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.
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.
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
2012-08-17 College Station, TX
I purchased my CRKT M4-02 a little over three months ago. I must say that I truly love this knife. It works great and was sharp out of the box. My only problem is that now, three months later, I noticed one of the nuts that hold the casing together was coming loose. Two days later I found that it had actually come all of the way out. -- Luckily for me, it fell into my pocket and not somewhere on the ground. What size driver do I need to screw it back into place, or should I just sent it in to CRKT?