The Columbia River Knife & Tool or CRKT line of knives is famous for their many innovative features. Based in Tualatin, OR USA founded in 1994. They have worked with renowned knife makers such as Kit Carson to introduce the Carson flipper, Ron Lake and Michael Walker for the AutoLAWKS system and Tom Veff for Veff-serrations. Their most famous innovation was the CRKT KISS, designed by knife maker Ed Halligan. CRKT produces a wide array of knives including assisted openers, tactical and fixed blade knives. Most recently CRKT won the award for 2014 Blade Show Overall Knife of the Year - Hijinx - Ken Onion Collaboration. The CRKT Line also boasts budget-friendly versions of some of the most sought-after custom maker's designs in the industry working with Brian Tighe, Alan Folts and Ken Onion to name a few.