CRKT Company PR
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Contacts: Rod Bremer, Lindsey Phelps, 1-800-891-3100 or 503-685-5015
Fax: 503-682-9680 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tualatin, Oregon, U.S.A.— January 19, 2010
For 2010, CRKT® continues to broaden its product line of knives, tools,
and accessories, delivering “tough knives for tough times.”
Columbia River Knife & Tool® (CRKT®), a Tualatin, Oregon-based manufacturer of
knives, tools, and accessories founded in 1994, has announced its new product line-up for
Company president and co-founder Rod Bremer notes, “Regardless of economic
conditions, we have continued to work with some of the world’s leading designers, and
we are once again introducing a long list of new products that offer new mechanisms,
innovative product shapes and colors as well as premium materials.”
The 2010 CRKT full-color catalog is the largest ever, with a total of 92 pages. It is
divided into three sections: Sport & Work Knives, I.D. Works® Tools, and For Those
Who Serve® Professional Knives & Tools.
Sport & Work Knives. CRKT continues to “think outside the box” by seeking out new
and unique designs and mechanisms, just when everyone in the industry thinks they have
seen it all. For example, the company is introducing the tiny McGinnis Shrimp™, the
Gekkota™ Pocket and Golf, the ExiTool™, Ta-Bar Tool™, Norfork™ Diver and
Whitewater, and Klecker NIRK™— all exciting and unusual. At the same time, it
continues to broaden it’s traditional knife models, including for the first time, Classic
pocket knives, as well as the Centofante Tribute™, Carson M4™-02 series, and the
Delegate™ and Vertex™ lines.
I.D. Works™ Tools. This exciting line continues to be dedicated to multifunctional
tools that are uniquely creative. The motto is simply “Inspired Design works.®” This year
we’re adding the award-winning Flux™ modular tool system and the inspired Eat’N
Professional Knives & Tools. The CRKT “For Those Who Serve®” line of
professional knives has proven very popular with operators in the field. This year CRKT
has added a smaller Hissatsu™ 2 Folder, the fully-featured Fire Spark™ tactical folder,
and the Elishewitz Tao™ tactical pen line.
More natural and premium materials. CRKT is continuing to specify the natural and
premium materials that are common in the best custom knives, including more knives
with layered Micarta®, G10, stag, jig bone, white bone, ram horn, and hardwoods such as
thuya root, cocobolo, ebony, walnut, and burl.
New web site. The CRKT web site, www.crkt.com has been completely redesigned
from the ground up to allow users to find products faster, conduct better searches, and
find a broader array of products.
Collaborations with leading designers. CRKT is probably best known for its
K.I.S.S.® series, the original two-piece money clip knives designed by Ed Halligan, and
its M16® series, designed by Kit Carson. “These knives were pivotal to our success,” says
Bremer. “We recognized them as successful custom designs which deserved to be put
into production to reach a wider audience. We continue to seek collaborations with
leading custom knifemakers and bright young industrial designers, because it is good for
us, good for them, and good for our customers.”
This year CRKT has contracted with another high profile knife designer, Ken Onion, to
produce a series of knives, beginning with his Ripple design.
Growing distribution. You will find CRKT knives at fine cutlery, select sporting
goods, specialty stores, and U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marine exchange stores
worldwide. The company was founded on the belief that knowledgeable sales people are
still valuable in helping you select the right knife for the job, advising you on care and
maintenance, and supporting the product after you buy it. Their products are also
available from reputable web site purveyors.
Quality. All CRKT knives and tools are built incorporating the most advanced
equipment and production systems available, and quality is controlled from beginning to
end. Knives are built the way they should be built—without compromising quality in any
part of their creation. CRKT accessories are crafted to the same standards as the knives,
so that each sheath, for example, lives up to the customers’ high expectations.
For more detailed information on individual CRKT products, please see the 2010
CRKT catalog, the specific 2010 product press releases, or their web site, www.crkt.com,
New Sport and Work Knives from CRKT for 2010 are:
Delegate™ EDC. A classic new personal carry line with Fire Safe™ thumb release and
OutBurst® assisted opening, InterFrame build with aluminum bolsters and white bone or
Delegate™ Gentleman. This smaller version of the Delegate is a lightweight gentleman’s
knife, also with premium blade steel, InterFrame build, and a G10 bolster inlaid with light
Vertex™ CP. A value-priced folder with OutBurst® assist and Fire Safe™ stud release. The
CP features a notched clip point blade of 8Cr14MoV stainless steel and cocobolo scale inserts.
Vertex™ DP. You also have the choice of Vertex with a modified drop point blade and
Micarta® scale inserts. Both models have OutBurst® assist, Fire Safe™ stud release, and
Pocket Classics. Yes, CRKT now has a full line of premium classic pocket knives. They
include the Congress four-blade, Whittler three-blade, Stockman three-blade, to sizes of
Trapper with two blades, and two single-blade Toothpick designs.
Centofante Tribute™. These two premium lockbacks are a tribute to the late Frank
Centofante. They feature his sleek design, plus custom-quality premium blade steel and
layered Micarta® frame.
Klecker NIRK™. Here are two lockback folders of truly “irreducible complexity,” each
made of just two pieces of stainless steel, ingeniously cut to give strong lockup and complete
Slip K.I.S.S.® 2. Ed Halligan’s popular slip-joint K.I.S.S. two-piece knife is now available in
a smaller size with a 2.375” blade. It weighs just 1.0 oz. and is available with a multicolor or
Gekkota™ Pocket. It’s a little multi-tool that looks like a brooch with a gecko design. It
features a knife blade, blade screwdriver, bottle opener, money clip, and key chain loop.
Gekkota™ Golf. CRKT now makes the tool every golfer needs. This Gekkota has a divot
fork, screwdriver, bottle opener, stainless steel money clip, key chain loop and magnetic
stainless steel ball marker.
McGinnis Shrimp™. Gerry McGinnis came up with this solid and very small frame-lock
folder. The tough little guy has a 1.75” blade with recurve, moonglow back spacer, and key
chain loop. Available in five colors.
McGinnis Notorious™. Here’s a rugged Gerry McGinnis frame-lock folder with stainless
steel build, G10 scale onlays, premium blade steel and OutBurst® assisted opening. Comes
with a cool custom clip. Also offered in black oxide tactical finish.
McGinnis Premonition™. Gerry McGinnis has also come up with an E.D.C. with an open
build of layered G10, an inset locking liner, premium stainless steel blade and flipper for fast
opening. Also available in black tactical dress.
Carson M4™-02 Series. CRKT is now offering Kit Carson’s classic folder in a smaller size
with 3.25” blade, premium blade steel, OutBurst® assisted opening. The M4-02 has black G10
bolsters and white bone scales. Two additional M4 models offer custom quality with
brushed stainless steel bolsters, your choice of stag or burl scales, and the patented
Folts Minimalist™ Tanto and Bowie. The original Alan Folts Minimalist Wharncliffe fixed
blade was so successful that CRKT is now offering it in Tanto blade and Bowie skinner blade
Tabor Ta-Bar Tool™. Raleigh Tabor came up with this rugged multi-tool with knife blade,
pry bar/nail puller, bottle opener, ruler scales, a file edge, 6 mm wrench, and hex bit
screwdriver. Zytel® sheath included.
ExiTool™. Every driver needs this Russ Kommer-designed seat belt cutter, window breaker
and L.E.D. flashlight. It clips onto any standard seat belt and stays out of the way until you
Norfork™ Diver and Whitewater. These two rugged water sport fixed blades feature
combo serrated edges, line cutters, pry hooks, plus a unique locking sheath system complete
with leg straps.
Veff™ Sharp. Tom Veff came up with the ultimate diamond-coated field sharpener. It
features six stepped sections which can handle virtually any knife or tool blade and all types of
New to the 2010 CRKT catalog in the I.D. Works® tool line are:
Flux™ System. This modular quick-change carabiner tool system initially features five
modular tools, any two of which can be “clicked” onto the aluminum carabiner double
chassis. Tools include the Flux Knife, Flux Driver, Flux Wine Tool, Flux L.E.D. Light,
and Flux Flash Drive.
Eat’N Tool™. This lightweight stainless steel camping tool, designed by Liong Mah, is a
spoon, a fork, bottle opener, pry bar/blade screwdriver, with 10 mm, 8 mm, 6 mm wrenches
New to the CRKT 2010 Professional “For Those Who Serve®” line are:
Elishewitz Tao™ Pens. The tactical pen may not be mightier than the sword, but these four
Allen Elishewitz-designed pens of anodized 6061 aluminum can go anywhere, and they could
save your life.
Hissatsu™ 2 Folder. Now James Williams has designed a smaller concealed-carry Hissatsu
Folder with a 3.125” blade, OutBurst® assisted opening and the patented LAWKS® safety.
Fire Spark™. This new tactical design combines everything CRKT knows know about
folders, including Fire Safe™ and OutBurst® assisted opening, and the LAWKS® safety. In
black or satin finish.
Biotac™. Here’s a great lightweight fixed-blade carry harness designed by Ed Van Hoy. Fully
adjustable, it allows six basic carry positions for fixed blades with locking detent sheaths.
CRKT knives, tools, and accessories are covered by exceptional warranties, which are
fully detailed in the company catalog and website.
For more information, 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.
Reach them via e-mail at email@example.com. Their web site is www.crkt.com.
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