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For immediate release.

Contacts: Rod Bremer, Lindsey Phelps, 1-800-891-3100 or 503-685-5015

Fax: 503-682-9680 E-mail:

Tualatin, Oregon, U.S.A.— January 19, 2010

Jim Hammond’s A.B.C. Aqua.

We have All Bases Covered with this knife/sheath system. It’s the

ultimate dive and whitewater knife, with two sets of scales included and

a special combo blade grind.

Jim Hammond is an active outdoorsman as well as a custom knifemaker and

Knifemakers’ Guild member. When his diving and whitewater friends pointed out the

need for a better multipurpose fixed blade, he developed his custom A.B.C. (All Bases

Covered) knife/sheath system. The Columbia River Knife & Tool® (CRKT®) production

version is faithful to Jim’s designs and priced to put it within reach of everyone who

depends on a knife in or near the water.

The blunt-tipped A.B.C. Aqua is designed to fill all the needs of the scuba diver and

whitewater enthusiast in a single knife. The bottom hollow ground Razor-Sharp edge is

suited to fine cutting tasks. The spine incorporates a Triple-Point™ Serrated edge ideal for

rapid rough cutting through cord, nets, fishing line, kelp, and for safe release of

whitewater entanglements.

The combo and razor edge grinds are equal in length, starting at 0.75” from the blade

tip, which ensures that the blunt point won’t pierce air compartments if accidentally

dropped. It is also an indispensable work tool for swift water rescue teams, paramedics,

and law enforcement.

The blade is a full-tang skeletonized design of premium AUS 8 stainless steel. For

maximum corrosion resistance, the steel is first mirror polished to close the pores, and

then black titanium nitride coated. The finger choils are heavily friction grooved for sure


The A.B.C. Aqua comes with two sets of injection-molded Zytel® scales, in black and

high-visibility yellow, both with an aggressive texture for grip. A tool is also included to

allow you to quickly switch scales, which are held in place by corrosion-resistant Torx®


The Zytel sheath with dual attachment panels and black stainless spring steel clip

allows eight carry modes and countless variations. Black finish brass Chicago screws

allow adjustment of the knife compression fit into the sheath. Equally important, they are

used for a multitude of attachment orientations: on diving buoyancy compensators and

pocket flaps, webbing, with dive leg straps, on PFDs, or with a neck cord.

Strong. Simple. Versatile. Extremely corrosion resistant. You have all bases covered,

at an MSRP of only $79.99.



Hammond A.B.C. Aqua


Blunt Dive Blade,

Combined Razor-Sharp & Triple-Point Serrated Cutting Edge


Length: 3.75” (95 mm)

Thickness: 0.16” (4.0 mm)

Steel: AUS 8, 58-59 HRC


Overall length: 8.5” (216 mm)


4.6 oz. (130 g)


$79.99 US

A.B.C. Sheath (included with knife)



Overall length:

5.37” (136 mm)


2.50” (64 mm)


3.4 oz. (96 g)

All CRKT knives are protected by the CRKT Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Columbia River Knife & Tool is dedicated to producing knives, tools, and accessories

of uncompromising quality and selling them at affordable prices. CRKT products are

distributed through specialty retail, sporting goods and cutlery stores that offer customers

knowledgeable service and are available from or other reputable web site


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