Posted June 4, 2008 by Howard
Columbia River Gallagher Badger™ Assisted Opener
Columbia River and Barry Gallagher have teamed up on this one and it’s a sweet little knife. Very compact with a 2.9″ blade, the Badger has slim lines, and easy thumb stud and lightning fast -actually instantaneous opening. Good looks and great action with Columbia River’s usual high level of overall quality – what’s not to like here!
Columbia River’s description follows:
This is an assisted opening Barry Gallagher design that you can afford to carry everyday. Yes, you might even use it for work tasks.
Yes, you don’t have to be a rock star to afford this Barry Gallagher folder. As you know, Barry is one of the most acclaimed members of the Knifemakers’ Guild, well known for his award-winning high-end custom art knives. So we had a special challenge in producing Barry‘s new Badger™ design at a quality level that would satisfy him, while keeping the price low enough to satisfy you.
We selected high-carbon 5Cr15MoV stainless steel for the 2.85” blade, and applied a non-reflective black oxide coating for maximum corrosion resistance. It’s an unusual blade shape that we call a “notched drop point” with a high hollow grind and a strong center spine. The result is a blade with excellent slicing ability and good penetrating ability with minimum weight.
The Badger features our patented* OutBurst™ assisted opening mechanism, which instantly springs the blade fully open after you have opened the blade approximately 30 degrees. It has Teflon® bearings at the adjustable blade pivot for smooth action.
The grooved thumb disk allows fast either-hand opening, and the locking liner has friction grooves for easy one-hand closing.
CRKT owners expect the strength and rigidity of our InterFrame locking liner build with two 2Cr13 stainless steel liners, also black oxide finished, and a black aluminum back spacer. For the Badger scales, we have created a special layered green and black textured G10, which is CNC machined top and bottom to aid grip. The effect is indistinguishable from the best custom builds.
As a final touch, we added a removable custom stainless steel clip, also black oxide coated to match. All fasteners are quality Torx®, and are also finished in black.
The result is a well-balanced personal knife that feels just right as an every day carry. It fits the hand perfectly, opens with crisp authority, and looks great, too. You can tell your friends it’s a Barry Gallagher design, but you don’t have to mention the very affordable price.
* Blade: Length: 2.85” (7.3 cm)
* Thickness: 0.10” (0.25 cm)
* Steel: 5Cr15MoV, 55-57 HRC
* Closed: Handle length: 3.88” (9.8 cm)
* Open: Overall length: 6.75” (17.1 cm)
* Weight: 2.7 oz. (77 g)
About the Knife Designer
Barry Gallagher is a custom knifemaker whose workshop is in Lewistown, Montana. He began making knives part-time in 1993 for local sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts who appreciated high performance tools and handmade craftsmanship. In 1994 he began hand-forging carbon steel blades and making basic Damascus steel, and in 1995 he became a full time knifemaker. He says, “My tastes, talent and technique have continuously evolved since the first knife I made. My passion for my work is stronger and more alive than it has ever been. Nothing is compromised in the making of any of my knives—nothing.” His knives have been featured in many knife annuals and magazines, including Blade and Knives Illustrated. His knives have received awards including Best Art Knife and Best of Show, Oregon Knife Collectors Association; Best Damascus and Best Folding Knife, PKA Show; and Best Collaboration, Blade Show.