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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

Introducing the Tribute™ line. Are they Frank Centofante customs or are they

CRKT® collaborations? We think Frank would be very happy with our new


Frank Centofante, one of the pioneers in the custom knifemaking movement, passed away in

September of 2009 before he could see this lockback design go into Columbia River Knife &

Tool® (CRKT®) production. After a few moments of reflection, we decided to name the series

the Centofante Tribute™.

Frank was not only highly successful, winning countless knife awards internationally,

serving as President of the Knifemakers’ Guild, and being inducted into the Cutlery Hall of

Fame, but he was a genuinely nice person who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

While you’ll find many of Frank’s customs made with Damascus steels and exotic handle

materials, he was perhaps best known for his sleek and simple lockbacks.

The Tribute™, Frank’s final production collaboration, is a fitting statement of simplicity and

craftsmanship. It is a classic drop point lockback folder, with no gimmicks, no frills, no

complex mechanisms, not even a clip. His meticulous approach to knifemaking is detailed in

his chapter in the “Bible,” How To Make Folding Knives, published in 1988, and that is

exactly how we are making the Tribute.

First, there is the 3.125” drop point Razor-Sharp blade of premium 7Cr17MoV stainless

steel in a satin finish. It has a high flat grind and a nail nick for opening. That’s it. No bumps

or facets, just the cleanest and simplest shape possible, ground and finished by hand.

The 4.06” open-build frame is simply two pieces of strong and lightweight Micarta®,

layered in chestnut brown and black. There is the stainless steel lockback lever which forms

the spine, and a stainless steel back spacer.

The pivot is peened in the style of Frank’s customs, as are the assembly pins. Finally, the

handle is shaped and polished by hand.

Tribute™ 2. We are also making the Tribute with a 2.875” blade and 3.875” handle,

resulting in an even more discreet, lightweight carry at 1.3 ounces.

The result: Two knives for gentlemen (or ladies) that are at home anywhere. Yes, they look

and feel like works of art, but these are knives that fit with Frank’s philosophy that a knife is

built to use. Perhaps the most surprising feature of the these knives is their very affordable

pricing. The smaller 6050 has an MSRP of just $39.99, while the larger 6055 is priced at

$44.99 MSRP.

Think of them as our tribute to Frank.









Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge

Length: 3.125” (79 mm)

Thickness: 0.081” (2.1 mm)

Steel: 7Cr17MoV, 57-59 HRC

Handle length: 4.06” (103 mm)

Overall length: 7.13” (181 mm)

1.5 oz. (43 g)

$44.99 US


Tribute™ 2


Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge


Length: 2.875” (73 mm)

Thickness: 0.081” (2.1 mm)

Steel: 7Cr17MoV, 57-59 HRC


Handle length: 3.875” (98 mm)


Overall length: 6.75” (171 mm)


1.3 oz. (37 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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