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Columbia River Ed Halligan K.I.S.S. ASSist Assisted 2.75" Plain Tanto Blade - 5660

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Part Number: CR5660
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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Description
CR5660: 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.

Specifications
  • K.I.S.S. ASSist
  • 5660: Tanto, 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: 794023566000

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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Steve H.
Augusta, KS
Oct 11, 2012
Pros: Handle Material, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Ease of Opening
Beautiful Knife
I have a K.I.S.S. and a Stiff K.I.S.S. and they are both great knives. This one was just too attractive to pass up and met my expectations. I have large hands and I am having difficulty learning to get the assist to work propeerly because it is a small knife. But the problem is me and not the knife
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