Columbia River Crawford The Natural with 3.88" Assisted Plain Blade, White Bone 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®. At 10.4 ounces, this is a big hunk of knife, with a 3.88" blade of premium 8Cr13MoV polished stainless steel and stainless steel liners so thick that it qualifies as a frame-lock folder. The blade can only be called a "Crawford Marauder clip point," with a scalloped top edge and dual ramped Crawford-style thumb studs for opening. Just nudge either thumb stud outward approximately 30 degrees, and the OutBurst mechanism springs the blade open with a satisfying "click."
The stainless steel back spacer receives file work like the finest customs. And the scales are hand-shaped white bone with black G10 bolsters and a removable satin stainless steel pocket/gear clip. When it comes to grip, this folder has it all: a full-size handle, butt pommel, two deep finger choils and thumb friction grooves on the spine.
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.
- 7085: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, White Bone Scales
- Blade: Length: 3.88" (98 mm)
- Thickness: 0.15" (3.7 mm)
- Steel: 8Cr13MoV, 58-59 HRC
- Closed: Handle length: 5.25" (133 mm)
- Open: Overall length: 9.25" (235 mm)
- Weight: 10.4 oz. (295 g)
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."
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.
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
One of the most common natural materials used in knife making, bone handles are usually textured to provide grip and can be dyed almost any color.
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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