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M16 Deadbolt® Series. Three iconic designers. Three groundbreaking innovations. And three badass knives.

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Deadbolt®

After the blade is deployed, innovative Deadbolt® securely locks the blade in place to achieve incredible strength and stability.

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Assisted Opening

Assisted Opening deploys the knife’s blade at an impressive speed, delivering a simple, powerful, and one-handed opening.

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IKBS™

The IKBS™ ball bearing pivot system initiates a rapid blade deployment that’s as fast as it is smooth.

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Kit Carson

Kit Carson

Vine 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.

Flavio Ikoma

Flavio Ikoma

Presidente Prudente, Brazil

Some kids dream of being a ballplayer. Flavio wanted to be a knifemaker. In his adolescence, he worked on knives of the Japanese sword variety in his father’s shop. He has gone on to learn metallurgy, to work with Ken Onion, and to become a force for innovation. Not only has Flavio brought to market the revolutionary IKBS™ ball bearing pivot system (with Rick Lala), but he also showed the world that there’s impressive strength in simplicity with his game-changing Deadbolt® innovation.

Ken Onion

Ken Onion

Kaneohe, Hawaii

Ken is the real deal. The youngest ever inductee into the Blade Magazine Hall of Fame in 2008, Ken is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful knife designers of all time. In 1996 he created the first commercially successful assisted opening mechanism, and 20 years later unveiled his award-winning Field Strip Technology. Now, this world-changing innovation sets a new standard with Field Strip Gen II technology, a reinvention that’s bound to live up to its name.

M16-02DB

M16-02DB

Designed by Kit Carson in Vine Grove, Kentucky

A classic is reborn. How do you take an already widely-celebrated knife and make it thrice as good? By taking the legendary M16® design imagined by one of the most notable knifemakers in history, then adding three groundbreaking innovations: Deadbolt®, Assisted Opening, and IKBS™ ball bearing pivot system. Returning with a compact tanto blade, the M16®-02DB doesn’t just come locked and loaded, its deployment is now faster than ever. Years ago, knife designer Kit Carson gave us a timeless classic. Now, it’s back with a whole new legacy to fulfill.

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M16-03DB

M16-03DB

Designed by Kit Carson in Vine Grove, Kentucky

A classic story with three new chapters. When CRKT® decided to reimagine the late Kit Carson’s popular M16® design, it was either go big or go home. And so the M16®-03DB was born. Combining three revolutionary innovations, Deadbolt®, Assisted Opening, and IKBS™ ball bearing pivot system, this redesign doesn’t hold back in performance or functionality. Just like the beloved classic, this contemporary variation gets the job done right—only now, it excels in three more ways.

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M16-04DB

M16-04DB

Designed by Kit Carson in Vine Grove, Kentucky

Reimagined from the late Kit Carson’s fan-favorite M16®, this modern tactical folding knife packs three revolutionary innovations into a single design. Locked and loaded, the M16®-04DB combines Deadbolt®, Assisted Opening, and IKBS™ ball bearing pivot system, creating the ultimate everyday carry you’ll definitely want to have on your side. It might be a classic, but this knife is built to perform in the modern world.

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