When is a folding knife not a folding knife? When it has no cutting edge and no tip, and can be used to cut nothing but seat belts—that’s when. The folding, locking tool we’re talking about isn’t a blade at all, but a folding compliance tool. While relatively new to the market, the CRMIPT2 compliance device isn’t truly new at all. Its designer, noted martial artist Bram Frank, has been bringing various incarnations of the device to market for several years, through such companies as Round Eye Knife & Tool, Spyderco and Cherusker Messer.

The Man & His Design
Bram Frank, the founder of Common Sense Self-Defense/Street Combat, has spent nearly 50 years training in the martial arts and holds an eighth dan in the Filipino martial art of modern arnis. There’s no doubt that Filipino martial styles and systems heavily influence Frank’s methodology, right down to the name of the Gunting self-defense knives and tools he first designed years ago. (A gunting in Filipino martial arts is a “scissors” maneuver.) Over the course of his career, he has done a variety of self-defense instructional videos through companies like Paladin Press and Video Quest and has been featured in, of course, Tactical Knives.

The CRMIPT2 (Close Range Medium Impact Tool 2) is Frank’s latest version of an implement he has offered before, one he has devised an entire system of self-defense around. (It also could be easily argued that the self-defense system informed his tool design.) The CRMIPT2 is a folding impact device of AUS8 steel hardened to HRC 56-58. The device is available in two sizes, standard and magnum, which measure 6.5 and 10 inches long respectively when locked open. The tool exhibits good fit and finish throughout. The top mounted lock is a patented puzzle lock: A jig saw puzzle piece locking device that makes the folder like a fixed blade as the liner tang is dovetailed into the back of the blade. The liners themselves are full length, incorporating phosphor bronze washers, and the scales are textured G10, providing excellent traction. The unsharpened “blade” portion of the tool (with its ramp) is jimped, the integral seat-belt and flex-cuff cutter are grooved, and the pocket clip incorporates an indentation used to facilitate indexing in the hand. A mil-spec holster is also available, according to Frank…

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