This CRKT Vertex folder line has all the angles: Micarta scale inserts,
OutBurst opening, and Fire Safe actuation. Looks like a custom to me.
A continuing focus at Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) has been to
offer custom quality in popularly priced production knives. This effort
has two main directions: innovative design and exotic materials. We’ve
combined these two thrusts in this knife line, and we named it the
Vertex because that is the geometric point where two lines intersect.
First, it’s a striking shape submitted by one of our many outstanding
designers, that places a symmetrical scale precisely at the palm swell,
resulting in a secure and comfortable grip.
Second, we built the Vertex line using the same materials a custom
knifemaker would: premium blade steel, stainless steel liners, black
hard anodized 6061 aluminum scales, and hand-shaped scale inserts of
cocobolo wood or Micarta.
Both models are sized for daily carry, with four-inch handles and 3.125”
blades of 8Cr14MoV stainless steel in a satin finish.
Then, to add value and give instant one-hand opening, we built in our
patented OutBurst assisted opening with the patent-pending Fire Safe
mechanism. When closed, the blade is safely locked by the Fire Safe pin.
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
Vertex DP. The model 1040 sports a drop point blade with a high hollow
grind, and black Micarta scale inserts.
Vertex CP. For those who prefer a clip point blade grind, we offer the
model 1045, which has a pronounced notch at the top of the blade
thoughtfully integrated into the false grind near the tip. Scale inserts
are hand shaped and polished cocobolo hardwood.
Both Vertex models feature custom removable stainless steel clips in a
black oxide finish.
Finally, we’ve created a vertex of another type - we have aimed our
suggested retail price to intersect with your most optimistic price
The OutBurst assisted opening mechanism cannot be actuated until you
firmly press the Fire Safe button and nudge it.
Custom features include premium blade steel, 6061 anodized aluminum
handles with cocobolo or Micarta inserts.
1040: Drop Point Blade, Razor-Sharp
Cutting Edge, Micarta Scales
Blade: Length: 3.125” (79 mm)
Thickness: 0.111” (2.8 mm)
Steel: 8Cr14MoV, 58-59 HRC
Closed: Handle length: 4.00” (102 mm)
Open: Overall length: 7.25”