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Columbia River Ed Halligan K.I.S.S. Folding Knife 2.25" Satin Plain Tanto Blade - 5500

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Part Number: CR5500
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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CR5500: K.I.S.S. - Designed by Ed Halligan
Columbia River
 
There's nothing like the real thing. The Original K.I.S.S.®, with its Tanto-inspired blade and bead-blast finish, is the revolutionary high-tech statement by Knifemakers' Guild member and K.I.S.S. designer "Daddy K.I.S.S." Ed Halligan. It stands for "Keep It Super Simple." It's one honey of a knife, precision fine blanked for superior fit and smooth operation.

Like all folding knives in the K.I.S.S. family, Ed Halligan's unique two-piece construction features an integral frame lock, and a breakthrough design which seals the cutting edge against the handle.

A thumb stud is used to one-hand open the blade, and as the blade is fully rotated open, the frame lock snaps crisply in behind the blade to give a sound lockup. The blade can be closed with one hand, simply by releasing the frame lock.

The Original K.I.S.S.® blade shape is Tanto-inspired—Chisel-Point grind on the front and flat on the backside—so that when the blade is closed onto its handle/frame, the precision fit effectively "seals" the cutting edge to the frame, even though it's exposed. Both Razor-Sharp and Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edge grinds are available. Both blade and frame are 420J2 stainless steel in a fine bead-blast finish.

The design of the K.I.S.S. series pocket/money clip permits them to be used in a variety of ways: clipped to the pocket; as a money clip knife; and with split-ring or lanyard, as a key chain knife.

In the wake of the success of the K.I.S.S., a flock of imitators has appeared; none offers the simple elegance of Ed Halligan's original design, and none offers the value of CRKT quality manufacturing. In fact, the more Ed's design is imitated, the better it looks.
 
Specifications
  • Dimensions
    • Open Overall Length: 5.75 inches
    • Closed Length: 3.5 inches
    • Weight: 2.3 ounces
  • Blade
    • Length: 2.25 inches
    • Thickness: 0.12 inches
    • Material: 420J2
    • Blade-HRC: 51-53
    • Finish: Bead-Blast
    • Grind: Chisel-Point
    • Style: Tanto
  • Handle
    • Material: 420J2
  • Lock
    • Type: Integral Frame Lock
  • Carry
    • Carry System: 1 Position Clip
  • Made in China

About the Knife Designer
Ed Halligan "Big Daddy K.I.S.S." was the second noted knifemaker to work with CRKT. After 37 years as an aircraft technician with Delta Airlines, he founded Halligan Knives in Sharpsburg, Georgia, in 1985—when he says his background in scrimshaw and leather working fell in line with his interest in stock removal knifemaking. In 1996 he earned a Mastersmith rating from the American Bladesmithing Society and won the B.R. Hughes award for Best Knife by a Mastersmith. He does all his own work, including heat treating, forging, and making Damascus steel for his own use in various patterns. In addition to three-dimensional carved knives, he makes self-defense, military and folding knives. He is the inventor of the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) single-sided knife series which has been widely copied, and has been translating his custom versions of it into CRKT production knives, which have proven to be exceptionally popular with knife enthusiasts and the general public. He teaches bladesmithing seminars and knifemaking at the college level.

Frame Lock
Frame Lock
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
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.
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Partsguy
Euless,Tx
Jul 29, 2012
Pros: Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, Lock Type, Weight, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness, Blade Material
good knife but..
It wont hold an edge ... It'd be 5 stars if it were something that would hold an edge (VG-10,S30V or even 440c)
5 out of 5
Vaughn
Knoxville, TN
May 11, 2012
Pros: Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Lock Type, None
Nice knife
5 out of 5
Roger Griggs
woodland park co
Jul 13, 2011
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Pocket Clip, Lock Type
Cons: None
great little knife
this IS a great little knife. sharpen the flat side with a water stone, and be careful, it will cut anything i've tried so far. blade a little hard to open? the screw that holds the blade in place can be adjusted. the clip holds it firmly in place. my oldest and 3rd oldest granddaughters both have inherited granddad's K.I.S.S.'S. i've read some of the reviews, all i can say is ya gotta be smarter than the steel
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