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 hefty M16®-04Z and M16®-14Z Big Dogs offer larger dual grind Tanto-style blades. These are full-size working knives suited to large hands and heavy-duty tasks.
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.
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 Clydesdaleready to rush a knight into battle or pull a beer wagon. Every day. Day after day.
I have been carrying one of these m16 knives for about 9 years now. I absolutely love this knife. Although susceptible to rust it is still a phenomenal weapon/tool. I am going to be sending mine in for repairs because something is binding inside the handle where the blade pivots. But that is ok with me after all these years. I have never been very nice to my knife and it just keeps on going.
2013-09-12 New Port Richey, FL
I've owned this knife for close to 3 years now. It has held up through everything I've put it through
2013-05-15 Evanston, IL
This knife has a very nice balance to it. I also love how the blade opens like silk. All in all a great knife, however there is one detail that should be noted. The blade is very sharp and holds an edge well. The steel however is very prone to rust, especially on the exposed portions of the blade. After about 12 hours of owning this knife it had developed rust spots. They are small and could have been easily overlooked, nonetheless, due to the blade's coated surface any rust that forms causes damage. Seeing that this most likely was caused by having the knife in a pocket while walking our dog, I am now nervous to carry this knife. ***CRKT RESPONSE - Thank you for your feedback Jeffrey. It is true that all stainless steels can rust. That is true of CRKT knives and tools and of our competitors. We often let people know that the way to properly maintain your blade is to keep a light coat of oil on the steel for long term care and maintenance of the knife. We have a Steel Facts section on our website where there is much more information available. We'll reach out to you directly to help and again we appreciate the feedback. CRKT
2013-02-26 Pearl River, LA
I have owned one of these since June of 2010 and have been throughly impressed with it. I has never let me down, from the swamps of South Louisiana, to the deserts of Nevada, to the Alaskan North, to South Korea, and Singapore. This knife has seen some miles and is still as smooth as ever. Being military I will be picking up the auto version of this knife soon as well.
2012-10-22 redding, CA
Recently i acquired this knife for my birthday and i have to say i love it. This is my first REAL knife... normally i just buy cheap knifes at gas stations. i was looking at other knives like benchmade and camillus...but in the end i decided to go with this after looking at it in person and handling it. I was able to shave with it right out of the box( that's a first for me to)
let me just say this knife has been awesome so far and hopefully it stays that way...
good job CRKT i'm a new fan
2012-02-26 Vero Beach, FL
I bought this knife yesterday at a local gun/knife show. Having previous knowledge and use of CRKT products, I did not hesitate to purchase this knife. It was purchased at a great price, and would not hesitate to tell one and all about your great products. Your M16-04Z came very sharp out of the box, more so than a lot of other knives I've purchased. That said, I still had to five it my own personal touch up, and can now if need be shave with this knife..however unlikely that maybe, but ya never know grin. I now plan on making this my everyday carry do all knife, I have no fear that it wont fail, or the blade come loose, but know that I do give my knives a good workout. It will be a pleasure working with this one..great build, great knife, from a great company.