Columbia River Lake Laredo Folding Knife 3.25" Combo Blade, G10 Handles - CR7266
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You said you wanted a Ron Lake drop point lockback with G10 scales and patented L.B.S.™ safety at an incredible price? Here it is.
This web page is all about a cool knife and great value. Cutlery Hall of Fame member and master lockback folder designer Ron Lake showed us a prototype of this very tasty concept. It had a clean shape, choiled grip and a flat profile with G10 scales. In other words, it was a knife that just about every knife fancier would want. Our job was to make it a knife that anyone could afford. Because it’s a rugged no-nonsense design with Western flair, we decided to call it the Laredo.
First, we looked at the modified drop point blade with its high hollow grind. We specified premium 8Cr14MoV high-chromium stainless steel with a high satin brush finish to aid in corrosion resistance. The result is a strong blade with great slicing and penetrating ability that will hold an edge well.
For the frame, we specified brass liners and scales CNC machined from black G10, just what you find in the finest custom knives. The grip is excellent, thanks to the G10 texture, three finger choils and thumb friction grooves at the spine.
In the process, we built in Ron’s 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.
We’ve learned from experience that many of our customers want a smaller-sized pocket carry, so from the get-go, we’re making Laredo in two sizes, both available with Razor-Sharp or Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges. The larger Laredo models 7265 and 7266 have 3.25” blades and measure 7.375” overall when opened. The smaller Laredo 2 models 7263 and 7264 feature 2.75” blades and are 6.25” long when opened.
All Laredo models are equipped with a removable custom stainless steel clip. If you prefer to use a fob or lanyard, there’s a handy lanyard opening in the brass liners at the butt.
But Whoa Nellie! That’s a lot of needless yakkin’ about an honest lockback that will sell itself once you pick it up, turn it over in your hand a few times, and see the price.
- Blade: Length: 3.25" (8.3 cm)
- Thickness: 0.11” (0.29 cm)
- Steel: 8Cr14MoV, 58-59 HRC
- Closed: Handle length: 4.125” (10.5 cm)
- Open: Overall length: 7.375” (18.7 cm)
- Weight: 2.9 oz. (82 g)
Ron Lake is a custom knifemaker in Eugene, Oregon. He joined the Knifemakers’ Guild in 1971, and has been a full time knifemaker since 1972. He has received numerous awards, has been featured in national knife, shooting and general interest magazines, and has conducted folding knife seminars around the world. He co-authored the book How To Make Folding Knives in 1988. He was elected to the Cutlery Hall of Fame in 1998, and was labeled by sportswriter B.R. Hughes as the “Father of the Modern Day Folding Knife.” He is a partner with Michael Walker in Lake & Walker Bullfrog® Knives, developer of the patented knife blade lock safety known as LAWKS®, and also invented the L.B.S.™ lock back safety system. Knives made by Ron are included in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Metal Museum, the National Knife Museum and the Randall Knife Museum. He has also designed many knives for CRKT.
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.
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
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.
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.