Columbia River CRKT 5500 Ed Halligan K.I.S.S. Folding Knife 2.25" Bead Blast Plain Tanto Blade, Money Clip Stainless Steel Handle


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Part #: CR5500 | Columbia River (CRKT)
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CR5500: 5500 K.I.S.S. Designed by Ed Halligan
There's nothing like the real thing. The Original K.I.S.S., with its Tanto-inspired blade and bead-blast finish, is the revolutionary high-tech statement by Knifemakers' Guild member and K.I.S.S. designer "Daddy K.I.S.S." Ed Halligan. It stands for "Keep It Super Simple." It's one honey of a knife, precision fine blanked for superior fit and smooth operation.

Like all folding knives in the K.I.S.S. family, Ed Halligan's unique two-piece construction features an integral frame lock and a breakthrough design which seals the cutting edge against the handle.

A thumb stud is used to one-hand open the blade, and as the blade is fully rotated open, the frame lock snaps crisply in behind the blade to give a sound lockup. The blade can be closed with one hand, simply by releasing the frame lock.

The Original K.I.S.S. blade shape is Tanto-inspired—Chisel-Point grind on the front and flat on the backside—so that when the blade is closed onto its handle/frame, the precision fit effectively "seals" the cutting edge to the frame, even though it's exposed. Both Razor-Sharp and Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point Serrated edge grinds are available. Both blade and frame are 420J2 stainless steel in a fine bead-blast finish.

The design of the K.I.S.S. series pocket/money clip permits them to be used in a variety of ways: clipped to the pocket; as a money clip knife; and with split-ring or lanyard, as a key chain knife.

In the wake of the success of the K.I.S.S., a flock of imitators has appeared; none offers the simple elegance of Ed Halligan's original design, and none offers the value of CRKT quality manufacturing. In fact, the more Ed's design is imitated, the better it looks.

About the Knife Designer

Ed Halligan "Big Daddy K.I.S.S." was the second noted knifemaker to work with CRKT. After 37 years as an aircraft technician with Delta Airlines, he founded Halligan Knives in Sharpsburg, Georgia, in 1985—when he says his background in scrimshaw and leather working fell in line with his interest in stock removal knifemaking. In 1996, he earned a Mastersmith rating from the American Bladesmithing Society and won the B.R. Hughes award for Best Knife by a Mastersmith. He does all his own work, including heat treating, forging, and making Damascus steel for his own use in various patterns. In addition to three-dimensional carved knives, he makes self-defense, military and folding knives. He is the inventor of the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) single-sided knife series which has been widely copied and has been translating his custom versions of it into CRKT production knives, which have proven to be exceptionally popular with knife enthusiasts and the general public. He teaches bladesmithing seminars and knifemaking at the college level.
  • Overall Length: 5.75 inches
  • Closed Length: 3.5 inches
  • Blade Length: 2.25 inches
  • Blade Thickness: 0.12 inches
  • Blade Material: 420J2
  • Blade Hardness: 51-53 HRC
  • Blade Finish: Bead Blast
  • Blade Grind: Chisel
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Handle Material: 420J2 Stainless Steel
  • Lock Type: Integral Frame Lock
  • Carry System: 1 Position Clip
  • Weight: 2.3 ounces
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 794023550009

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.
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.
Columbia River CRKT 5500 Ed Halligan K.I.S.S. Folding Knife 2.25" Bead Blast Plain Tanto Blade, Money Clip Stainless Steel Handlerated 4.000 stars out of 5 (22 reviews)
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Columbia River CRKT 5500 Ed Halligan K.I.S.S. Folding Knife 2.25" Bead Blast Plain Tanto Blade, Money Clip Stainless Steel Handle
rated 2 stars out of 5
San Antonio, Tx
Dec 23, 2019
Pros: Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, None
Not for lefties (or even those who use the wrong hand)
It's a chisel grind and made for right (wrong) handed folks.If you're a lefty, you know that chisel grinds only work for one hand, not both. This one is chiseled on the wrong side. But my biggest beef is that this blade doesn't come with a sharp enough edge to replace my box-cutter blade. Inevitably, I reach for something else to do the jobs for which this was intended. I can't really recommend it- for righties or lefties.
Columbia River CRKT 5500 Ed Halligan K.I.S.S. Folding Knife 2.25" Bead Blast Plain Tanto Blade, Money Clip Stainless Steel Handle
rated 4 stars out of 5
Scott F
Portland, Oregon
Apr 10, 2017
Pros: Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Ease of Opening
Cons: None
Double utility makes this a great value for the money
I've had my eye on this knife for years, and finally took the plunge when I found myself needing a money clip (new wallet didn't have room for bills). It's the perfect money clip for somebody addicted to pocketknives, reasonably priced for an EDC and with Columbia River's usual build quality. I make a point of taking the bills out of the clip before opening the knife, because I'd be pretty sad if I cut them in half while closing it later. Seems sensible.One thing I've had to learn with this knife is to keep my fingers out of the locking mechanism WHEN CLOSING THE KNIFE. That is, the locking mechanism works like a liner lock, but because there's only one side to the "liner," the heel of the blade -- where the locking mechanism snaps behind it to lock it open -- can pinch your fingers if you're not careful. I only did this twice, and fortunately it was the locking tab and not the edge that caught me, so no stitches required. Oh, and opening & closing this knife works great for right-handers, but left-handers will need to practice a bit.It's reasonably sharp out of the box, but a little work on a fine ceramic sharpener should have this shaving sharp in minutes. (My old reliable Case Moonstone is in storage, or I would already have done this within a few hours of receiving the knife.)It's a fun alternative to a traditional money clip; I've got a nice one of those, too, but the K.I.S.S. always seems to find its way into my pocket. I expect everybody reading this is nodding in understanding.
Columbia River CRKT 5500 Ed Halligan K.I.S.S. Folding Knife 2.25" Bead Blast Plain Tanto Blade, Money Clip Stainless Steel Handle
rated 5 stars out of 5
Sean K
Ewa Beach, Hi
Jan 17, 2017
Pros: Sheath, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: None
I use it as a money clip.... looks classy!
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