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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.


PROJECTED AVAILABILITY DATE – September 30th, 2021. This is a Pre-Release Sale item. This special discount is only available while the DAO LTE Folder is still in the manufacturing stage. PLEASE NOTE: Your card will be charged.

THIS ITEM IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE SHIPMENT. Manufacturing and Quality Control time could vary based on product. You’ll be notified with a tracking number when your order is ready to ship. The projected arrival date TO OUR FACILITY is September 30th, 2021, after which, the folder will go through quality control measures and begin shipping 7-10 days after arrival. After September 30th, the item will go to full MSRP and the Pre-Release Sale will be closed.

PreSale Buy-In Levels Explained

The KICK ASS-est

This is the earliest buy-in stage of the presale.

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Limited QTY – 75 – SOLD OUT


This level opens once the prior level is sold out. 

Your price is incredibly low and you are getting in super early.

It’s a fantastic deal!

Limited QTY – 75 – SOLD OUT

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Your price is lower than our typical presale price.

This level is a game-changer.

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Limited QTY – 100

72 in stock

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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

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