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M16 Z - Designed by Kit Carson

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(M1602Z) M16 Z - Designed by Kit Carson
(M1602Z) M16 Z - Designed by Kit Carson
(M1602Z) M16 Z - Designed by Kit Carson
(M1602Z) M16 Z - Designed by Kit Carson
(M1602Z) M16 Z - Designed by Kit Carson
(M1602Z) M16 Z - Designed by Kit Carson
M1602Z description
For years, Kit Carson's M16® designs have been our most popular series. And our Z version has built the largest user base of all. These knives are built for function, not fad. And they are exceptional values.

The M16®-02Z and M16®-12Z are tough little bulldogs, with 3.00" dual grind Tanto-style blades.

They use our very successful InterFrame construction, tough, textured glass filled nylon scales over a 420J2 stainless steel liner InterFrame. We overbuild it for rigidity, using solid glass filled nylon back spacers. And we assemble the handle with superior offset Torx® fasteners. The handle is exceptionally rigid and fills the hand perfectly.

We use our tough AUS 4 high-carbon stainless steel for the blades to give greater everyday utility, and offer both Razor-Sharp and Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point Serrated edges.

All models feature the Carson Flipper, which is not only an aid to opening the blade, especially when wearing gloves, but acts as a blade guard when the blade is open.

We've also incorporated our patented* AutoLAWKS automatic knife safety into all models, which converts the M16 Z series into virtual fixed blades when their blades are open and locked.

All styles have lubrous washers and a removable stainless steel clothing/gear clip.

Think of the M16-Z as a Clydesdale—ready to rush a knight into battle or pull a beer wagon. Every day. Day after day.

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


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No. of ratings: 5
 5.0/5.0 Stars  
 
 
 
Number of Reviews: 7
  • 2014-03-19
    Elizabethton, TN
I ordered the M16-02Z as the proud former owner/abuser of it's (in '06) smaller brother, the M16-01Z EDC. I did EVERYTHING with that knife. In fact, I took it to BELIZE on a missionary assignment and used it to open cement, slice fruit, whittle tree limbs into stakes, cut rope, peel sugarcane, YOU NAME IT I could NOT find something that knife would NOT do Dad bought the M21 G10 because he was so impressed with my M16-01 Replacement clip and screws in '12 were FREE I lost that knife in Dec '13 and bought this one to replace it. It seems 25% bigger and $30 more expensive than I remember, but you have a LOYAL customer My only issue is M16 EDC's don't come with Veff Serrations Boo... Anyhow... Buy an M16, use it for everything, find it nigh-impossible to kill, love it for LIFE

  • 2014-03-03
    Delray Beach, FL
Great knife, however the pocket clip should be on the back end, how do I re-position since the screws are so small? - CRKT - The screws are a #5 or #6 torx. you can purchase a Torx tool at most home improvement stores.

  • 2012-08-06
    Salem, OR
I made an account just to leave a comment about this knife, I've had this knife for about 7 years now, the same one. I've sharpened it maybe 7 times, it holds an edge better then any knife ive ever owned which is no small amount. I have done everything with this knife, drawn blood, opened bottles, rope, screws, cans, i have much more i can list. This thing is always on my side, infact its there now and no matter how much i punish this thing it just keeps going. The mechanics are flawless, easy to take apart and clean. The autoLawks feature is solid, it will keep the blade straight through some serious force. I cant recommend this knife more then i have already. You will love this knife, i use mine literally everyday and it has saved my life.

  • 2012-03-16
    San Diego, CA
I bought this knife a couple of weeks from now and I was very satisfied with the overall quality and sharpness of the blade. Yesterday while using the blade the security mechanism got stuck and the blade no longer closes. I would advise future buyers of this fault. ***CRKT RESPONSE We'll reach out to you via Customer Service and get this taken care of. This looks and sounds like a possible defect. Each knife is QA'd prior to leaving Tualatin so we will look into this one. Thank you, CRKT

  • 2011-12-17
    Yuma, AZ
I bought one of these knives 12 years ago. It was stolen so I replaced it eight (8) years ago. I just this week sparpened it for the first time. Not solely out of laziness but also out of lack of need. My employer gave me a SW Homeland Security folder. It seems like it ways twice the CKRT. It sits in a crevace in my work vehicle. The M16-02Z is in my pocket 24/7. Durability aside, I pick a knife that may have to save my life. I laugh when I think that I almost spent three (3) times the money buying a competitor's spring assist knife. I would never, ever consider a different folder.

  • 2011-12-11
    Arlington, WA
This has been my every day pocket knife for the last six years and has far surpassed my expectations for quality, function, and years of service. It holds its edge better than most knives I’ve owned, is incredibly robust for its size/weight, and I use the heck out of it. I can’t remember a day that it hasn’t been out of my pocket at least once. I’ve heard a lot of people bash the fact they are made in Taiwan but my M16-12Z has served me better than any made in the USA knife at about the 100$ price point. It still looks as good as the day my wife purchased it for me with the exception of the pocket clip which has more of a bead blasted look now… but that just gives it character. Buy it, use it, love it

  • 2011-06-30
    Atlanta, GA
One of the better knives I've ever used. I got this as a gift for my younger brother to replace a knife he lost in an airport and he is very happy with it. It's extremely sharp and holds an edge very well. All around great knife.



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M16 Z - Designed by Kit Carson

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Product Specifications
Dimensions
Open Overall Length7.31 inches
Closed Length4.25 inches
Weight3.6 ounces

Blade
Length3 inches
Thickness0.12 inches
MaterialAUS 8
Blade-HRC58-59
FinishBead-Blast
GrindHollow
StyleTanto
EdgePlain

Handle
MaterialGlass Filled Nylon
Liner420J2

Lock
TypeLocking Liner
Safety SystemAutoLAWKS

Carry
Carry System1 Position Clip

Features
FlipperYes
PatentU.S. Patents 5,596,808 7,437,822

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DESIGNER CORNER
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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