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Columbia River Fire Spark (Sport) Assisted 3.875" Satin Blade, G10 Handles - 1050

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Part Number: CR1050
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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Description
CR1050: Fire Spark
Columbia River Knife & Tool

The CRKT Fire Spark combines everything we know about folders, including Fire Safe and OutBurst assisted opening, and the LAWKS safety.

At Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT), our goal in producing this folder is to combine all of our recent technological advances in one heavy-duty tactical folder. We call it the Fire Spark, and it is primarily intended for law enforcement and military professionals, although it also makes a fine general-purpose sport and work folder for those who want to carry a large knife.

The innovative construction starts with our rigid InterFrame build with stainless steel liners, one locking. We add 6061 aluminum scales, which are CNC machined to receive black textured G10 inlays. The handle is a full 4.75” long to be comfortable for those with large hands, or when wearing gloves, and features four finger choils to give optimum grip. The cross section is flat enough for in-pocket carry. Finally, there is a strong stainless steel back spacer that extends to the butt, which culminates in a “skull cracker” pointed tip. The back spacer is relieved to allow a double lanyard loop to be cut in the stainless steel liners.

The blade on the Fire Spark is a modified tactical spear point design with a Razor-Sharp edge, high hollow grind and swedged top edge for penetration. Blade steel is premium 8Cr14MoV stainless steel.

Two models are available. The Tactical 1050K is finished in nonreflective black oxide on blade, frame, three-position stainless steel clip, and hardware. We also offer the Sport 1050, which has a high satin blade finish, silver anodized frames, and polished three-position stainless steel clip.

We have combined our patented OutBurst assisted opening with our patent-pending1 Fire Safe mechanism. When closed, the blade is safely locked by the Fire Safe pin. It cannot be opened until the thumb stud is pressed and nudged outward. Then the blade springs open instantly for use. The system assures fast opening action even in cold weather and when wearing gloves.

Finally, to maintain lockup in high-stress situations, we’ve incorporated the patented2 LAWKS safety, which effectively converts the folder into a virtual fixed blade when the LAWKS lever is pressed forward.

The Fire Spark is the most fully featured tactical folder we have ever offered, and it is also a great value.
Features
  • The OutBurst assisted opening mechanism cannot be actuated until you rotate the Fire Safe disk and nudge it.
  • The butt features a lanyard loop and stainless steel back spacer ending in a pointed “skull cracker” tip.
Specifications
  • 1050: Satin Blade, Silver Anodized
  • Frame, Black Scales,
  • Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
  • Blade: Length: 3.875” (98 mm)
  • Thickness: 0.121” (3.1 mm)
  • Steel: 8Cr14MoV, 58-59 HRC
  • Closed: Handle length: 4.75” (121 mm)
  • Open: Overall length: 8.63” (219 mm)
  • Weight: 5.3 oz. (150 g)

UPC Code: 794023105001

Lockback
Lockback
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.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
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George
North Carolina
Oct 07, 2014
Pros: Lock Type, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Awesome knife!
Pros - SHARP! Feels really good in the hand, both open and closed. The LAWKS locking system. Snaps open. Cons: none that I've run into so far. There are a couple of things to be aware of, neither of which detract at all from the knife: It took me a bit of practice to learn how to open it smoothly . . . but that's OK. I'd rather have it that way rather than have it fly open in my pocket from a jostle. Like I mentioned, it's really sharp right out of the box and one could do damage to important pieces of one's anatomy if it did. One I learned how to hold my tongue correctly, it's a snap. The other thing that I wish I'd paid more attention to is the locking mechanism. I must have glossed over information about it when I was reading the instructions, so I couldn't figure out why sometimes I could close it easily and other times I couldn't close it at all until I put it down and left it alone again and then came back to it. I thought it was broken, so I sent it back to the Knife Center. (This is where I want to give a huge shout-out to the Knife Center and their customer support. It's AWESOME. I used to be on the help desk in an IT shop, so I'm used to getting calls from clueless users who didn't read the instructions. Depending upon my mood, I could get pretty snarky). Anyway, a couple of days after I sent it in, I got a call from Cheryl who (I assume) works in the customer service department. She explained that the problem was operator error (she didn't say it that way) and gave me the information I needed . . . I have had lots of experiences with customer service departments from all sorts of companies, but I have never had as pleasant and helpful support call in my life. Even if I didn't like the knife at all, I'd continue to give the Knife Center my business because of their excellent staff. I can't say enough good about the support I got. My general feeling about the knife is that right now, it's my favorite knife. I am not a knife expert, but I can't say enough good about this knife. I like its weight . . . it's a very sturdy build, the blade is very sharp, and it makes a really nice "snick" sound when it opens . . . And, by the way, the locking mechanism works as advertised . . .
5 out of 5
Chad C
Dallas, Tx
Mar 17, 2013
Pros: Handle Feel, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Ease of Opening
Love this knife
I have several knives, but this is my first $50 knife. At first I didn't think I would like it because the locking system made it difficult to open. But after about 10 minute or so, you get a feel for how to open it and now I can open it very fast. It came very sharp out of the box. The handle grips very well and the blade locks up good and strong. Very happy with the purchase.
4 out of 5
Bruce
Calgary Canada
Dec 31, 2012
Pros: Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, Lock Type
Cons: Blade Material, Handle Feel, None
CRK Quality
I am a retired custom knife maker that made fixed blade knives for years. I have a good knowledge of knives & especially quality, as I am a perfectionist. I carried a fixed blade knife that I had made for many years. Unfortunately, people will frown upon a person if they see you have a knife on your belt. I stopped carrying a knife for a couple of years...but missed it greatly. I searched folding knives for some time, & then I purchased my first Columbia knife. An M16Z "flip open" as a personal carry knife. A knife that I could use & enjoy that would not be so offensive to the naive. I was very impressed with the quality for the price. I have recently purchased my second CR knife...A fire spark assisted open as I wanted a larger blade. Once again...a very good quality knife for the price. The blade opens fast, & is very sharp from the box. The "sounds" of the mechanism is good...there is no play in the blade. I am very happy with this knife. As for cons....the only things I can think about is that I would like the handles to have a more meaty feel. The blade of the fire spark has a false edge on the back...I think it should be made from thicker stock. I would like to see CRKT make knives from higher quality steel such as ATS-34 to RC 58-59 hardness.....Myself, I would pay extra for this. OK...overall....CRKT knives are very good quality for price. I will soon purchase my 3rd. & 4th. knife.
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