Posted March 9, 2009 by Howard
Columbia River Crawford The Natural™ Assisted Folders
When you hold a custom knife, you feel a certain heft and mass. This series has a lot of that. The design is typical Crawford with the grip fitting perfectly in one’s hand. The file work on the back also looks like a custom job. You can get the whole series at www.knifecenter.com
Here is the information on the smaller model from Columbia River Knife and Tool:
This production folder series uses premium natural materials just as Pat and Wes Crawford do in their customs.
Pat and Wes Crawford, custom knifemakers in West Memphis, Arkansas, have produced many successful folder designs for CRKT over the years, many with mid-level blade steels and Zytel® scales. Here’s our idea: let’s make a Crawford folder series that is as close to a custom knife as possible, using premium blade steel and natural materials.
Logically, we decided to call it the Natural® series. Available in two sizes, these are extremely heavy-duty frame-lock folders with our patented* lightning-fast OutBurst® assisted opening.
The Natural™ 2. Similar in design to their big brother, these three smaller personal carry folders have a 3.25” blade, also of polished premium 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. The thick stainless steel frame is engine turned, or “jeweled,” as is the custom stainless steel clip. They are really overbuilt for long life. All three also have dual thumb studs and OutBurst assisted opening, as well as file work on the polished stainless steel back spacer.
When it came to choosing scales from custom-knife materials, we had trouble deciding between natural white bone, natural jig bone, and black Micarta®. They looked so good, we decided to produce all three.
So here’s our bet: If you were walking through a custom knife show, and you picked up any of these Naturals without the CRKT logo, you would think, “Wow, a Crawford custom!” And except for the value price, you’d be pretty darned close.
7080: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, White Bone Scales
Blade: Length: 1.00″ (2.5 cm)
Thickness: 0.08″ (0.21 cm)
Steel: 3Cr13, 52-55 HRC
Blade: Length: 3.25″ (83 mm)
Thickness: 0.15″ (3.7 mm)
Steel: 8Cr13MoV, 58-59 HRC
Closed: Handle length: 4.38″ (111 mm)
Open: Overall length: 7.63″ (194 mm)
About the Knife Designer
Pat Crawford and his son Wes are recognized as leading practitioners of the bladesmith’s craft. Their company, Crawford Knives, is located in West Memphis, Arkansas. Pat, a pioneer in the combat folder genre, has been a member of the Knifemakers’ Guild since 1973. He was among the first to integrate titanium into his folders, and to skeletonize his frames and handles to reduce weight and enhance the grip of the knife. He uses the stock removal method, specializing in high-tech, self-defense tactical folders, favoring different and unique knives. Crawford handle materials include wood, ivory, stag horn, Micarta, and other exotic materials which are available. They also offer options such as file work, inlays, fancy pen work and special customer requests. Pat says, “The reason I make knives is for the personal satisfaction I receive in being my own boss, and producing a thing of beauty that will stand the test of time.”