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 was the first knifemaker
to work with CRKT, beginning in 1994.
His designs for CRKT folders set new
standards of construction for production
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.
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
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,
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.
Brian Tighe is a Canadian "Renaissance
man": tool and die maker, photographer
and extraordinary custom knifemaker
and CRKT knife designer.
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
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
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,
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
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.
Launce Barber is dedicated to discovering
great design ideas by using the most fundamental
tool we all share in commonour
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.
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.
Doug Ritter is an internationally acknowledged
authority on survival equipment.
He founded and publishes the renowned
Equipped To Survive web site (www.
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
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
Ray Kirk received his Mastersmith rating in the American Bladesmith Society in 2005. He has been making and designing knives since 1989.
Steve made his first knife in high school, but got serious with the craft in 1982, and joined the Knifemaker's Guild in 1984.
Ryan Johnson (Chattanooga, TN) is president and primary designer at RMJ Tactical, LLC, whose Tomahawks have become a mainstay in the special operations community.
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.
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.
What happens when you cross art and mechanics? You get something that looks like Matthew Lerch.