Posted May 12, 2009 by Howard
Columbia River Knife and Tool Graham Folding Razel
The Razels are legendary. The Grahams of Tennessee have been making the custom versions for years and they are much in demand. These imported models from Columbia River Knife and Tool are really well made and very reasonably priced- this one is $38.95! The end is flat and sharpened but has a more obtuse angle and so can be used as a scraper. The handle is a very comfortable shaped Micarta. The action is fast and the lockup secure. There is a safety on top to help assure the blade stays open. This is a workhorse folding knife. We have them at: www.knifecenter.com
Here is the info from Columbia River Knife and Tool:
Series craftsmen love the Razel™ idea. But some demanded folders, so here they are, the hardest-working knives we have made.
Our CRKT fixed-blade Razel™ series designed by Jon and Josh Graham of Graham Knives in Cleveland, Tennessee, has captured the attention of every craftsman who has seen them. But many insisted that we make folding versions, so they could whip out the knife for a task, open it with one hand, make the cut, close it with one hand, and clip it back into their pocket or work apron without looking down for a sheath. We had to admit it was faster, so the Grahams went to work and these new folders are the result.
Because we know that craftsmen respect a quality tool, we decided to make these models using premium 8CR13MoV stainless steel blades and top-of-the-line scale materials. Removable stainless steel clips are included on all models.
We believe the Folding Razel™ is the most comfortable knife we have made yet. It‘s a full-size working knife with stainless steel InterFrame build and hand-contoured black and white swirled Micarta® scales, with a slightly curved 3.13″ main cutting edge and 1.25″ straight chisel tip edge. The handle has a rounded cross section, deep finger choil, and pommel swell, plus grip notches at the finger tips and friction grooves at the thumb. This is a knife you can use for hours on end without discomfort.
Integrated into the design is the patented (1) LAWKS® safety, which effectively converts the Folding Razel into a virtual fixed blade— very reassuring when you are using your knife for difficult and tiring tasks.
It is also available with our exclusive patented (2) Veff™ Serrations for the fastest possible cutting of rope, webbing, strapping, hose, and vegetation.
Here’s custom knife quality in a very affordable work tool.
* Blade: Width: 1.25″ (32 mm)
* Length: 3.13″ (79 mm)
* Thickness: 0.13″ (3.3 mm)
* Steel: 8Cr13MoV, 58-59 HRC
* Closed: Handle length: 4.75″ (121 mm)
* Open: Overall length: 8.00″ (203 mm)
* Weight: 6.1 oz. (173 g)
About the Knife Designers
Jon and Josh Graham of Cleveland, Tennessee, were born to a father who had an appreciation for knives, and at a young age they were taught the importance of a good knife. “At the ages of seven and eight we got our first knives on the same day, and haven’t been without one since.” In the late ’80s while stationed at Aviaono AB Italy, Jon discovered handmade knives in a magazine and knew that was something he wanted to do. After getting out of the Air Force and settling into a job, Jon started making kit knives on a table with basic tools in 1994. Tired of making other people’s designs, in 1999 Jon asked his brother Josh to go in on some equipment and learn how to make knives by stock removal. They have both been hooked ever since, and constantly strive to improve their designs and skills, building on Jon’s experience as a diesel technician, and Josh’s background in cabinetmaking. They specialize in utility tactical designs with an emphasis on EDC fixed blade pocket knives, but their favorite knife line is the Razel, which they make in many sizes and styles.