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Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby GarageBoy » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:29 pm

I feel like the cricket has been around forever in it's current form, but rarely gets talked about anymore, BUT hasn't been discontinued yet, so it must be doing something right.

Kinda want one (tiny hawkbillish blade) but dread sharpening it (okay that's a personal problem)

How would you "upgrade" it?

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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby bearfacedkiller » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:34 pm

I love my cricket. I would like to see an frn version done again.
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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby Spydergirl88 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:36 pm

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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby jdw » Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:00 pm

My FRN SE Cricket remains one of my favorite all time knives. Sadly, it was lost years ago and hasn't been replaced so I would be all over a SE version. I am not so sure about a PE version. I had both at one time and to me something seems lost in this knife in PE. The SE is a beast for such a small knife.
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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby Stuart Ackerman » Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:04 am

Never owned a Cricket, but I have handled one.

A FRN version might be a good idea.
Limited sales, i am guessing, though?

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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby TomAiello » Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:15 am

I have a CF version that I love. It's a great, functional, yet discreet knife. If can be used as a money clip, which makes it even more discreet.

My daughter's EDC is actually a "tattoo" cricket (the version with the cricket graphic printed on it).

Really nice little knife. Great value for a very useful EDC.


Contrary to most, I think the way to go with this model isn't to downgrade for lower price, but to upgrade with various upscale handle materials. Smooth G-10 or Micarta would be great. A titanium frame lock would be super cool too.

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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby araneae » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:30 am

Sal has stated that he was unhappy with flex in the original FRN version. I love mine and would very much like to see it revisited. The polymers have improved as Sal has said and the time might be right for the Cricket lightweight to return. Wire clip please. :)

I would also support a G-10 top scale version. I made one myself, so I know it works well with this model.
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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby Jazz » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:40 am

The thing I would change is put the lanyard hole on the proper end of the handle. It's annoying to no end putting it in your pocket lanyard first. Completely defeats the purpose of the fob I like on short knives. A huge part of the reason I rarely carry mine.
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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby Doc Dan » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:43 am

I’ll have to admit that the cricket is one life that I just simply don’t understand. Why do people love it so much? The blades she would seem to preclude it being useful across a broad spectrum of tasks. It also seems like it’s very heavy for his size. Maybe somebody here can explain it to me?
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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby araneae » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:53 am

Jazz wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:40 am
The thing I would change is put the lanyard hole on the proper end of the handle. It's annoying to no end putting it in your pocket lanyard first. Completely defeats the purpose of the fob I like on short knives. A huge part of the reason I rarely carry mine.
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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby zhyla » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:50 am

Jazz wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:40 am
The thing I would change is put the lanyard hole on the proper end of the handle. It's annoying to no end putting it in your pocket lanyard first. Completely defeats the purpose of the fob I like on short knives. A huge part of the reason I rarely carry mine.
I don’t think a lanyard makes sense at all for this knife. It’s just too tiny. That hole is for keychains IMO.

I used to carry my SE cricket a lot. But the frame lock catches the hairs on my hand when I put my hand in my pocket and drives me nuts. It’s a good tiny knife though.

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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby TomAiello » Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:44 am

Doc Dan wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:43 am
I’ll have to admit that the cricket is one life that I just simply don’t understand. Why do people love it so much? The blades she would seem to preclude it being useful across a broad spectrum of tasks. It also seems like it’s very heavy for his size. Maybe somebody here can explain it to me?
The blade is actually really useful for small tasks. The shape is varied enough that it gives you the ability to make several different kinds of cuts with different parts of the blade.

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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby Jazz » Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:49 am

zhyla wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:50 am
I don’t think a lanyard makes sense at all for this knife. It’s just too tiny. That hole is for keychains IMO.

Here’s why you’re not entirely right, my friend. It aids in opening the small ones by lengthening your grip...

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... and it just plain old lengthens the grip. Makes the small ones easier to use, whilst not taking up any more pocket room...

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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby Mini2white » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:25 am

My wife carries the FRN daily. I own many crickets and love the style. I'd buy new colours in FRN or any new models.

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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby sal » Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:48 pm

I've thought about a larger one?

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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby Sharp Guy » Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:01 pm

Jazz wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:40 am
The thing I would change is put the lanyard hole on the proper end of the handle. It's annoying to no end putting it in your pocket lanyard first. Completely defeats the purpose of the fob I like on short knives. A huge part of the reason I rarely carry mine.
It's very possible I'm not thinking correctly here, but isn't what you really want is the clip to be on the other end? The lanyard hole is in the back when the blade is open. Which would allow you to attach the fob in the back as you want. But the clip orientation is what makes you put it in your pocket lanyard first.
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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby zhyla » Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:05 pm

Jazz wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:49 am
Here’s why you’re not entirely right, my friend. It aids in opening the small ones by lengthening your grip...
Oh yeah, I know why people people put “lanyards” (not 100% sure that’s the right term for this) on small knives to help make it easier to grab onto. But it really makes little sense on a knife this tiny as you could just carry a larger knife like a Dragonfly and have a far better grip (with or without a lanyard).

The Cricket is, I’ve always assumed, intended as a money clip or keychain knife.

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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby Sharp Guy » Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:06 pm

Doc Dan wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:43 am
I’ll have to admit that the cricket is one life that I just simply don’t understand. Why do people love it so much? The blades she would seem to preclude it being useful across a broad spectrum of tasks. It also seems like it’s very heavy for his size. Maybe somebody here can explain it to me?
Blade is very useful for small tasks (opening packages, envelopes, etc) and it's not that heavy. It feels about the same as a FRN Dragonfly.
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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby Crux » Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:12 pm

GarageBoy wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:29 pm
I feel like the cricket has been around forever in it's current form, but rarely gets talked about anymore, BUT hasn't been discontinued yet, so it must be doing something right.

Kinda want one (tiny hawkbillish blade) but dread sharpening it (okay that's a personal problem)

How would you "upgrade" it?
Maybe you could upgrade to metal bats? :confused:
Can you find it and can it cut? :eek:

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Re: Cricket - due for an upgrade?

Postby araneae » Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:56 pm

zhyla wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:05 pm
Jazz wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:49 am
Here’s why you’re not entirely right, my friend. It aids in opening the small ones by lengthening your grip...
Oh yeah, I know why people people put “lanyards” (not 100% sure that’s the right term for this) on small knives to help make it easier to grab onto. But it really makes little sense on a knife this tiny as you could just carry a larger knife like a Dragonfly and have a far better grip (with or without a lanyard).

The Cricket is, I’ve always assumed, intended as a money clip or keychain knife.
Just because you think it's a keychain knife doesn't mean there aren't tons of people carrying them in pocket or clipped. I'd wager most people carry them that way. The d'fly is really great, but the cricket is a different animal altogether. Your suggestion is like saying why carry a delica when you could just carry a police? All good, just different.
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