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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 15, 2009

The successful CRKT® MercHarness™ is the most innovative

and simple fixed blade carry harness we’ve ever seen.

George Matheis, known professionally as Mercop, is one of those big, burly cops who

commands your respect instantly. As a certified weapons instructor at the state and federal

level, he is a fan of inverted fixed-blade carry in Kydex® or Zytel® detented sheaths for

emergency self-defense. But most harnesses are complex, bulky and uncomfortable. Neck

chains require a tie-down to position the knife. So George developed his MercHarness, a

revolutionary way to carry fixed blades of any size, from the Columbia River Knife & Tool®

(CRKT®) Dogfish™ neck knife to the tactical CRKT Hissatsu™.

The harness is a length of mil-spec paracord, gutted so it is flat. Soft rubber keepers allow

adjustment of the harness even when wearing it. Users just tie the cord through the eyelets of

their fixed blade sheath and slip the MercHarness over their shoulders.

George’s key words are comfort and concealability. Comfort means you can carry even

larger fixed blades. For example, the CRKT Hissatsu has a length of 12.25” and weight of 7.9

ounces and can still be carried unobtrusively under the arm. The MercHarness can be worn

under uniforms, tactical vests or casually under a T-shirt. It’s durable, inexpensive, lightweight

and moves with the body.

The MercHarness does not need tie-downs. You can position the knife under the arm or

slightly forward and it stays oriented. Drawing from the MercHarness is lightning quick with

either a cross draw to the forward grip, or a same-side draw to a reverse grip. So sometimes,

simple really is better, especially with an MSRP of only $9.99.

Note: The MercHarness is intended for use specifically with molded and fitted fixed

blade sheaths made of Kydex®, Concealex®, or Zytel®, which have a detent system

designed to grip the knife during inverted carry.




Mil-spec paracord, gutted; with rubber keepers


0.5 oz. (14 g)


$9.99 US



The MercHarness is protected by a one-year Limited Warranty against defects in

materials or manufacturing.

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 MercHarness, 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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