KnifeNews: CJRB Ekko Delivers Modified Sheepsfoot for EDC

We recently talked about an incoming CJRB prototype, the Chord, but it didn’t arrive alone. The Ekko is another new everyday carry proto for Artisan Cutlery’s budget label, landing in a different size class with a very different blade shape.

Whereas the Chord came out with a solid rendition of a drop point, a blade shape that has never really been out of style, the design team at Artisan aimed for something a bit more trendy on the Ekko. This is a modified sheepsfoot blade, where the typically straight edge is canted up to give it some belly, and the tip elongated to keep piercing power on a parity with other popular profiles. Once again Artisan crafted this blade from AR-RPM9, their budget-focused powder metallurgy steel. When they first brought it out in 2020, Artisan described AR-RPM9 as a formulation that used the advantages of powder metallurgy to deliver a high value steel, rather than something that simply aimed for maximum performance at the cost of, well, a reasonable cost.

I go back and forth between CJRB and Civivi as my favorite budget Chinese brands. This looks like a good one.

CJRB Ekko Delivers Modified Sheepsfoot for EDC