Columbia River Knife & Tool® (CRKT®), a Tualatin, Oregon-based manufacturer of knives, tools, and accessories founded in 1994, has announced its new product line-up for 2010.
Company president and co-founder Rod Bremer notes, "Regardless of economic conditions, we have continued to work with some of the world's leading designers, and we are once again introducing a long list of new products that offer new mechanisms, innovative product shapes and colors as well as premium materials."
The 2010 CRKT full-color catalog is the largest ever, with a total of 92 pages. It is divided into three sections: Sport & Work Knives, I.D. Works® Tools, and For Those Who Serve® Professional Knives & Tools.
Sport & Work Knives. CRKT continues to "think outside the box" by seeking out new and unique designs and mechanisms, just when everyone in the industry thinks they have seen it all. For example, the company is introducing the tiny McGinnis Shrimp™, the Gekkota™ Pocket and Golf, the ExiTool™, Ta-Bar Tool™, Norfork™ Diver and Whitewater, and Klecker NIRK™- all exciting and unusual. At the same time, it continues to broaden it's traditional knife models, including for the first time, Classic pocket knives, as well as the Centofante Tribute™, Carson M4™-02 series, and the Delegate™ and Vertex™ lines.
I.D. Works™ Tools. This exciting line continues to be dedicated to multifunctional tools that are uniquely creative. The motto is simply "Inspired Design works.®" This year we're adding the award-winning Flux™ modular tool system and the inspired Eat'N Tool™.
Professional Knives & Tools. The CRKT "For Those Who Serve®" line of professional knives has proven very popular with operators in the field. This year CRKT has added a smaller Hissatsu™ 2 Folder, the fully-featured Fire Spark™ tactical folder, and the Elishewitz Tao™ tactical pen line.
More natural and premium materials. CRKT is continuing to specify the natural and premium materials that are common in the best custom knives, including more knives with layered Micarta®, G10, stag, jig bone, white bone, ram horn, and hardwoods such as thuya root, cocobolo, ebony, walnut, and burl.
New web site. The CRKT web site, www.crkt.com has been completely redesigned from the ground up to allow users to find products faster, conduct better searches, and find a broader array of products.
Collaborations with leading designers. CRKT is probably best known for its K.I.S.S.® series, the original two-piece money clip knives designed by Ed Halligan, and its M16® series, designed by Kit Carson. "These knives were pivotal to our success," says Bremer. "We recognized them as successful custom designs which deserved to be put into production to reach a wider audience. We continue to seek collaborations with leading custom knifemakers and bright young industrial designers, because it is good for us, good for them, and good for our customers."
This year CRKT has contracted with another high profile knife designer, Ken Onion, to produce a series of knives, beginning with his Ripple design.
Growing distribution. You will find CRKT knives at fine cutlery, select sporting goods, specialty stores, and U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marine exchange stores worldwide. The company was founded on the belief that knowledgeable sales people are still valuable in helping you select the right knife for the job, advising you on care and maintenance, and supporting the product after you buy it. Their products are also available from reputable web site purveyors.
Quality. All CRKT knives and tools are built incorporating the most advanced equipment and production systems available, and quality is controlled from beginning to end. Knives are built the way they should be built-without compromising quality in any part of their creation. CRKT accessories are crafted to the same standards as the knives, so that each sheath, for example, lives up to the customers' high expectations.