Pat and Wes Crawford, custom knifemakers in West Memphis, Arkansas, have produced many successful folder designs for CRKT over the years, many with mid-level blade steels and Zytel scales. Here’s Columbia River’s new idea: make a Crawford folder series that is as close to a custom knife as possible, using premium blade steel and natural materials.
Logically called the Columbia River Crawford Natural2 Folding Knife, these are extremely heavy-duty frame-lock folders with the patented lightning-fast OutBurst assisted opening.
The Natural 2. Similar in design to their big brother, these three smaller personal carry folders have a 3.25 inch blade, also of polished premium 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. The thick stainless steel frame is engine turned, or jeweled, as is the custom stainless steel clip. They are really overbuilt for long life. All three also have dual thumb studs and OutBurst assisted opening, as well as file work on the polished stainless steel back spacer.
When it came to choosing scales from custom-knife materials, CRKT had trouble deciding between natural white bone, natural jig bone, and black Micarta. They looked so good, they decided to produce all three.
So here’s the bet: If you were walking through a custom knife show, and you picked up any of these Naturals without the CRKT logo, you would think, Wow, a Crawford custom! And except for the value price, you’d be pretty darned close.
- 7080M: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, Micarta Scales
- Weight: 6.3 oz. (179 g)
- 7080J: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, Jig Bone Scales
- Weight: 6.5 oz. (184 g)
- 7080: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, White Bone Scales
- Weight: 6.7 oz. (190 g)
- Blade: Length: 3.25 inches (83 mm)
- Thickness: 0.15 inch (3.7 mm)
- Steel: 8Cr13MoV, 58-59 HRC
- Closed: Handle length: 4.38 inches (111 mm)
- Open: Overall length: 7.63 inches (194 mm)