Columbia River CRKT Merlin Professional Sheath for Folding Knife Rapid Deployment MERL1

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This true breakthrough in tactical folding knife deployment was invented by Michael Martinez. The Merlin Professional Folding Knife Sheath allows the operator to place a folding knife in a variety of carry positions, ready to draw. The patented rotating sheath body allows the knife to be drawn, locked and ready to employ in less than one second with a single, fluid motion.

A wedge system lets the user adjust the sheath's grip on the knife blade to achieve the optimum degree of security and ease of draw for any situation. The knife handle is held in place by wings which expand into the folder's blade channel. The Merlin system is symmetrical and has dual blade channel wings, allowing left or right carry.

A special locator disk on the Merlin Professional allows eight customizable carry angles, so that draws can result in any of the four basic grips: conventional grip, reverse conventional, ice pick, or reverse ice pick grip.

Beyond the amazingly fast rotating lock-draw action, Merlin allows the user to place almost any brand and size of folder in any desired carry position. The Merlin Professional Sheath will accommodate approx. 80% of conventional folding knives on the market today. As a reference, that includes CRKT folders ranging from the 6401 Wrangler (2.625" blade, 1.6 oz.) to the large 6773 Crawford/Kasper Folder (3.75" blade, 7.4 oz.) and everything in between.

The Merlin Professional Folder Deployment System is intended for use by undercover and uniformed police, SRT and SWAT units, military and Special Forces personnel, firefighters and emergency services professionals. It comes with a 52-page full color training manual which covers all details of use, care and custom adjustment.

The Merlin Professional is made of nylon components with a stainless steel clip. It can be carried clipped to pockets, trousers, belts, holster straps, vests, PFDs, in packs, briefcases or purses; and on webbing up to 2 inches in width. Weight is only 2.1 ounces.

A tribute to the unique nature of Merlin's many patented features is that the U.S. Patent Office stated in their Notice of Allowability: "All claims being allowable..." This statement is very rare in modern, complex patent applications.

When seconds matter in law enforcement and military tactical situations, there is nothing remotely like Merlin.

Folding knives which will work with Merlin must fit within these parameters:

  • Blade length:
    Between 2.5" (6.4 cm) and 5.0" (12.7 cm)
  • Maximum blade thickness:
    0.25" (6.3 mm)
  • Maximum knife weight:
    8 oz. (227 g)
  • Maximum blade width:
    1.5" (3.8 cm)
  • Blade channel width:
    Between 0.125" (3 mm) and 0.1875" (5 mm)

As reference, Merlin will carry folders as small as the CRKT Wrangler 6401 (2.625" blade, 1.6 oz.) and as large as the Crawford/Kasper 6773 (3.75" blade, 7.4 oz.)

Merlin is not designed for use with automatic or assisted opening knives.

This item does not come in a clamp packaging.

Columbia River Knife & Tool - MERL1P Specifications:

  • Model:
  • Height:
    3.13" (8.0 cm)
  • Width:
    2.50" (6.3 cm)
  • Depth:
    1.25" (3.2 cm)
  • Weight:
    2.1 oz. (60 g)
  • Sheath rotation, maximum:
    52 degrees

NOTE: This item is bulk shipped, it does not come in a clam pack or box. If this is unacceptable please do not place your order.

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Your Rating: 5
rich browne on 10/17/2018 06:37am
I am a 40 plus years knife user.
I have done doorman and bouncer work.
This is a good way to rapidly deploy a folder. It gives you many ways of carry.
It holds the blade securely.
Charles Jester on 01/08/2016 03:27pm
Bought the CRKT Merlin and i am very happy with it. It will fit many different styles of knives, positions of carry, and tactical situations. A welcomed addition to my equipment!
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