AustinMcGlaunSpring Lake Park, Minnesota

There are those who fight with knives. There are others who design them. And then…there’s Austin. Having served in the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq, and as a street cop in Columbus, GA, he knows that a knife has to work as both a weapon and a tool. As part of the Forged by War® program he applied his skills as both a combat vet and knife maker to develop the Clever Girl™ series of knives. When asked about his design philosophy, he’ll tell you that if a knife is ugly but effective, it’s not ugly. It’s perfect.

Austin McGlaun's charity of choice for the Clever Girl Deadbolt® (2640) design is OATH, an organization that aids veterans with disabilities through outdoor activities and Christian support groups.

Austin McGlaun's charity of choice for the Clever Girl Fixed Blade (series 2709, 2709B, 2710) designs is the Green Beret Foundation. The Green Beret Foundation, honors our commitment to Green Berets past and present by providing Special Forces Soldiers and their families with emergency, immediate, and ongoing support.

Austin McGlaun's charity of choice for the Du Hoc Fixed Blade Knife (2640) design is Purple Heart Homes, an organization that makes a difference by providing peace of mind and a higher quality of life through providing a home to qualifying Veterans of all eras.

Established in 2016, the Forged by War® program spearheaded a collaboration between CRKT and Veterans, inviting real life warriors to apply their knowledge and experience to design a specialty line of mission-ready knives and tools. In addition to receiving commission on their designs, a portion of the profits are donated to the Veterans’ charity of choice. CRKT is proud to offer this dedicated collection to support the participating charities on a national level.