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2013 M16-ZLEK PR



For immediate release.

Contacts: Rod Bremer, 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 exclusive patented* AutoLAWKS safety, which automatically makes them into virtual fixed blades when the blade is opened and locked.

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 ôBig 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 inpocket


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.

* U.S. Patent Nos. 5,596,808 and 7,437,822


M16 ® -12ZLEK

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

M16 ® -13ZLEK

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

M16 ® -14ZLEK

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

All CRKT knives are protected by the CRKT Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Columbia River Knife & Tool is dedicated to producing knives, tools, and accessories of uncompromising quality and selling them at affordable prices. CRKT products are distributed through specialty retail, sporting goods and cutlery stores that offer customers knowledgeable service and are available from or other reputable web site purveyors.

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