I’m sometimes a little late on getting the news regarding the death of some of the folks who are important in the Knife and Gun World.
Today my Monthly News Letter From Spyderco brought the announcement of the death of knife maker/designer Harold Joseph “Kit” Carson
I was aware of his work with CRKT and associated him with that manufacturer rather than Spyderco
Harold Joseph “Kit” Carson was an acclaimed knifemaker for more than thirty-five years and is held in high regard for both his custom creations and his innovative collaborations with production knife companies. News of his passing is reverberating through the knife industry this September as the cutlery community loses one of the “greats”. Kit has been a leader in design and innovation and is the acknowledged inventor of the Kit Carson Flipper opening mechanism. The Kit Carson Flipper is a pivotal design in the genre of assisted opening knife blades. The flipper is a protrusion extending from the bottom side of the knife blade that when pushed with the index finger, rotates the blade into the open position.
Mr. Carson was a member of the prestigious Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame and the Knifemakers Guild and retired from service as a professional soldier, Sergeant Major, from the U.S. Army. His life spent outdoors in the Georgia Mountains, and in the field as a member of our military, influenced his knife crafting philosophy, leading him to focus his fixed blade and folder designs around form and functional application.
On behalf of the Spyderco Crew and all in the knife industry, he will be missed and continue to be appreciated as a ground-breaking innovator in our business.
Harold ‘Kit’ Carson – A CRKT Icon.
CRKT is deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend, legendary knife designer, Kit Carson. Kit had been a part of the CRKT family since 1999 when we released the iconic M16® series.
His M16® and M21™ designs have been, and continue to be, relied upon by our soldiers in the field as well as valued by everyday users. Kit’s influence on the industry will carry on through his distinctive designs and his generous mentoring of other knifemakers.
Everyone who met Kit was inspired by his compassion, sense of humor and his warmth. Kit Carson was a true gentleman and he will be greatly missed.
The following was taken from his obituary which was posted on The News-Enterprise. The entire obituary can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/1ufwEx8
Harold Joseph ‘Kit’ Carson, 63, of Vine Grove, Kentucky, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014, at his residence.
Mr. Carson was retired from the U.S. Army and was a voting member of the Knifemaker’s Guild. He was a Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame inductee.
Survivors include his wife Betty Carson; two children, Jody Carson and his wife, Susan, and Kristi Carson; three grandchildren, Colton Eastman and Anya and Josephine Carson.
A celebration of his life with military honors is at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the chapel of Coffey & Chism Funeral Home in Vine Grove. Visitation begins after noon Wednesday.
At the request of the family, everyone is asked to wear casual clothing and bright colors in honor of his life.
Donations can be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation at www.parkinson.org
Over the next few weeks I will add some Kit Carson designed CRKT knives to our stock in his honor.