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Columbia River Klecker NIRK Novo 2.75" Satin Plain Blade, Brushed Handles - 5170

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Part Number: CR5170
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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CR5170: Nirk Novo - Designed by Glenn Klecker
Columbia River
Intelligent design advocate Michael Behe coined the term "irreducible complexity," which means "a single system composed of several wellmatched, interacting parts that contribute to the basic function of the system, wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system toeffectively cease functioning." 

It certainly describes this folder line by Glenn Klecker, award-winning knife and tool designer from Silverton, Oregon. He has named it after his son: Nathan's IRreducible complexity Knife, or NIRK™. There are just two well-thoughtout pieces, plus a blade pivot screw. The innovation is Glenn's use of a single sheet of stamped and folded stainless steel to serve as the folder frame, back spacer, spring and lock, resulting in a solid lockback folder. 

The geometry of the cutout areas is critical, carefully calculated to provide just the right spring action when the rear of the spine is pressed. At the front of the frame, the lock tab mates with a notch in the blade to provide safe lockup. The tighter the grip on the handle, the tighter the lockup, making this an exceptionally safe design. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to accidentally release the lock, and it is very, very strong. When the blade is closed, the same lock tab ramps over a rounded detent to hold the blade in the closed position. 

The new NIRK Novo models are slightly smaller with 2.75" sheepsfoot blades,weight of only 2.5 ounces, a thumb stud for opening, and are available in Razor-Sharp and Combined Razor-Sharp & Triple-Point™ Serrated edge options.There you have it: simple, flat, almost indestructible folders. They are priced so you can afford several: one for the toolbox, one for the backpack, one for the truck, one for the boat, one for the survival kit. All models have stainless steel pocket/gear clips.
  • Dimensions
    • Open Overall Length: 6.25 inches
    • Closed Length: 3.75 inches
    • Weight: 2.5 ounces
  • Blade
    • Length: 2.75 inches
    • Thickness: 0.093 inches
    • Material: 4Cr15MoVNi
    • Blade-HRC: 56-57
    • Finish: Satin
    • Grind: High Hollow
    • Style: Modified Wharncliffe
    • Edge: Plain
  • Handle
    • Liner: 2CR13
  • Lock
    • Type: Lockback
  • Carry
    • Carry System: 1 Postion Clip
  • Features
    • Fire Safe: Yes
  • Made in Asia

UPC Code: 794023517002

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.
Steel Handles
Steel Handles
Stainless Steel knife handles provide strength and durability while using chromium oxide to create a rust-resistant barrier.
4.333 (3 reviews)
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James S
Alberta, Canada
Jun 30, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Weight, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Klecker great
Useful, and easy to use. Good blade and clips onto my pants pocket nicely. Thumb stud opening works better than most.
4 out of 5
Dec 19, 2012
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Overall Quality
Cons: Sheath, None
What a funky look. The handle is all one piece of metal with only one little spot weld to hold it together-clever. Blade shape is showing up more and more. Looks more like a food slicer shape or rope knife but seems to work ok as long as you aren't trying to pick out splinters. nice smooth edges rides good in a pocket.
5 out of 5
Dec 14, 2011
Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
very nice knife
An incredible look but with still a good handling and one ultra thin blade, it is look like a razor of the old time. Of course it will be some time to know how it will retain his edge but cut it will ! For the ease of opening, now because there is their new system found on the Shenanigan or the IKBS, of course it feel heavy but not so much.
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