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Tualatin, Oregon, U.S.A.— January 15, 2009

Named after the falcon-headed Egyptian solar god, the CRKT® Montu™ is an Elishewitz design that combines speed, power and brilliance.

In ancient Egypt, the war god Montu is usually depicted with a falcon head and a solar disk above it. That suggests speed, power, and brilliance to us. Allen Elishewitz is an acclaimed Canyon Lake, Texas, knifemaker who offers a surprising range of custom knives, many with Egyptian-themed names. The Elishewitz Montu™ from Columbia River Knife & Tool® (CRKT®) has turned out to be everything we could imagine in a personal folder.

We set out to translate Allen’s custom into a slightly smaller, personal-size folder for carry convenience, and along the way, incorporated the patented features that have made CRKT folders so popular, including OutBurst® assisted opening and the LAWKS® safety.

The Montu has a 3.25” blade and is 4.25” long when folded, dimensions that knife users tell us are “just about right” for a personal carry. Weighing 4.9 ounces, it also has just the right heft.

The Montu frame uses a stainless steel InterFrame build with one locking liner. Black textured glass filled nylon scales are inlaid with the latest tough and hard CPL composite, like that used in modern bowling balls, featuring blue/gray swirls. Each inlay has a unique pattern.

The blade is another one of those unique shapes that Allen is noted for. We call it an Elishewitz drop/spear point, swedged and recurved. The blade is AUS 8 premium stainless steel in a bead-blast finish. Both Razor-Sharp and Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edge grinds are available.

The Montu comes standard with our patented OutBurst® assisted opening mechanism, which instantly springs the blade fully open after you have opened the blade approximately 30 degrees.

The Montu features LAWKS®, the Lake and Walker Safety innovation. LAWKS® sets a pin between the locking liner and the frame. This pin acts as an additional layer of safety, so the locking liner is less likely to disengage during use. To engage the safety, push the LAWKS® lever forward. To close the knife, pull the LAWKS® lever back, slide the locking liner over, and fold the blade into the closed position.

As a bonus, you get a gold Elishewitz logo on the blade and a custom removable stainless steel pocket/gear clip.

Plus, we have priced the Montu to further add to your good fortune. Manufacturer’s suggested list price for the Montu is $79.99.


1140: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
1141: Combined Razor-Sharp & Triple-Point Serrated Cutting Edge
Blade: Length: 3.25” (83 mm)
Thickness: 0.14” (3.6 mm)
Steel: AUS 8, 58-59 HRC
Closed: Handle length: 4.25” (108 mm)
Open: Overall length: 7.50” (191 mm)
Weight: 4.9 oz. (139 g)
MSRP: $79.99 US

1. U.S. Patent No. 5,596,808

Founded in 1994, CRKT® is the industry’s premier brand of knives, tools, and lifestyle accessories, with a reputation for innovative design. For more information, call: (800) 891-3100, email:, on the web:

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