During our tenth anniversary year in 2004, we offered an engraved commemorative version of Ed Halligan's very popular P.E.C.K.® with a mirror polished spectral titanium nitride coating. It was such a big hit, we decided to offer the whole K.I.S.S.® line with the same finish.
The titanium nitride finish makes these knives into little jewels. The production coating is still very much an art, and the multicolor effect varies slightly depending on the precise coating, heating and cooling routine. The result is that each Spectra K.I.S.S. and P.E.C.K. is unique, with subtle variations in the way they refract colors. In addition, titanium nitride gives the very functional benefit of exceptional corrosion resistance.
Like all K.I.S.S.® knives, these are revolutionary high tech statements by Knifemakers' Guild Member and K.I.S.S. designer "Daddy K.I.S.S." Ed Halligan. They're a honey of a knife, precision fine blanked for superior fit and smooth operation. Ed's unique two-piece construction features an integral Frame Lock?. Both blade and frame are 420J2 stainless steel.
A thumb stud is used to one-hand open the blade, and as the blade is fully rotated open, the Frame Lock snaps crisply in behind the blade to assure a sound lock-up. The blade can be closed with one hand, by releasing the Frame Lock.
All the detail hardware? including the thumb stud, blade stop screw, blade pivot screw and pocket clip? is plated with 24 karat gold (In other countries it is defined as 23.99 karat gold because all gold has trace elements).
The Spectra K.I.S.S.® (Keep It Super Simple) blade shape is Tanto-inspired?Chisel-Point grind on the front and flat on the backside?so that when the blade is closed onto its handle/frame, the precision fit effectively "seals" the cutting edge to the frame, even though it's exposed.
The Spectra P.E.C.K.® (for Precision Engineered Compact Knife) weighs less than 1 oz. and is only 2.625" long when closed. Just think of it as a sweet little K.I.S.S. When open, the graceful 1.75" Razor-Sharp Wharncliffe blade is a high performance cutting tool suited for hundreds of daily tasks.
The design of the K.I.S.S. series pocket/money clip permits them to be used in a variety of ways: clipped to the pocket; as money clip knives; and with split-ring or lanyard, as key chain knives.
But we think of them as affordable and truly functional jewelry.