Columbia River Centofante Tribute Knife
Columbia River’s Tribute to the Godfather of the Guild

Frank Centofante started making pocket knives in 1970. A year later he became a member of the Knifemaker’s Guild, and has since served on the board of directors for 20 years, including 8 years as the President of the Knifemaker’s Guild. His prowess at knifemaking has resulted in his being called the Godfather of the Knifemakers Guild. Unfortunately, Frank Centofante passed away in September of 2009. Before he passed, however, he designed one last collaborative effort with Columbia River. In honor of his memory, Columbia River chose to call his final collaborative knife the Centofante Tribute.

The Centofante Tribute comes in two different models. The Tribute has a 3.125″ blade, while the Tribute 2 has a 2.875″ blade. The design is simplicity and elegance. The slender spear point blade is opened with a classic nail nick, and is complemented by a red wood patterned Micarta handle. The lockback locking mechanism allows the handle of the knife the be extremely thin, just a little bit over a quarter of an inch at its thickest. The result is a thin, light blade that would go well with a suit, but is also capable of anything you might need your every day carry knife for. All of this for under $30.00.

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More information from Columbia River:


  • 6050: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
  • Blade: Length: Length: 2.875″ (73 mm)
  • Thickness: Thickness: 0.081″ (2.1 mm)
  • Steel: Steel: 7Cr17MoV, 57-59 HRC
  • Closed:Handle length: 3.875″ (98 mm)
  • Open: Overall length: 6.75″ (171 mm)
  • Weight:1.3 oz. (37 g)

About Frank Centofante:
Frank Centofante, one of the pioneers of the custom knife movement, passed away in September, 2009, too soon to see his CRKT Tribute lockback line become a production reality. He began making knives in 1969. He was a co-author of the book “How To Make Folding Knives” and an immaculate craftsman. Frank served on the Board of Directors of the Knifemakers’ Guild for 20 years, serving as Vice President for three years and President for eight years. He received numerous awards both nationally and internationally and was granted a U.S. Patent for Folding Knife With Secondary Locking Mechanism. He was inducted into the Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame and was a recipient of the Knifemakers’ Guild Red Watson Memorial Friendship Award, which is the only award voted on by members of the Knifemakers’ Guild. He was also a member of the Corporazione Italiana Coltellinai, and was affectionately known as the “Godfather of the Guild.”