SHOT Show 2019 – Columbia River Knife and Tool company showcased a new must-have accessory for all knife collectors, professionals, outdoor and survival enthusiasts: the Knife Maintenance Tool allows you to strip down you knife for maintenance in any situation
As small and almost insignificant as it may be, the Knife Maintenance Tool is by no means to be considered a novelty; on the contrary, it is one of those must-have tools that may even be vital when the time comes.
The CRKT Knife Maintenance Tool is the brainchild of Tom Stokes, an airspace engineer with over twenty years of experience – ten of which with CRKT – who’s well equipped to rethink and imagine tools that become critical to a survivalist pack.
Tom Stokes dreamt up the jam-packed Knife Maintenance Tool and brought it to life using CAD software in his Williamsburg, Virginia hometown.
The CRKT Knife Maintenance tool is manufactured out of glass-reinforced Nylon and is 68 mm / 2.702” long overall for barely 61 grams (2.2 oz) in weight: small and lightweight enough to be carried on a keychain or attached to a camping backpack – and as a matter of fact, it comes issued from factory with a keychain ring.
The two pivoting arms of the CRKT Knife Maintenance Tool act as a seat for a Torx screw each – a T6 and a T8, respectively, compatible with nearly every folding knife in existence, handy enough to remedy loose pivot nuts, pocket clip screws, and back spacer screws.
The Torx heads are tension-seated very firmly, and thus hard to lose, but should that happen, they can be replaced with any other T6 or T8 Torx head availavle on the market.
The CRKT Knife Maintenance Tool also comes equipped with integrated ceramic and tungsten carbide sharpeners. A covert flathead screwdriver and a bottle opener come in handy when prying open food containers and cracking open a cold one at the end of a mission accomplished.