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M16 Z - Designed by Kit Carson

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(M1603Z) M16 Z - Designed by Kit Carson
(M1603Z) M16 Z - Designed by Kit Carson
(M1603Z) M16 Z - Designed by Kit Carson
(M1603Z) M16 Z - Designed by Kit Carson
(M1603Z) M16 Z - Designed by Kit Carson
(M1603Z) M16 Z - Designed by Kit Carson
M1603Z 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®-03Z and M16®-13Z are slim designs with spear point blades. They are ideal for a variety of carry positions.

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 8 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.

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.

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 No. 7,437,822

***Note: This blade was originally released in AUS 4 steel. We have since upgraded the steel to AUS 8.

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No. of ratings: 6
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Number of Reviews: 5
  • 2015-11-08
    Cadillac, MI
I love this knife, I recently bought my third one as the airport took one and the other went missing. It is worth every penny reliable and we'll built. It holds an edge well and performs flawlessly every time. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a great knife.

  • 2014-09-21
    Parker, CO
I have had this knife for 10 years or more. It has been my every day carry for work since I bought it. Although recently i put it up for the CRKT Crawford point Guard. Only because I took my M16 to be sharpened and the guy messed up the edge. I am getting it fixed and it goes back into the pocket it belongs in. GREAT KNIFE and EDC.

  • 2014-08-17
Several years ago a buddy of mine gave me a M16 13Z and not ever seeing one before I thought it was the coolest thing After a couple of years of carrying it I realized it was a one of a kind knife. I've had Zero Tolerance and Benchmade and a few other high end knives that cost 4 times as much and I'll tell you now the M16 can do everything those other knives can do. No it may not stay sharp as long as the big boys with S30V steel or Elmax steel but when it's time to resharpen the M16 it can be sharpened to a razor sharp perfection in just a few minutes. But if you were using S30V or Elmax it would take you awhile to get it razor sharp if you could do it at all Why pay 4 times as much for a knife thats going to get dull just a few cuts later and take forever to resharpen?

  • 2014-04-14
    Dresher, PA
This knife is exceptional. The carbon steel allows for an absolutely villainous edge (sharper than the law should allow) with one go-round using paper wheels, and it comes back to its former glory quickly every time with only a quick steeling. I lost this knife outside one winter, and I found it the following summer. It had a moderate amount of rust, tons of dirt, but it cleaned up nicely. CRKT sent me some missing torx fasteners for the handle, and it's as good as new now, except for some slight blemishes. The LAWKS system takes some getting used to but it's easy once you get the hang of it. I wear it in a belt pouch made for folding knives and I truly do carry it every day. I HIGHLY recommend this razor sharp, durable, comfortable, quick deploying folding knife.

  • 2014-04-07
    Valrico, FL
I've carried this knife for 8 years and use it all the time. I am a professional chef and need a good pocket knife for opening crates, cutting straps all kinds of cutting tasks (not food cutting) easy one handed use makes this knife a life saver. I've given away at least 10 of these knives to friends and coworkers as gifts. Thanks CRKT for making one of the best carry knives available.

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M16 Z - Designed by Kit Carson

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Product Specifications
Open Overall Length8.25 inches
Closed Length4.75 inches
Weight3.5 ounces

Length3.5 inches
Thickness0.1 inches
MaterialAUS 8
StyleSpear Point

MaterialGlass Filled Nylon

TypeLocking Liner
Safety SystemAutomated Liner Safety

Carry System2 Position Clip

PatentU.S. Patent 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 Master Sergeant. He has made knives for 30 years and has been a full-time knifemaker since 1993.
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