CRKT and Hogue Knives Partner up for Future Knife Projects

On the first day of SHOT Show last month, CRKT brought a big surprise: a pair of American-made folder, the Definitive and the LCBK. This week, the company confirmed that the folders are part of a larger initiative resulting from a partnership with Hogue Knives.

Hogue Knives was the OEM for the two new CRKT models, leveraging the Paso Robles, California facility that is also the birthplace of Hogue’s own line of folders and fixed blades. A label under the larger Hogue, Inc. firearms accessory company, Hogue Knives kicked into gear in 2016 and has since carved out a space for themselves in a crowded, competitive section of the market.

“We’ve known the team at Hogue Knives for quite some time and their sterling reputation in the marketplace is well deserved,” Doug Flagg, VP of Marketing and Innovation at CRKT, says in the official press release. “As we looked towards partners in US manufacturing, they were an obvious fit in helping us develop top-notch American-made knives and we couldn’t be more pleased to be working with them.”

Jim Bruhns, President of Hogue Knives, highlights the commonalities between his company and CRKT – specifically, their shared focus on collaborations. “Today we manufacture knives in collaboration with major firearm brands such as SIG SAUER, and Heckler and Koch, and feature designs with key industry names, including Boker, Jesper Voxnaes, and Kyle Lamb,” he says. “This partnership with CRKT is a natural extension for our business.”

In practical terms, all of this means that the LCBK and Definitive were not just a one-off project, but the start of something more. “The partnership…will continue moving forward as the two brands collaborate on future projects,” CRKT states in their release.

No more specifics have been given at this time, but perhaps we’ll see something as we press forward into the 2023 knife show season. In the meantime, the LCBK and Definitive – as well as the rest of CRKT’s 2023 output – are available now.

Knife in Featured Image: CRKT Definitive

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