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M4-02 - Designed by Kit Carson

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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 new M4-02 lightweight model features white bone scales and contrasting black G10 bolsters, hand contoured like a Carson custom. (A LAWKS® safety cannot be fitted with this bolster.)

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.

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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Number of Reviews: 5
  • 2014-06-26
    Port Orange, FL
A well designed and manufacturered tool. In future revisions, strongly recommend tweaking the thumb stud. It's too small and sharp - almost unusable. Otherwise, great looking and functional knife.

  • 2013-09-09
    Clifton heights, PA
Smooth handle, good action , like the blade and the look. I carry it when I get dressed up.

  • 2013-09-06
    Mesa, AZ
I purchased two for gifts. Great heft looks solid, I liked the knives immediately. One worked flawlessly, the other has a weak spring on the outburst. It would only open part way. I put gun oil on pivot points and that helped. Practiced opening so much have lost feeling in my thumb and index finger. I wish the buttons were larger and less sharp. Totally happy with one, deciding whether to send the other back... Evaluating whether to order a third so I can have one. Ted Mesa, AZ

  • 2013-02-20
    Seattle, WA
Great knife. Very smooth handle and feels great in the palm. The bumper for your thumb to get the knife out is a little awkward at first but it just takes a few tries to get used to it. Super sharp blade.

  • 2013-01-12
    Thornton, CO
Just got my crkt m4 02 the worst knife i have ever own i can barely open it with 2 hands put little lub on it didn't help hope i can return it an am sure this will cost me more$$$ I'll stick to my greber Thornton co

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M4-02 - Designed by Kit Carson

Item Number: M4-02
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Product Specifications
Open Overall Length7 inches
Closed Length3.75 inches
Weight3.3 ounces

Length3.25 inches
Thickness0.121 inches
StyleDrop Point

MaterialWhite Bone G10

TypeLocking Liner

Carry System1 Position Clip


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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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