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M16-12ZLEK - Kit Carson Design

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(M16-12ZLEK) M16-12ZLEK - Kit Carson Design
M16-12ZLEK description
We have 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.

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

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No. of ratings: 5
 4.8/5.0 Stars  
Number of Reviews: 6
  • 2014-07-09
This knife has exceeded my expectations time and time again. Excellent retention in sharpness, durable like a juggernaut, and the additional safety tools (belt cutter/window breaker) are perfectly functional when needed in an emergency. I am completely impressed by this knife as I have never had anything else like it. Great feel, balance, security, and highly recommended.

  • 2013-08-11
    Denver, CO
Military/EMT/Outdoorsman. Could never have imagined a better EDC knife. Perfect size to fit in your pocket, perfect functionality combining tanto/serrated/seatbelt cutter/windshield breaker. This blade goes everywhere I go. I will never buy another EDC knife again.

  • 2013-01-10
    College Station, TX
Great blade out of the box and a good balanced feel. Highly recommend this knife

  • 2012-10-26
    Abilene, TX
I have carried a CRKT (ABC Operator) for years while in the military and in Iraq, but this is the first folding knife I have purchased. This knife seems exceptionally made. I didn't want something bulky although this one is almost too little for my smaller hands. I love the flipper as it provides the same quick deploy as assisted knives without the concerns. I just received a Lone Wolf (Benchmade) as a gift. I do prefer the Lone Wolf button lock versus the AutoLAWKS lever. A thumb groove in place of the lever would improve ergonomics and I find a one handed close easier with the button lock. That being said, while the Lone Wolf is a fancier knife with a more ergonomic feel, the M16 will be my daily carry due to size, features, and apparent durability. You can't go wrong with this knife.

  • 2012-01-24
    Brunswick, OH
Had a CRKT in the past and used it for many years with no problems. This knife is far superior to the one I had with the added features of the seat belt cutter and the window breaker. I do love the knife and was in the market for something of high quality for everyday carry. The only thing I wish was different is the screw head on the folding hinge which is textured. I keep this knife in my front pocket and the textured screw tears up my hand going in your pocket for my keys. Maybe CRKT has a smooth finish screw head I could replace it with. I havent researched it. Thanks CRKT for a outstanding quality product and fast shipping. Bill.

  • 2012-01-17
    Bozeman, MT
Great blade and good construction, love the design but wish it was a larger version. Very handy for utility work and a good idea to store in a car. Great knife but wishes it was larger. ***CRKT RESPONSE - We are releasing a larger version soon. The M16-14ZLEK. CRKT

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M16-12ZLEK - Kit Carson Design

Item Number: M16-12ZLEK
Price: $89.99
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Product Specifications
Open Overall Length7.31 inches
Closed Length4.375 inches
Weight3.6 ounces

Length3 inches
Thickness0.118 inches
MaterialAUS 8
FinishBlack Ti-Nitride

MaterialGlass Filled Nylon

TypeLocking Liner

Carry System2 Position Clip

Glass BreakerYes
Belt CutterYes
PatentU.S. Patent Nos 5,596,808 and 7,437,822

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Kit Carson
Kit Carson of Vine Grove, Kentucky, is a retired professional soldier, rising to the level of Sergeant Major. He has made knives for 30 years and has been a full-time knifemaker since 1993.
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