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Knife Safety and Ownership rights

Important words on knife safety and ownership.

About your rights. The United States Constitution is very clear on the “right of the people to keep and bear arms.” Interestingly, it does not say specifically firearms. Arms is a derivative of the Latin word arma, which means “tools or weapons.” Our forefathers, a literate bunch, certainly understood that a common work tool could also have a place in national, and personal defense.

Still, some do-gooders want to limit your right to own and carry a knife.

Interestingly, those countries such as England and Australia which have some of the strictest anti-gun and anti-knife laws are seeing an increase in violent crime. Why? Because the odds that a citizen in his home or on the street might be able to protect himself have been greatly reduced.

David Kowalski of the American Knife & Tool Institute has said that threats to the right to own and use a knife “. . . should also be a very real concern to virtually every American. Our ancestors have been using knives as tools for millions of years. We don’t have to chip them out of stone anymore. We have responsible manufacturers making them for us. We’re not criminals with evil intentions. We’re Americans using knives responsibly as tools every day.”

If you manufacture, import, distribute, sell, use or collect knives, we emphatically encourage you to become involved and work to protect your rights. Log on to the American Knife & Tool Institute’s web site, www.akti.org, and become a member.

About your safety. Handled properly, a knife is one of the most useful work tools known to man. We recommend the American Knife & Tool Institute’s booklet on knife safety, My First Knife, to everyone, and especially to youngsters who may be receiving their first knife. Just click on the title above to download this booklet free in pdf format. It is an excellent primer on knife basics. Handled irresponsibly and without respect, any knife can be a danger. We encourage every knife user to read the cautions page on this web site, and to always treat knives with care and respect.

Safety Do’s and Don’ts. Misuse of your knife can cause serious injury or even death. It can also cause your knife to break or fail, and the CRKT limited lifetime warranty will not apply. Failure to properly maintain your knife also may cause its mechanisms to not function properly, which could result in injury to you, or damage to the knife. So, follow these do’s and don'ts and the knife will last longer, and you'll be safer too:

Don't:
DON'T use the knife for any task other than cutting. You'll be disappointed with its performance, you could injure yourself or damage the knife, and you will void the CRKT limited lifetime warranty.

Do:
1. DO keep the cutting edge sharp. A cutting tool works better and is safer to use when it is sharp.
2. DO regularly clean the blade with mild soap and water and apply a light coat of machine oil or Tuf-Cloth™. Stainless steels “stain less” but still may corrode without care.
3. DO periodically lubricate the blade pivot area of any folding knife. Although many CRKT knives feature lubrous washers, a drop of lubricant will clean the blade pivot area and help the blade open and close more smoothly and safely.
4. DO periodically check the tightness of the blade pivot area and the frame fasteners of any folding knife with the appropriate screwdriver, Allen™ or Torx® wrench. Given time and hard use, all screws can loosen slightly.



CAUTIONS FOR KNIFE BUYERS.

Limitations on availability.

Some CRKT models shown on this web site may not be available in your area because of local regulations which limit blade length, blade edges, assisted opening or other features.

Caution.

MISUSE OF YOUR KNIFE CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR EVEN DEATH. KEEP THIS KNIFE AWAY FROM YOUNGER CHILDREN AND PROVIDE KNIFE SAFETY TRAINING BEFORE ALLOWING OLDER CHILDREN TO USE A KNIFE. READ ALL THE KNIFE CARE INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE USING YOUR KNIFE.

Safety Do’s and Don’ts.

Misuse of your knife can cause serious injury or even death. It can also cause your knife to break or fail, and the CRKT limited lifetime warranty will not apply. Failure to properly maintain your knife also may cause its mechanisms to not function properly, which could result in injury to you, or damage to the knife. So, follow these do’s and don'ts and the knife will last longer, and you'll be safer too:

Don't:
1. DON'T use the knife for any task other than cutting. You'll be disappointed with its performance, you could injure yourself or damage the knife, and you will void the CRKT limited lifetime warranty. (The exceptions to this caution are the A.B.C. Aqua and MAK-1 Multiple Access Knife which have tips designed specifically for prying.)
2. DON’T sharpen the back side (flat side which seals against the frame) of single-edged K.I.S.S.® and P.E.C.K.® knives.

Do:
1. DO keep the cutting edge sharp. A cutting tool works better and is safer to use when it is sharp.
2. DO regularly clean the blade with mild soap and water and apply a light coat of machine oil or Tuf-Cloth™. Stainless steels “stain less” but still may corrode without care.
3. DO periodically lubricate the blade pivot area of any folding knife. Although many CRKT knives feature lubrous washers, a drop of lubricant such as Tuf-Glide™ or Break-Free® CLP®, or a light machine oil, at the pivot points will help the blade open and close more smoothly and safely.
4. DO periodically check the tightness of the blade pivot area and the frame fasteners of any folding knife with the appropriate screw driver, Allen™ or Torx® wrench. Given time and hard use, all screws can loosen slightly.

A note about specifications on this web site and in our catalogs.

Blade lengths are measured according to 2006 American Knife and Tool Institute guidelines.

Colors and textures in photographs are as close as modern reproduction processes permit, but variations occur in finishing processes such as anodizing and titanium nitride coating and in natural materials such as leather and ray skin, so visit your local CRKT retailer and view actual products under natural lighting conditions to ensure complete satisfaction.

Beware of counterfeit CRKT products.

We have encountered a variety of fraudulent CRKT counterfeit products on web sites and through unauthorized back door channels. Click here for more information, and ways to protect yourself against bogus products.

Specifications on CRKT products are subject to change without notice.

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