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Brian Tighe and Glenn Klecker reinterpreted the Klecker NIRK™ folder with stainless steel being stamped and machined into a very dynamic, functional design. The steel frame is not only visually exciting, but offers a formidable cutting tool handle as well. Glenn's patent pending integral Lock Back mechanics are such that, the tighter you grip the handle—the stronger the blade lock-up. Brian's drop point blade design flows nicely from the handle shape, and its subtle recurve along the cutting edge is a nice touch as well. To keep the blade action smooth, a specially caged mini ball bearing system affords fast and smooth operation. A custom removable stainless steel clothing/gear clip is provided.
- Innovative, Patented, Handle Integrated, Klecker Lock
- Blue Two-Tone Titanium Nitride Buffed Handle
- Blade Show Award—Most Innovative Custom Design
|Blade Length||3.875" (98.43 mm)|
|Blade Steel||AUS 8|
|Blade Thickness||0.121" (3.07 mm)|
|Closed Length||5.25" (133.35 mm)|
|Handle||420J2 Stainless Steel|
|Style||Folding Knife w/Klecker Lock|
|Overall Length||9.13" (231.9 mm)|
It all began in 2010 when Glenn Klecker approached Brian Tighe to raise the possibility of collaborating on a knife design incorporating his new NIRK™ Lock mechanism because its unique construction allows for a design freedom that traditional liner locks did not afford. The resulting collaboration resulted the NIRK-Tighe™ custom knife which immediately won the Most Innovative Custom Design Award a the 2010 Blade Show.
All that was left for us to do was to convert his custom into a faithful production model. Our version of the NIRK Tighe features 420J2 stainless steel frames which are stamped, then machined and coated with blue titanium nitride. Finally, the frame exterior is satin polished, leaving the blue interior coating, a stunning effect.
Like the original NIRK, the knife is a Lock Back folder in which the spring, release bar and lock detent are all integral with the frame structure. Two pronounced finger notches provide a secure grip. Their blade is a graceful but strong drop point design with subtle recurve, and weight-saving reliefs cut into the spine for balance. The blade can be opened with one hand, by using a thumb on the reliefs, or by pressing the blade flipper. The blade is precision cut from premium AUS 8 stainless steel. At the blade pivot, a special caged mini ball bearing system gives fast and smooth opening action. The tighter the grip on the handle, the tighter the lockup, making this an exceptionally safe design. A custom removable stainless steel clothing/gear clip is provided.
Glenn's original quest was to create a folder of "irreducible complexity." Brian has added a few additional parts, true, but he's also added a vast amount of design interest in what is still a very functional folder.
There are edged tool artisans...and then there’s Brian Tighe. A Canadian Renaissance Man, he is practiced in the art of metallurgy, photography, and tool and die making. It’s what helped him make the leap from a creator of high-quality custom folding knives into the top 10 elite. We were honored to have his Buy Tighe™ blade as our limited edition CRKT® 20th anniversary knife and are releasing the new Tighe Breaker™ fixed blade knife for 2017.