Columbia River Koji Hara Ichi, Black Handle & Blade, Plain, Non Assisted Op
We were delighted when internationally known Japanese knifemaker and American Knifemakers' Guild member Koji Hara agreed to design a personal knife for CRKT. Koji is noted for his custom folders in exotic materials, and is especially known for his carving of the handle material into a classic terraced landscape that he calls his "Air-Step" design. Our goal was to apply Koji's remarkable design sense to a small personal folder which could incorporate our patented OutBurst Assisted Opening mechanism.
Logically, we called this first CRKT Koji Hara series Ichi, Japanese for "one."
For rigidity and strength, we used our InterFrame open build, with two 420J2 stainless steel liners. In a first for CRKT, we created layered injection-molded scales of Kraton and Zytel, the latter with Koji's terraced Air-Step design. The result is a small knife that gives good grip, fits the hand nicely, and is truly functional for a variety of work tasks.
The handle tapers neatly into a modified drop point pen blade with a high-hollow grind made of high-carbon stainless steel. An ambidextrous thumb disk allows easy one-hand opening.
The Ichi is available in two color schemes: The bright version has a bead-blast blade, frame, and clip with gray Zytel scale inserts and black fasteners. The black-out version features a black titanium nitride blade coating, black Zytel inserts, black hardware and black Teflon-plated clip. If desired, the stainless steel clips are easily removed.
Each model is available in conventional non-Assisted Opening models, or with our patented* OutBurst Assisted Opening mechanism, which instantly springs the blade fully open after you have opened the blade 30 degrees. Both have bronze and Teflon bearings at the adjustable blade pivot for smooth, fast action.
Most of us can't carry a Koji Hara custom collectable daily, but the Ichi is a friendly and affordable reminder of one of Japan's premier custom knifemakers.
- Blade: Length: 2.50" (6.4 cm)
- Thickness: 0.096" (0.245 cm)
- Steel: 420J2, 54-56 HRC
- Closed: Handle length: 3.25" (8.3 cm)
- Open: Overall length: 5.625" (14.3 cm)
- Weight: 1.9 oz. (54 g)
- Non-Assisted Opening
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