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Thunderbolt PR


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

In aircraft history, Thunderbolt means: Large; Rugged; Dependable.

The CRKT® Lake Thunderbolt™ is a big knife with big value, plus a

unique serrated tip.

Study aircraft history, and you find the name Thunderbolt connected both to the P-47

fighter and A-10 fighter bomber. They are both invariably described as “large, rugged,

dependable.” Those words also fit Ron Lake’s locking liner design for the Columbia

River Knife & Tool® (CRKT®) Thunderbolt™.

Briefly, this is a heavy-duty locking liner folder series, with premium blade steel, aircraft

aluminum InterFrame build, with a stainless steel clip and our patented LAWKS® safety, all at

a fabulously competitive price.

Blades are extremely strong dual-grind Tanto-style with a drop point top edge. Blade steel is

8Cr14MoV high-chromium stainless steel with a special nonreflective black oxide coating.

Fast one-hand opening is accomplished by a large oval thumb hole with friction grooves on

the outboard edge.

Ron Lake has designed a large, ergonomic handle with a center swell and grooved areas at

the thumb and pommel. These are knives you can use while wearing gloves and under

slippery conditions.

The 6061 aluminum scales are anodized charcoal gray and CNC machined with milled

pockets to further aid grip. In the center pockets, bronze anodized inserts provide subtle

contrast. Our InterFrame build uses dual stainless steel liners, one locking, which are also

black oxide coated.

Because we expect this affordable series to be used for the roughest work and sport jobs,

we’ve incorporated the patented* LAWKS® safety, which effectively converts your folder

into a strong knife when actuated.

Our larger Thunderbolt™ models are frankly big honkers, weighing in at 7.4 oz. with 3.90”


The smaller Thunderbolt 2 models are ideal for every day carry (E.D.C.). Weight is 5.7

oz. and blade length is 3.437”.

Both sizes are available with Ron Lake’s unique Combination Tip Triple-Point™ Serrated

edges. This is the first application we know of in which serrations have been added to a Tanto

tip grind, and it is very effective when cutting cord and vegetation. Razor-Sharp-edged models

are also available.

All models come with a custom stainless steel clip in a black oxide finish.


These are knives you can depend on, just like the storied Thunderbolts of aircraft

history.The larger models are priced to be amazing values at only $39.99 MSRP and

smaller models are only $34.99 MSRP.

Thunderbolt models 7131C and 7133C are available in retail clampacks.

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


Lake Thunderbolt™ 2


Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge


Dual Combined Razor-Sharp & Triple-Point Serrated Cutting Edges


Length: 3.437” (87 mm)

Thickness: 0.13” (3.3 mm)

Steel: 8Cr14MoV, 58-59 HRC


Handle length: 4.31” (109 mm)


Overall length: 7.75” (197 mm)

Weight: 5.7 oz. (162 g)


$34.99 US

Lake Thunderbolt™


Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge


Dual Combined Razor-Sharp & Triple-Point Serrated Cutting Edges


Length: 3.90” (99 mm)

Thickness: 0.13” (3.3 mm)

Steel: 8Cr14MoV, 58-59 HRC


Handle length: 4.875” (124 mm)


Overall length: 8.75” (222 mm)

Weight: 7.4 oz. (210 g)


$39.99 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 or other reputable web site


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