New CRKT/Ruger collaboration knife series


Ruger and CRKT have partnered for a series of knives from several highly regarded designers.

Gun company-branded knives have a mixed record. The Smith and Wesson knives are particularly lousy, while the Bawidamann/FNH collaboration is an exceptional knife. Ruger has partnered with CRKT for the latest line of “gun-knives”.

Keeping with CRKT’s model of using big-name domestic designers for off-shore mass-production, the Ruger line of knives features designers  Ken Steigerwalt, Matthew Lerch, Bill Harsey, RMJ Tactical and Robert Carter.

These knives are more than simply a Ruger name-badge engraved on a CRKT knife. There are Ruger touches as well, such as diamond checkering on the some models’ scales that is inspired by the patterning on certain Ruger firearms.

From Ruger press release:

CRKT Introduces an Exclusive Line of Ruger-Branded Knives

October 25, 2015

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) and CRKT® are pleased to introduce Ruger® knives to the commercial sporting market. This complete knife line was designed exclusively for Ruger by CRKT master knife-smiths and is being built by CRKT, an industry leader in knives and tools.

“Ruger is focused on bringing affordable, rugged and reliable products to our consumer base,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and COO, “As we looked to expand our licensing program, we knew that we wanted a knife manufacturer that shared these goals. CRKT is a great fit,” he concluded.

Columbia River Knife and Tool is proudly American and has established itself as a leader in developing unique, award-winning, innovative knife designs and mechanisms that push the envelope. Since 1994, this Oregon-based company has made tools that people are proud to carry – affordable, rugged and reliable products that perfectly complement Ruger firearms.

“When Ruger approached CRKT to work together on a knife line, we knew that it would be a perfect fit for the commercial sporting market,” said CRKT Chairman of the Board and Founder, Rod Bremer. “The parallels between how Ruger and CRKT serve the marketplace are uncanny. Pairing with an iconic American brand like Ruger was simply a no-brainer,” he continued.

This exclusive Ruger knife line includes designs for everyday carry, hunting, tactical uses and self-preparedness. The knives are crafted in varying sizes and finishes, with an assortment of blade edges. Developed by five master knife-smiths who combined their knowledge of the art with aesthetic details from Ruger firearms, the line offers unique knives with the important features that every good knife should have. These knives are purpose built to be durable and highly functional in the environments where Ruger customers will expect them to perform.

The initial full line of knives is available for sale on A select assortment of Ruger knives also is available at major, national retail outlets.

For more information about Ruger-branded knives and tools, visit Media inquiries should contact Frederick Karl at 800.891.3100 or

To learn more about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger firearms, visit or To find accessories for Ruger firearms, visit or your local independent retailer of Ruger firearms.

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  1. Spencer says:

    Despite reading this article a couple times, Clay, I’m still not certain about where the collaborative Ruger/CRKT knives are manufactured. Mentioned is CRKT’s penchant for “off-shore mass production” yet the knife company “is proudly American [and an] Oregon-based company.”

    My assumption, however, is the Ruger/CRKT knives are designed in America but built in foreign sweatshops on the cheap. This is troubling to me because Ruger firearms are (or were) advertised to be 100% American made and I wouldn’t think that company wants the reputation of subcontracting any of its named products to the slipshod factories in the developing world.

    For some Ruger customers, I suppose, the country of product origin is immaterial because all that interests them is price. I’m not one of them.

    1. I said “off-shore” production, because there are some CRKTs that have been made in Italy and elsewhere. In the case of these knives, I haven’t seen it stated plainly anywhere, but it is my assumption that they will be made in China.

      I will not argue with anyone to whom that is a deal breaker. I understand. However, not all Chinese made tools are junk, and it has been my experience that CRKT has a good handle on the QC of their blades coming from China.

  2. dph says:

    These three are made in China. Look under specs. For whatever it’s worth, I have a Swindle and an Obake from CRKT and they both are great knives.

  3. boardsnbikes says:

    Meh. I’m waiting for the MTech/Kel-Tec colloboration.

    1. How about HiPoint and Cold Steel. How effing ugly would that thing be 🙂

  4. sharpish says:

    i think comparing cold steel to hi point is kinda lame. They make pretty good knives for a decent price and they have great customer service. i compare people that rag on cold steel as the fudds of the knife world.judging from that picture im guessing fudd

    1. I was comparing two companies who put out offerings that have chunky and blocky lines. I think as a gun and knife pairing they fit together. They work, but no one would call either the Cadillac of their respective worlds.

      Cold Steel makes some good stuff and absolute dogs in about a 40/60 ratio in my experience.

      I will admit to not being a fanboy. Guilty. Perhaps if the people I have dealt with at CS were remotely as open and friendly as folks from a dozen other knife companies I have worked with at this point, I would feel more fondness for the company.

      1. It is an hour later and I am still laughing that someone is white-knighting Cold Steel.

        And as far as the Fudd label, I will let the ad-hominem go since I am amused. I will leave it to our regular readers to make their minds up about that one.

      2. cmeat says:

        it is rare that i would condemn a manufacturer’s entire line of product (frost cutlery…) and i won’t do it in cold steel’s case. i became aware of cold steel and tanto blades in the ’80’s and still have no use for either.

        1. indeed. (sorry, deleted my previous comment, yours came across blank on my phone).

  5. Old John says:

    I will admit that Cold Steel PR is…well…cold steel. And some of their products are less than expected. But I still own a number or their offerings that I like quite well. Doesn’t matter where a knife is made if it is made well. I’ve got Ruger, S & W, CRKT and many other brands. Some are very expensive; and they come from around the world. Most will never be used. They’re not collector knives as such though they are collectable. They are user knives that I will never use. Collecting for the sake of collecting is a losing proposition. But collecting because you think it might be used is all that matters. Many have been given to family and friends and will go that route when I’m gone. I mostly use blades that cost less than $100 and leave the good ones alone. Why? Simple. I carry a small diamond/ceramic stone and am well able to keep them sharp. The important thing is the steel and its sharpness. If you want a knife you don’t have to sharpen good luck. Sooner or later the blade will have to be sharpened. learn to do it well. Some of my favorite blades for everyday cost less than $30 and some of them $10. I can understand having limited finances while wanting a good blade that will be used frequently. Research is the key. But knives create an addictive mindset; and the more you look the more you will become addicted. That’s the nature of the beast.

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