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 larger size M21-04G and M21-14G models are heavy-duty work knives. 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 used this knife to filed dress three deer (including the pelvic bone) and the edge only needed a quick run over a leather strop to be back to saving sharp.
2012-06-23 Stow, MA
awesome knife. I use this particular knife as my current EDC knife. I must say, as an avid knife collector, that this one well built knife. I love G10 handles, and the blade style is a lovely one. The Veff serrations are sharp enough to cut through paper with just the weight of the knife straight out of the box
2012-06-12 Citrus Heights, CA
This thing is a beast. It's a huge heavy well built fighting knife that can stand up to some serious abuse. The tip is very strong, the G10 is somewhat slick, and I love the Autolawks feature. It is heavy but not noticable in carry. Honestly it beats most big tactical blades at an extremely competitive price
2012-06-11 portsmouth, NH
I'll make ths short and sweet. Bought this knife USED over 5 yrs ago. Whoever owned it prior to me couldn't sharpen a knife to save his/her life(light showed thru if you set it vertical on a flat surface). I work installing fences and frankly I beat the hell out of all my tools, so I sharpened this bad boy almost every day. I'd estimate I've lost maybe 1/16 in. of blade...in FIVE YEARS. Combine that with the double lock and this is easily the best knife I've ever owned. Maybe one of the best $50 investments(again, the USED price) I've ever made. If you're reading this, just buy the thing. If you regret it, I'll let you punch me in the gut.
2012-05-19 Williamsburg, VA
I purchased my first CRKT M21-14G from a hole-in-the-wall knife shop in Williamsburg. I was drawn in by the aggressive looks, mostly from the serrations, which I have heard some people (PMC Spec Ops mostly) will use chainsaw files to sharpen. It had a "shave-ready" edge right out of the box, and has excellent edge retention. I have only had to rub the blade on the back of my belt maybe twice. Very good investment.
2012-03-02 Cottonwood, CA
This is a great knife. My first CRKT knife was a K.I.S.S. folder I bought ten years ago. I have a vast number of knives, both folders and fixed blades from Spyderco, Benchmade, SOG, Cold Steel, Gerber and Kershaw, but the M21-14 is by far my favorite. The Veff serrations are incredible. The first time I used this knife to cut through a rope, I thought there was something wrong with the rope, as it went through without any effort.
I am such a big fan of this knife, I have actually bought 8 M21-14 and given a 6 of them away to friends.
I carry and use this knife every day. This is the best knife for the money Thank you CRKT
2011-03-08 Moody, AL
The best knife I own, hands down.
I've owned and handled a lot of knives over the years, but this is by far the best. The M21-04G is solidly built with the utmost quality. The blade comes very sharp out of the box, and holds an edge quite well. Overall, the fit and finish on this knife rivals anything I've ever seen Spyderco, Benchmade, or Kershaw offer. In many ways, it bests them.
It's not just the build quality of the M21-04G that makes it great though. The design is beyond perfection. It feels great in hand, grips well, carries low and comfortably in pocket, and opens fast. And God, the blade shape is one of the best in the industry.
I have spent far more money on other knives that are vastly inferior to the M21. I will own this until the day I die. Pry it out of my cold dead hands.