Ruger Hollow-Point Folding Knife Review

by Jim and Mary Clary
Rancher, Jim Clary, explains the inner details of the Ruger Hollow-Point Folding Knife by Columbia River Knife and Tool.

Ruger Hollow-Point Folding Knife
Ruger Hollow-Point Folding Knife :
Jim Clary
Jim Clary

U.S.A.-( This is another in the line of Ruger knives for everyday carry, hunting and tactical use.

And, it didn’t take a second look for Mary to recognize that this was a Ken Onion blade uniquely retro-styled.

The blade has the high-grind that Ken is famous for, making it ideal for just about any task you can think of, from filleting fish to skinning out an animal.

Ruger Hollow-Point Folding Knife , Columbia River Knife and Tool, R2302, with Frame Lock

The Ruger Hollow-Point Folder incorporates the IKBSTM 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.

Ruger Hollow-Point Folding Knife Specifications :

  • Model Nr. 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: China
  • MSRP 2017: $69.99 (less $ online)

As we have come to expect from the Ruger/CRKT line, the Ruger Hollow-Point Folding Knife is a quality blade that is priced right. We feel confident that it will find a home in the pocket of many outdoorsmen and should provide years of rugged service.

CRKT Ruger Hollow Point Knife
CRKT Ruger Hollow Point Knife

Other models that are available include:

About Jim and Mary Clary:

Jim and Mary Clary have co-authored over three hundred and fifty articles, (and counting) on shooting and hunting. You can read many of them on AmmoLand News.

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sorry Charlie no china made anything for me,I still find it hard to believe RUGER would offer such a thing,I guess they think if the NRA can do it ,it,s O,K, BULL—–

Gerry B Blachley

English knife maybe Chinese not a snowballs chance in hell what the hell are you people thinking trying to Pearl Chinese to Americans have they not taken enough jobs for you guys, pardon my French but get your heads out of the wrong part of your anatomy.


Sorry Charlie, NO China knives for me


8CRMOV13 is the new bottom end of the marginal good steels nowadays, no thanks for $70. Also, I am a Southpaw and, for that money, there is plenty of choices that allow for the switching sides of the pocket clip. Cold Steel comes to mind. Roughly same money, probably better built, and definitely Lefty friendly. There are others of anybody interested…
Too bad though, liked the grind.


I just bought a Buck 119, 75th Anniversary, at Wal-Mart for $48.00, and it is made in America. Why ever would I want to buy some Chinese junk for half again that price? If I can, I avoid buying Chinese products.


What a shame that a company that does so well financially in this country wants to push products on Americans that are from a Communist, and Economically Anti American nation. There are so many great American knife makers and they give more than a good look to their products. Even if the price were right, a china made product is still a China made product.. Personally I wont spend a nickle on a China Made when there is a better option.

Cody Mihlbachler

70 for a China knife no thanks


Are they made in China?

Richard L

According to the specs. Yes