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Hole In One 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

The CRKT® Hole In One™ is a lightweight winner that’s a tough and

versatile outdoor knife. The blade has that 360˚ “sweet swing” that’s

right on target.

Tom Hitchcock is an industrial designer based in Talent, Oregon. Tom’s talent is clearly on

display in his successful tool and locking system designs. After designing a particularly

complicated multi-tool, Tom thought, “Now I’d like to design something simple, like a knife.”

The result is the Columbia River Knife & Tool® (CRKT®) Hole In One™.

He says, “I began looking at the trend to knives with finger holes, and I also saw an

interesting side-opener. I thought that I could integrate the two ideas, and make a much safer,

friendlier utility knife in the process. But it wasn’t as simple or easy as I first thought.”

Tom began with the perimeter frame, which is a single piece of 420J2 stainless steel, formed

to fit the hand. He thoughtfully split the frame with swells at the top, bottom and butt to add

more comfort without adding weight.

The blade shape was then dictated by the handle shape, which we can only call a “Hitchcock

blade.” It has a high flat grind with a gently curved Razor-Sharp edge. The model 5160 single-

hole blade is plain for easy cleaning, while the fancy model 5150 receives five lightening

holes in the blade spine.

Tom then developed the unique locking mechanism, shared with the CRKT Snap Lock™,

which provides 12 locking points for strength and security. It locks both open and closed.

Most important, when the knife is gripped tightly during use, the lock also grips tighter for

increased safety.

To open the Hole In One blade, simply press down on the lock release lever, and rotate it to

either side. Continue rotating until the lock snaps firmly into place in the open position. This is

a fast one-hand operation. Because there is no conventional clip, it is a completely

ambidextrous knife.

The design of the knife gives many grip options. The index finger can go through the blade

hole, or grasp either the frame finger choil, or even the blade finger choil if greater control is


Tom also designed a spring-loaded carry carabiner (non-weight-bearing) so you can

securely hang the Hole In One on belt loops, D-rings, webbing or lanyards. It also will work

as a bottle and jar opener.

Both blade and frame have a durable nonreflective bead-blast finish.

Tom says, “This is not a high-force knife, but a versatile, fun, outdoor knife that is going to

last a long time. I’ve used it for everything from opening packages to cooking dinner.”


Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge with Drilled Blade

Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge with Solid Blade

Length: 2.50” (64 mm)

Thickness: 0.14” (3.6 mm)

Steel: 420J2, 51-53 HRC

Overall length: 8.125” (206 mm)

Handle length: 5.25” (133 mm)

3.8 oz. (108 g)

$39.99 US








Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for both Hole In One models is only $39.99.


Hole In One

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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