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Pat Crawford has earned himself a handful of impressive awards over the years, but one unique knife has stood the test of time. Originally designed as a custom in 1979, Pat released the production Offbeat™ in 2017 and now, it’s back again. The Offbeat™ II is another stellar feather in this designer’s cap.
- Crawford Lockback innovation holds the blade secure when open
- High carbon stainless steel blade takes an edge well and is ideal for everyday carry
- Tough glass reinforced nylon handles provide a secure grip
|Blade Length||3.237" (82.22 mm)|
|Blade Thickness||0.105" (2.67 mm)|
|Closed Length||4.342" (110.29 mm)|
|Handle||Glass Reinforced Nylon|
|Style||Folding Knife w/Crawford Lockback|
|Overall Length||7.563" (192.1 mm)|
From his shop in West Memphis, Arkansas, Pat has turned out customs that have set a seriously high precedent. That’s not to mention they’re consistently some of our most popular at CRKT®. Now, he’s back at it with the Offbeat™ II.
Before the CNC machine revolutionized our industry, Pat spent an inordinate amount of time cutting handles out of titanium and fitting folders together by hand. So, to expedite the process, he simplified his design. Inspired by a Boy Scout wire handle folder, he invented the Crawford Lockback—an innovation that has proven its worth and is the defining characteristic of the incredibly unique Offbeat™ and Offbeat™ II.
The handle is made with super durable glass-reinforced nylon scales that protect the hidden Crawford Lockback mechanism. As the classic drop point blade is deployed, the cutout slides around the butt end of the blade until it reaches a notch along the backside. Then, it seats snugly into place, effectively locking it. To disengage, push up on the thumb stud and fold it closed.
Conventional? Nope. Utilitarian? All the way.
West Memphis, Arkansas
The Crawfords know what it’s like to combine old world traditions with new features. Pat, a Knifemakers’ Guild member since 1973, has been a pioneer in the combat folder genre, and was one of the first to use titanium and skeletonize his frames and handles. Wes, his son, has helped integrate exotic field materials including wood, ivory, and stag horn, into their offerings. They’re famous for the CRKT® Triumph N.E.C.K.™— and for pushing each other.