From the beginning, we at Columbia River Knife & Tool have worked with the best knife designers we could find. And we’ve always been especially delighted when two of them get their heads together and come up with something completely surprising. So we’re happy to report that it has happened again this year, resulting in our new NIRK™ Tighe folder. 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 lockback 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. Dimensions Open Overall Length 9.13 inches Closed Length 5.25 inches Weight 5.1 ounces Blade Length 3.875 inches Thickness 0.121 inches Material AUS 8 Blade-HRC 58-59 Finish Satin Grind Hollow Style Drop Point Edge Plain Handle Liner 420J2 Lock Type Lockback Carry Carry System 1 Position Clip Features Flipper Yes
CRKT was one of the first knife brands we picked up, that was due to the innovative designs and quality this knife line had. Below is a bit of information on this line, we hope you enjoy. CRKT® (Columbia River Knife and Tool®) was founded in 1994. From day one, CRKT put innovation and integrity first. They made a commitment to build knives and tools that would inspire and endure. CRKT collaborates with the best designers in the world and operates on a simple principle: that the greatest thing they can give their customers is Confidence in Hand. Columbia River Knife and Tool collaborates with many leading knifemakers, inventors and industrial designers who are among the most respected craftsmen and artists in the industry. They take great pride in their custom knives and CRKT production work, and they look forward to creating tha best knifes in the world. Designers like: Ed Van Hoy A.G. Russell James Williams Russ Kommer and Ken Onion Many more designers are here with CRKT, and we hope you enjoy all their fine work!