Columbia River 2012 Graham Ringed Razel 3" Blade, Micarta Handles
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Columbia River Knife & Tool
Is it a knife? Is it a chisel? Once you use one, you realize that this may be the most useful utility cutting tool series ever devised.
When Jon and Josh Graham of Graham Knives in Cleveland, Tennessee, developed their custom Graham Razel™ in 2001, most knife blades came to a single point. Not the Razel. It’s a cross between a chisel and a razor with a knife handle. The result gives two useful Razor-Sharp™ edges, one for pushing or tapping, and the other for precise cutting. You also get two strong blade points. The Graham brothers have been very successful with their custom versions in a variety of sizes and styles.
The CRKT production Razel models follow the Graham concept faithfully, with very thick full-tang blades of premium 9Cr18MoV (similar to 440C) stainless steel in a brushed finish, hand-contoured Micarta® handles, and custom-fitted Kydex® sheaths.
How are mechanics, carpenters, farmers, and home craftsmen using their Razel models? The Grahams report: Scraping gaskets, removing paint and stickers. Chiseling to make reliefs, mortises and tenons. Prying tight-fitting parts. Cutting things like paracord, wire insulation, radiator hose, plastic ties and tubing. Taper reaming a hole with the twist of the wrist. Reaching into tight spaces and push cutting with the chisel edge. Opening feed bags and cutting through bales of hay. You name it, the Razel does it.
Our Stubby Pocket Razel™ has cutting edges of 1.0” and 2.15”. The comfortable contoured Micarta handle makes this a tool you can use for hours. There is a flat at the end of the handle for tapping, and friction grooves at the blade spine for the thumb. It’s an ideal everyday carry for the craftsman.
The Ringed Razel™ has cutting edges of 1.125” and 3.0”. The handle terminates in a ring for the little finger. You can use this tool in the wettest, slickest conditions without fear of losing your grip.
Our Razel™ SS7 is a humongous 13.8-ounce work tool with the look of a cleaver and the heft of a hatchet. The full-tang blade is 0.25” thick with cutting edges of 1.70” and 7.25”, plus a 3.70” top cutting edge with Veff™ Serrations. The butt features a bottle and jar opener. You can use it to cut through thickets or jungle, and in emergency situations, to release tangles of rope or nets.
They’re three extremely high-quality work tools, built to custom standards, each one unique in the knife and tool world. And just about every serious craftsman we show them to, wants one immediately.
- Blade: Width: 1.125” (2.9 cm)
- Length: 3.0” (7.6 cm)
- Thickness: 0.18” (0.46 cm)
- Steel: 9Cr18MoV, 58-60 HRC
- Knife: Overall length: 7.50” (19.0 cm)
- Weight: 5.5 oz. (156 g)
- Sheath (included with knife)
- Overall length: 5.0” (12.7 cm)
- Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g)
About the Knife Designer
Jon and Josh Graham of Cleveland, Tennessee, were born to a father who had an appreciation for knives, and at a young age they were taught the importance of a good knife. “At the ages of seven and eight we got our first knives on the same day, and haven’t been without one since.” In the late ’80s while stationed at Aviaono AB Italy, Jon discovered handmade knives in a magazine and knew that was something he wanted to do. After getting out of the Air Force and settling into a job, Jon started making kit knives on a table with basic tools in 1994. Tired of making other people’s designs, in 1999 Jon asked his brother Josh to go in on some equipment and learn how to make knives by stock removal. They have both been hooked ever since, and constantly strive to improve their designs and skills, building on Jon’s experience as a diesel technician, and Josh’s background in cabinetmaking. They specialize in utility tactical designs with an emphasis on EDC fixed blade pocket knives, but their favorite knife line is the fixed blade Razel, which they make in many sizes and styles.
Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
Micarta is a compressed layered composite sealed within a thermosetting plastic which creates a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.