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Lake 111 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 15, 2009

Ron Lake, father of the modern folding knife, reinvents the lockback

with his Lake 111™ with its exclusive patented L.B.S.™ safety that locks

open and closed.

Ron Lake has been called “the father of the modern folding knife” and literally co-

authored the book on them in 1988, How To Make Folding Knives. But while Ron is busy

making stunning custom folders in his Eugene, Oregon, workshop, he is always thinking.

In this case, we believe he has perfected the lockback folder.

Ron’s breakthrough is the Lake 111™ by Columbia River Knife & Tool® (CRKT®). It

is equipped with his patented* Lock Back Safety (L.B.S.™) which allows the user to slide

the small L.B.S. button forward to lock the blade both in the open and closed positions. When

locked open, it is virtually impossible to accidentally release the blade even during vigorous

cutting tasks. For those who are concerned about accidental opening, in-pocket or on-belt,

simply slide the button forward to lock the knife closed until its next use.

The blade is a classic drop point with a flat grind for strength and a brushed finish. Blade

steel is premium 8Cr14MoV stainless steel (equivalent to AUS 8). Dual Lake-style thumb

studs give fast either-hand opening, and the lockback release allows easy one-hand closing.

The lockback design allows for a very flat build. The combination of traditional brass liners

and lightweight aluminum scales results in a very rigid frame. For grip, the black anodized

handle features a basketweave texture and a pronounced finger choil and pommel.

We produce the Lake 111™ Aluminum in two sizes. The larger models 7255 and 7256

have 3.125” blades and measure 7.25” overall when opened. The smaller models 7253 and

7254 feature 2.50” blades and are 6.00” long when opened. Both sizes are available with

Razor-Sharp or Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges. These models

come with a custom stainless steel clip in a brushed finish.

For those truly grimy tasks, we also offer a Lake 111™ Zytel® model, with stainless steel

liners, almost indestructible black Zytel scales and a Razor-Sharp cutting edge. Blade steel is

the same as the aluminum models. A bonus denim carry sheath with belt loop is included.

Over the years, others have tried to devise safeties for lockback folders, but Ron’s is the

most effective and sophisticated we have seen. He really has something to crow about,

especially because the aluminum models are priced at $49.99 and $44.99 MSRP and the

Zytel 7255Z is only $29.99 MSRP.

The Zytel model is available in retail clampack as the 7255ZC.



*U.S. Patent No. 7,140,110


Lake 111™ Aluminum


Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge


Combined Razor-Sharp & Triple-Point Serrated Cutting Edge


Length: 3.125” (79 mm)

Thickness: 0.11” (2.8 mm)

Steel: 8Cr14MoV, 58-59 HRC


Handle length: 4.125” (105 mm)


Overall length: 7.25” (184 mm)


3.2 oz. (91 g)


$49.99 US

Lake 111™ Zytel


Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge


3.1 oz. (88 g)


$29.99 US

Lake 111™ Aluminum 2


Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge


Combined Razor-Sharp & Triple-Point Serrated Cutting Edge


Length: 2.50” (64 mm)

Thickness: 0.09” (2.3 mm)

Steel: 8Cr14MoV, 58-59 HRC


Handle length: 3.50” (89 mm)


Overall length: 6.00” (152 mm)


2.1 oz. (60 g)


$44.99 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 reputable web site purveyors.

For information on the Lake 111, other CRKT products, and the name of the CRKT

dealer nearest you, call (503) 685-5015 or (800) 891-3100 or fax (503) 682-9680, or

write Columbia River Knife & Tool, 18348 SW 126th Place, Tualatin, OR 97062 for a

free brochure. Reach us via e-mail at Our web site is

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