Columbia River Ed Halligan Slip K.I.S.S. 2 Folder 2.4" Plain Blade, Anthracite Handles - 5565A
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Imagine a traditional slip-joint K.I.S.S. pocket knife. You did.And Ed Halligan once again gave a perfect shape to this vague idea.It’s the CRKT Slip K.I.S.S.
The noted architect Mies Van Der Rohe said, “Less is more." And this Ed Halligan design is an answer to your request for a little less of his very popular Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) K.I.S.S. knives. We had customers say, “How about a simple pocket knife version that uses a traditional slip joint? No frame locks, no clips. Just the lightest possible knife for everyday pen knife chores like opening packages and sharpening pencils." We told Ed what you wanted.
Ed has removed everything but the bare essentials, and in the process he has solved some deceptively challenging design problems. For example, the classic slip-joint pocket knife usually has a steel frame with full-length brass liners. Ed minimized the stainless steel frame, and riveted on two small brass liners to locate the blade laterally. For proper blade/frame alignment, Ed had to put a unique twist in the frame. In the process, there is a deep finger choil for grip. As a final touch, the frame is engine turned, like the firewall on a vintage Bugatti Type 37 racer.
Next, he added two carefully contoured scales for comfort and as blade guards, in strong and lightweight translucent composite material. We offer a multicolor abalone shell look and also a pearlescent anthracite gray.
The high-carbon steel blade looks at first glance like any other flat-ground drop point pocket knife, with a nail nick for opening. But it is unusual in that the grind is asymmetrical -- about 80% on the front, and nearly flat on the back -- similar to other K.I.S.S. family designs.
No, the Slip K.I.S.S. models are not heavy-duty work knives. Our catalog is full of knives with advanced locks and patented safeties for arduous cutting chores, so please choose one of them if you have a rough job to do.
However, if you want a great lightweight pocket knife at a great price, with lots of style and a little bling-bling, then look no further.
- These polished brass “miniliners” position the blade laterally in the open position, adding rigidity.
- To achieve proper alignment, Ed had to design this twist into the Slip K.I.S.S. high-carbon stainless steel frame.
- 5565A: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, Anthracite Scales
- Length: 2.375” (60 mm)
- Thickness: 0.08” (2.0 mm)
- Steel: 3Cr13, 51-53 HRC
- Closed: Handle length: 3.12” (79 mm)
- Open: Overall length: 5.25” (133 mm)
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) singlesided 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.
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.