Columbia River Lake Sentinel
Columbia River Lake Sentinel Folders
Ron Lake has designed a bunch of the new offerings from Columbia River this year. This series is meant to be a sort of upscale folder with more exotic handle materials. We like these a lot. They are chunky with a quality feel to them and not made to clip into your pocket. They come with a nice leather sheath that fits on your belt.
Here is Columbia River’s information:
Your Sentinel is ready for duty.

Custom knives are often set apart by the exotic materials they employ. So it should be no surprise that Ron Lake, custom knifemaker extraordinaire, was persistent in his desire that we should do the same thing with our production Sentinel. Thanks to Ron, these models resemble customs, using premium materials throughout, and giving you the choice of Micarta®, stag or hardwood handle onlays.

For the modified drop point blade with its high hollow grind we are using 8Cr14MoV high-chromium stainless steel, which specs out slightly better than our favorite AUS 8 premium blade steel. The brushed finish is easy to clean and has that traditional custom look. A Lake-designed thumb disk allows easy one-hand opening.

The Sentinel’s InterFrame build uses dual stainless steel liners, one locking, finished in black oxide. Handle scales are CNC-machined 6061 aluminum, charcoal gray anodized.

To aid grip, the handle shape features four naturally spaced finger choils. In addition, at mid-handle on both sides are three oval reliefs. These are functional details backed by anodized aluminum accent panels. Finally, you can choose from three exotic handle onlay materials, precisely CNC-machined.

Micarta. A favorite of custom knife makers, we are using a black Micarta onlay on the CR7122M. Accent panels are anodized dark green.
Stag. The CR7122S receives stag horn onlays. Each knife will be unique due to variations in the natural material. Accent panels are burgundy anodized.
Hardwood. Finally, the model CR7122W is fitted with hardwood scales of African thuya root. Accent panels are bronze anodized.

Integrated into the design is the patented* LAWKS® safety, which effectively converts your folder into a virtual fixed blade— very reassuring when you are using your knife for difficult and tiring tasks.

To keep the lines of the Sentinel uncluttered on both sides, we’ve made a custom leather sheath.

Our marketing man says we have have priced the Sentinel way too low. We just want to give you great value. No, it’s not a custom. It just looks like one. You don’t have to tell what you paid for it.


* Weight: 4.7 oz. (133 g)
* Blade: Length: 3.50” (8.9 cm)
* Thickness: 0.13” (0.33 cm)
* Steel: 8Cr14MoV, 58-59 HRC
* Closed: Handle length: 4.20” (10.7 cm)
* Open: Overall length: 7.75” (19.7 cm)

About the Knife Designer
Ron Lake is a custom knifemaker in Eugene, Oregon. He joined the Knifemakers’ Guild in 1971, and has been a full time knifemaker since 1972. He has received numerous awards, has been featured in national knife, shooting and general interest magazines, and has conducted folding knife seminars around the world. He co-authored the book How To Make Folding Knives in 1988. He was elected to the Cutlery Hall of Fame in 1998, and was labeled by sportswriter B.R. Hughes as the “Father of the Modern Day Folding Knife.” He is a partner with Michael Walker in Lake & Walker Bullfrog® Knives, developer of the patented knife blade lock safety known as LAWKS®, and also invented the L.B.S.™ lock back safety system. Knives made by Ron are included in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Metal Museum, the National Knife Museum and the Randall Knife Museum. He has also designed many knives for CRKT.