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Contacts: Lindsey Phelps, 1-800-891-3100 or 503-685-5015
Fax: 503-682-9680 E-mail:

Tualatin, Oregon, U.S.A.— January 1, 2013

We’ve given Kit Carson’s popular CRKT® M16® glass filled nylon line additional features and black dress requested by law enforcement and emergency services professionals.

Columbia River Knife & Tool® (CRKT®) has produced Kit Carson’s popular M16® line in many variations over the past decade. Our glass filled nylon version has built the largest user base of all. These knives are built for function, not fad, and they are exceptional values. Our new M16 ZLEK line uses our very successful InterFrame construction, with tough, textured glass filled nylon scales over a 420J2 stainless steel liner InterFrame and solid glass filled nylon back spacers. We assemble the handle with superior offset Torx® fasteners.

For professional use, we’ve added a seat belt cutter to the Carson Flipper, and a tungsten carbide window breaker at the butt. Automobile side windows shatter with one quick whack from the butt of the knife.

All components receive a tough tactical black coating. The Flipper can be pressed for fast one-hand opening, and creates a blade guard when open.

We use our premium AUS 8 high-carbon stainless steel for the blades, which have Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges to easily cut rope, cord, canvas, and vegetation.

All three models are fitted with our automated liner safety. The automated liner safety sets a pin between the locking liner and the frame. This pin acts as an additional layer of safety, so the locking liner is less likely to disengage during use. To close the knife, pull the red button safety lever back, slide the locking liner over, and fold the blade into the closed position.

M16®-12ZLEK. This is our smaller Tanto-blade version. The very strong blade grind makes a compact and versatile rescue folder. A black stainless steel two-position pocket/gear clip is included.

M16®-13ZLEK. This mid-size M16 with spear point blade is a perennial favorite, with all the trademark Kit Carson features. A black stainless steel two position pocket/gear clip is included.

M16®-14ZLEK. The “Big Dog” M16 is a hefty 6.2-ounce knife with a 3.75”- long Tanto blade that is able to tackle virtually any emergency task. This larger model features a four-position clip, allowing carry on belts or webbing— tip up, tip down, left or right. Please note: These knives are not designed for tip-up in pocket carry.

Full professional features. Non-reflective black finish. Exceptional affordability. Kit Carson rides again.

As usual, the M16 models are excellent values: The M16-12ZLEK and M16-13ZLEK have an MSRP of $89.99 while the Big Dog M16-14ZLEK is $99.99.


Available in clampacks as models M16-12ZLEKC, M16-13ZLEKC and M16-14ZLEKC.


Blade: Length: 3.00” (76 mm)
Thickness: 0.118” (3.0 mm)
Steel: AUS 8, 58-59 HRC
Closed: Handle length: 4.375” (111 mm)
Open: Overall length: 7.375” (187 mm)
Weight: 3.6 oz. (102 g)
MSRP: $89.99 US
Blade: Length: 3.375” (86 mm)
Thickness: 0.118” (3.0 mm)
Steel: AUS 8, 58-59 HRC
Closed: Handle length: 4.875” (124 mm)
Open: Overall length: 8.25” (210 mm)
Weight: 3.7 oz. (105 g)
MSRP: $89.99 US
Blade: Length: 3.75” (95 mm)
Thickness: 0.138” (3.5 mm)
Steel: AUS 8, 58-59 HRC
Closed: Handle length: 5.50” (140 mm)
Open: Overall length: 9.25” (235 mm)
Weight: 6.2 oz. (176 g)
MSRP: $99.99 US

Founded in 1994, CRKT® is the industry’s premier brand of knives, tools, and lifestyle accessories, with a reputation for innovative design. For more information, call: (800) 891-3100, email:, on the web:

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