Ron Lake: The Man behind the Rapid Response Design

When we decided to design a new line of folding knives that would blow away the competition in terms of utility and convenience, we naturally turned to one of the most sought-after custom knife makers in the world – who also happens to live right in our backyard.

Ron Lake, a resident of Eugene, Ore., has been making knives for more than 40 years. His creations have earned him media attention, numerous awards and have even ended up in collections at the Smithsonian Institute and other museums. Recently, he applied his genius to designing our Rapid Response hunting knives, whose innovative Blade Assist Technology makes them some of the most impressive folding knives we’ve ever seen.

Ron became a full-time knife maker in 1972, after joining the Knifemakers’ Guild the previous year. He’s best known as a pioneer in the design of folding knives – indeed, sportswriter B.R. Hughes dubbed him the “Father of the Modern Day Folding Knife” – and has invented several ground-breaking locking mechanisms (including the Max-Lock system on our Rapid Response knives, which double-locks the blade in place). In 1988, he co-authored the book How to Make Folding Knives.

A decade later, Ron was entered into Blade magazine’s Cutlery Hall of Fame – a well-deserved honor for such a brilliant craftsman. We’re proud to have worked with such a skilled knife maker.

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