Introducing the Tribute line. Are they Frank Centofante customs or are
they CRKT collaborations? We think Frank would be very happy with this
lockback folding knife.
Frank Centofante, one of the pioneers in the custom knifemaking movement,
passed away in September of 2009 before he could see this lockback
design go into Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) production. After a
few moments of reflection, we decided to name the series the Centofante
Frank was not only highly successful, winning countless knife awards
internationally, serving as President of the Knifemakers' Guild, and
being inducted into the Cutlery Hall of Fame, but he was a genuinely
nice person who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. While you'll
find many of Frank's customs made with Damascus steels and exotic handle
materials, he was perhaps best known for his sleek and simple lockbacks.
The Tribute, Frank's final production collaboration, is a fitting
statement of simplicity and craftsmanship. It is a classic drop point
lockback folder, with no gimmicks, no frills, no complex mechanisms, not
even a clip. His meticulous approach to knifemaking is detailed in his
chapter in the “Bible," How To Make Folding Knives, published in 1988,
and that is exactly how we are making the Tribute.
First, there is the 3.125" drop point Razor-Sharp blade of premium
7Cr17MoV stainless steel in a satin finish. It has a high flat grind and
a nail nick for opening. That's it. No bumps or facets, just the
cleanest and simplest shape possible, ground and finished by hand.
The 4.06" open-build frame is simply two pieces of strong and
lightweight Micarta, layered in chestnut brown and black. There is the
stainless steel lockback lever which forms the spine, and a stainless
steel back spacer.
The pivot is peened in the style of Frank's customs, as are the assembly
pins. Finally, the handle is shaped and polished by hand.
Tribute 2. We are also making the Tribute with a 2.875" blade and 3.875"
handle, resulting in an even more discreet, lightweight carry at 1.3
The result: Two knives for gentlemen (or ladies) that are at home
anywhere. Yes, they look and feel like works of art, but these are
knives that fit with Frank's philosophy that a knife is built to use.
Perhaps the most surprising feature of the these knives is their very
Think of them as our tribute to Frank.
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 the Knife Designers:
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."