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™ DP. The model 1040 sports a drop point blade with a high hollow grind, and black resin impregnated fiber scale inserts. 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 purchased this as my first knife and absolute loved it. The heft was great as it felt like a really solid knife, and nothing could beat the satisfaction of popping it open smoothly and effortlessly with the Outburst Assist system. It's been my go-to knife for any and all needs, until the day it stopped working.
Unfortunately, the mechanism now seems stuck up or wonky as it is very difficult to swing the blade out after depressing the button. Once I finally manage it open, I can push it out just over halfway before the spring finally catches and the blade pops out the rest of the way. This alone made me stop carrying it around and I have since resorted to using my M-21 Carson as a daily carry instead.
5/5 for looks and build, but sadly I must give it 3/5 for sturdiness and longevity.