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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.
- Strong And Simple: Deadbolt® lock provides incredible strength and it's easy to use
- Assisted Opening: Flipper deploys the blade fast
- Smooth Opening: IKBS™ ball bearing pivot deploys the blade smooth
- Superior Performance: D2 blade steel for excellent edge retention
- Strong and Lightweight: aluminum handle combines strength with minimal weight
- Low Profile: pocket clip provides secure carry
|Blade Length||3.89" (98.86 mm)|
|Blade Thickness||0.14" (3.48 mm)|
|Overall Length||9.31" (236.55 mm)|
|Closed Length||5.34" (135.56 mm)|
|Weight||6.80 oz. (192.78 g)|
|Style||Assisted Folding Knife w/Deadbolt® Lock|
When the late Kit Carson released the original M16® years ago, he perhaps didn’t realize this would be the start of a whole new legacy. Jumping to today, the refreshed design emerges with a bang—now built with three times the power. Working in tandem, Ken Onion’s lightning-fast Assisted Opening matches seamlessly with Flavio Ikoma’s IKBS™ ball bearing pivot system, achieving a super smooth and quick deployment action. Then, thanks to Flavio’s Deadbolt®, the 3.89” tanto D2 steel blade stays sturdily in place as you brandish it across the most stubborn of surfaces.
Built with a lightweight aluminium handle for added strength and easy gripping, the M16®-04DB steps forward as the largest out of the reimagined M16® series (compared to the M16®-02DB and M16®-03DB). So if you’re searching for a time-tested design that punches above its weight in performance, it doesn’t get much better than the M16®-04DB.
Hails from a legend, and is ready for action.
How Assisted Opening Works
It's held securely closed in your pocket, but initiate the deployment, and part way through the rotation the blade opens at impressive speed for simple, powerful, one-handed opening.
How Deadbolt® Works
Steel bolts interlock with the blade when it’s deployed to yield incredible strength. A prominent button sits at the pivot point for simple, intuitive disengagement without fingers crossing the path of the blade.
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. The Carson family requests that donations be made to the National Parkinson Foundation at Parkinson.org