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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

Want a little H.U.G.? Ed Halligan’s Ultimate Gadget (H.U.G.™) in the

K.I.S.S.® series is available in both bead-blast and non-reflective black

titanium nitride coating.

How do you follow one of the most successful designs in modern knife history? Ed

Halligan’s original two-piece K.I.S.S.® (Keep It Super Simple) money clip knife has been

a sensation for more than a decade. But we call this two-piece design Halligan’s Ultimate

Gadget (H.U.G.™) because it is virtually as small, simple and lightweight as the K.I.S.S.,

but so much more sophisticated and versatile.

Like the K.I.S.S., the H.U.G. is a frame-lock folder with a single-sided blade. However, Ed

has refined almost every aspect.

The 2.30” blade is now a modified spear point with a single-side grind which seals against

the frame. It is more useful for the type of pen knife tasks most users will give the knife. Blade

material is high-carbon stainless steel in a bead-blast finish, and both Razor-Sharp or

Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges are available in the larger-size


The frame, also bead-blast high-carbon stainless steel, now uses an ingenious internal frame

lock. A single Zytel® scale makes the handle fit the hand better, and also helps prevent the

blade from accidental opening. A finger choil on the bottom of the frame and friction grooves

at the thumb area make for a more secure grip, and give more comfort during extended use.

A compact custom stainless steel pocket/money clip makes this a handy and useful personal

carry in all situations.

Ed has also designed a smaller model, the H.U.G. 2, which is about the size of his very

successful P.E.C.K.™ (Precision Engineered Compact Knife), with a 1.78” blade. Again, this

little gem weighs only 1.5 ounces and fits in pocket or purse. It’s a handy pen knife, money

clip and emergency knife.

For those who want a H.U.G. in the Dark, all three models are available in non-reflective

black titanium nitride blade and frame coating, plus black hardware and a black-

plated clip.

Yes, the shape is different from the K.I.S.S. and more refined, but the purpose remains the

same—high utility from a minimal design. And like the original K.I.S.S. knife series, all

H.U.G. models are excellent values, built to the highest-quality standards.

So whether you think of it as Halligan’s Ultimate Gadget or High Utility Gear, never turn

down a little H.U.G.


Suggested retail price for the larger bead-blast H.U.G. models is $49.99, while the

bead-blast H.U.G. 2 is only $39.99. MSRP for the black titanium nitride-coated models is

an additional $10.00.

The H.U.G. family is available in retail clampacks as the 5570C, 5580C, and 5590C.




Bead-Blast Finish, Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge


Bead-Blast Finish, Combined Razor-Sharp &

Triple-Point Serrated Cutting Edge


$49.99 US


Black Ti-nitride Finish, Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge


Black Ti-nitride Finish, Combined Razor-Sharp &

Triple-Point Serrated Cutting Edge


$59.99 US


Length: 2.30” (58 mm)

Thickness: 0.12” (3.0 mm)

Steel: 420J2, 51-53 HRC


Handle length: 3.65” (93 mm)


Overall length: 5.71” (145 mm)


2.5 oz. (71 g)

H.U.G.™ 2


Bead-Blast Finish, Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge


$39.99 US


Black Ti-nitride Finish, Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge


$49.99 US


Length: 1.78” (45 mm)

Thickness: 0.10” (2.6 mm)

Steel: 420J2, 51-53 HRC


Handle length: 2.90” (73 mm)


Overall length: 4.49” (114 mm)


1.5 oz. (43 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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