CRKT Tighe Rade Folding Knife Review | OsoGrandeKnives

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In hand or in action, the CRKT Tighe Rade Folding Knife is one to show off.

Brian Tighe doesn’t know how to do anything subtle. Case in point: his latest everyday carry (EDC) folding knife with a button lock screams style. The aluminum handle features contoured, textured grooves. A compound ground blade deploys swiftly with a flipper and IKBS or ambidextrous dual thumb studs. About the only thing it doesn’t do well is sit idly; it’s apt to go on a tirade.

Designer Brian Tighe of Ridgeville, Ontario, Canada, upped the ante when he created the Tighe Rade knife. From tip to tail this one-of-a-kind, high-tech folder boasts looks that seem more at home on a fighter jet than a knife. It’s a welcomed new addition to the impressive line of award-winning knives that Tighe has become so well known for designing.

The tip is ground and reinforced for stronger cutting applications, while closer to the handle it’s perfect for finer cutting tasks and wire stripping. And with its highly stylized aluminum handle and multiple usage blade, the Tighe Rade folder is packed with substance and style. The unique design maximizes overall performance and ease of sharpening, and the easy to operate and disengage button lock keeps everything secure while it’s open.

The sophisticated and modern Tighe Rade knife is one part smooth operator mixed with one part showpiece.


Overall Length: 7.88 in.
Blade Length: 3.38 in.
Blade Thickness: 0.12 in.
Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel
Hardness: 58-60 HRC
Blade Style: Drop Point
Blade Grind: Hollow Dual Grind
Blade Finish: Satin
Edge Type: PlainEdge
Handle Length: 4.53 in.
Handle Thickness: 0.48 in.
Handle Material: Milled 6061 T6 Aluminum
Handle Color: Gray / Silver
Weight: 4.50 oz.
Pocket Clip: 1 Position-Right Hand Tip-Up Clip
Knife Type: Manual Action Folder
Opener: Flipper, Dual Thumb Stud
Lock Type: Button (Plunger) Lock
Brand: Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT)
Model: Tighe Rade
Model Number: 5290
Designer: Brian Tighe
Country of Origin: China

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Peter Low says:

I just got this knife, not very sharp from the factory. Opening is not that great either. But it is one hell of a good looking knife.

HauskojaVideoita says:

I once liked folders, but now if I want an EDC or ADC I will buy a neck knife.

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Jeremy Goldberg says:

Loved the paper cut test, not one cut, cut the paper, just tore it.

Jim Hervey says:

Didn’t look sharp but it is beautiful. Is it forged steel I wonder?

_- 7R1]x[73R -_ says:

How would you sharpen this knife on a whetstone? Are the two grind angles different or do you treat it as a normal edge base to tip?

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