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Canadian knifemaker Brian Tighe is a true Renaissance Man, with an array of professional skills. In his St. Catharines, Ontario, workshop, he produces a wide array of custom folders, all with those signature touches that immediately make them stand out as Brian Tighe knives.

We have translated Brian's popular My Tighe custom frame-lock folder into an affordable production line. At first glance, the knife seems like a design exercise until you grasp it and understand that the concave cut scales are craftily shaped to enhance grip, aggressive with contours in just the right places. Brian's blade design is unique too, with its asymmetrical spine facets, highhollow grind and deep belly with recurve. CRKT use 1.4116 stainless steel in a high satin finish and offer both Razor-Sharp and CRKT exclusive Combination Razor-Sharp and patented* Veff Serrated edges. Designed by knifemaker Tom Veff, these unique scalloped and angled serrations cut through rope and cord smoothly without snagging. On CRKT "K" models, the blade is coated with black nonreflective titanium nitride for maximum corrosion resistance.

The frame-lock folder has an open build with heavy-duty 420J2 stainless steel frames and a 6061 T6 aluminum back spacer. Frames are bead-blast on the bright models, and black EDP plated on the "K" model. The injection-molded black Zytel scales have a carbon fibre texture.

Our patented OutBurst assisted opening mechanism instantly springs the blade fully open after you have opened the blade approximately 30˚. Dual ramped thumb studs allow My Tighe models to be quickly opened with either hand.

All models feature a removable black Teflon-plated pocket/gear clip. Mini My Tighe. The slightly smaller personal carry version of the My Tighe is not simply a scaled-down version of the bigger frame-lock model, but was carefully reproportioned by Brian, reflecting his passion for design detail. Handle length is 3.73", blade length is 3.0", and weight is reduced to 3.8 ounces, much more convenient for daily in-pocket carry.

It's hard to ignore any Brian Tighe design. Carry one and you will certainly start a conversation among knife fanciers everywhere. The knife industry was so impressed at the Blade Show in Atlanta, Georgia, that the My Tighe was named the 2006 Imported Knife of the Year.