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Columbia River Ashworth Turtle Polished Money Clip Frame, Anthracite Black Scales - 5910A

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Part Number: CR5910A
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CR5910A: Ashworth Turtle™ - Polished Frame - Anthracite Black Scales
Columbia River Knife & Tool

Is it a knife? Is it a money clip? Is it a pendant? Is it a key fob? Yes. Now you can afford a Boyd Ashworth-designed Turtle™ knife.

We first noted Georgia custom knifemaker and Knifemakers’ Guild member Boyd Ashworth when his custom “Thomas C. Turtle” models won back-to-back Best Miniature Folder awards at consecutive Blade Shows. These innovative little jewels were marked by the use of Boyd’s own Damascus steels and exotic materials such as mother-of-pearl, wooly mammoth, fossil walrus, and gold. Consequently, you could spend close to four figures to own one.

We thought the concept of the pendant/money clip knife was brilliant, and came up with our new production Ashworth Turtle™ series. No, there are no exotic materials, but this is a useful pen knife suited to hundreds of daily tasks around the house and office, from clipping recipes to opening packages to sharpening pencils. The 1.0” Razor-Sharp stubby spear point blade is polished high-carbon stainless steel. Just press the blade tang to open with either hand.

In lieu of exotic handle scale materials, we discovered today’s advanced CPL composites, used widely in modern bowling balls. This material is exceptionally strong and tough. The scales can be injection molded in an almost infinite variety of colors and swirl patterns. Four scale colors are available: black, brown, blue and white. Because of the molding process, the swirl patterns vary considerably, so every Turtle is unique.

The Turtle frame is high-carbon stainless steel, available in a polished finish or black anthracite titanium nitride coating.

We engineered the CRKT Turtle to be convertible. It comes with one CPL handle scale on the front and a polished stainless money clip on the back. If you decide to wear it as a pendant on your favorite neck chain (not included), simply unscrew the money clip, and attach the second CPL scale on the back. Then fold out the hidden chain holder and you are ready to make a fashion statement.

Yes, they are cute little knives, only 2.0” long when folded, and weighing only 1.3 ounces. They make great conversation pieces and are useful and affordable gifts both for men and for women. Believe us, if they have everything else, they don’t have one of these.And by the way, no Turtles were harmed during the filming of this web page.

Specifications
  • Blade: Length: 1.00” (2.5 cm)
  • Thickness: 0.08” (0.21 cm)
  • Steel: 3Cr13, 52-55 HRC
  • Closed: Handle length: 2.00” (5.0 cm)
  • Open: Overall length: 3.00” (7.6 cm)
  • Weight: 1.3 oz. (37 g) (with scales)
  • 1.6 oz. (45 g) (with clip)
About the Knife Designer
Boyd Ashworth is a custom knifemaker whose workshop is located in Powder Springs, Georgia. He is a Journeymansmith with The American Bladesmith Society. He says, “I sold my first custom knife in 1993. Much of my knifemaking education has come from the Mastersmith’s teaching at the annual Jim Batson Blade Symposium. I enjoy forging my own Damascus steel. My specialties are turtle folders with mosaic turtle Damascus, locking Damascus folders, along with fighters, hunters and gents. I also offer filework and exotic handle materials. My interest in knives has been lifelong. During my youth as an Eagle Scout going hunting, fishing and camping, I developed an appreciation for an expertly crafted knife.” He has a vivid, creative imagination and a flair for incorporating organic and animal forms into his custom art knives with names such as “Pocket Goblin” and “One Arm Bandit.” Boyd’s folding turtle knife won back-to-back “Best Miniature Folder” awards at the Blade Show in 2001 and 2002.
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Fox
San Francisco Bay Area
Oct 06, 2014
Pros: Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Great Gift
Great little gift for someone who isn't super serious about collecting knives. I have a friend who has a few swiss army knives and some cheaper knives off eBay, but doesn't actively collect higher quality knives. This was a cool gift for them because it is of higher quality, but it has more of a cool factor than an actual use factor. For someone who doesn't carry every day, but appreciates knives; this is a cool little knife. Probably my favorite thing about this knife was the locking mechanism and the design in how you open it. It's just cool that you wouldn't know it was a knife if you just saw it on someones keychain. It opens pretty smooth and the lock is great too. I can already tell it barely holds an edge, but like I said this isn't an every day use knife. It's just cool and fun to play around with. I would recommend it most highly as a gift for someone who appreciates knives, but isn't an active collector. Or if someone just really likes turtles, this thing is pretty freaking cool for that. Bottom line, it's mostly a novelty knife that scores high in cool factor, but isn't exactly practical as a knife for many tasks besides maybe cutting loose strands of thread off of clothing or opening envelopes. It definitely is cool though. Beautiful design, I really love the design and weight. If the steel was higher quality it would be really awesome. If you're looking as a gift for a knife collector, check out the custom versions. There's also a great video from the custom maker on youtube talking about the CRKT production line and compares the customs with this knife. Just search this knife and it should pop up.
4 out of 5
Fh Lauden
Canada
Sep 27, 2014
Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Handle Material, None
Nice small item
Bought this as a money clip, although it can be used as a pendant or key chain fob. Shell shown is plastic and not sure how it will stand up, time will tell. Appears to be well made and the blade locks in securely with no wobble. Blade is sharp but should be touched up somewhat with a fine stone.
5 out of 5
Cody Ob
Hillsborough, New Jersey
Aug 31, 2013
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Ease of Opening
Cons: None
Coolest Knife Ever
First off: I LOVE THIS KNIFE. It is the first ever CRKT product I have purchased and I have carried this on my car keys for over two years now. It came very sharp and it locks well. This knife is easily concealed because of its appearance. It's totally classy which definitely makes it worth buying in my opinion. I only tried out the money clip feature once, and it worked, but I'd much rather throw this knife on a key chain and take it everywhere with me. My friends love this knife and my girlfriend loved it so much she got one of her own. If you are reading this review, buy this knife ASAP.
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