The revolutionary high-tech statement by Knifemakers' Guild member and
designer "Daddy K.I.S.S." Ed Halligan stood for Keep It Super Simple."
It inspired many other knife designers, some to copy it, and some to
suggest additional features, as with our K.I.S.S. Two-Timer™. In this
case, the question was, could we make such a compact and elemental knife
into an assisted opener?
It took some thought and a lot of precision machining, but we're proud
to introduce the K.I.S.S. ASSist™. We found a way to build in our
patented OutBurst® assisted opening with the patent-pending* Fire Safe
mechanism. When closed, the blade is safely locked by a special cam-over
pin that extends from the assist spring. It cannot be opened until the
safety button on the end of the thumb stud is firmly depressed and the
thumb stud is nudged outward.
It is both very fast, and very safe, because simply pressing the Fire
Safe button does not open the knife. You must both press down and nudge
the blade outward deliberately.One-hand closing is also fast and easy.
The mechanism is covered by a thin lightweight layer of inset carbon
fiber. When closed, the single-sided blade is securely sealed by the
single Zytel® guard. The AUS 4 stainless steel blade receives a high
satin finish, while the 420J2 stainless steel frame has a contrasting
non-reflective bead-blast surface. All models have a removable
bead-blast stainless steel pocket/money clip.
The result is a handsome new line of K.I.S.S. knives with fast assisted
opening, rigid lock-up, and a sophisticated high-tech mechanism that is
integrated into the frame, all with a weight that is only slightly more
than the original K.I.S.S. Ed is a remarkable innovator in his own
right, but we can't imagine that when he started this design over a
decade ago, that he envisioned this new wrinkle.
5650: Drop Point, Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
Blade Length: 2.75" (70 mm)
Blade Thickness: 0.119" (3 mm)
Steel: AUS 4, 55-57 HRC
Closed Length: 3.875" (98 mm)
Overall Length: 6.75" (171 mm)
Made in Taiwan