1999 was a year to remember. There was that whole “the world is going to end” Y2K thing. Tiger Woods won his first PGA championship. And “padawan” entered the lexicon, thanks to Star Wars.
In Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, we hear the word for the first time when Qui-Gon refers to Obi-Wan as ‘padawan’, and in the last 25 years, the term has taken on a life of its own, being used more often than not to refer to a “learner, follower or anyone just starting out.” This may seem unrelated to the world of knives and EDC, but CRKT’s new frame lock folder, the Padawan, embodies the spirit of the term in a way I haven’t encountered until now. After getting to know the knife, here’s what I think.