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
This was my EDC for three years and I just lost it, so am getting another. I love the blade and auto-lawk is wonderful The ideal knife would never need sharpening and mech never need oiling, but we're talkin' real world here. I tightened the torx and adjusted the blade tension screw when I got it, and apply a skosh of TW25 now and again. I've never used an actual sharpener on it, though maybe I should. I just run a steel over it a few times a couple of times a year, and I'm ok. PO'd that I lost it, but the price makes it easy to replace. I got it because I had M16-10Z knives and really liked 'em - gave a couple away, and another is still a backup, which I'm using while I wait for the new M21 to arrive. I got the M21 bec I don't like the Tanto or the serrations on that M16.
2013-05-05 Mission, TX
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.