Ruger recently announced they are collaborating with Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) to produce a series of exclusive Ruger-branded knives, and it looks like they have a couple dozen models immediately available.
Who is CRKT?
Established in 1994, and currently based in Tualatin, Oregon, Columbia River Knife & Tool has become a household name in the past two decades. They have dozens of innovative patents and have worked with some of the most esteemed knife makers and designers in the business including Ken Onion, Allen Elishewitz, Liong Mah, Steven James, Michael Walker, Ron Lake, and Tom Veff.
While scorned early on, they have proved themselves and become well respected in the factory made knife community. And now Ruger is partnering with them to produce a huge line of bladed tools bearing the company's historic brand.
"When Ruger approached CRKT to work together on a knife line, we knew that it would be a perfect fit for the commercial sporting market," said CRKT founder, Rod Bremer in a statement. "The parallels between how Ruger and CRKT serve the marketplace are uncanny. Pairing with an iconic American brand like Ruger was simply a no-brainer."
We counted more than 24 Ruger CRKT knives currently listed on Shop Ruger's site as well as an eating utensil, a tomahawk, and a sharpening tool.
The line, highlighted in its own site, has been developed by five master knife-smiths including Ken Steigerwalt, Bill Harsey, and Matthew Lerch.
"Ruger is focused on bringing affordable, rugged and reliable products to our consumer base," said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and COO, "As we looked to expand our licensing program, we knew that we wanted a knife manufacturer that shared these goals. CRKT is a great fit."
Taking a look at the offering, this stream of new knives feature 8Cr13MoV Hardness 58-59 HRC Steel and include everything from the Accurate, a $99 full tang fixed-blade hunting knife to the $59 Crack-Shot, a 3.50" assisted opening liner lock folder and everything in between.
So if you have (or are) a Ruger fan and Christmas is coming up...just saying.