Columbia River CRKT 2261 Michael Rodriguez Tecpatl Push Dagger 3.375" Black SK5 Blade, Kydex Sheath
CR2261: Michael Rodriguez 2261 Tecpatl
Anyone can throw a punch. Not everyone can make it count when it's a last resort.
The Tecpatl fixed blade push dagger was designed by a combat veteran that wished it had existed while he was serving overseas. So ergonomically thoughtful, in the heat of the moment, it's hard to tell where your anatomy ends and the blade begins.
Michael R. Rodriguez of Fayetteville, North Carolina designed the Tecpatl as a part of the CRKT Forged by War program. His conviction: a good combat fighter relies on instinct; a great fighter understands the importance of an ergonomically flawless weapon. We'll take his word for it — he served 21 years in the United States Army and retired as a Green Beret.
The blade of this powerful knife features a black powder finish for corrosion resistance and is complete with a sugar skull laser marking as a reflection of Michael's heritage and his own personal story. You'll probably recognize the horns, the Crusader's Cross, and the Office of Strategic Services Symbol. What you might not know is that Michael was a member of seven Special Forces group — he commemorates this with the engraved 7 just above the blade and the arrow that's reminiscent of the crossed arrows of the Special Forces. Finally, the three lightning bolts pay homage to the Green Beret.
This knife is reminiscent of the traditional obsidian close-quarter knife for which the Tecpatl is named, and the multiple hand deployments is what elevates this knife to greatness. It's solid in the closed-fist position, making it ideal for pushing or slashing. If situations shift or de-escalate, the low-profile hold allows you to grab your gun, or assailant, without dropping or shifting the knife's position in your hand. The Kydex sheath is spring loaded with a MOLLE compatible gear clip so it's always exactly where you need it.
Even in a world full of sophisticated missiles and UAVs, there's still no excuse to skimp on your hand-to-hand combat companion. The Tecpatl is the first choice for last resort.
About the Forged By War program
In 2013, Ryan Johnson of RMJ Tactical, designer of elite, military, tactical tomahawks, approached CRKT with the news that he had been working with a few combat veterans that had returned from war with varying degrees of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
To help work through their challenges, they have been designing and forging steel into custom tools. Drawing from their experience earned in combat situations, they have been creating tools they wished they had available to them on the battlefield.
CRKT cares deeply about our returning veterans and they saw a way to give back to the community that created them. In 2016, they launched the Forged By War program.
These are mission ready tools, designed by veterans, with 10% of the CRKT net profits of the program donated to the veterans' charity of choice.
Mission ready tools that are Forged By War.
- Black Powder Coat with Sugar Skull Laser Marking
- Multiple Hand Deployment Options
- Kydex Sheath with Spring Loaded MOLLE Compatible Gear Clip
- Blade Length: 3.375"
- Handle Length: 2.438"
- Overall Length: 5.813"
- Blade Material: SK5 Carbon Steel
- Blade Thickness: 0.203"
- Blade Hardness: 53-55HRC
- Blade Style: Reverse Tanto
- Blade Finish: Black Powder Coat
- Handle Material: SK5 Carbon Steel
- Sheath Material: Kydex
- Designer: Michael Rodriguez
- Weight: 5.6 oz.
- Weight with Sheath: 6.4 oz.