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Columbia River Ed Halligan K.I.S.S. Folding Knife 2.25" Satin Combo Tanto Blade

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Part Number: CR5510
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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CR5510: K.I.S.S. - Designed by Ed Halligan
Columbia River
 
There's nothing like the real thing. The Original K.I.S.S.®, with its Tanto-inspired blade and bead-blast finish, is the revolutionary high-tech statement by Knifemakers' Guild member and K.I.S.S. designer "Daddy K.I.S.S." Ed Halligan. It stands for "Keep It Super Simple." It's one honey of a knife, precision fine blanked for superior fit and smooth operation.

Like all folding knives in the K.I.S.S. family, Ed Halligan's unique two-piece construction features an integral frame lock, and a breakthrough design which seals the cutting edge against the handle.

A thumb stud is used to one-hand open the blade, and as the blade is fully rotated open, the frame lock snaps crisply in behind the blade to give a sound lockup. The blade can be closed with one hand, simply by releasing the frame lock.

The Original K.I.S.S.® blade shape is Tanto-inspired—Chisel-Point grind on the front and flat on the backside—so that when the blade is closed onto its handle/frame, the precision fit effectively "seals" the cutting edge to the frame, even though it's exposed. Both Razor-Sharp and Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edge grinds are available. Both blade and frame are 420J2 stainless steel in a fine bead-blast finish.

The design of the K.I.S.S. series pocket/money clip permits them to be used in a variety of ways: clipped to the pocket; as a money clip knife; and with split-ring or lanyard, as a key chain knife.

In the wake of the success of the K.I.S.S., a flock of imitators has appeared; none offers the simple elegance of Ed Halligan's original design, and none offers the value of CRKT quality manufacturing. In fact, the more Ed's design is imitated, the better it looks.
 
Specifications
  • Dimensions
    • Open Overall Length: 5.75 inches
    • Closed Length: 3.5 inches
    • Weight: 2.3 ounces
  • Blade
    • Length: 2.25 inches
    • Thickness: 0.12 inches
    • Material: 420J2
    • Blade-HRC: 51-53
    • Finish: Bead-Blast
    • Grind: Chisel-Point
    • Style: Tanto
  • Handle
    • Material: 420J2
  • Lock
    • Type: Integral Frame Lock
  • Carry
    • Carry System: 1 Position Clip
  • Made in China

About the Knife Designer
Ed Halligan "Big Daddy K.I.S.S." was the second noted knifemaker to work with CRKT. After 37 years as an aircraft technician with Delta Airlines, he founded Halligan Knives in Sharpsburg, Georgia, in 1985—when he says his background in scrimshaw and leather working fell in line with his interest in stock removal knifemaking. In 1996 he earned a Mastersmith rating from the American Bladesmithing Society and won the B.R. Hughes award for Best Knife by a Mastersmith. He does all his own work, including heat treating, forging, and making Damascus steel for his own use in various patterns. In addition to three-dimensional carved knives, he makes self-defense, military and folding knives. He is the inventor of the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) single-sided knife series which has been widely copied, and has been translating his custom versions of it into CRKT production knives, which have proven to be exceptionally popular with knife enthusiasts and the general public. He teaches bladesmithing seminars and knifemaking at the college level.

Frame Lock
Frame Lock
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Steel Handles
Steel Handles
Stainless Steel knife handles provide strength and durability while using chromium oxide to create a rust-resistant barrier.
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Alan E
Brooklyn, NY
Dec 28, 2012
Pros: Handle Material, Handle Feel, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
great simple pocket knife
Like to carry it for mudane tasks from letter opening to cutting rope:. Great design. Easy openong. Good lock. Only drawback is the clip is not removable. In NYC you don't want to have NYPD take it away because they claim that a visible clip means the knife is being desplayed, Lost one that way.
5 out of 5
Bikekane
Chicagoland
Nov 14, 2012
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
BadAss
Small, tight mechanism and extremely sharp, looking too...
5 out of 5
Joel W.
San Luis Obispo, CA.
Jul 09, 2012
Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness
Lost mine with my keys felt naked without it
Didn't know how much i used it till i lost it. Great tool glad to have one back!
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