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Columbia River Lake 111 Folding Knife 3.125" Plain Blade, Zytel Scales - 7255Z

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Part Number: CR7255Z
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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CR7255K: Lake 111™ Zytel - Stainless Steel Liners, Zytel Scales, Plain Edge
Columbia River Knife & Tool

Ron Lake, father of the modern folding knife, reinvents the lockback with his exclusive patented L.B.S.™ safety that locks open and closed.

Ron Lake has been called “the father of the modern folding knife” and literally co-authored the book on them in 1988, How To Make Folding Knives. But while Ron is busy making stunning custom folders in his Eugene, Oregon, workshop, he is always thinking. In this case, we believe he has perfected the lockback folder.

Ron’s breakthrough is his patented* Lock Back Safety (L.B.S.™) which allows the user to slide the small L.B.S. button forward to lock the blade both in the open and closed positions. When locked open, it is virtually impossible to accidentally release the blade even during vigorous cutting tasks. For those who are concerned about accidental opening, in-pocket or on-belt, simply slide the button forward to lock the knife closed until its next use.

The blade is a classic drop point with a flat grind for strength and a brushed finish. Blade steel is premium 8Cr14MoV stainless steel (equivalent to AUS 8). Dual Lake-style thumb studs give fast either-hand opening, and the lockback release allows easy one-hand closing.

The lockback design allows for a very flat build. The combination of traditional brass liners and lightweight aluminum scales results in a very rigid frame. For grip, the black anodized handle features a basketweave texture and a pronounced finger choil and pommel.

We’re producing the Lake 111 Aluminum in two sizes. The larger models 7255 and 7256 have 3.125” blades and measure 7.25” overall when opened. The smaller models 7253 and 7254 feature 2.50” blades and are 6.00” long when opened. Both sizes are available with Razor-Sharp or Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges. These models come with a custom stainless steel clip in a brushed finish.

For those truly grimy tasks, we’re also offering a Lake 111 Zytel® model, with stainless steel liners, almost indestructible black Zytel scales and a Razor-Sharp cutting edge. Blade steel is the same as the aluminum models. A bonus denim carry sheath with belt loop is included.

Over the years, others have tried to devise safeties for lockback folders, but Ron’s is the most effective and sophisticated we have seen. He really has something to crow about.


  • Blade: Length: 3.125” (7.9 cm)
  • Thickness: 0.11” (0.29 cm)
  • Steel: 8Cr14MoV, 58-59 HRC
  • Closed: Handle length: 4.125” (10.5 cm)
  • Open: Overall length: 7.25” (18.4 cm)
  • Weight: 3.1 oz. (88 g)
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.
The original locking mechanism. It can be found mid spine or at the bottom of the handle, and it provides tight lockup that will wear well.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Aluminum Handles
Aluminum Handles
A solid, lightweight material that can be molded, textured or anodized to provide better grip under extreme conditions.
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Lebanon, Pa
May 06, 2015
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Hard to beat for the price!
Can't beat this for the price. Sharp out for the box, a quality (lower end) basic stainless steel that's easy to maintain. Quality made. Easy to open with a conveniently located thumb locking lever to lock blade in the both open or closed position. And it looks good too. Just as attractive as some higher end knives, even had some guys confuse it for one at first glance. It's not an elite brand with a high end exotic steel blade, but for a basic $20 knife, its hard to beat this; one of the best deals out there. Bought it for a cheap work knife to beat up a bit and liked it so much I bought a second one so I can keep a clean one for my EDC rotation outside of work.
5 out of 5
Nuuk, Greenland.
Jun 22, 2014
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Sheath, None
bought one in Canada (for my son)- and ...
I bought one in Canada (for my son)- and ... well, you know, he is 28 years old and can buy it by himself :P Excellent, solid design. Very well balanced for both big and less big hands. And for 20 dollars ... well ... this is a Mango-Tango thing! Cheers from Greenland!!
5 out of 5
Kevan Cr
Apr 18, 2014
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
i use this knife for edc and the quality is great,service from knifecenter is superb.
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