We first noted Georgia custom knifemaker and Knifemakers’ Guild member
Boyd Ashworth when his custom “Thomas C. Turtle” models won back-to-back
Best Miniature Folder awards at consecutive Blade Shows. These
innovative little jewels were marked by the use of Boyd’s own Damascus
steels and exotic materials such as mother-of-pearl, wooly mammoth,
fossil walrus, and gold. Consequently, you could spend close to four
figures to own one.
We thought the concept of the pendant/money clip knife was brilliant,
and came up with our new production Ashworth Turtle™ series. No, there
are no exotic materials, but this is a useful pen knife suited to
hundreds of daily tasks around the house and office, from clipping
recipes to opening packages to sharpening pencils. The 1.0” Razor-Sharp
stubby spear point blade is polished high-carbon stainless steel. Just
press the blade tang to open with either hand.
In lieu of exotic handle scale materials, we discovered today’s advanced
CPL composites, used widely in modern bowling balls. This material is
exceptionally strong and tough. The scales can be injection molded in an
almost infinite variety of colors and swirl patterns. Four scale colors
are available: black, brown, blue and white. Because of the molding
process, the swirl patterns vary considerably, so every Turtle is unique.
The Turtle frame is high-carbon stainless steel, available in a polished
finish or black anthracite titanium nitride coating.
We engineered the CRKT Turtle to be convertible. It comes with one CPL
handle scale on the front and a polished stainless money clip on the
back. If you decide to wear it as a pendant on your favorite neck chain
(not included), simply unscrew the money clip, and attach the second CPL
scale on the back. Then fold out the hidden chain holder and you are
ready to make a fashion statement.
Yes, they are cute little knives, only 2.0” long when folded, and
weighing only 1.3 ounces. They make great conversation pieces and are
useful and affordable gifts both for men and for women. Believe us, if
they have everything else, they don’t have one of these.And by the way,
no Turtles were harmed during the filming of this web page.
Blade: Length: 1.00” (2.5 cm)
Thickness: 0.08” (0.21 cm)
Steel: 3Cr13, 52-55 HRC
Closed: Handle length: 2.00” (5.0 cm)
Open: Overall length: 3.00” (7.6 cm)
Weight: 1.3 oz. (37 g) (with scales)
1.6 oz. (45 g) (with clip)
About the Knife Designer
Boyd Ashworth is a custom knifemaker whose workshop is located in Powder
Springs, Georgia. He is a Journeymansmith with The American Bladesmith
Society. He says, “I sold my first custom knife in 1993. Much of my
knifemaking education has come from the Mastersmith’s teaching at the
annual Jim Batson Blade Symposium. I enjoy forging my own Damascus steel.
My specialties are turtle folders with mosaic turtle Damascus, locking
Damascus folders, along with fighters, hunters and gents. I also offer
filework and exotic handle materials. My interest in knives has been
lifelong. During my youth as an Eagle Scout going hunting, fishing and
camping, I developed an appreciation for an expertly crafted knife.” He
has a vivid, creative imagination and a flair for incorporating organic
and animal forms into his custom art knives with names such as “Pocket
Goblin” and “One Arm Bandit.” Boyd’s folding turtle knife won
back-to-back “Best Miniature Folder” awards at the Blade Show in 2001