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Fulcrum 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 19, 2010

In the growing Kommer Fulcrum™ family, opening is just “press down,

pull up” in one continuous motion, thanks to designer Russ Kommer

and Fulcrum Action* inventor Charles Kain.

Just when we thought we had seen every way possible to open a folding knife, a prototype

arrived from knifemaker and inventor Charles Kain of Indianapolis, Indiana, that

demonstrated his patented* Fulcrum™ Action. It didn’t take us long to purchase the rights to

this surprising new lock for use in Columbia River Knife & Tool® (CRKT®) production


We felt We the Fulcrum Action was perfect for a sleek design proposed by knifemaker Russ

Kommer, and so we put Russ to work integrating it into his folder, which we call the


The knife world enthusiastically embraced the Fulcrum. It was voted the Imported Knife of

the Year at the 2008 Blade Show in Atlanta, and was given a Special Innovation award at the

2008 International IWA Show in Nuremberg, Germany.

To open the Fulcrum, simply press the left side of the frame down with your thumb. The

blade swings out to the 90-degree position. Then pull the left side of the frame back, gripping

with your index finger at the choil, and the blade continues to rotate open and lock in the open

position. After a few openings, you can do it naturally in one continuous, fluid action, or


To close the Fulcrum, simply release the stainless steel locking liner. One-hand closing is

also fast and easy.

The build uses our high-carbon steel InterFrame with a steel pivot at the back spacer. The

stainless steel bolsters have a diamond pattern. All models come with a removable stainless

steel pocket/gear clip.

Fulcrum™. The larger Fulcrum models have a 2.75” blade in a modified drop point style

with a high hollow grind, made from premium AUS 8 stainless steel. For traditionalists, the

base model 7403 features a satin blade finish, vibratory frame finish, and gray/black swirled

CPL scales. It is also available with pink swirled CPL scales by popular demand. For the more

adventurous, the deluxe model 7404 boasts a black titanium nitride blade finish, deep blue

titanium nitride frame, and wild blue/black swirled CPL scales.

Mini Fulcrum™. The smaller Fulcrum model has a 2.19” black-finished blade. Build and

action are identical to the larger Fulcrum, but scales are mother-of-pearl CPL. At only 1.9

ounces, it makes an exclusive personal carry.











Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, Satin Blade, Vibratory Liners,

Gray/Black CPL Scales

Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, Satin Blade, Vibratory Liners,

Pink CPL Scales

$69.99 US

Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, Black Blade, Blue Liners, Blue/Black CPL Scales

Length: 2.75” (70 mm)

Thickness: 0.10” (2.5 mm)

Steel: AUS 8, 58-59 HRC

Handle length: 3.90” (100 mm)

Overall length: 6.25” (159 mm)

2.7 oz. (77 g)

$79.99 US

All this technology is very affordable with the Fulcrum’s suggested list prices: $69.99

for the 7403, 7403P, and 7408; and $79.99 for the 7404 model.

*U.S. Patent No. 7,513,045



Mini Fulcrum™

Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, Black Blade, Black Liners,

Mother-of-Pearl CPL Scales

Length: 2.19” (56 mm)

Thickness: 0.10” (2.5 mm)

Steel: AUS 8, 58-59 HRC

Handle length: 3.13” (79 mm)

Overall length: 5.25” (133 mm)

1.9 oz. (54 g)

$69.99 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 or other reputable web site


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