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Columbia River 7255Z Lake 111 Folding Knife 3.125" Satin Plain Blade, GFN Handles

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Part Number: CR7255Z
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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CR7255Z: 7255Z Lake 111 Z
Ron Lake been called "the father of the modern folding knife" and literally co-authored the book on them in 1988, How to Make Folding Knives. But while Ron is busy making stunning custom folders in his Eugene, Oregon, workshop, he is always thinking. In this case, we believe he has perfected the lockback folder. 

The Lake 111 Z model is a full-size knife with a 3.125" blade and measures 7.25" overall when opened. This model comes with a custom denim sheath with a belt loop and snap closure. 

Ron's breakthrough is his patented Lock Back Safety (L.B.S.), which allows the user to slide the small L.B.S. button forward to lock the blade both in the open and closed positions. When locked open, it is virtually impossible to accidentally release the blade even during vigorous cutting tasks. For those who are concerned about accidental opening, in-pocket or on-belt, simply slide the button forward to lock the knife closed until its next use. 

The blade is a classic drop point with a flat grind for strength and a brushed finish. Blade steel is premium 8Cr14MoV stainless steel (equivalent to AUS 8). Dual Lake-style thumb studs give fast either-hand opening, and the lockback release allows easy one-hand closing. 

The lockback design allows for a very flat build. The combination of stainless steel liners and tough glass filled nylon scales results in a very rigid frame. For grip, the black handle features a basketweave texture and a pronounced finger choil and pommel. 

Over the years, others have tried to devise safeties for lockback folders, but Ron's is the most effective and sophisticated we have seen. He really has something to crow about.
  • Dimensions
    • Open Overall Length: 7.25 inches
    • Closed Length: 4.125 inches
    • Weight: 3.1 ounces
  • Blade
    • Length: 3.125 inches
    • Thickness: 0.11 inches
    • Material: 8Cr14MoV
    • Blade-HRC: 58-59
    • Finish: Satin
    • Grind: Flat
    • Style: Classic Drop Point
    • Edge: Plain
  • Handle
    • Material: Glass Filled Nylon
  • Lock
    • Type: Lockback
    • Safety System: L.B.S. Safety
  • Carry
    • Carry System: 1 Position Clip and Denim Sheath
  • Made in China

UPC Code: 794023725513

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.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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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Jesse J
Aug 05, 2015
Pros: Pocket Clip, Weight, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Sheath, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
Very NIce Knife
I've collected slip joints for several years now and I never cared that much for tactical knives. I saw this one and decided to give it a try. I have a couple of liner locks (pocket size) from Gerber and I just never felt that safe using a liner lock that's one reason I choose this knife because of the lock back design. I like the texture and design of the handles and the knife is a perfect size for the hand. Nice grip design too. I also like the partial serrated edge. Not much I don't like about the knife. One thing, not being used to tactical design knives I find the knife hard to open using the pin. I guess it take some getting use to. Knife came extremely sharp. It seems to be a quality product but I can't say much about he steel used in the blade since I just got it. The lock back spring is very hard and must be depressed completely ( as far as it will go) in order to release the blade to close. Four stars because the knife is hard to open with the pin. Very nice denim sheath heavy duty.
5 out of 5
Aug 04, 2015
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Lock Type, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: Sheath, None
Am using my CRKT Lake as a EDC. It came very sharp out of the box; I just stropped it (I do every new knife). Light weight. Had to work a bit to smooth out the lock back release (sort of like tuning a gun trigger mechanism). I don't usually like lock backs having gotten use to liner locks, but this is a fine knife (esp. for this price). The sheath is not necessary (mine's now in a drawer) and the lock-lock seems a bit of overkill. As usual the KC folks delivered fast. For the price, this is an excellent buy.
5 out of 5
Lebanon, Pa
May 06, 2015
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Hard to beat for the price!
Can't beat this for the price. Sharp out for the box, a quality (lower end) basic stainless steel that's easy to maintain. Quality made. Easy to open with a conveniently located thumb locking lever to lock blade in the both open or closed position. And it looks good too. Just as attractive as some higher end knives, even had some guys confuse it for one at first glance. It's not an elite brand with a high end exotic steel blade, but for a basic $20 knife, its hard to beat this; one of the best deals out there. Bought it for a cheap work knife to beat up a bit and liked it so much I bought a second one so I can keep a clean one for my EDC rotation outside of work.
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