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Columbia River Ed Halligan K.I.S.S. ASSist Assisted 2.75" Plain Drop Point Blade - 5650

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Part Number: CR5650
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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CR5650: K.I.S.S. ASSist - Plain Edge
Columbia River

The revolutionary high-tech statement by Knifemakers' Guild member and designer "Daddy K.I.S.S." Ed Halligan stood for Keep It Super Simple." It inspired many other knife designers, some to copy it, and some to suggest additional features, as with our K.I.S.S. Two-Timer™. In this case, the question was, could we make such a compact and elemental knife into an assisted opener?

It took some thought and a lot of precision machining, but we're proud to introduce the K.I.S.S. ASSist™. We found a way to build in our patented OutBurst® assisted opening with the patent-pending* Fire Safe mechanism. When closed, the blade is safely locked by a special cam-over pin that extends from the assist spring. It cannot be opened until the safety button on the end of the thumb stud is firmly depressed and the thumb stud is nudged outward.

It is both very fast, and very safe, because simply pressing the Fire Safe button does not open the knife. You must both press down and nudge the blade outward deliberately.One-hand closing is also fast and easy. The mechanism is covered by a thin lightweight layer of inset carbon fiber. When closed, the single-sided blade is securely sealed by the single Zytel® guard. The AUS 4 stainless steel blade receives a high satin finish, while the 420J2 stainless steel frame has a contrasting non-reflective bead-blast surface. All models have a removable bead-blast stainless steel pocket/money clip.

The result is a handsome new line of K.I.S.S. knives with fast assisted opening, rigid lock-up, and a sophisticated high-tech mechanism that is integrated into the frame, all with a weight that is only slightly more than the original K.I.S.S. Ed is a remarkable innovator in his own right, but we can't imagine that when he started this design over a decade ago, that he envisioned this new wrinkle.

  • K.I.S.S. ASSist
  • 5650: Drop Point, Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
  • Blade Length: 2.75" (70 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.119" (3 mm)
  • Steel: AUS 4, 55-57 HRC
  • Closed Length: 3.875" (98 mm)
  • Overall Length: 6.75" (171 mm)
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 794023565003

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.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
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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Bill P
Haslett, MI
Nov 28, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Weight, Blade Sharpness, Ease of Opening, Lock Type
Cons: None
Surprising innovation.
The assist mechanism follows the 'Simple" standard completely. Remarkable. I own quite a few of the KISS style knives. I was showing a box full of recently acquired various knives to a collector friend and he glommed onto the Halligan KISS as one of the best innovations in a while. So I purchased a second one and made him a gift.
5 out of 5
David D.
Lake Rosemound, Louisiana
Jul 06, 2014
Pros: Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Awesome K.I.S.S!!!
I use this a work for stripping wires. I gave my combo blade to my Son and he thinks its Cool! Everyone at work wants one.
2 out of 5
Billings, Mt
Sep 03, 2013
Pros: Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Blade Material
So close, and yet..
I've owned two of these so far. The first one broke while doing a routine cutting task and I thought, bad blade. I shipped it back and kudos for CRKT for shipping me a replacement for free. The second one broke just like the first. This is a perfect EDC for the person that works in a business that might not appreciate a real pocket knife but loves a cool gadget (in my case, a bank). But being saddled with crap steel means it just doesn't hold up under any use. I'd gladly pay over a hundred for this knife in SV30 steel.
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