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 CRKT production folders.
We felt 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 Fulcrum™.
New this year is the Mini Fulcrum™ model with a 2.19" modified drop point style with a high hollow grind, made from premium AUS 8 stainless steel with a black titanium nitride finish. Scales are mother-of-pearl CPL. At only 1.9 ounces, it makes an exclusive personal carry.
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 a Fulcrum model, simply press the left side of the frame down with your thumb. The blade swings out to the 90° 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 "fulcrumation."
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.