It began like a Christmas wish list. What if we could build Kit Carson's M21™ series just the way a custom knifemaker would: with a G10 and stainless steel InterFrame build and a titanium nitride-coated premium stainless steel blade? What if we could bring it in at a very competitive value price? Just like a kid on Christmas morning, we got everything we wanted. And so can you.
The smaller size M21-02G and M21-12G models make excellent every day carries. They're available in your choice of Razor-Sharp or our exclusive Combined Razor-Sharp and patented (1) Veff™ Serrated edge grinds.
The swedged and recurved spear point blades are made of premium 8Cr14MoV stainless steel with a non-reflective black titanium nitride finish which gives maximum corrosion resistance.
There are many reasons custom knifemakers choose an InterFrame build with stainless steel liners and G10 scales in preference to aluminum or even titanium scales. First, the aggressive G10 texture gives unparalleled grip. Second, it is very strong. Third, it is lightweight. And finally, G10 is an insulator with a low specific heat. Therefore, it is cooler to grip in the beating desert sun, and warmer to grip at subfreezing temperatures.
These M21 models also feature the very popular "Carson Flipper" blade extension, which aids opening and acts as an additional blade guard.
Unlike the typical custom knifemaker, we are able to engineer our patented (2) AutoLAWKS™ automatic knife safety into all M21 models, which converts them into virtual fixed blades when their blades are open and locked.
As is standard practice on CRKT folders, lubrous washers at the blade pivot assure velvety-smooth one-hand opening and closing, using Kit Carson's trademark dual checkered thumb studs which also act as a blade stop.
Every model features a removable stainless steel clothing/gear clip. All fasteners, including the clip screws, are Torx®. Liners, hardware and clip are black oxide coated.
So there you have the M21 G10 series. We call it a "premium value line." Everything you could ask for in a custom-quality work knife at a great price. Does that make us feel jolly? Ho, ho, ho!
1. U.S. Patent No. D559,939
2. U.S. Patent Nos. 5,596,808 and 7,437,822
I got this knife awhile back and never had to use the Veff serrations until recently and I am quite disappointed with them. I used them to cut a nylon tie and the tips of the serrations bent. Other then that I think that this is a great knife.
2012-11-06 aberdeen, WA
Got this knife for my birthday. Blade is good love the handle and clip. The auto lock thing SUCKS I about cut myself trying the one hand method on the instructions. I have a drifter and a pazoda that I love work great easy to use. This knife would be another crkt home run but for the auto thing. Makes the knife more dangerous in my opinion trying to fool with it. Is there a way to disengage it? For edc its not needed on this lil guy bigger blade maybe.
2012-09-27 Lagrange, KY
A freind turned me onto crkt knives. Just got the M-21 well designed and feels great in my hand. May take a while to get use to the lawks but fine with it for now. Love the blade and handle if there were a complaint would be the weight but not bad. Like to know how crkt makes such great knives at such affordable prices. Very nice knife, will buy more crkt knives in the future.
2012-06-12 Citrus Heights, CA
This knife is an exceptional EDC. I got both the 02 and 04 versions from bladeforums, they are a formidable pair. The blade size and shape is perfect for me in day to day tasks, the weight and thickness are reasonable, and the blade is quite capable. Only complaint is the jimping on the spine is pretty much nonfunctional. That being said I'd probably take this knife four times out of five instead of my Drifter
2012-04-29 chadwicks, NY
I bought this knife last year and and I have say it is by far my favorite knife and I have many from cold steel to benchmade and this is my favorite it holds a edge and its size it perfect for a big guy (6'5") thanks for making a great knife
2011-12-14 Portland, OR
I bought this knife to replace my fixed blade fighting knife on my kit. While I loved the fixed blade, a CRKT Ultima, the size got in the way. I have an M16 Kit Carson I've had as my EDC since about 2006. The M21 is significantly larger in the hand (and pocket) and makes a suitable replacement for a fixed blade. Normally I am not a fan of auto-lawks, but in this case it applies very nicely. I recommend this knife to anyone.