Columbia River 5500K Ed Halligan K.I.S.S. in the Dark Folding Knife 2.25" Black Plain Tanto Blade, Money Clip Stainless Steel Handle


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Part #: CR5500K | Columbia River (CRKT)
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CR5500K: 5500K K.I.S.S. in the Dark 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.

The K.I.S.S. in the Dark features a blade, frame, clip and hardware in black non-reflective plating that is tough and long lasting.

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. The frame is made from 420J2 stainless steel.

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: Tactical Black Matte
  • 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: 794023550030

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.
Steel Handles
Steel Handles
Stainless Steel knife handles provide strength and durability and look and feel great.
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Mark J
Mobile, Al
Dec 06, 2015
Pros: Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Blade Sharpness, Ease of Opening, Lock Type
Cons: None
The first of these came to me as a gift. I carry a minimum of three blades at all times and really didn't know what I'd do with it. Then the bulb came on. Boot laces. And that is where I kept it for ages. Once in a while I'd take it out to clean it and see if it needed a touch up. It never did. Razor sharp all the time. Then that day came when my wife needed a blade in her pocket, but had none with her. I loaned this blade to her for the day and she used it for cutting paranoid, sharpening stakes, and prepping a few trout. She never returned it, and it now rides in HER boot laces! A great knife. Buy it.
4 out of 5
Apr 20, 2015
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Lock Type, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use
Good design, sharp as a razor.
I carried a gerber folding box opener for 4 years, I liked the ability to be able to replace the blades but the ball that kept the knife closed broke while I closed the knife (to much tension on the liner lock). I looked around to replace it with a small edc knife and the kiss is great. Mine came a little loose on the lock side and the blade opened slightly once while i sat (I now alway clip my knife under my belt with the blade against me and I increased the tension in the lock) but it was a minor issue. This thing is so sharp ! I was curious about the single sided blade bevel but it works !
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