DAO Folder

DAO Folder


6 in stock (can be backordered)

(12 customer reviews)

Embrace the DAO Folder knife and feel the quality that comes from KRUDO Knives’ expert design and manufacturing. The perfect pocket knife for both self defense and daily usage such as camping and hunting. Every element of the knife has a purpose, from the sculptured grips providing extra hold, to the rapid and multiple blade deployment capabilities. Add the DAO Folder knife to your collection and feel confident that you are prepared for any situation that may arise.

6 in stock (can be backordered)


Inspired by the fact that his dad used an Ivory handled straight razor, Louis Krudo designed a knife with flair, sexiness and a rich look with a Black and Silver Tone.  That’s how the DAO Folder was created. This KRUDO knife is the perfect pocket knife for nearly any environment. The DAO Folder performs expertly in tactical, hunting, fishing, camping and daily usage environments. The curved design with nearly perfect weighting and center of gravity will create the confidence you need. So, if you are looking for one of the best pocket knives on the market, look no further than the DAO Folder by KRUDO Knives.

DAO Folder Specifications

  • 9Cr18MoV Stainless Steel Blade
  • Blade Length 3 3/4″
  • Blade Thickness 0.187”
  • Weight 7.7 oz
  • Overall Length 9″
  • Closed Length 5 1/2″
  • Integral Sculptured Bolster with Black Carbon Fiber Scale
  • Ball Bearing Washers
  • Frame/Liner Lock Hybrid
  • Thumb Wedge For Ergonomic Grip & Pocket Deployment
  • UPC 643129700781
  • Boxed Weight 10.9 oz
  • Boxed Dimensions 6.75 x 3 x 1.5″

Designed in the U.S.A. by Louis Krudo.

All aspects of production of KRUDO Knives designs are overseen by Louis Krudo — relentlessly, meticulously, verging on OCD, mixed with odd hours and lots of hot coffee.  

Built in China and hands on, quality controlled in Cave Creek, AZ, USA.

Additional information

Weight .75 lbs
Dimensions 7.5 × 4.75 × 1.3125 in

12 reviews for DAO Folder

  1. Paul Dameron

    Received my DAO today. Very good edge out of the box. Surprisingly comfortable carry, for a knife this size, in right hand pocket.

    Looking forward to many years of service from this blade.

  2. Denny Furey

    I’ve been a lover of Krudo blades for some time and have an original SNAG that I EDC. I have taught edged weapons and combatives for years and am always looking for good blades to utilize.

    I’ve been carrying a variety of straight edges, but when I saw the DAO, it called out to me. The aesthetics and symmetry of the knife seemed excellent so I jumped on the pre-order immediately. After a long and grueling wait, I had it in hand and have not put it down. It has made me want to sell all my other folders from a vast collection.

    Excellent work, Louis!

  3. Leon Boles (verified owner)

    Very amazing piece of art. For a folder this size the ergonomics are great. Great craftsmanship and durability. The factory edge is amazing. You can’t go wrong with Krudo products. I promise you will not be disappointed if you buy a DAO, I certainly was not.

  4. Jeff O’Brien (verified owner)

    My Dao arrived today. I’ve carried dozens of folders since 1987 and this is by far my favorite! Heavy duty, great edge, well balanced, intimidating, comfortable in my hand and my pocket, and will be a perfect companion to a custom fixed blade I’m having made. In short: just get one, you’ll thank me later.

  5. Promote Liberty

    I can’t say enough good things about this blade. I first saw it browsing Instagram. The knife is incredibly aesthetically beautiful, came hair shaving sharp, and makes my knife friends envious. For the OCD out there, my blade came perfectly centered, if you don’t know what that means, don’t worry about it.
    I also had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Krudo and his wife at the NRA convention in Louisville Kentucky this year. It was an honor to shake the mans hand and his wife was very sweet. This is the type of small businesses everyone should be supporting.

    Louis you might think about making a smaller version for those looking for just a utility blade. A couple of my friends have asked about that.

    I have no complaints and I’ll be watching for your next wicked design.
    Follow me at instagram.com/promoteliberty/

  6. Nathan deagan

    This knife is amazing. By far the best knife I’ve ever purchased. Great craftsmanship and design. The factory edge is razor sharp and doesn’t seem to dull easily. I have a feeling this knife will turn into a family heirloom and passed down many times.
    Thank you Louis for finally putting an amazing knife in my pocket at such a reasonable cost.

  7. Derrick

    This is my my absolutely favorite EDC knife.
    If you don’t own a DAO, you suck.
    Fix you suckage and buy a DAO.

  8. Shawn M Holliman

    Wow! DAO!
    I, like some of the other fellows on here, have a very large collection of knives. This is a standout knife, one that stands above others that are twice its price. Multiple deployment options that actually work, razor-sharp edge, excellent grip and ergonomics, and top notch fit and finish on an all-steel frame. What’s not to love? All that, and a price even an old ranch hand like me could afford. Good work, Krudo!

  9. Steven T. (verified owner)

    Wow! Heavy Metal Rocker Knife.

  10. Brent

    Received my blade and I have carried it for a month now. I wanted to carry it and get a feel for it. This blade is very comfortable in my pocket and on my hand. When deployed the blade is very well balanced.

    I would recommend this blade to anyone who has an affinity to fine blades and useful tools.

    Krido knives out did themselves with this blade.

  11. Paul Grossman

    Just received my all black model, and I am really happy. The quality of the knife, in my opinion is terrific. It is a beautiful knife, and I’m sure I will have it for years to come. Thanks Krudo


    DAO for x-mas been my EDC ever since love the feel of this knife . But now it needs to be sharpend what angle is best for this knife what is the factory angle ? any help would be appreciated thank you

    • Louis Krudo

      Glad you love your DAO! Thank you for the feedback. 17 degrees would be optimal.

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