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Bandera PR


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 15, 2009

You said you wanted a Ron Lake drop point lockback with G10 scales

and patented L.B.S.™ safety at an incredible price? Here’s the CRKT®

Lake Bandera™.

This story is all about a cool knife and great value from Columbia River Knife & Tool®

(CRKT®). Cutlery Hall of Fame member and master lockback folder designer Ron Lake

showed us a prototype of this very tasty concept. It had a clean shape, choiled grip and a flat

profile with G10 scales. In other words, it was a knife that just about every knife fancier would

want. Our job was to make it a knife that anyone could afford. Because it’s a rugged no-

nonsense design with Western flair, we decided to call it the Bandera™.

First, we looked at the modified drop point blade with its high hollow grind. We specified

premium 8Cr14MoV high-chromium stainless steel with a high satin brush finish to aid in

corrosion resistance. The result is a strong blade with great slicing and penetrating ability that

will hold an edge well.

For the frame, we specified brass liners and scales CNC machined from black G10, just

what you find in the finest custom knives. The grip is excellent, thanks to the G10 texture,

three finger choils and thumb friction grooves at the spine.

In the process, we built in Ron’s patented* Lock Back Safety (L.B.S.™) which allows the

user to slide the small L.B.S. button forward to lock the blade both in the open and closed

positions. When locked open, it is virtually impossible to accidentally release the blade even

during vigorous cutting tasks. For those who are concerned about accidental opening, in-

pocket or on-belt, simply slide the button forward to lock the knife closed until its next use.

We’ve learned from experience that many of our customers want a smaller-sized pocket

carry, so from the get-go, we’re making the Bandera in two sizes, both available with Razor-

Sharp or Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges. The larger Bandera

models 7265 and 7266 have 3.25” blades and measure 7.375” overall when opened. The

smaller Bandera 2 models 7263 and 7264 feature 2.75” blades and are 6.25” long when


All Bandera models are equipped with a removable custom stainless steel clip. If you prefer

to use a fob or lanyard, there’s a handy lanyard opening in the brass liners at the butt.

But Whoa Nellie! That’s a lot of needless yakkin’ about an honest lockback that will sell

itself once you pick it up, turn it over in your hand a few times, and see the price of the larger

models at $49.99 MSRP and smaller models at only $44.99 MSRP.

*U.S. Patent No. 7,140,110




Lake Bandera™


Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge


Combined Razor-Sharp & Triple-Point Serrated Cutting Edge


Length: 3.25” (83 mm)

Thickness: 0.11” (2.9 cm)

Steel: 8Cr14MoV, 58-59 HRC


Handle length: 4.125” (105 mm)


Overall length: 7.375” (187 mm)


2.9 oz. (82 g)


$49.99 US

Lake Bandera™ 2


Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge


Combined Razor-Sharp & Triple-Point Serrated Cutting Edge


Length: 2.75” (70 mm)

Thickness: 0.09” (2.3 mm)

Steel: 8Cr14MoV, 58-59 HRC


Handle length: 3.50” (89 mm)


Overall length: 6.25” (159 mm)


1.9 oz. (54 g)


$44.99 US

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 reputable web site purveyors.

For information on the Bandera, other CRKT products, and the name of the CRKT

dealer nearest you, call (503) 685-5015 or (800) 891-3100 or fax (503) 682-9680, or

write Columbia River Knife & Tool, 18348 SW 126th Place, Tualatin, OR 97062 for a

free brochure. Reach us via e-mail at Our web site is

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