is finished in a spear point and as indicated has razor sharp edges. The integral handle is contoured with thumb detents and a large lanyard hole. The custom Cordura sheath has a Zytel insert and slots/straps for belt, arm or leg carrying.

This knife was designed by A.G. Russell and according to him; the design first conceived in 1975 and eventually produced in 1977 has a timeless quality and is ever gaining in popularity.


This knife comes from CRKT with a lifetime warranty.

Tags: A.G., Boot, CRKT, Knife, Russell, Sting

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It is an excellent knife for the money Craig, in my opinion. Again, small, extremely sharp and some great carry options make it very practical and functional.

Craig Henry said:

I've seen it for 30-38 bucks. Looks real handy!

I think I might have to put that on my "to get sometime" list. When the original came out it seemed to stir up interest in dagger type knives.  It certainly has become a classic!

Steve"Hog"Hanner said:

It is an excellent knife for the money Craig, in my opinion. Again, small, extremely sharp and some great carry options make it very practical and functional.

Craig Henry said:

I've seen it for 30-38 bucks. Looks real handy!

Excellent review!

Yes I agree and I do think this continues to be an excellent seller for CRKT. It is a fun knife to have for sure!

Craig Henry said:

I think I might have to put that on my "to get sometime" list. When the original came out it seemed to stir up interest in dagger type knives.  It certainly has become a classic!

Thank you Sue! I did enjoy doing it and greatly enjoyed the knife. It is non traditional but with so many carry options it just might be that knife that lots of people will carry as their 2nd(or 3rd).

Sue OldsWidow said:

Excellent review!

That is a good mounting position potentially Pat, anywhere in the truck or car. I can say that I believe it will not shake out of the sheath until you are ready to use it!

Pat ChoKo said:

I think it'd be an excellent knife to strap to the sun visor above the steering wheel in my truck; something to grab in a pinch.

Pat....

I agree totally with you and Steve.  For the money this is an excellent knife.  The original Russell's handle is just not shaped in a way you can keep a good grip.  The handle is too slick...too short and for a big handed person...too small.  In my professional and personal opinion, the CRKT version has addressed those issues.  Great knife and great idea Pat.

Steve"Hog"Hanner said:

That is a good mounting position potentially Pat, anywhere in the truck or car. I can say that I believe it will not shake out of the sheath until you are ready to use it!

Pat ChoKo said:

I think it'd be an excellent knife to strap to the sun visor above the steering wheel in my truck; something to grab in a pinch.

That is a great point Clint, take a look at the second indentation on the knife. The first secures it in the sheath the second  is a good gripping point depending on your hold of the knife your thumb might just be placed there allowing for a very firm grasp.

Clint Thompson said:

Pat....

I agree totally with you and Steve.  For the money this is an excellent knife.  The original Russell's handle is just not shaped in a way you can keep a good grip.  The handle is too slick...too short and for a big handed person...too small.  In my professional and personal opinion, the CRKT version has addressed those issues.  Great knife and great idea Pat.

Be sure to read Clint Thompson's latest article in the October Issue of Knives Illustrated. It is called Best Option: Traditional or Tactical? he does a great job breaking down the options as they exist and he mentions this knife in particular. Pick it up and read the article if you can and leave a comment for Clint!

Also a great picture of iKC member Steve Williams, a career law enforcement official.

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