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Columbia River Knife and Tool M16-10KZ 3-Inch Black Folding Knife

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  • AutoLAWK patented automatic knife safety which actuates automatically
  • 3-inch AUS 4 stainless steel
  • Zytel black handle
  • Tanto blade
  • Removable stainless steel clip
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Product Description

Product Description

Strong, lightweight Columbia River M16 - 10KZ Knife. Columbia River built the M16-10KZ to be a multi-purpose marvel you'll reach for again and again. That means it not only has the strength to handle a variety of tasks, but also to take the sort of everyday knocks and abuse that would send most knives to the scrap heap, yet still delivers peak performance. AUS-4 high-carbon stainless steel black-coated tanto blade; Rigid but lightweight frame and handle; "Carson Flipper" opens blade fast and doubles as blade guard when open; Smooth and serrated combo cutting edge.; Blade measures 3"l., overall measures 7 1/8"l. Weighs 2 3/10 ozs.; Order today for doorstep delivery! WARNING: You must be 18 or older to purchase Cutlery. Cutlery cannot be shipped to Marin, Napa, Ventura and Yolo counties, CA; D.C.; MA or Puerto Rico. Please check your State, County and City laws for restrictions before ordering Cutlery. Columbia River M16-10KZ Knife

From the Manufacturer

Carson M16-10KZ made by Columbia River Knife and Tool is a scaled down version of the M16. This black Zytel handled everyday knife has the AutoLAWKS system which automatically converts them into virtual fixed blades when opened. The 3-inch AUS 4 black stainless steel tanto blade has a razor sharp edge that allows easy resharpening and holds a great edge. The easy one handed opening and closing is as velvet smooth as the larger models the result of Teflon bearings at the blade pivot.

Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number M16-10KZ
Item Weight2.4 ounces
Product Dimensions4.6 x 1.3 x 1.2 inches
Item model numberM16-10KZ
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
MaterialAUS 4
Item Package Quantity1
Number Of Pieces1
Batteries Included?No
Batteries Required?No
Warranty DescriptionLifetime
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #3,983 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableSeptember 15, 2004
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From the Manufacturer

CRKT M16-10KZ Every Day Carry (EDC)

Product Details
  • 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

Also available:

M16-01Z Spear Point (M16-01Z)

M16-01KZ Black Spear Point (M16-01KZ)

M16-10Z Tanto with Triple Point Serrations (M16-10Z)

M16-02Z Tanto (M16-02Z)

M16-12Z Tanto with Triple Point Serrations (M16-12Z)

M16-03ZZ Spear Point (M16-03Z)

M16-13Z Spear Point with Triple Point Serrations (M16-13Z)

M16-04Z Large Tanto (M16-04Z)

M16-14ZZ Large Tanto with Triple Point Serrations (M16-14Z)

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.

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Customer Reviews

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Deveus on May 25, 2009
The M16-10KZ is a very well designed knife. I carry a cold steel ti-lite 6" a lot of the time, but when I want something smaller and more innocuous I carry this knife.

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.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By D. Ely on March 2, 2010
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Let me start of by saying that CRKT makes some of the best knives out there and the Kit Carson designed M-16 is a fine example of the quality you can expect from CRKT.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By wenwayne on August 1, 2013
Great little knife, sharp and does not take up too much space in my pocket.
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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zebulawn on February 25, 2014
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This is my second M16-10KZ. I lost the first one while on active duty - and due to the price it was ok to let it go for good reasons. I bought a second one to replace it. They are lightweight great everyday carry knives. Its light enough I can run with it (clipped in waistband) and might give me an advantage if I ever needed it. This model is not big enough to be a fighting knife, but is great for daily use or small enough to fit most tackle/tool kits. Edge holds as well if not better than other blades in this range.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John S. Hull on March 12, 2012
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Consider the blade design before purchasing, because where this knife fails is in the serrations. They are simply too steeply angled, causing the first one to catch and requiring me to apply too much force and lose control of the knife when it pops off whatever I am cutting. I have had this knife for some time, used it a fair amount, and the serrations always fail in even the simplest tasks.

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.
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