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M4-02S - Designed by Kit Carson

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(M4-02S) M4-02S - Designed by Kit Carson
(M4-02S) M4-02S - Designed by Kit Carson
(M4-02S) M4-02S - Designed by Kit Carson
(M4-02S) M4-02S - Designed by Kit Carson
(M4-02S) M4-02S - Designed by Kit Carson
(M4-02S) M4-02S - Designed by Kit Carson
M4-02S description
Custom knife maker and Knife makers' Guild member Kit Carson is widely known for his M16® design, which we offer in many CRKT production models. But since 1990, Kit's most consistent selling custom model has been his classic M4. In his usual unassuming manner, Kit says, "I guess you'd say it's my flagship custom. It's simple, with form following function. No tricks that look slick but aren't worth a flip in your hand. I've made many variations on it, from exotic collectibles to working tacticals, in maybe 20 versions. But I still get more and more calls to make the M4."

This year we're offering the M4 design in Kit's smaller every day carry (E.D.C.) size.

The M4-02S Stag is a deluxe model which has a traditional look with stag scales and brushed stainless steel bolsters.

While we were engineering it, we decided to add some more value by offering our OutBurst® assisted opening.

The OutBurst mechanism instantly springs the blade fully open after you have opened the blade approximately 30 degrees. M4 models have dual thumb studs for ambidextrous one-hand opening and bronze bearings and lubrous washers at the adjustable blade pivot for smooth, fast action.

The 3.25" blade is a high-hollow-grind drop point of premium 8Cr13MoV stainless steel in a bead-blast finish with a Razor-Sharp edge.

Our heavy-duty InterFrame build is true to Kit's design, with dual stainless steel liners, one locking, and a stainless steel back spacer.

The M4-02S Stag is a deluxe model which has a traditional look with stag scales and brushed stainless steel bolsters, plus our locking liner safety. It 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 engage the safety, push the lever forward. To close the knife, pull the lever back, slide the locking liner over, and fold the blade into the closed position.

All M4 models have high-mounted pocket/gear clips.

So here you have a friendly E.D.C. knife that fits the hand naturally for all kinds of cutting and carving tasks. Like Kit, it's a bit unassuming, but it's a knife you'll come back to year after year.



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No. of ratings: 4
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Number of Reviews: 5
  • 2016-04-08
    Muncie, IN
This is a beautifully-designed, moderate size EDC knife. I really like the shape and the texture of the stag handle, both of which make for a comfortable grip. Outburst opening is one of the best assisted systems I have seen, as it kicks the blade into position with authority, unlike some other "assisted" knives where you wonder if the blade is even going to make it to the locking point. I would say this is a great compromise between a "gentleman's" folder and a down-and-dirty daily workhorse, so there are a wide range of people who would like it. God bless you, Kit Carson.

  • 2016-04-08
    Muncie, IN
This is a beautifully-designed, moderate size EDC knife. I really like the shape and the texture of the stag handle, both of which make for a comfortable grip. Outburst opening is one of the best assisted systems I have seen, as it kicks the blade into position with authority, unlike some other "assisted" knives where you wonder if the blade is even going to make it to the locking point. I would say this is a great compromise between a "gentleman's" folder and a down-and-dirty daily workhorse, so there are a wide range of people who would like it. God bless you, Kit Carson.

  • 2014-11-14
    Austin, TX
Just received my new M4-02S and am overall very happy with my purchase. Sharp blade and great style. The only complaint I have is how difficult it is to open the knife - is there a way to loosen/adjust it as it takes 2 hands to open because the mechanism is incredibly stiff. ** CRKT** - this knife is typically stiff to open out of the box but will loosen up with use. If you continue to have that issue, you can try loosening the pivot screw slightly. If that doesn't work, contact our customer service department and we will take care of it for you.

  • 2014-01-03
    Marstons Mills, MA
I have two of these knives - one in burl wood and one in red stag. The knife is solid, well-built, and sharp. One of these knives I've had for more that two years and used it daily without a single issue. I'll have to say that I like the red stag classic look the best. Great knife

  • 2013-10-05
    providence, RI
Like many of you I love the classic design with the modern features. However, it just doesn't work. The screws come loose almost immediately. It's heavy and chunky in the pocket. The jimping is nice for about 5 minutes of heavy use, then it turns into a series of needles that leave two deep gouges in your thumb. Worst of all is the blade play. Mine swings wildly to each side- nowhere near solid, almost like the blade will snap right off with any light pressure. I'm not convinced that mine is the only one that does this. Sacrificing durability for flashy opening isn't worth it. At 1st I convinced myself I liked it just to ease the blow of spending over $80 on crap. I notice that many reviews occur within this period. A year later it's at the bottom of my drawer, not a worker. Pretty though. ***CRKT Response: We appreciate your feedback and we're sorry to hear about the problems you've had. We will do our best to make it right by reaching out to you directly to resolve the issues with your knife. We stand behind our products and we've had many positive reviews on this knife. Thanks again, CRKT.



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Product Specifications
Dimensions
Open Overall Length7 inches
Closed Length3.75 inches
Weight4.1 ounces

Blade
Length3.25 inches
Thickness0.121 inches
Material8Cr13MoV
Blade-HRC58-59
FinishSatin
GrindHollow
StyleDrop Point
EdgePlain

Handle
MaterialStainless/Red Stag
Liner2CR13

Lock
TypeLocking Liner
Safety SystemLocking Liner Safety

Carry
Carry System1 Position Clip

Features
OutBurstYes

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DESIGNER CORNER
Kit Carson
Kit Carson of Vine Grove, Kentucky, is a retired professional soldier, rising to the level of Master Sergeant. He has made knives for 30 years and has been a full-time knifemaker since 1993.
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