Columbia River Centofante Tribute Gentleman's Folder 3.125" Plain Blade
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Introducing the Tribute line. Are they Frank Centofante customs or are they CRKT collaborations? We think Frank would be very happy with this lockback folding knife.
Frank Centofante, one of the pioneers in the custom knifemaking movement, passed away in September of 2009 before he could see this lockback design go into Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) production. After a few moments of reflection, we decided to name the series the Centofante Tribute.
Frank was not only highly successful, winning countless knife awards internationally, serving as President of the Knifemakers' Guild, and being inducted into the Cutlery Hall of Fame, but he was a genuinely nice person who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. While you'll find many of Frank's customs made with Damascus steels and exotic handle materials, he was perhaps best known for his sleek and simple lockbacks.
The Tribute, Frank's final production collaboration, is a fitting statement of simplicity and craftsmanship. It is a classic drop point lockback folder, with no gimmicks, no frills, no complex mechanisms, not even a clip. His meticulous approach to knifemaking is detailed in his chapter in the “Bible," How To Make Folding Knives, published in 1988, and that is exactly how we are making the Tribute.
First, there is the 3.125" drop point Razor-Sharp blade of premium 7Cr17MoV stainless steel in a satin finish. It has a high flat grind and a nail nick for opening. That's it. No bumps or facets, just the cleanest and simplest shape possible, ground and finished by hand.
The 4.06" open-build frame is simply two pieces of strong and lightweight Micarta, layered in chestnut brown and black. There is the stainless steel lockback lever which forms the spine, and a stainless steel back spacer.
The pivot is peened in the style of Frank's customs, as are the assembly pins. Finally, the handle is shaped and polished by hand.
Tribute 2. We are also making the Tribute with a 2.875" blade and 3.875" handle, resulting in an even more discreet, lightweight carry at 1.3 ounces.
The result: Two knives for gentlemen (or ladies) that are at home anywhere. Yes, they look and feel like works of art, but these are knives that fit with Frank's philosophy that a knife is built to use. Perhaps the most surprising feature of the these knives is their very affordable pricing.
Think of them as our tribute to Frank.
- 6050: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
- Blade: Length: Length: 2.875" (73 mm)
- Thickness: Thickness: 0.081" (2.1 mm)
- Steel: Steel: 7Cr17MoV, 57-59 HRC
- Closed:Handle length: 3.875" (98 mm)
- Open: Overall length: 6.75" (171 mm)
- Weight:1.3 oz. (37 g)
Frank Centofante, one of the pioneers of the custom knife movement, passed away in September, 2009, too soon to see his CRKT Tribute lockback line become a production reality. He began making knives in 1969. He was a co-author of the book “How To Make Folding Knives" and an immaculate craftsman. Frank served on the Board of Directors of the Knifemakers' Guild for 20 years, serving as Vice President for three years and President for eight years. He received numerous awards both nationally and internationally and was granted a U.S. Patent for Folding Knife With Secondary Locking Mechanism. He was inducted into the Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame and was a recipient of the Knifemakers' Guild Red Watson Memorial Friendship Award, which is the only award voted on by members of the Knifemakers' Guild. He was also a member of the Corporazione Italiana Coltellinai, and was affectionately known as the “Godfather of the Guild."
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.
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.