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Tualatin, Oregon, U.S.A.— January 19, 2010

Kit Carson’s popular M16® Z family of knives offers great value plus automated liner safety.

For years, Kit Carson’s M16® designs have been the most popular Columbia River Knife & Tool® (CRKT®) series. And 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.

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.

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

The M16®-03Z and 13Z are slimmer designs with spear point blades. They are ideal for a variety of carry positions.

The hefty M16®-04Z and 14Z Big Dogs offer larger dual grind Tanto-style blades. These are full-size working knives suited to large hands and heavy-duty tasks.

We’ve also incorporated an automated liner safety into all models. The automated liner safety 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 safety lever back, slide the locking liner over, and fold the blade into the closed position.

All styles have bearings and a removable plated 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.

All M16Z models are exceptional values. The two smaller sizes have an MSRP of $59.99, while the Big Dog models have an MSRP of $69.99.

Two models are available in retail clampacks as the M16-12ZC and M16-13ZC.


M16® Z
M16-02Z: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
M16-12Z: Combined Razor-Sharp & Triple-Point Serrated Cutting Edge
Blade: Length: 3.00” (76 mm)
Thickness: 0.12” (3.0 mm)
Steel: AUS 4, 55-57 HRC
Closed: Handle length: 4.25” (108 mm)
Open: Overall length: 7.375” (187 mm)
Weight: 3.6 oz. (102 g)
MSRP: $59.99 US
M16-03Z: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
M16-13Z: Combined Razor-Sharp & Triple-Point Serrated Cutting Edge
Blade: Length: 3.50” (89 mm)
Thickness: 0.10” (2.5 mm)
Steel: AUS 4, 55-57 HRC
Closed: Handle length: 4.75” (121 mm)
Open: Overall length: 8.25” (210 mm)
Weight: 3.5 oz. (99 g)
MSRP: $59.99 US
M16-04Z: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
M16-14Z: Combined Razor-Sharp & Triple-Point Serrated Cutting Edge
Blade: Length: 3.875” (98 mm)
Thickness: 0.14” (3.5 mm)
Steel: AUS 4, 55-57 HRC
Closed: Handle length: 5.375” (137 mm)
Open: Overall length: 9.25” (235 mm)
Weight: 5.9 oz. (167 g)
MSRP: $69.99 US

Founded in 1994, CRKT® is the industry’s premier brand of knives, tools, and lifestyle accessories, with a reputation for innovative design. For more information, call: (800) 891-3100, email:, on the web:


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