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 our idea: let's
make a Crawford folder series that is as close to a custom knife as
possible, using premium blade steel and natural materials.
Logically, we decided to call it the Natural® series. Available in two
sizes, these are extremely heavy-duty frame-lock folders with our
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” 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, we had
trouble deciding between natural white bone, natural jig bone, and black
Micarta®. They looked so good, we decided to produce all three.
So here’s our 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.
7080J: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, Jig Bone Scales
Weight: 6.5 oz. (184 g)
Blade: Length: 3.25” (83 mm)
Thickness: 0.15” (3.7 mm)
Steel: 8Cr13MoV, 58-59 HRC
Closed: Handle length: 4.38” (111 mm)
Open: Overall length: 7.63” (194 mm)
About the Knife Designer
Pat Crawford and his son Wes are recognized as leading practitioners of
the bladesmith's craft. Their company, Crawford Knives, is located in
West Memphis, Arkansas. Pat, a pioneer in the combat folder genre, has
been a member of the Knifemakers' Guild since 1973. He was among the
first to integrate titanium into his folders, and to skeletonize his
frames and handles to reduce weight and enhance the grip of the knife.
He uses the stock removal method, specializing in high-tech,
self-defense tactical folders, favoring different and unique knives.
Crawford handle materials include wood, ivory, stag horn, Micarta, and
other exotic materials which are available. They also offer options such
as file work, inlays, fancy pen work and special customer requests. Pat
says, "The reason I make knives is for the personal satisfaction I
receive in being my own boss, and producing a thing of beauty that will
stand the test of time."