Our continuing focus at Columbia River Knife & Tool has been to offer custom quality in popularly priced production knives. This effort has two main directions: innovative design and exotic materials. We've combined these two thrusts in this new knife line, and we named it the Vertex™ because that is the geometric point where two lines intersect.
First, it's a striking shape submitted by one of our many outstanding designers, that places a symmetrical scale precisely at the palm swell, resulting in a secure and comfortable grip.
Second, we built the Vertex line using the same materials a custom knife maker would: premium blade steel, stainless steel liners, black hard anodized 6061 aluminum scales, and hand-shaped scale inserts of cocobolo wood or resin impregnated fiber.
Vertex™ CP. For those who prefer a clip point blade grind, we offer the model 1045, which has a pronounced notch at the top of the blade thoughtfully integrated into the false grind near the tip. Scale inserts are hand shaped and polished cocobolo hardwood. It is sized for daily carry, with a four-inch handle and 3.125" blade of 8Cr14MoV stainless steel in a satin finish.
Then, to add value and give instant one-hand opening, we built in our OutBurst® assisted opening with the patent-pending* Fire Safe™ mechanism. When closed, the blade is safely locked by the Fire Safe pin. It cannot be opened until the safety button on the end of the thumb stud is firmly depressed and the thumb stud is nudged outward. It is both very fast, and very safe, because simply pressing the Fire Safe button does not open the knife. You must both press down and nudge the blade outward deliberately.
Vertex models feature custom removable stainless steel clips in a black oxide finish.
Finally, we've created a vertex of another type we have aimed our suggested retail price to intersect with your most optimistic price expectations. We hope you get the point.
I am a BIG FAN of the Vertex. I have carried my fair share of blades throughout the years and this is THE BEST for the price. The blade comes out quickly with little effort, locks firmly in place, and is easily folded up using only one hand (very convenient in a tight spot). In the video (link below), I show why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. The "FIRE SAFE" technology is genius, but rattles no matter if it's open or closed. This annoys me because a silent secure folding knife allows you to hear if any part the knife starts to become loose. I would insert a small rubber bushing/O-ring around the cylinder, allowing you to compress the safe release the blade, while silencing the "rattle". Overall Great, practical, attractive, light-weight knife