Those with a military background know what it means to earn the rank of Master Sergeant. After Kit Carson retired from the U.S. Army at that rank, he became a custom knifemaker, and began making his custom M16® models for his former colleagues.
His M16®-12M model is identical in construction to the popular CRKT aluminum M16, offering the same sure-grip contoured handles of 6061 T6 aluminum, hard anodized in Olive Drab. The stainless steel locking liners with friction grooves are also black.
The blade is imprinted with Gary Paul Johnston's 1* (one-ass-to-risk) reminder logo. It features an AUS 8 stainless steel blade with Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges, chosen for edge retention and durability. Black titanium nitride coating gives superior corrosion resistance. It also features the Carson Flipper extension to the blade, which aids opening and acts as an additional blade guard.
The M16®-12M is a little bulldog, packing a lot of power in a compact package. The dual grind Tanto blade offers maximum strength.
One-hand opening and closing is quick and smooth, the result of lubrous washers at the blade pivot. The ambidextrous thumb stud with checkered surface provides instant access in any circumstance.
This knife also features our automated liner safety innovation which automatically 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 lever back, slide the locking liner over, and fold the blade into the closed position.
The M16-12M also has a removable black stainless steel clothing/gear clip.
In 2004, Germany's Messer magazine conducted an exhaustive comparison test of six leading tactical folders. On the basis of blade and pivot strength, retention of cutting edge, action, and value, Messer's editors declared, "The Columbia River M16 took the award . . . The quality control of this knife was flawless."
If you serve in the military, be careful out there! Carry one of the 1* M16 folders. Designed for those who serve.