The blade is 8CR15MoV high-carbon stainless steel which gives an ideal combination of toughness and edge-holding ability in a work knife, and also allows easy field-sharpening. The M16-01KZ uses our popular spear point slim profile blade with a Razor Sharp edge. It is ideal for fine cutting and carving tasks. It has a black EDP blade, black frame and hardware. Of course, it features the Carson Flipper, which speeds opening of the blade and acts as a blade guard when the blade is open. This knife also features Auto LAWKS, the Lake and Walker Knife Safety innovation taken to the next level. Auto LAWKS automatically sets a pin between the locking liner and the frame. This pin acts as an additional layer of safety, so the locking liner is less likely to disengage during use. To close the knife, pull the Auto LAWKS red button lever back, slide the locking liner over, and fold the blade into the closed position.
The M16-01KZ zytel folding knife from Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) uses a spear point slim profile blade with a razor-sharp edge. Ideal for fine cutting and carving tasks, the blade is 8CR15MoV high-carbon stainless steel, which gives an ideal combination of toughness and edge-holding ability in a work knife and also allows easy field-sharpening. The one-hand opening and closing is quick and smooth, the result of lubrous washers at the blade pivot. The ambidextrous thumb stud with checkered surface provides instant access in any circumstance.
Kit Carson, designer of the M16 Series, became famous for his titanium frame M16 customs. True to Kit’s custom design in all details, the production M16 models have been taken a step further with the addition of CRKT’s exclusive patented AutoLAWKS safety, which automatically turns the folders into virtual fixed blades when the blade is opened and locked.
This M16 uses CRKT’s successful InterFrame construction with textured glass-filled nylon scales laid over the 420J2 stainless steel liner InterFrame. CRKT overbuilds it for rigidity, using solid glass filled nylon back spacers. And the handle is assembled with superior offset Torx fasteners. Of course, it also features the signature Carson Flipper extension to the blade, which aids opening and acts as an additional blade guard.
AutoLAWKS Knife Safety
An automatic safety mechanism for folding knives, AutoLAWKS was invented by Columbia River Knife & Tool as an enhancement to Ron Lake and Michael Walker’s design to prevent the locking liner from accidentally releasing when the knife is open and locked. As the folder blade is locked in place by the locking liner, the spring-loaded AutoLAWKS lever rotates forward, and the metal tang comes between the locking liner and frame to ensure that the folder is a virtual fixed blade. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to accidentally release the liner lock when the AutoLAWKS lever is activated and if the blade pivot is properly adjusted.
Kit Carson of Vine Grove, Kentucky, is a retired professional soldier, rising to the level of Sergeant Major. He has made knives for 30 years and has been a full-time knifemaker since 1993.
|Blade Material & Finish||8Cr15MoV stainless steel with EDP finish|
|Blade Style & Edge||Spear point with plain razor-sharp edge|
|Handle Material||Glass-filled nylon with 2CR13 liner|
|Dimensions||Open length — 7.125 inches
Closed length — 4 inches
Blade length — 3 inches
About Columbia River Knife & Tool
Founded by Rod Bremer in 1994 and based in Oregon, Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) offers a broad line of sport, work, and professional knives and tools that are purpose driven designs. All CRKT knives and tools are built incorporating the most advanced equipment and production systems available. And the most innovative custom knife makers and designers in the industry have created CRKT knife, tool and accessory products.
M16-01KZ 3-Inch Zytel Folding Knife
At a Glance
- Spear point 8Cr15MoV stainless steel blade with glass-filled nylon handle
- Razor-sharp straight edge
- Patented AutoLAWKS safety system
- Quick and smooth one-handed opening and closing
- Designed by Kit Carson
- Backed by a limited lifetime warranty
- AutoLAWKS safety system
- Knife has open build frame, high carbon stainless steel blade, and the signature Carson Flipper
- An affordable everyday carry knife, the M16-01KZ features a spear point blade
- The signature Carson Flipper extension to the blade helps with one hand opening
- The handle features easy-to-grip glass-reinforced nylon scales and a stainless steel lined InterFrame