Gear First Look: the CRKT NIAD Joe Dawson September 2, 2016 Join the Conversation There are just those moments in life where you need a blade, and need one in a hurry. Whether you are free climbing in Utah, working your way up the face of Half Dome in Yosemite, or rappelling down the side of a building for work or play, climbing and rope work requires equipment that is easily accessible, lightweight and portable. Long known for hard-use knives, Oregon based CRKT never seems to stop releasing new and innovative blades. Using the direct input of a world record holding speed climber, the CRKT Niad is no different. This blade is SMALL (yes, I used all caps, and it nearly gave my editor a stroke) with a closed overall length of 2.5 inches — but that's still big enough to be very handy and usable. The Niad is just as much at home on your keychain as it is clipped into your work-belt or climbing harness. When you just need a simple blade accessible in a pinch this one hits the mark. We'll using it as part of a review EDC over the coming months and shall report back with any significant findings. This is what CRKT has to say about it. The CRKT NIAD “The NIAD™ climber's knife is designed to be light in weight only. This compact, heavy-duty folder is ready for action. Just like the man who created it. Hans Florine is a world record-holding speed climber from Lafayette, CA who knows the importance of taking only what you need to conserve energy. That's why he made every ounce count with the NIAD™. The super lightweight knife features a simple two-piece design—because you don't want anything complicated while climbing. A stainless steel blade seats against the frame and eliminates the need for a sheath or additional parts while climbing. Welcome news for those who are looking for something that's high-function but not high-maintenance. Additionally, a titanium handle resists corrosion and can be secured in place by simply putting a carabiner through the loop handle feature. So it's climber ready whenever you are. If you're looking for a knife that pulls its own light weight on the climb, get a good handhold on the NIAD™. In 2016, Hans released his first book about his record setting speed climbing accomplishments aptly titled “On The Nose, A Lifelong Obsession with Yosemite's Most Iconic Climb.” For more information please visit them online, here. Explore RECOILweb:FN's New 15-Round FN 509 Midsize & 509 Tactical BlackSynopsis of This Week's Firearms Politics by Duane LiptakPreview - Ruger's LC9-LM - Defensive Laser PistolPreview - Zeroed In Julie Golob NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.