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Flavio Ikoma has proven there’s strength in simplicity.
Take it at face value and it’s a shockingly simple disengagement mechanism—the prominent button is so obvious, when it’s in your hand, your thumb naturally gravitates in its direction. Under extreme stress is where it shines. Steel pegs interlock with the blade when it’s deployed to yield strength that won’t so much as flinch under supreme weight.
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Designer Joe Caswell is pulling the folder into the future whether it’s ready or not.
At first glance it might look like a tool relegated to the professionals. But thread your index finger through the ring, firmly grasp the handle, and your thumb intuitively rests on the deployment curve. Light pressure is all it takes for the blade to lunge to life. Disengagement is just as simple, shift the discrete lever at the base of the finger loop and pull the blade back into its retreated position.
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- FIELD STRIP
The award-winning, breakthrough, “Field Strip” innovation, comes from the shop of legendary knife craftsman Ken Onion.
This no-tool take-apart technology allows for practical and efficient tool cleaning & maintenance in the field.
To disassemble: start with the knife in the closed position, push the front release lever up away from the blade, then spin the release wheel on the rear of the handle away from the pivot shaft—once you feel the handle release, pull it up and away from the blade. The knife comes apart in three sections.
Reassembly is as easy as reversing the procedure.
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Designer Flavio Ikoma and Rick Lala invented this system that sets lubed ball bearings into the folding knife pivot. The result is rapid blade deployment that is smooth and fast. Go ahead, set a flipping land speed record.
- SNAP LOCK™
The innovative cam locking system features a blade that can pivot 180°. To open, simply press the front cam lever mechanism down with your thumb and rotate the blade outward until it fully extends and securely clicks into place. To close the knife, press down on the cam lever to disengage then swing the blade back into the closed position. Once the blade is in the closed position, no part of the edge is exposed and the knife is secure to carry.
- KLECKER LOCK
Designer Glenn Klecker seamlessly integrated this lock directly into the handle. Goodbye traditional locking mechanisms. Hello new and exciting knife designs.
- SLIDE LOCK
When the knife is in the closed position, sliding the lever at the top of the handle backwards clicks it into place and reduces the chance of it opening unexpectedly. When open, sliding the lever forward locks it into place, which is exactly where it’ll stay until you reverse the procedure to disengage and return it to the closed position.
- HOIST’N LOK®
An innovative lobed and knurled cam successfully locks the rope into place, eliminating the need for a difficult and often inconvenient tie off. With professional hunting guide Russ Kommer’s innovation, hoisting your game is now as easy as cleaning it with one of his blades.
- VEFF SERRATIONS™
Some hone edges. Others, like “Edgeologist” Tom Veff, reinvent them, with his exclusive and patented Veff Serrations ™ that offer superior cutting of cordage, rope, and fibrous materials—none are safe.
- VEFF FLAT TOP SERRATIONS®
Tom Veff knows a thing or two about edges. As the world’s finest and only “Edgeologist” he specializes in serrations that improve cutting efficiency. So you can go through fibrous materials like a torched straight edge does through cold butter.
- EASY CLEAN SHEATH
Dirt, fuzz, muck, sand, and dust, all easily dispatched from your blade’s comfort zone. Slide this Easy Clean sheath apart and wipe away the grime. After you’ve cleaned your blades’ bedroom, click the two-piece sheath back together and create a dirt free zone for your blade to securely reside. It’s so easy.
Outside, it’s a braided paracord bracelet. Inside, it’s a stainless steel tungsten carbide coated wire saw. You’ll only need to recognize the Ken Onion designed Para-Saw™ for what it really is: a way to save your bacon in emergency survival calamities.
When situations are coming on fast, you don’t have time to search for everything you need. Thankfully, the M16® Law Enforcement knives’ on-duty features include the Carson Flipper, seat belt strap cutter, and tungsten carbide window breaker, all built right in. Protect and serve.
- SWINDLE™ CLIP
You don’t see the clip, do you? That’s just the point with the Ken Onion designed pocket clip on the side of the knife. Spring tensioned, it provides an improved hold on your pocket...and looks classy when it catches your eye.
It’s a seat belt cutter that clips to your belt. It’s a window breaker and LED flashlight. If someone’s trapped in a vehicle, Russ Kommer’s tool can be the difference between life and death. Save lives.
Folder Actuation System
When you’re out in the field or someone needs help, you don’t want to mess around with opening your knife. To that end, CRKT® models have traditionally featured convenient, prominent, thumb studs. But for those who need greater speed when opening their knives, we offer the 3 following innovations:
- OUTBURST® ASSISTED OPENING
Lightning fast. Ridiculously easy to use. These are just a few of the ways people have described our patented opening system. Just manually open the blade up to 30 degrees and the patented OutBurst® assisted opening mechanism springs the knife fully open so that you’re good to go. The powerful spring also holds the blade securely closed when not in use. On many models, we’ve combined the OutBurst® system with our locking and actuation systems like Fire Safe® for a new level of ease of operation, as well as security.
- CARSON FLIPPER
Retired Master Sergeant and custom knife-maker Kit Carson defined this ingenious opener that challenged the conventional ways of opening a knife. With a simple finger pressure of the “flipper” incorporated into the blade, the blade flips open and locks, so you’re ready for action. Once open, the flipper works great as a blade guard as well. Look for the Carson Flipper featured on many of our tactical knives.
Folder Safety Systems
You want to grab your knife with the confidence knowing it’ll handle any job. That’s why CRKT® has led the way in developing lock and safety systems that provide the optimum level of safety for each folding knife’s intended use.
The Ikoma Lock Safety or ILS™ gives you an extra layer of safety when work stuff like lint, dirt and grease, gunk up your locking liner. Flavio Ikoma, innovator of the IKBS™ pivot system, ingeniously added a lever with an elbow, which automatically puts a pin between the liner and frame. This helps prevent the liner from slipping down the blade ramp. When you’re done using your knife, press down on the ILS™ thumb rest and slide the locking liner over to disengage the safety. It’s always good to have a backup. Especially when it comes to safety.
- LOCKING LINER SAFETY
The CRKT® locking liner safety innovation adds an ingenious layer of safety to your folding knife. The safety sets a pin between the locking liner and the frame. This pin acts as an additional layer of safety, so the locking liner is less likely to disengage during use.
To engage the safety, push the manual safety lever forward. To close the knife, pull the manual lever back, slide the locking liner over, and fold the blade into the closed position. Many CRKT® folders feature this innovative safety system.
- AUTOMATED LINER SAFETY
Automated liner safety is the locking liner safety innovation taken to the next level. The automated liner safety sets a pin between the locking liner and the frame. This pin acts as an additional layer of safety, so the locking liner is less likely to disengage during use.
To close the knife, pull the red buttoned safety lever back, slide the locking liner over, and fold the blade into the closed position. Want one of the most secure safety systems on the market? The choice is automatic.
Who better to develop and patent a safety system for locking folding knives than the father of them all—Ron Lake. With L.B.S™ (Lockback Safety), you just lock the blade in the open or closed position and slide a button forward.
- FIRE SAFE® SAFETY
Easy-to-open and incredibly safe, you’ll see why we came up with the name we did for our patented system that relies on setting a safety pin at the locking liner. The actuation mechanism helps prevent accidental deployment of the blade and operates on folders through one of two opener styles:
- FIRE SAFE® THUMB STUD
Press the spring-loaded thumb stud to release the locking liner and pin.
- FIRE SAFE® THUMB DISK
Press the thumb disk to release the locking liner and pin.
Whichever you use, the mechanism is easy and intuitive. Simply nudge your thumb outward and OutBurst® handles it from there propelling your blade into an open and locked position. This additional action of pressing and nudging of the blade helps prevent accidental opening to put you (and your blade) in complete control of the situation.