Columbia River 5240 NIRK Tighe 2 Folder 3.25" Blade, Stainless Steel Handles
CR5240: Nirk Tighe 2 - Designed by Glenn Klecker and Brian Tighe
Once your eyes lock on to the artistry in the skeletonized handle, you begin to see the true purity of the Nirk™ Tighe form.
Brian Tighe and Glenn Klecker reinterpreted the Klecker NIRK™ folder with stainless steel being stamped and machined into a very dynamic, functional design. The steel frame is not only visually exciting, but offers a formidable cutting tool handle as well. Glenn's patent pending integral lockback mechanics are such that, the tighter you grip the handle—the stronger the blade lock-up. Brian's drop point blade design flows nicely from the handle shape, and its subtle recurve along the cutting edge is a nice touch as well. To keep the blade action smooth, a specially caged mini ball bearing system affords fast and smooth operation. A custom removable stainless steel clothing/gear clip is provided.
Brian Tighe is a Canadian "Renaissance man": tool and die maker, photographer and extraordinary custom knifemaker and CRKT knife designer. He says, "I started making knives because I always carried one and had a passion for them. When I was first introduced to custom knives, I knew I could make them as well, got hooked and never looked back. I knew from my experience how to cut metal, what tools were needed and how to achieve the top fit and finish. I test my knives by carrying one every day, and I use it for everything I need to do around the house and work. I also get a lot of feedback from customers who use my knives to make their living." Pat Covert of American Handgunner has said, "Brian Tighe has risen from the rank and file of edged weapons artisans to the rarified air of the top 10 elite. His sense of design is extraordinary, his pride of workmanship exemplary. These are qualities that have propelled Tighe to the top." His custom workshop is in Ridgeville, Ontario.
Glenn Klecker is an award-winning knife and tool designer who lives in Silverton, Oregon. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Glenn was a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps during Operation Desert Storm where he led a detachment of 100 Marines, for which he received the Navy Achievement medal for Superior Service. He is also an expert marksman in both rifle and pistol. He has extensive experience in designing and engineering products and manufacturing technology for the automotive industry and knife and tool industry. Hisknife and tool designs for leading manufacturers have resulted in over 22 patents, and have received numerous awards, including the prestigious IWA, International Multitool of the Year for 2006 and 2004; "iF", Product Design Award for 2006; Blade Magazine, Best American Design of 2008; as well as receiving recognition from National Geographic, Best Gear of 2008; Men's Journal, Best Gear for 2008. He is the designer of the new CRKT NIRK.
- 5240: Nirk Tighe 2
- Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
- Open Overall Length: 7.375 inches
- Closed Length: 4.25 inches
- Weight: 3.3 ounces
- Length: 3.25 inches
- Thickness: 0.11 inches
- Material: AUS8
- Blade-HRC: 58-59
- Finish: Satin
- Grind: Hollow
- Style: Drop
- Edge: Plain
- Material: 420J2
- Liner: 420J2
- Type: Lockback
- Carry System: 1 Position Clip
- Flipper: Yes
- Made in Taiwan
The original locking mechanism. It can be found mid spine or at the bottom of the handle, and it provides tight lockup that will wear well.
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Stainless Steel knife handles provide strength and durability while using chromium oxide to create a rust-resistant barrier.
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