Canadian knifemaker Brian Tighe is a true Renaissance Man, with an array of professional skills including tool and die making, metallurgy, engraving and photography. In his St. Catharines, Ontario, workshop, he produces a wide array of custom folders, all with those signature touches that immediately make them stand out as Brian Tighe knives.
Columbia River Knife and Tool have carefully translated Brian's popular My Tighe custom frame-lock folder into an affordable production line. At first glance, the folding knife seems like a design exercise until you grasp it and understand that the concave cut scales are craftily shaped to enhance grip, aggressive with contours in just the right places.
Brian's blade design is unique too, with its asymmetrical spine facets, high-hollow grind and deep belly with recurve. Columbia River Knife and Tool uses 1.4116 stainless steel in a high satin finish with exclusive Combination Razor-Sharp and patented Veff Serrated edges. Designed by knifemaker Tom Veff, these unique scalloped and angled serrations cut through rope and cord smoothly without snagging.
On the CRKT "K" model My Tighe knife, the blade is coated with black non-reflective titanium nitride for maximum corrosion resistance and the frames are black EDP plated. The result is a non-reflective tactical look. The frame-lock folder has an open build with heavy-duty 420J2 stainless steel frames and a 6061 T6 aluminum back spacer. The injection-molded black Zytel scales have a carbon fibre texture. Torx fasteners are used throughout.
The CRKT patented OutBurst assisted opening mechanism instantly springs the blade fully open after you have opened the blade approximately 30 degrees. There are bronze and Teflon bearings at the adjustable blade pivot for fast action. Dual ramped thumb studs allow the My Tighe to be quickly opened with either hand.
It's hard to ignore any Brian Tighe design, especially these highly personal work knives. Carry one and you will certainly start a conversation among knife fanciers everywhere. The knife industry was so impressed at the Blade Show in Atlanta, Georgia, it was named the 2006 Imported Knife of the Year.
CRKT 1091K Assisted Open Knife Specifications:
- Blade: Length: 3.625-inch (9.2 cm)
- Thickness: 0.124-inch (0.31 cm)
- Steel: 1.4116, 55-57 HRC
- Closed: Handle length: 4.50? (11.4 cm)
- Open: Overall length: 8.125-inch (20.6 cm)
- Weight: 5.6 oz. (159 g)