In aircraft history, Thunderbolt means: Large; Rugged; Dependable. Our
Thunderbolts is a big knife with big value, plus a unique serrated tip.
Study aircraft history, and you find the name Thunderbolt connected both
to the P-47 fighter and A-10 fighter bomber. They are both invariably
described as “large, rugged, dependable.” Those words also fit Ron
Lake’s new locking liner design for the CRKT Thunderbolt™.
Briefly, this is a heavy-duty locking liner folder series, with premium
blade steel, aircraft aluminum InterFrame build, with a stainless steel
clip and our patented LAWKS® safety, all at a fabulously competitive
Blades are extremely strong dual-grind Tanto-style with a drop point top
edge. Blade steel is 8Cr14MoV high-chromium stainless steel with a
special non-reflective black oxide coating. Fast one-hand opening is
accomplished by a large oval thumb hole with friction grooves on the
Ron Lake has designed a large, ergonomic handle with a center swell and
grooved areas at the thumb and pommel. These are knives you can use
while wearing gloves and under slippery conditions.
The 6061 aluminum scales are anodized charcoal gray and CNC-machined
with milled pockets to further aid grip. In the center pockets, bronze
anodized inserts provide subtle contrast. Our InterFrame build uses dual
stainless steel liners, one locking, which are also black oxide coated.
Because we expect this affordable series to be used for the roughest
work and sport jobs, we’ve incorporated the patented* LAWKS® safety,
which effectively converts your folder into a virtual fixed blade when
Our larger Thunderbolt™ models are frankly big honkers, weighing in at
7.4 oz. with 3.90” blades.
Available with Ron Lake’s unique Combination Tip Triple-Point™ Serrated
edges. This is the first application we know of in which serrations have
been added to a Tanto tip grind, and it is very effective when cutting
cord and vegetation. Plain Edge model is also available.
All models come with a custom stainless steel clip in a black oxide
These are knives you can depend on, just like the storied Thunderbolts
of aircraft history.
Blade: Length: 3.90” (9.9 cm)
Thickness: 0.13” (0.33 cm)
Steel: 8Cr14MoV, 58-59 HRC
Closed: Handle length: 4.875” (12.4 cm)
Open: Overall length: 8.75” (22.2 cm)
Weight: 7.4 oz. (210 g)
About the Knife Designer
Ron Lake is a custom knifemaker in Eugene, Oregon. He joined the
Knifemakers’ Guild in 1971, and has been a full time knifemaker since
1972. He has received numerous awards, has been featured in national
knife, shooting and general interest magazines, and has conducted
folding knife seminars around the world. He co-authored the book How To
Make Folding Knives in 1988. He was elected to the Cutlery Hall of Fame
in 1998, and was labeled by sportswriter B.R. Hughes as the “Father of
the Modern Day Folding Knife.” He is a partner with Michael Walker in
Lake & Walker Bullfrog® Knives, developer of the patented knife blade
lock safety known as LAWKS®, and also invented the L.B.S.™ lock back
safety system. Knives made by Ron are included in the collections of the
Smithsonian Institution, the National Metal Museum, the National Knife
Museum and the Randall Knife Museum. He has also designed many knives