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The late Kit Carson’s memory is felt strongly throughout the industry—it shows in the absolute reverence the knife world has for his M16® and M21™ designs. The M40™ everyday carry folding knife is based on a legacy design. This version is reimagined with Deadbolt, marrying classic design with contemporary innovation. Kit’s legacy just keeps growing.
- Innovative Deadbolt® Locking Mechanism is Simple to Use and Provides Incredible Strength
- Flipper Opening Combined with IKBS™ Ball Bearing Pivot System Deploys the Blade Smooth and Fast
- Glass Reinforced Nylon and Aluminum Bolster Handle is Strong and Lightweight
|Blade Length||3.453" (87.71 mm)|
|Blade Edge||Plain Edge|
|Blade Finish||Bead Blast|
|Blade Thickness||0.135" (3.43 mm)|
|Overall Length||8.006" (203.35 mm)|
|Closed Length||4.601" (116.87 mm)|
|Weight||4.2 oz. (119.07g)|
|Handle||Bolster - 6063 Al | Onlay - Glass Reinforced Nylon|
|Style||Folding Knife w/Deadbolt® Lock|
Kit Carson turned out a host of game changing knives from his bench in Vine Grove, Kentucky. The M40™ is based on one of his relatively unknown custom designs. In classic Kit style, the stainless steel spear point blade is all business. It’s met with a glass-reinforced nylon and aluminum bolster handle that’s strong and surprisingly lightweight. The magic happens when you fire it up. The deployment action is quick and smooth with a flipper and IKBS™ ball bearing pivot system. It locks into place with Deadbolt and will stay there—enduring incredible stress and weight—until it’s simply closed with the prominent button.
The M40™ is well deserving of a spot in this legendary lineage.
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