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