As Flagg noted, CRKT hit the door running with collaborations and they’ve never looked back. It’s been a winning strategy, keeping their knives on the leading edge of the market. “We rely on our outside designers for great designs and new mechanisms,” Doug notes. “Our collaborations with these artists have given CRKT one of the most diverse product lines in the industry. You will see innovations like Field Strip for folding knives and Russ Kommer’s incredible game hoist. All these unique designs are what makes CRKT stand out.”

One of their top collaborators is highly regarded Hawaiian custom knifemaker Ken Onion. Ken is recognized as the guy who, in the late 1990s, brought the assisted-opening folder to the forefront of the cutlery world en masse. We asked Flagg about the importance of having Onion on board.