Review CRKT K.I.S.S.ASSist 2.75in Assisted-Opening Knife Pros

The CRKT KISS ASSist takes the revolutionary elements of the compact K.I.S.S. series and transfoms them into an assisted opener. Thoughtfully designed and loaded with precision machining, the CRKT K.I.S.S. ASSist Knife features the patented CRKT OutBurst assisted opening with the patent-pending Fire Safe mechanism. When closed, the knife blade is safely locked by a special cam-over pin that extends from the assist spring, so the KISS ASSIST cannot be opened until the safety button on the end of the thumb stud is firmly depressed and the thumb stud is nudged outward. This system is both very fast, and very safe, because simply pressing the Fire Safe button does not open the knife. You must both press down and nudge the blade outward deliberately.

The Columbia River K.I.S.S. ASSist Folding Knife also makes one-hand closing fast and easy. The mechanism is covered by a thin lightweight layer of inset carbon fiber. When closed, the single-sided blade is securely sealed by the single glass filled nylon guard. The AUS 4 stainless steel blade receives a high satin finish, while the 420J2 stainless steel frame has a contrasting non-reflective bead-blast surface. All models have a removable bead-blast stainless steel pocket/money clip.

The CRKT K.I.S.S. Assist Knives are handsome assisted-opening knives with fast opening, rigid lock-up, and a sophisticated high-tech mechanism that is integrated into the frame, all with a weight that is only slightly more than the original K.I.S.S. Knife.


RATING
96.5 /100
  • Design

    Excellent

  • Performance

    Excellent

  • Value for money

    Excellent

  • Feature

    Excellent

Specifications for CRKT K.I.S.S.Assist - Assisted Opening K.I.S.S. Knife:

Open Overall Length: 2.75 inches
Closed Length: 3.875 inches
Weight: 2.5 ounces
Blade Length: 2.75 inches
Thickness: 0.119 inches
Material: AUS 4
Blade-HRC: 55-57
Finish: Satin
Grind: Hollow
Handle Liner: 420J2
Lock Type: Frame Lock
Carry System: 1 Position Clip
Fire Safe: Yes
Patent: Patent Pending

Features of CRKT KISS Assist Folding Knife:

  • Compact assisted-opening knife

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Comments
Guy - Add Reply

I didn't realize this knife does not have scales on both sides. I don't think it is suitable for everyday carry you will cut yourself or whatever is in your pocket. The mechanism was poor making opening difficult and it doesn't lock open reliably. I wouldn't recommend this knife; spend the extra and get a Benchmade assisted opening knife. Pros: None Cons: There are only scales on one side and the blade is partially exposed when closed. Does not lock open reliable. Unlock mechanism is not great or easy to use one handed.

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Garth - Add Reply

This knife is exactly what I wanted as an upgrade to my K.I.S.S. tanto. The thin design and wide clip, for money or pockets, is great. I was not impressed by the carbon fiber sticker. I have carried and used this knife everyday for 3 months and not cut myself, opening or by previously mentioned "exposed" edges?? It has a learning curve. Be sure to read the instructions and practice!! For the price, I am 100% satisfied with this knife. Pros: This and light Cons: Carbon fiber "sticker"

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