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Meet the designers who have worked hand-in-hand with CRKT to translate their creative and innovative designs into affordable production knives and tools.

At CRKT we are exceptionally proud to collaborate with the leading knifemakers, inventors and industrial designers in our product development. They are among the most respected craftsmen and artists in our industry. We work to carry out their creative and innovative designs to the highest quality standards possible, enabling you to own, use, and collect innovative production knives and tools.. You'll see many of our past and present designers at the CRKT booths at major trade shows. They take great pride in their custom knives and CRKT production work, and they look forward to visiting with you. Thanks to them, there is a remarkable range of designs in this catalog, with many more to follow in the future. We strive to offer the best-built affordable production knives and tools in the industry.

We have also been privileged to work with many designers in our more than 20 years in business. Learn more about designers we've worked with in the past here.
 
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  • Jim Hammond
    Jim Hammond
    Jim Hammond was the first knifemaker to work with CRKT, beginning in 1994. His designs for CRKT folders set new standards of construction for production folding knives.

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  • Ed Halligan
    Ed Halligan
    Ed Halligan "Big Daddy K.I.S.S." was the second noted knifemaker to work with CRKT. After 37 years as an aircraft technician with Delta Airlines, he founded Halligan Knives.

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  • Kit Carson
    Kit Carson
    Kit Carson of Vine Grove, Kentucky, is a retired professional soldier, rising to the level of Sergeant Major. He has made knives for 30 years and has been a full-time knifemaker since 1993.

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  • Pat and Wes Crawford
    Pat and Wes Crawford
    Pat Crawford and his son Wes are recognized as leading practitioners of the bladesmith's craft. Their company, Crawford Knives, is located in West Memphis, Arkansas.

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  • Russ Kommer
    Russ Kommer
    Russ Kommer of Fargo, North Dakota, has been a commercial hunting guide since 1980. He started making knives when one of his hunter clients brought a custom knife and dressed an entire moose without sharpening it.

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  • Brian Tighe
    Brian Tighe
    Brian Tighe is a Canadian "Renaissance man", tool and die maker, photographer and extraordinary custom knifemaker and CRKT knife designer.

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  • Ron Lake
    Ron Lake
    Ron Lake is a custom knifemaker in Eugene, Oregon. He joined the Knifemakers' Guild in 1971, and has been a full time knifemaker since 1972. He has received numerous awards.

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  • Allen Elishewitz
    Allen Elishewitz
    Allen Elishewitz is a world-renowned custom knifemaker, whose studio is in Canyon Lake, Texas. His work has been featured in many magazine articles and front covers.

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  • Ed Van Hoy
    Ed Van Hoy
    Ed Van Hoy has been making custom knives since 1975, specializing in folding and fixed blade Damascus designs. His home and studio are in Abingdon, Virginia.

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  • James Williams
    James Williams
    James Williams is a former U.S. Army officer with over 45 years of experience in numerous martial arts disciplines. He knows cutlery as President of Bugei Trading Company.

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  • Michael Martinez and his father Baltazar E. Martinez
    Michael Martinez and his father Baltazar E. Martinez
    Michael Martinez and his father Baltazar E. Martinez have invented a number of products including the patent-pending Ultima fixed blade.

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  • A.G. Russell
    A.G. Russell
    A.G. Russell has been deeply involved in the knife industry for over forty years. A.G. was the first member of the Knife Digest Cutlery Hall of Fame.

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  • Launce Barber
    Launce Barber
    Launce Barber is dedicated to discovering great design ideas by using the most fundamental tool we all share in common–our creative minds.

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  • Tom Stokes
    Tom Stokes
    Tom Stokes is an experienced product designer and mechanical engineer from the University of Virginia who has worked in the aerospace industry for over 20 years.

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  • Tom Veff
    Tom Veff
    Tom Veff developed a love of knives at an early age. The son of an Army First Sergeant, he traveled extensively and always sought out knife shops wherever his father was stationed.

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  • Doug Ritter
    Doug Ritter
    Doug Ritter is an internationally acknowledged authority on survival equipment. He founded and publishes the renowned Equipped To Survive web site (www. equipped.org).

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  • Alan Folts
    Alan Folts
    Alan Folts of Greenville, North Carolina, has been making knives since 1992. During his college career he entered knives in Art Shows, winning "Best of Show" and honorable mentions.

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  • Glenn Klecker
    Glenn Klecker
    Glenn Klecker is an award-winning knife and tool designer who lives in Silverton, Oregon. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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  • Liong Mah
    Liong Mah
    Liong Mah is a designer working in New York City. He says, "As a kid my uncle would give me pocket knives and I would see what I could change to improve the design.

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  • Ken Onion
    Ken Onion
    Ken Onion - "Though I have been a devout knife collector since childhood, collecting mostly production knives and anything else I could find, I was unaware of the custom knife industry until 1989 when...

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  • Flavio Ikoma
    Flavio Ikoma
    Flavio Ikoma is a Brazilian knife designer who says, Since I was a kid, my life was influenced by blades, mainly the Japanese style swords and knives. My first knives were made of bamboo. In my adolescence I started to work...

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  • MJ Lerch
    MJ Lerch
    MJ Lerch is a custom knife designer who has been encouraged by the knife making community to pursue her design interests. She receives her inspiration from the spontaneous flow of nature.

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  • Ray Kirk
    Ray Kirk
    Ray Kirk received his Mastersmith rating in the American Bladesmith Society in 2005. He has been making and designing knives since 1989.

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  • Steve Jernigan
    Steve Jernigan
    Steve made his first knife in high school, but got serious with the craft in 1982, and joined the Knifemaker's Guild in 1984.

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  • Ryan Johnson
    Ryan Johnson
    Ryan Johnson (Chattanooga, TN) is president and primary designer at RMJ Tactical, LLC, whose Tomahawks have become a mainstay in the special operations community.

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  • Lucas Burnley
    Lucas Burnley
    When you ask Lucas what drew him to the knife world as a teenager he'll tell you it was stories of survival, off path adventures with his father and a healthy dose of action movies.

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  • Ken Steigerwalt
    Ken Steigerwalt
    Ever since he was a kid, if Ken needed a knife he just made one. His first one was built from a saw blade at the kitchen table using a vise, files and sandpaper.

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  • Matthew Lerch
    Matthew Lerch
    What happens when you cross art and mechanics? You get something that looks like Matthew Lerch.

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  • Trip Felton
    Trip Felton
    Instructor. Soldier. Federal Law Enforcement Agent. Inventor. Trip Felton has been there and back. His designs are the evidence of his vast experience in the service of his country.

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  • Karen Hood
    Karen Hood
    Karen Hood is the owner of Survival.com. She and her late husband, Ron Hood, created more than 30 award-winning survival videos that have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide.

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