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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 19, 2010

The CRKT® Slide Sharp™ is a patented* simple and economical knife

sharpening system that holds your blade at the correct angle to achieve

a sharp edge quickly, every time.

After many years in the knife industry, Steve McCowen of Iola, Wisconsin, had seen

literally hundreds of knife sharpening systems, ranging from stones to expensive electric

hones. The simpler devices required a good deal of skill, the more advanced systems

came with mounting hardware and pages of instructions, and the electric sharpeners

could grind the edge of a favorite knife to nothing in a few seconds.

Steve came up the idea for the Slide Sharp™ and contacted Charles Kain, a custom

knifemaker in Indianapolis, Indiana. Together they developed this breakthrough,

patented* product manufactured by Columbia River Knife & Tool® (CRKT®).

The Slide Sharp uses a unique system of injection-molded nylon guides to hold the

knife edge at the specific angle required for optimum sharpening. A hardwood base holds

a porcelain sharpening rod. Simply insert the rod in the base, slide a return spring over it,

select the sharpening guide needed for your knife, and slide on the cap.

Sharpening action couldn’t be easier. Just pull your blade through a sharpening guide

slot, pressing down lightly. The return spring pops the guide up again for the next stroke.

You then repeat the same action as needed in the opposite slot, sharpening both sides of

the blade equally, or as needed.

Two sharpening guides are included. One is a slight angle for putting an edge on sport,

work, tactical and kitchen knives. The second has a steeper angle for heavier tools such

as choppers and machetes.

The Slide Sharp system comes with two porcelain sharpening rods. You start with the

coarser gray rod, and finish the edge with the fine white rod.

That’s the Slide Sharp story. It’s simple to use, quick and convenient. It is as easy to

use as a butcher’s steel, with the accuracy of the more expensive and time-consuming

clamped sharpeners.

The sharpening guides maintain the edge angle and do the work for you. There’s no

guessing, no rounded edges, and no loss of blade shape from oversharpening.

If you can sharpen a pencil, you can sharpen a knife. And Slide Sharp is inexpensive

and portable, which means you can have one for the kitchen, one for the tool bench, one

for your tackle box, even one for your favorite firearms case.

Slide Sharp. A new angle on knife sharpening, with an MSRP of only $34.99.

Replacement rod kits are available for only $9.99 MSRP.


*U.S. Patent No. 7,467,991


Slide Sharp™


System with storage case


Natural finish ash


MRI #229 Porcelain

0.310” (8.0 mm) x 9.45” (240 mm)


Nylon, Fine (15 degree) and Utility (20 degree) angles


$34.99 US

Storage Case (included with system)




10.5” (267 mm)


4.5” (114 mm)


1.5” (38 mm)

Replacement Rod Kits


One Fine White Rod,

One Coarse Gray Rod


$9.99 US

The Slide Sharp 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 or other reputable web site


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