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Columbia River Crawford The Natural 2 with 3.25" Assisted Plain Blade, Micarta Scales

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Part Number: CR7080M
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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CR7080M: The Natural™ - 2 Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, Micarta Scales
Columbia River Knife & Tool

This production folder series uses premium natural materials just as Pat and Wes Crawford do in their customs.

Pat and Wes Crawford, custom knifemakers in West Memphis, Arkansas, have produced many successful folder designs for CRKT over the years, many with mid-level blade steels and Zytel® scales. Here's our idea: let's make a Crawford folder series that is as close to a custom knife as possible, using premium blade steel and natural materials.

Logically, we decided to call it the Natural® series. Available in two sizes, these are extremely heavy-duty frame-lock folders with our patented* lightning-fast OutBurst® assisted opening.

The Natural™ 2. Similar in design to their big brother, these three smaller personal carry folders have a 3.25” blade, also of polished premium 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. The thick stainless steel frame is engine turned, or “jeweled,” as is the custom stainless steel clip. They are really overbuilt for long life. All three also have dual thumb studs and OutBurst assisted opening, as well as file work on the polished stainless steel back spacer.

When it came to choosing scales from custom-knife materials, we had trouble deciding between natural white bone, natural jig bone, and black Micarta®. They looked so good, we decided to produce all three.

So here’s our bet: If you were walking through a custom knife show, and you picked up any of these Naturals without the CRKT logo, you would think, “Wow, a Crawford custom!” And except for the value price, you’d be pretty darned close.

Specifications
  • 7080M: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, Micarta Scales
  • Weight: 6.3 oz. (179 g)
  • Blade: Length: 3.25” (83 mm)
  • Thickness: 0.15” (3.7 mm)
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, 58-59 HRC
  • Closed: Handle length: 4.38” (111 mm)
  • Open: Overall length: 7.63” (194 mm)
About the Knife Designer
Pat Crawford and his son Wes are recognized as leading practitioners of the bladesmith's craft. Their company, Crawford Knives, is located in West Memphis, Arkansas. Pat, a pioneer in the combat folder genre, has been a member of the Knifemakers' Guild since 1973. He was among the first to integrate titanium into his folders, and to skeletonize his frames and handles to reduce weight and enhance the grip of the knife. He uses the stock removal method, specializing in high-tech, self-defense tactical folders, favoring different and unique knives. Crawford handle materials include wood, ivory, stag horn, Micarta, and other exotic materials which are available. They also offer options such as file work, inlays, fancy pen work and special customer requests. Pat says, "The reason I make knives is for the personal satisfaction I receive in being my own boss, and producing a thing of beauty that will stand the test of time."
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.
Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles
Similar to G10, Micarta is a a compressed layered composite which instead of using fiberglass, uses fiber compounds of any type of create a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
8CR13 Stainless Steel
8CR13 Stainless Steel
Considered a value steel, 8Cr13 steel provides adequate corrosion resistance but with slightly more carbon than AUS-8, it will sharpen up and hold an edge better.
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A.G. V
California
Jul 02, 2013
Pros: Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Overall Quality
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
Great knife. Needed quite a bit of breaking in, but now the assist works well.
1 out of 5
Steve F
Haugfhton, La
Dec 14, 2012
Pros: None
Cons: Handle Material, Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Do Not Buy
Biggest clunker ever from CRKT. The supposed "custom" features are cheap gimmicks and , due to poor design, the knife cannot even be clipped in your pocket, the "scales" will prevent it from being drawn smoothly if at all! I'll have to rethink buying any more CRKT products after having this junker foisted of on me as a "custom"..please...it will now be a rather poor letter opener!
5 out of 5
Ryan W
Mt. Pleasant, MI
Oct 05, 2012
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Pocket Clip, Weight, None
Great EDC for me
I use this knife everyday at work and during my free time. It was a little tricky to learn how to use the assisted open but once i learned the trick i have no problems at all with it. Plenty sharp enough for me right out of the box, It has been up to every task i have put it up to the feel is great, very solid purchase. Probably my only complaint is that you cant move to pocket clip to the other side because i am left handed, but i have dealt with that handicap all my life... not really much of an issue.
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