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At CRKT, we respect artistry and admire the craft of custom knife making. In our search for the best and the brightest knife makers and tool designers, we encounter many, but we only decide to make a few designs every year. This archive of designers is the select group of people we have worked with in the past. Their designs are not currently in production with CRKT, but we are grateful to have had the unique opportunity to bring their stunning custom designs to market.

To learn more about designers whose models are currently in production with CRKT, click here.
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  • Barry Gallagher
    Barry Gallagher
    Barry Gallagher is a custom knifemaker whose workshop is in Lewistown, Montana. He began making knives part-time in 1993 for local sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts.

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  • Boyd Ashworth
    Boyd Ashworth
    Boyd Ashworth is a custom knifemaker whose workshop is located in Powder Springs, Georgia. He is a Journeymansmith with The American Bladesmith Society.

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  • Frank Centofante
    Frank Centofante
    Frank Centofante, one of the pioneers of the custom knife movement, passed away in September, 2009, too soon to see his CRKT Tribute lockback line become a production reality.

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  • Gerry McGinnis
    Gerry McGinnis
    Gerry McGinnis is a student in business at North Carolina State University, who, at age 20, is the youngest knife designer to appear in this catalog. He started making knives when he was 15.

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  • James McGowan
    James McGowan
    James McGowan of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is an avid outdoorsman and Toronto Firefighter. He says, I rely on knives daily.

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  • Jon Graham
    Jon Graham
    Jon Graham of Cleveland, Tennessee, was born to a father who had an appreciation for knives, and at a young age he was taught the importance of a good knife.

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  • Raleigh Tabor
    Raleigh Tabor
    Raleigh Tabor says, As the son of an Air Force Lt. Col., I traveled most of my life. In Wyoming, where we were stationed during my teens, I learned to enjoy the outdoors and the challenge of hunting and fishing. When my father...

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  • Tom Hitchcock
    Tom Hitchcock
    Tom Hitchcock of Talent, Oregon, is a custom knife and hand tool designer with many products to his credit. He has been designing knives and combination hand tools since 1979.

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