|Item Weight||2.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||4.6 x 1.3 x 1.2 inches|
|Item model number||M16-10KZ|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
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- AutoLAWKS safety system
- Knife has open build frame, high carbon stainless steel blade, and the signature Carson Flipper
- An affordable everyday carry knife, the M16-10KZ features a dual hollow grind tanto-style blade available in plain edge and Triple-Point serration
- The signature Carson Flipper extension to the blade helps with one hand opening
- The handle features easy-to-grip glass-reinforced nylon scales and a stainless steel lined InterFrame
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CRKT M16-10KZ Every Day Carry (EDC)
- Folding Knife w/Locking Liner
- Triple Point Serrations
- Carson Flipper Deployment
- AutoLAWKS Safety
- Low Profile Pocket Clip
- Glass Reinforced Nylon Handles
- Designed by Kit Carson
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
About the Designer
Harold "Kit" Carson is a Retired Sgt. Major and high profile member of the Knifemakers’ Guild. So he feels equally comfortable in the field or creating blades that can excel in it. Case in point: He designed the wildly successful M16 series named one of the Top 10 Tactical Folders of the Decade by Blade Magazine. True to his philosophy, they’re built for function, not fad. Since Kit is not one to talk about himself, we’ll tell you that he was also a 2012 Cutlery Hall of Fame inductee. Sadly, Kit passed away in 2014. A custom knifemaker, generous heart, and a designer mentor for over 40 years, he is greatly missed by all in the knife and tool community. Kit Carson's designs live on as a testament to his indomitable talent.
In Depth Look
If It Still Looks This Good a Year From Now, We Want It Back.
This everyday carry pocket knife is designed just like the tactical version that inspired it—to be used. That's why it’s overbuilt with an open build frame, high carbon stainless steel blade, and the signature Carson Flipper. Admire it. Then put it to work.
The M16 Z everyday carry series was designed by Vine Grove, Kentucky's legendary custom knifemaker and retired Sgt. Major Harold "Kit" Carson. After years of crafting knives for military use, he answered the call when it came to creating one for the civilian population. Now people everywhere have a blade that’s ready for the line of duty in whatever capacity they see fit.
An affordable everyday carry knife, the M16-10KZ features a dual hollow grind tanto-style blade available in plain edge and Triple-Point serrated edges similar to our "Big Dog" tactical M16 models. The result is maximum blade strength and ability to saw through cord, webbing, nets or vegetation quickly. It also comes loaded with a distinctive black frame and hardware with a non-reflective tactically inspired look. But at this price, you won’t feel guilty if you leave it at a job site somewhere as night sets in.
The blade opens easily when you need it most. Just put your finger on the Carson Flipper. Flick your wrist. Then it all locks into place with the AutoLAWKS safety that automatically actuates when the blades is open. It’s goodbye folder and hello fixed blade when locked. You’re safe and sound and ready to go.
Once you’re done with the task, pull the AutoLAWKS red pin back, slide the locking liner over, and fold it back up. The handle features easy-to-grip glass-reinforced nylon scales and a stainless steel lined InterFrame. Assembled with glass-reinforced nylon back spacers and Torx fasteners as well, the handle is rigid and offers excellent toughness and resistance to solvents. A one position, stainless steel pocket clip rounds out the features. Hold on and be ready to put this knife through anything.
U.S. Patent Nos. 5,596,808 and 7,437,822
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About Columbia River Knife and Tool
CRKT (Columbia River Knife & Tool) offers a broad line of knives and tools for sport, work, professional, and lifestyle activities. All CRKT knives and tools are built incorporating the most advanced equipment and production systems. Founded in 1994, CRKT is the industry’s premier brand of knives, tools, and lifestyle accessories, with a reputation for innovative design.
Top Customer Reviews
BLADE: The AUS 4 stainless blade features a combo edge, half straight, half serrated, and a tanto point. I'm a big fan of tantos, lots of penetrating power and stronger than a clip point. It holds an edge well, though not as well as its larger AUS 8 counterparts such as the M16-14SF(Columbia River Knife and Tool's M16-14SF Big Dog Aluminum Tanto Blade Combo Edge Knife). If you're looking for a larger blade for heavier jobs, I'd recommend the 14SF. The 10KZ, however, is a great tool to have in your back pocket for every day jobs. The thumb stud on this knife is poorly positioned in my opinion - it's difficult to get enough leverage to open the knife - however this is of little consequence because of the excellent carson flipper on the back. The flipper is easy to use, has a smooth action, and allows for lightning fast, switchblade-like opening. It also doubles as a finger guard when the knife is open, definitely one of the best design features on this folder.
LOCK: This knife features CRKT's AutoLAWKS locking mechinism, which has an extra lever that prevents the liner lock from being accidentally closed. A lot of people dislike this feature, saying it makes one-handed closing of the knife difficult, but after a little practice I've had no problem with it, closing it just as easily as any regular liner lock. The AutoLAWKS provides extra safety and I see it as a plus. It's tight and opens with a satisfying click. There is no play whatsoever.Read more ›
The blade is a 3" high-carbon Tanto-style blade with a triple-point serrated edge. The blade is surprisingly sharp right out of the box. Most knives in this price range usually require some good bit of sharpening when you first get them, but the M-16 was almost razor sharp when I got it. A few passes with a Diamond stone and it was good to go.
The Carson Flipper is really the gem feature of this knife. It allows you to flip open the knife with the speed of a switchblade. The flipper also rotates down into a blade guard position which helps to protect against finger slippage. The knife opens incredibly quickly and locks firmly into position.
The second feature I really like about this knife is the AutoLAWKS safety that is built into the knife. This is basically a red safety knob that you have to pull back in order to close the knife. This prevents the knife from accidently closing on itself. It is a great feature that adds a cool tactical feel to the knife.
The frame consists of a stainless steel liner frame with Zytel back spacers. It is all held together with Torx screws including the Teflon-plated stainless steel clip.
Zytel is basically a super dense nylon with varying amount of fiberglass added to the mix. It feels much harder than normal plastic and the folks at Dupont say Zytel is super durable and abrasion resistant, but I would a little careful if your hands are wet or covered with any type of material that could cause the knife to slip out.
My two dings for the knife are this:
They advertise the size of the knife as 4" closed and 7.Read more ›
As for the customer service, they are excellent!
1. I have two of these. The older one was made in Taiwan, but the new one was from China. I called and ask if I could get one that is made in Taiwan and they said no problem, just send it back for replacement.
2. I lost the pivot screw on one of the knifes, went to their web site, fill out the parts order form and within a week, I got the screw free of charge. Now, that is customer service.
That said, this is otherwise a great knife. What I needed was a folding blade no more than 3" long to meet state law, and it had to be ambidextrous and easily opened and closed one-handed. This knife satisfies these criteria very well. As a left-handed person, I can operate this knife quickly, easily, and safely, even when my fingers are cold and clumsy.
Further, the knife has stood up to being used as a light-duty pry bar, batoning firewood into kindling, and even kitchen work in a pinch.
I intend to purchase the non-serrated spear-point M16 knife soon because I've had enough of the serrations on this one. This knife is still good enough to keep just in case the need arises, but I do consider the serrations to be a major design flaw.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Took it apart to clean it and could never put the safety device back in place... Read more
Blade jams open with nearly every use. Locking mechanism must by pried open to close blade.Published 8 days ago by Terry M. Schultz
This was my first high quality knife purchase. I love this knife and I carry it every day. I have owned it for almost 2 years and it still continues to have a great edge. Read morePublished 29 days ago by ThriftyShopper
....hmmmm.....this knife is not at all what I expected! I went with CRKT basically because of reputation and was woefully disappointed with this knife. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shelly Exparza
High quality knife. Blade loosens over time, but just needs tightened a little.Published 1 month ago by JAMES BA SELLERS
Main lock moves too far over to where I can't close the knife because it sticks.Published 1 month ago by Adam Earhart