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The Natural

PRESS RELEASE
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Contacts: Rod Bremer, Lindsey Phelps, 1-800-891-3100 or 503-685-5015
Fax: 503-682-9680 E-mail: info@crkt.com



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

The Natural™, a new CRKT® production folder series, uses premium natural materials just as Pat and Wes Crawford do in their customs.



Pat and Wes Crawford, custom knifemakers in West Memphis, Arkansas, have produced many successful folder designs for Columbia River Knife & Tool® (CRKT®) over the years, many with mid-level blade steels and Zytel® scales. Here's our new idea: let's make a Crawford folder series that is as close to a custom knife as possible, using premium blade steel and natural materials.

Logically, we decided to call it The Natural™ series. Available in two sizes, these are extremely heavy-duty frame-lock folders with our patented* lightning-fast OutBurst™ assisted opening.

The Natural™. At 10.4 ounces, this is a big hunk of knife, with a 3.88" blade of premium 8Cr13MoV polished stainless steel and stainless steel liners so thick that it qualifies as a frame-lock folder. The blade can only be called a "Crawford Marauder clip point," with a scalloped top edge and dual ramped Crawford-style thumb studs for opening. Just nudge either thumb stud outward approximately 30 degrees, and the OutBurst mechanism springs the blade open with a satisfying "click."

The stainless steel back spacer receives file work like the finest customs. And the scales are hand-shaped white bone with black G10 bolsters and a removable satin stainless steel pocket/gear clip. When it comes to grip, this folder has it all: a full-size handle, butt pommel, two deep finger choils and thumb friction grooves on the spine.

The Natural™ 2. Similar in design to their big brother, these three smaller personal carry folders have a 3.25" blade, also of polished premium 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. The thick stainless steel frame is engine turned, or "jeweled," as is the custom stainless steel clip. They are really overbuilt for long life. All three also have dual thumb studs and OutBurst assisted opening, as well as file work on the polished stainless steel back spacer.

When it came to choosing scales from custom-knife materials, we had trouble deciding between natural white bone, natural jig bone, and black Micarta®. They looked so good, we decided to produce all three.

So here's our bet: If you were walking through a custom knife show, and you picked up any of these Naturals without the CRKT logo, you would think, "Wow, a Crawford custom!" And except for the value price, you'd be pretty darned close.

The Natural larger model 7085 has an MSRP of only $99.99, while the three smaller models 7080, 7080J, and 7080M models are only $89.99 each.

*U.S. Patent No. 6,834,432

Specifications

The Natural™
7085: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, White Bone Scales
Blade: Length: 3.88" (98 mm)
Thickness: 0.15" (3.7 mm)
Steel: 8Cr13MoV, 58-59 HRC
Closed: Handle length: 5.25" (133 mm)
Open: Overall length: 9.25" (235 mm)
Weight: 10.4 oz. (295 g)
MSRP: $99.99 US
 
The Natural™ 2
7080: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, White Bone Scales
Weight: 6.7 oz. (190 g)
 
7080J: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, Jig Bone Scales
Weight: 6.5 oz. (184 g)
 
7080M: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, Micarta Scales
Weight: 6.3 oz. (179 g)
 
Blade: Length: 3.25" (83 mm)
Thickness: 0.15" (3.7 mm)
Steel: 8Cr13MoV, 58-59 HRC
Closed: Handle length: 4.38" (111 mm)
Open: Overall length: 7.63" (194 mm)
MSRP: $89.99 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 Natural, 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 info@crkt.com. Our web site is www.crkt.com.
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