I appreciate knife companies that not only do in house designs but work with other knife makers to create some beautiful blades. When I think of collaborations, I immediately think of Columbia River Knife and a Tool. Founded by two guys in '94 that use to work at Kershaw, they have shaken up with industry time and time again. CRKT's commitment to design, craftsmanship, and functionality show in their incredible library of products. Over the decades they've released a dizzying array of knives and tools, and it's allowed the average Joe to enjoy incredible designs at an affordable price.
Most of the multitools we see on the market are from the big three; Leatherman, SOG and Gerber. There are other companies that produce tools as well but are not what I consider key players. Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) is one of those companies and they seem to wow us with innovative designs but never stay in the limelight long enough. CRKT produces a lot of in house designs but I consider them more of a publisher. They collaborate with a lot of knife designers and as a result they able to give us innovative designs at affordable prices.
We couldn't do Keychain Week at Multitool.org without a look at the Multitool.org version of the Raker Ring Tool. This version was hand made by CRKT designer and Forged in Fire repeat contestant (and fan favorite!) Ray Kirk!
It's keychain tool week at Multitool.org!
While many of these are branded with the Jeep logo, I've never been able to determine if they were a legitimate Jeep product, or just another attempt to capitalize on an established brand.
We see a lot of tools oriented to military and emergency workers, but what about a tool dedicated to having a good time? For that, you need the Triple Play from Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT).
Another one you may have missed is the Cicada, designed by Dana Bainbridge and Joseph Sundby for Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT).
Today's tool is another interesting one- originally called the Ta-Bar tool after it's designer, Raleigh Tabor, the name was changed to the Spare Tool for production so as not to upset another well known knife brand!
With so many plier based multitools on the market, the Guppie from ID Works (produced by CRKT) with its adjustable wrench was achieved needed change.