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

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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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Product Description

Product Description

An affordable everyday carry knife, the M16-10KZ features a dual hollow grind tanto-style blade available in plain edge and Triple-Point serrated edge. 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 Auto LAWKS safety. 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.

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.

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Technical Details

Part Number M16-10KZ
Item Weight 2.4 ounces
Product Dimensions 4.6 x 1.3 x 1.2 inches
Origin USA
Item model number M16-10KZ
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Color Black
Material AUS 4
Item Package Quantity 1
Number Of Pieces 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Warranty Description Lifetime

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ASIN B0017UV9W0
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3.9 out of 5 stars 352 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #5,109 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#17 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Knives > Hunting Knives > Folding Hunting Knives
#162 in Sports & Outdoors > Sports & Fitness > Hunting & Fishing > Hunting > Knives & Tools
Shipping Weight 2.4 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 Available September 15, 2004

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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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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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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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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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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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