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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® Sting™: Originally conceived as a hunting

and personal defense knife by A.G. Russell, this little forged

fixed blade is the toughest knife we have ever made.

Say “A.G. Russell,” and you have to immediately say “first,” because this living legend

was one of the inventors of the modern knife industry. But despite all his awards and

achievements, A.G. is first of all a knifemaker. We are proud to offer a Columbia River

Knife & Tool® (CRKT®) production version of his Sting, complete with a custom

Cordura®/Zytel® sheath.

When A.G. designed the first Sting in 1975, he intended it as a boot knife for hunting

and personal defense. His very popular all-steel version in 1977 carried the idea a step

further. We see today’s CRKT Sting™ as a multipurpose one-piece utility knife that is

just about indestructible.

Hot forging is the reason the Sting is so tough. It begins life as an ordinary blank of

1050 carbon steel, similar to the alloy used in traditional Samurai swords, which is first

hot forged and then precision ground into final shape. After heat-treating and normalizing

to improve the grain structure, the Sting is then heat-treated and quenched to achieve

hardness, and tempered to arrive at an optimum hardness with excellent strength.

While they are very tough, low-alloy steels do not have the rust resistance imparted

by the chromium and nickel in stainless steels, so we apply a black nonreflective powder

coat finish to stop corrosion.

The spear point blade features two Razor-Sharp cutting edges.

The integral handle is contoured to fit the bare or gloved hand nicely and provides

heft and balance, with thumb detents for grip. A large lanyard hole is provided, allowing

the use of a wrist lanyard, or carry as a neck knife.

We have also created a new Cordura® multi-carry sheath with a Zytel® liner. This

quiet and strong design allows the Sting to be carried in a variety of positions on trousers,

belts or gear.

We never recommend mistreating a knife, but as a survival knife, the Sting can take

more outright abuse than any stainless steel knife we make. You can use it to cut wood,

clean and skin animals, and even for those unforeseen digging and prying tasks.

As a personal carry, the Sting is a more hefty knife than our other small fixed blades,

which many say adds a sense of security.

Like A.G. Russell himself, the Sting is a tough character that has earned its respect.

And you can have a part of this legend for just $59.99 MSRP.


Sting Sheath (included with knife)




6.50” (165 mm)


2.125” (54 mm)


1.2 oz. (34 g) without straps

2.4 oz. (68 g) with straps

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 or other reputable web site


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Razor-Sharp Cutting Edges

Length: 3.197” (81 mm)

Thickness: 0.137” (3.5 mm)

Steel: 1050, HRC 52-55

Overall length: 6.85” (174 mm)

3.9 oz. (110 g)

$59.99 US








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