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Part Number: CR5500
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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Description
CR5500: 5500 K.I.S.S. Designed by Ed Halligan
CRKT
 
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.
Specifications
  • 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

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.
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.
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5 out of 5
Sean K
Ewa Beach, Hi
Jan 17, 2017
Pros: Sheath, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: None
informative
I use it as a money clip.... looks classy!
5 out of 5
Alex D
Fredericksburg, Va
Jan 04, 2017
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Favorite EDC knife for six years
My first knife like this I found and carried with me for six years before I to lost it. I'm sure someone else is enjoying it now. I then purchased the black Teflon version with the serrated blade. Used it for about two years and didn't really care for the serrated blade nor the Teflon coating. I just purchased the original one I had and I'm happy to have it. it's a great little knife the even goes nicely with dress pants.
4 out of 5
Geoff
Alberta, Canada
Sep 29, 2016
Pros: Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Ease of Opening
Cons: Handle Feel, Pocket Clip, None
Cool little knife
I haven't used it really yet but it will be a great addition to the fleet!
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