Introducing the latest iteration of the original DAO lineup, DAO LTE. This is the same DAO you have come to know and love, but with the LTE twist. The simple, stunning lines of original DAO remain, but Krudo has switched it up yet again. The frame shows G10 and a flash of copper for grip, but still carries that reassuring weight of DAO.

You will be happy to choke up on this blade with the convenient finger choil, and the ever-popular thumb wedge, for an ergonomic grip. This 3.75” blade is a no-joke steak knife. So, when the local steakhouse hands you their lame, dinner knife, you can proudly slice your meat with flair and fun using your DAO LTE.

The feel of a KRUDO comes from expert design and manufacturing. DAO LTE is the perfect pocket knife for your (EDC) everyday use. Each element of the knife has a purpose, from the curves of the frame for grip to the rapid and multiple blade deployment capabilities. Add DAO LTE to your collection and feel confident that you are prepped and ready for anything from manual labor to a dress-up affair.


FACTORY 2ND’S are now available! 

Factory 2nd blades are just as functionally fit and come with the same KRUDO Knives warranty that you know & trust but have some cosmetic difference(s).

Possible reasons a knife is considered a Factory 2nd would be smudge, scratch, color variance, chatter mark, some cosmetic inconsistency.

You get a fully functional KRUDO Knife at a fraction of the cost. There will, however, be some unique, cosmetic difference that makes this item a 2nd.

No coupons or added discounts will apply to any Factory 2nd item.

Fonts available: Times New Roman , Calibri, Arial, and Seagram. Location of engraving will be on the blade close to the frame or handle and as large as practical for the size of the blade it is being engraved on.

Logos will require a one time artwork setup fee, depending on the complexity, of $60.00 in addition to the per engraving charge.

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Louis Krudo invented the original DAO concept in 2012. The inspiration for the DAO design came from the ivory handled straight razor Krudo’s father used daily.  Louis still has that straight razor in his personal collection.  The DAO design is a clear ode to the senior Krudo and an indicator of the deep love and respect from son to father.

At the time of design, there were no knives like it on the market. Now, there are many copies of Louis Krudo’s original DAO. But, none hold the anima, the connection, the spirit of the true DAO. The truth of DAO is ancestral, it is legacy, it is bloodline and it is born of pride in family tradition. No copy or fake DAO-like blade can compare to the Louis Krudo DAO.

In 2012, Louis Krudo hand crafted 2 DAO fixed blades and brought them to the 2013 SHOT Show. He then made 15 custom, folding DAO blades. Those 15 quickly sold and soon after that, KRUDO Knives began the 1st production, folding DAO. It has been through many iterations since then, but the core elements of DAO always remain.  Don’t accept the fakers and copies. Choose THE ORIGINAL from the actual creator, Louis Krudo of KRUDO Knives.

DAO LTE Folder Specifications

  • Blade Steel – 9Cr18MoV
  • Blade Thickness – 0.170″
  • Blade Length – 3.75”
  • Blade Finish- Light Polish
  • Closed Length – 5.43”
  • Overall Length – 8 7/8”
  • Overall Thickness –  .479”
  • Weight – 7.5 oz
  • Frame Lock
  • Frame – Light Polish Finish Stainless Steel 
  • Frame Color – Silver
  • SS Thrust Bearings
  • Black G10 Inserts
  • Copper Spacer 
  • Pocket Clip Color – Silver
  • CNC Reversible Pocket Clip for Left or Right Carry
  • The KRUDO Thumb Wedge for Out of the Pocket Deployment
  • Multiple Deployment Options
  • Color Black, Silver and Copper

Designed in the U.S.A. by Louis Krudo.

All aspects of production of KRUDO Knives’ designs are overseen by Louis Krudo — relentlessly, meticulously, verging on OCD, mixed with odd hours and lots of hot coffee.

Built in China and hands on, quality controlled in Cave Creek, AZ, USA.

Additional information

Weight .75 lbs
Dimensions 7.5 × 4.75 × 1.3125 in

The KRUDO Standard, Factory 2nds


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