Mike Vellekamp has worked in the knife industry for more than 22 years, acting as a designer for Blade-Tech, 5.11 Tactical, and Fox Knives USA. His latest partnership is with First Tactical, and the result is a slick-looking folder called the Krait.
The First Tactical Krait features a 3.51-inch spear-point blade formed from D2 steel. D2 is a high-carbon tool steel with excellent edge retention and added chromium for corrosion-resistance. First Tactical says it’s the strongest steel available on any of their current knives. Like all First Tactical folders, it also includes the distinct Thumb Bridge, which provides leverage for pushing open the blade and making precise cuts.
The D2 blade is sculpted into a complex curve, convex at the front and concave along the belly. It’s paired with a liner lock mechanism and G10 handle scales, which are available in either black, coyote tan, or OD green.