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M16®-12Z Tanto vertical profile
M16®-12Z Tanto profile horizontal
M16®-12Z Tanto angled tip
M16®-12Z Tanto angled back
M16®-12Z Tanto angled feature highlight
For years, Kit Carson's M16® designs have been our most popular series. And our Z version has built the largest user base of all.

The M16®-12Z uses our very successful InterFrame construction, tough, textured glass-reinforced nylon scales over a 420J2 stainless steel liner InterFrame. We overbuild it for rigidity, using solid glass-reinforced nylon back spacers. And we assemble the handle with superior offset Torx® fasteners. The handle is exceptionally rigid and fills the hand perfectly.
  • Safe And Secure Automated liner safety provides extra layer of lock security
  • Cutting Power Triple Point™ serrations cut fibrous materials with ease
  • Strong And Lightweight Glass-reinforced nylon handle is durable and lightweight
Kit Carson portrait

DesignerKit CarsonVine Grove, Kentucky

Kit retired as a ranking Master Sergeant and ultimately became a high profile member of the Knifemakers’ Guild. Kit designed the successful M16® knife series named one of the Top 10 Tactical Folders of the Decade by Blade Magazine. Inducted into the Cutlery Hall of Fame in 2012, Kit’s industry influence was felt far and wide. He even mentored such greats as Ken Onion. Kit passed in 2014. The Carson family requests that donations be made to the National Parkinson Foundation at Parkinson.org.

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