Columbia River CRKT 5250 NIRK Tighe Folder 3.875" Blade, Stainless Steel Handles
CR5250: Nirk Tighe - Designed by Glenn Klecker and Brian Tighe
From the beginning, we at Columbia River Knife & Tool have worked with the best knife designers we could find. And we've always been especially delighted when two of them get their heads together and come up with something completely surprising. So we're happy to report that it hashappened again this year, resulting in our new NIRK™ Tighe folder.
It all began last year when Canadian knifemaker Brian Tighe saw Glenn Klecker's design for his NIRK™ folder, a strikingly minimal design stamped and folded out of two pieces of stainless steel. Brian called Glenn, and raised the possibility of using the same lockback release mechanism with CNC-machined open-build construction. Brian went to work and produced his custom NIRK Tighe from exotic materials,which immediately won the Most Innovative Custom Design Award at the 2010 Blade Show.
All that was left for us to do was to convert his custom into a faithful production model. Our version of the NIRK Tighe features 420J2 stainless steel frames which are stamped, then machined and coated with blue titanium nitride. Finally, the frame exterior is satin polished, leaving the blue interior coating, a stunning effect.
Like the original NIRK, the knife is a lockback folder in which the spring, release bar and lock detent are all integral with the frame structure. Two pronounced finger notches provide a secure grip. Brian's blade is a graceful but strong drop point design with subtle recurve, and weight-saving reliefs cut into the spine for balance. The blade can be opened with one hand, by using a thumb on the reliefs, or by pressing the blade flipper. The blade is precision cut from premium AUS 8 stainless steel. At the blade pivot, a special caged mini ball bearing system gives fast and smooth opening action. The tighter the grip on the handle, the tighter the lockup, making this an exceptionally safe design. A custom removable stainless steel clothing/gear clip is provided.
Glenn's original quest was to create a folder of "irreducible complexity." Brian has added a few additional parts, true, but he's also added a vast amount of design interest in what is still a very functional folder.
About the Knife Designer
Brian Tighe is a Canadian "Renaissance man": tool and die maker, photographer and extraordinary custom knifemaker and CRKT knife designer. He says, "I started making knives because I always carried one and had a passion for them. When I was first introduced to custom knives, I knew I could make them as well, got hooked and never looked back. I knew from my experience how to cut metal, what tools were needed and how to achieve the top fit and finish. I test my knives by carrying one every day, and I use it for everything I need to do around the house and work. I also get a lot of feedback from customers who use my knives to make their living." Pat Covert of American Handgunner has said, "Brian Tighe has risen from the rank and file of edged weapons artisans to the rarified air of the top 10 elite. His sense of design is extraordinary, his pride of workmanship exemplary. These are qualities that have propelled Tighe to the top." His custom workshop is in Ridgeville, Ontario.
Glenn Klecker is an award-winning knife and tool designer who lives in Silverton, Oregon. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Glenn was a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps during Operation Desert Storm where he led a detachment of 100 Marines, for which he received the Navy Achievement medal for Superior Service. He is also an expert marksman in both rifle and pistol. He has extensive experience in designing and engineering products and manufacturing technology for the automotive industry and knife and tool industry. Hisknife and tool designs for leading manufacturers have resulted in over 22 patents, and have received numerous awards, including the prestigious IWA, International Multitool of the Year for 2006 and 2004; "iF", Product Design Award for 2006; Blade Magazine, Best American Design of 2008; as well as receiving recognition from National Geographic, Best Gear of 2008; Men's Journal, Best Gear for 2008. He is the designer of the new CRKT NIRK.
- Open Overall Length: 9.13 inches
- Closed Length: 5.25 inches
- Weight: 5.1 ounces
- Length: 3.875 inches
- Thickness: 0.121 inches
- Material: AUS 8
- Blade-HRC: 58-59
- Finish: Satin
- Grind: Hollow
- Style: Drop Point
- Edge: Plain
- Liner: 420J2
- Type: Lockback
- Carry System: 1 Position Clip
- Flipper: Yes
- Made in Taiwan