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Columbia River Lake Sentinel 3.5" Plain Edge Blade w/ Micarta Scales - 7122M

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Part Number: CR7122M
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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CR7122M: Lake Sentinel™ - Charcoal Handle, Micarta Onlays, Green Anodized Inlays
Columbia River Knife & Tool

Your Sentinel is ready for duty.

Custom knives are often set apart by the exotic materials they employ. So it should be no surprise that Ron Lake, custom knifemaker extraordinaire, was persistent in his desire that we should do the same thing with our production Sentinel. Thanks to Ron, these models resemble customs, using premium materials throughout, and giving you the choice of Micarta®, stag or hardwood handle onlays.

For the modified drop point blade with its high hollow grind we are using 8Cr14MoV high-chromium stainless steel, which specs out slightly better than our favorite AUS 8 premium blade steel. The brushed finish is easy to clean and has that traditional custom look. A Lake-designed thumb disk allows easy one-hand opening.

The Sentinel’s InterFrame build uses dual stainless steel liners, one locking, finished in black oxide. Handle scales are CNC-machined 6061 aluminum, charcoal gray anodized.

To aid grip, the handle shape features four naturally spaced finger choils. In addition, at mid-handle on both sides are three oval reliefs. These are functional details backed by anodized aluminum accent panels. Finally, you can choose from three exotic handle onlay materials, precisely CNC-machined.

Micarta. A favorite of custom knife makers, we are using a black Micarta onlay on the 7122M. Accent panels are anodized dark green.

Integrated into the design is the patented* LAWKS® safety, which effectively converts your folder into a virtual fixed blade— very reassuring when you are using your knife for difficult and tiring tasks.

To keep the lines of the Sentinel uncluttered on both sides, we’ve made a custom leather sheath.

Our marketing man says we have have priced the Sentinel way too low. We just want to give you great value. No, it’s not a custom. It just looks like one. You don’t have to tell what you paid for it.

  • Weight: 4.7 oz. (133 g)
  • Blade: Length: 3.50” (8.9 cm)
  • Thickness: 0.13” (0.33 cm)
  • Steel: 8Cr14MoV, 58-59 HRC
  • Closed: Handle length: 4.20” (10.7 cm)
  • Open: Overall length: 7.75” (19.7 cm)
About the Knife Designer
Ron Lake is a custom knifemaker in Eugene, Oregon. He joined the Knifemakers’ Guild in 1971, and has been a full time knifemaker since 1972. He has received numerous awards, has been featured in national knife, shooting and general interest magazines, and has conducted folding knife seminars around the world. He co-authored the book How To Make Folding Knives in 1988. He was elected to the Cutlery Hall of Fame in 1998, and was labeled by sportswriter B.R. Hughes as the “Father of the Modern Day Folding Knife.” He is a partner with Michael Walker in Lake & Walker Bullfrog® Knives, developer of the patented knife blade lock safety known as LAWKS®, and also invented the L.B.S.™ lock back safety system. Knives made by Ron are included in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Metal Museum, the National Knife Museum and the Randall Knife Museum. He has also designed many knives for CRKT.
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles
Similar to G10, Micarta is a a compressed layered composite which instead of using fiberglass, uses fiber compounds of any type of create a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
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George W
San Antonio, TX
Apr 09, 2012
Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Weight, None
Very nice... A little big for everyday carry.
Very good hard use pocket knife. Just a little too heavy and thick for everyday carry.
5 out of 5
Michael M
Jul 08, 2010
Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
most comfortable handle ever
This knife seems to be a modern take on the classic folding hunter. The cutting edge is almost identical to a Schrade LB7, yet the overall package is more compact & much lighter.I have used it as an EDC for a few months. It is generally excellent quality, holds an edge better than average, cleans & dries easily, & is a fantastic general purpose knife. After 2 weeks, I realised it had the most comfortable handle I've held (I own over 100 knives). It is possible, but hard, to open one handed. The lock engages with a solid clunk. There is no play. The sheath is decent quality, & fits the knife well, but is very hard to thread onto a belt. I have modified mine to make this easier.It doesn't jiggle around on your belt. The blade is a bit broad for dressing small animals, like rabbits & chickens.
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