Ruger Hollow-Point Knife

By Dr. Jim and Mary Clary

Ruger Hollow-Point Knife
Illustration courtesy of Columbia River Knife & Tool.

This is another in the line of Ruger knives for everyday carry, hunting and tactical use. Ruger knives are marketed in conjunction with Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) and the latter's Chinese supplier.

It did not take a second look for Mary to recognize that this was a Ken Onion blade, uniquely retro-styled. The blade has the high hollow grind that Ken is famous for, making it ideal for just about any task you can think of, from filleting fish to skinning an animal.

The Hollow-Point incorporates the IKBS ball bearing pivot system. The flipper for blade deployment is smooth and fast. The IKBS was invented by Flavio Ikoma and his friend Rick Lala, of Korth. The "I" stands for Ikoma and the "K" for Korth.

Ken combined the IKBS ball bearing system with modern knife features, such as a frame lock mechanism, two-position pocket clip, lanyard hole and blade flipper for quick one handed deployment. This uniquely styled knife is ideal for hunting treks and great for every day carry in the pack or pocket.

The blade is made from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, which is tough, corrosion resistant and holds a good edge, yet is easy to re-sharpen when needed. Properly heat-treated for use as a knife blade (HRC 58-59), 8Cr13MoV is approximately equivalent to Japanese AUS-8 stainless steel.


  • Model No.: R2302
  • Designer: Ken Onion
  • Style: Folding knife w/frame lock
  • Blade: Length: 3.17" (80.15 mm)
  • Blade Width: 0.875" at widest point (22.23 mm)
  • Thickness: 0.125" (3.2 mm)
  • Blade Grind: High hollow grind
  • Closed: 4.25" (107.95 mm)
  • Open: 7.50" (190.5 mm)
  • Edge: Plain
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV
  • Hardness: 58-59 HRC
  • Finish: Satin
  • Weight: 4.40 oz. (125 gm)
  • Handle: Stainless Steel w/high impact plastic inserts
  • Country of Origin: People's Republic of China
  • 2017 MSRP: $69.99

As we have come to expect from the Ruger/CRKT line, this is a good quality production knife that is priced right. It is well balanced, more than sufficiently sharp for common cutting chores out of the box and the handle is comfortable in the hand. We feel confident it will find a home in the pocket of many outdoorsmen and should provide years of rugged service.

The Ruger Hollow-Point that is reviewed here is the middle-size model. Other Ruger Hollow-Point knife models of the same style include the larger Hollow-Point +P (R2301; 2017 MSRP $79.99) and smaller Hollow-Point Compact (R2303; 2017 MSRP $59.99).

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