Pat and Wes Crawford, custom knifemakers in West Memphis, Arkansas, have produced many successful folder designs for CRKT over the years, many with mid-level blade steels and glass filled nylon scales. Here's our new idea: let's make a Crawford folder series that is as close to a custom knife as possible, using premium blade steel and natural materials.
Logically, we decided to call it the Natural™ series. Available in two sizes, these are extremely heavy-duty frame-lock folders with our patented* lightning-fast OutBurst™ assisted opening.
The Natural™ 2 7080J is our smaller personal carry size with jig bone scales. It has a 3.25" blade, also of polished premium 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. The thick stainless steel frame is engine turned, or "jeweled," as is the custom stainless steel clip. It is overbuilt for long life.
The stainless steel liners are so thick that it qualifies as a frame-lock folder. The blade can only be called a "Crawford Marauder clip point," with a scalloped top edge and dual ramped Crawford-style thumb studs for opening. Just nudge either thumb stud outward approximately 30°, and the OutBurst mechanism springs the blade open with a satisfying "click."
The stainless steel back spacer receives file work like the finest customs. When it comes to grip, this folder has it all: a good-sized handle, butt pommel, two deep finger choils and thumb friction grooves on the spine.
So here's our bet: If you were walking through a custom knife show, and you picked up any of these Naturals without the CRKT logo, you would think, "Wow, a Crawford custom!" And except for the value price, you'd be pretty darned close.
The knife seems to be well made but I`m disappointed that the knife was manufactured in China. I feel a little mislead because the Company is in Oregon and the designers are in Arkansas I thought the knife would be American Made 2012-04-02 Calico Rock, AR ***CRKT RESPONSE We appreciate your comment. Thank you for giving us feedback. We read it all and your feedback is taken seriously here at CRKT. There are a lot of truly great knife/tool companies in the marketplace. CRKT is a family owned/operated Oregon company that provides over 30+ jobs right here in Tualatin, Oregon (including myself). We manufacture in China and Taiwan much like Apple, Nike (Oregon Company), Columbia Sportswear (another Oregon Company), and many other great American companies. It's a global economy at this point and all of us here at CRKT in customer service, quality control department, corporate office, shipping, receiving, operations and IT (yes...IT is right here with us) are very grateful to have jobs to provide for our families and contribute to the local economy here in Oregon. We all feel a great sense of pride in what we are able to achieve working with the world's finest knife designers including (not limited to); Ken Onion, James Williams, Russ Kommer, Kit Carson, Jim Hammond, Ed Halligan, Tom Veff (Oregon), and many others. CRKT is American owned, a few of our key competitors are not (I encourage you to research this), so their knife company profits are shipped overseas. Thanks again for your feedback and we appreciate all points of view.