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Tualatin, Oregon, U.S.A.— January 19, 2010

Kit Carson’s classic M4™ custom folder is now a CRKT® E.D.C. model,

complete with OutBurst® assisted opening and LAWKS® safety on two


Custom knifemaker and Knifemakers’ Guild member Kit Carson is widely known for his

M16® design, which we offer in many Columbia River Knife & Tool® (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.

While we were engineering it, we decided to add some more value by offering our patented

OutBurst® assisted opening, and our patented* LAWKS® safety on models with the stainless

steel bolster.

Our OutBurst assisted opening 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 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.

M4™-02. Our 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


M4™-02S Stag. This deluxe model has a traditional look with stag scales and brushed

stainless steel bolsters, plus our LAWKS safety.

M4™-02W Burled Wood. You can also have the M4 with burled wood scales and brushed

stainless steel bolsters. It’s a very classy look, also with the LAWKS safety.

All three 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.


Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, Bone Scales, G10 Bolster

(without LAWKS Safety)

Length: 3.25” (83 mm)

Thickness: 0.121” (3.1 mm)

Steel: 8Cr13MoV, 58-59 HRC

Handle length: 3.75” (95 mm)

Overall length: 7.0” (178 mm)

3.3 oz. (94 g)

$69.99 US







These custom-quality folders have astonishingly low MSRPs: just $69.99.

*U.S. Patent No. 5,596,808


Carson M4™

M4-02S: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, Stag Scales, Stainless Steel Bolster, LAWKS Safety


4.1 oz. (116 g)


$69.99 US

M4-02W: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, Burl Scales, Stainless Steel Bolster, LAWKS Safety


3.7 oz. (105 g)


$69.99 US

All CRKT knives are protected by the CRKT Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Columbia River Knife & Tool is dedicated to producing knives, tools, and accessories

of uncompromising quality and selling them at affordable prices. CRKT products are

distributed through specialty retail, sporting goods and cutlery stores that offer customers

knowledgeable service and are available from or other reputable web site


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