Columbia River CRKT 7016 Matthew Lerch Flat Out Assisted Folding Knife 3.57" Satin Plain Blade, Stainless Steel Handles


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Part #: CR7016 | Columbia River (CRKT)
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CR7016: Matthew Lerch 7016 Flat Out
Painstakingly precise. When a watchmaker takes up knifemaking, the knife world inherits a new definition for “precise.” Slim yet hard working, understated yet powerful, the Flat Out everyday carry folding knife is a beautifully paradox. 

Designer Matthew Lerch of Sussex, WI has practiced jewelry making, watch making, and he’s made a serious name for himself as a custom knifemaker. Now, he’s channeled his expertise into creating the Flat Out. Its striking profile starts with the thin drop point blade style and is balanced by a highly ergonomic and shapely handle. Subtle details like a two-tone satin finish on the blade and bead blast finish on the handle polish the high aesthetic. In motion, though, is where the Flat Out truly shines—open it a mere 30 degrees, and OutBurst takes over, deploying the blade at shockingly quick speeds. A frame lock keeps it solidly in place. 

Exacting design meets hardworking performance in the Flat Out.

How OutBurst Assisted Opening Works

Simply manually open the blade up to 30 degrees and the patented OutBurst assisted opening mechanism springs the knife fully open so that you’re good to go. The powerful spring also holds the blade securely closed when not in use.
  • Outburst spring assisted opening deploys the blade smooth and fast
  • High carbon stainless steel blade takes an edge well and is ideal for everyday carry
  • Frame Lock provides secure lock-up of the blade
  • Blade Length: 3.57"
  • Closed Length: 4.421"
  • Overall Length: 8.063"
  • Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.122"
  • Blade Style: Wharncliffe
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Material: Stainless Steel
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Right Carry
  • Weight: 3.6 oz.
  • Designer: Matthew Lerch
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.
Steel Handles
Steel Handles
Stainless Steel knife handles provide strength and durability and look and feel great.
8Cr13MoV Steel
8Cr13MoV Steel
An affordable medium carbon stainless steel with a good balance of edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Columbia River CRKT 7016 Matthew Lerch Flat Out Assisted Folding Knife 3.57" Satin Plain Blade, Stainless Steel Handles3.000 (2 reviews)
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Columbia River CRKT 7016 Matthew Lerch Flat Out Assisted Folding Knife 3.57" Satin Plain Blade, Stainless Steel Handles
5 out of 5
NE Ohio
Pros: Handle Material, Handle Feel, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
Great looking surprise
First, this is a hefty knife, and has a much denser feel than expected which to me translates to a dependable feeling of quality. Second, the assisted deployment with the thumbstud in the normal, or forward, grip is very easy. Deployment from the reverse grip is a little harder, but not impossible. The deployment of the blade is very positive and snappy and you want to make sure you are holding on to it. Third, hanging on to this knife is easy to do since the stainless steel handles aren't nearly as slippery as I feared they might be and the finger grooves are also a real help here and with the slim profile. The slight jimping on the back of the handle looks good and also helps steady the knife in your grip. The jimping on the top of the blade is one of the best I have ever experienced and really digs into my thumb without being painful, but If my thumb should ever slip on it, I will losing some skin. Fourth, the blade shape is also something I like about this knife. There is just enough curve in the edge that makes it not quite a traditional wharncliffe style, which I like. And if you like your blades pointy, they don't come much pointier than than this. What the handle provides in its gentlman's knife appearance, the stiletto-like appearance of the blade may be a scary take away for some, but not for me. Lastly, the slight finger choil in front of the handle is just large enough to comfortably choke up a bit on if you need to and gives the knife a profile that is a nice change of pace from all of those "flipper" knives out on the market. The only thing worries me about this knife is the pocket clip. While it allows the knife to ride low in the pocket, it is a little on the short side and I am afraid of losing it. No problems yet, though, but it is a good excuse to get a few more just in case.
Columbia River CRKT 7016 Matthew Lerch Flat Out Assisted Folding Knife 3.57" Satin Plain Blade, Stainless Steel Handles
1 out of 5
Prescott, Az
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, None
Cons: Ease of Opening
CRKT 7016 Lerch Flat Out
The blade is impossible to deploy with the thumb stud misplaced as it is. Lousy engineering. As it stands the knife is a two handed opener. The stud needs to be placed lower along the spine in order to achieve the leverage needed to deploy properly.I've noticed this defect on several other CRKT designs over the years. Very disappointing.
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