This weekend our special is the classic K.I.S.S. folding knife by Columbia River Knife & Tool. We all know what the acronym K.I.S.S. usually stands for, but in this case it’s the similar but softer “Keep It Super Simple,” which was the guiding principal behind this stripped down design by the late Ed Halligan.
The K.I.S.S. debuted in 1998 and won the Blade Magazine Imported Knife of the Year award for its groundbreaking construction. The elegant design is literally just two pieces of bead-blasted stainless steel that fit together perfectly to make just about the simplest folding knife possible. In the closed position the blade is sealed against the handle, so despite the knife missing that presentation handle scale there’s no danger of cutting yourself on this model.
Blade deployment is handled using the thumb stud and it’s a surprisingly smooth action. To look at the knife you’d expect a one-handed opening to be on the awkward side, but it’s actually very satisfying. The only downside is that this one is not particularly friendly to lefties. The blade is 2.25″ long in a tanto-inspired shape with a chisel grind on the front and flat on the back, which is what grants you that “seal.” The fit and finish is really nice, with the framelock snapping beautifully into place and keeping the blade securely locked out.
The ultra slim design makes it equally comfortable to clip the knife to the pocket or let it float free. One of the other cool features is that the clip can pull double-duty as a money clip. Finally, the lanyard hole at the butt of the handle can obviously enable the use of a lanyard or let you turn this into a keychain knife.
All-in-all the oft-imitated but never equaled CRKT K.I.S.S. lives up to its name and is an excellent option for a low-profile knife with some extra functionality and a sleek appearance. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com