CRKT 5500 K.I.S.S., Ed Halligan, 2.25" Plain Tanto Blade, Stainless Steel Handle
The CRKT K.I.S.S. is designed by the late Ed Halligan, who was only the second major knifemaker to work with the then relatively new brand. According to legend, the KISS was introduced at the Shot Show in 1997. Within a few days of the show, a year's worth of the knife had sold out.
So how could one knife help establish a new brand as one of the major knife companies? It's simple.
Standing for Keep It Super Simple, the K.I.S.S. revels in simplicity while eschewing all the bells and whistles found in many modern pocket knives. Instead of adding unnecessary features, the K.I.S.S. is a barebones folder with a lot to offer.
The original K.I.S.S. has a 2.25-inch modified tanto blade with a bead-blasted finish. The 3Cr13 stainless steel is more than adequate as material for the blade and steel frame. That same frame also acts as a locking mechanism for the blade.
When closed, the blade is folded against the minimalist handle with such a precise fit you'll wonder how they do it. Even though the blade is exposed, the design and seals of the frame allow you to carry it around without concern.
Along with a pocket clip that could double as a money clip, the K.I.S.S. is a knife that conforms to your needs. Despite being around for nearly 20 years, the philosophy of keeping it simple is as effective as ever.
|Blade Material||Stainless Steel (3CR13)|
|Handle Material||Stainless Steel|
|Lock Type||Frame lock|
|Pocket Clip Included||Yes|
Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT), is a Tualatin, Oregon-based manufacturer of knives, tools, and accessories founded in 1994.
CRKT means 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.
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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.
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.
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