Kit Carson of Vine Grove, Kentucky, was a
retired professional soldier, rising to the level
of Master Sergeant. He made knives for
30 years and was a full-time knifemaker, starting in 1993. He was a voting member of the
Knifemakers' Guild. Kit was an avid
hunter and fisherman for over 40 years,
growing up enjoying the woods and trout
streams in the mountains of north Georgia.
About his philosophy of knife design, he
said: "I strive to follow form and function in
the knives I design and build. My reputation
has been built around solid working knives,
both fixed blade and folders. All the time
spent outdoors as a young man and the
time spent around the world with the Army
has strongly influenced the knives I create."
Nothing reflects this approach more than
the Carson Design of our M16 series, which
is built for function, not to follow fads. This
highly successful knife series was named
one of the Top 10 Factory Tactical Folders of
the Decade by Blade magazine. The M16-14M won a comparison test conducted by
Germany's Messer magazine. Sadly, Kit passed in September of 2014. His talent and influence is already greatly missed. The Carson family has requested that donations be made to the National Parkinson Foundation at Parkinson.org.