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Columbia River Carson M16-12ZLEK Folding Knife 3" Combo Tanto Blade, Zytel Handles

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Part Number: CRM1612ZLEK
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
Retail Price: $89.99
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CRM1612ZLEK: M16-12ZLEK - Kit Carson Design
Columbia River
We have produced Kit Carson's popular M16® line in many variations over the past decade. Our Zytel® version has built the largest user base of all. These knives are built for function, not fad, and they are exceptional values. 

Our new M16 ZLEK line uses our very successful InterFrame construction, with tough, textured Zytel® scales over a 420J2 stainless steel liner InterFrame and solid Zytel back spacers. We assemble the handle with superior offset Torx® fasteners. 

For professional use, we've added a seat belt cutter to the Carson Flipper, and a tungsten carbide window breaker at the butt. Automobile side windows shatter with one quick whack from the butt of the knife. 

All components receive a tough tactical black coating. The Flipper can be pressed for fast one-hand opening, and creates a blade guard when open. We use our premium AUS 8 high-carbon stainless steel for the blades, which have Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges to easily cut rope, cord, canvas, and vegetation. 

All three models are fitted with our exclusive patented* AutoLAWKS™ safety, which automatically makes them into virtual fixed blades when the blade is opened and locked. 

M16®-12ZLEK. This is our smaller Tanto-blade version. The very strong blade grind makes a compact and versatile rescue folder. A black stainless steel two-position pocket/gear clip is included. 

Full professional features. Non-reflective black finish. Exceptional affordability. 
Kit Carson rides again.
  • Dimensions
    • Open Overall Length: 8.25 inches
    • Closed Length: 4.375 inches
    • Weight: 3.6 ounces
  • Blade
    • Length: 3 inches
    • Thickness: 0.118 inches
    • Material: AUS 8
    • Blade-HRC: 58-59
    • Finish: Black Ti-Nitride
    • Grind: Hollow
    • Style: Tanto
    • Edge: Combo
  • Handle
    • Material: Zytel
    • Liner: 420J2
    • Lock
    • Type: Locking Liner
  • Carry
    • Carry System: 2 Position Clip
  • Features
    • Flipper: Yes
    • Glass Breaker: Yes
    • Belt Cutter: Yes
    • Patent: U.S. Patent Nos 5,596,808 and 7,437,822

UPC Code: 794023121643

AUS-8 Stainless Steel
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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William J
Aug 15, 2014
Pros: Lock Type, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Columbia River Carson M16-12ZLEK Folding Knife
This is a great edc knife , and I love the seat belt cutter. Also with the zytel handles there is no worry with platting coming off from pocket carry. Very well built and sharp out of the box.
5 out of 5
Meriden,ct USA
Apr 22, 2013
Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Sheath, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip
Cons: None
CRKT M16 -122LEK
This knife is amazing with all its features like the break glass the finger flip the black military coating the way fits in my hand the quality of materials the blade once open has no play at all the locking mechanism rock solid I carry the knife with me everyday I use it at all forms of cutting from cutting limbs off trees 2 cutting meat and sandwiches when I'm out camping I have not yet have to sharpen the blade that tells you a lot about the quality steel on the blade I will not hesitate to buy another CRKT job well done . THANK YOU R.C
5 out of 5
Clearwater, FL
Apr 17, 2012
Pros: Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Lock Type
Cons: None
Quality Knife!
I have had this for about 2 weeks now and use it for every day carry. It came exactly as specified, with all features I expected. It is very smooth in operation, with no play in the blade. Quality was what I expected - very good or better. The only negative, and it is minor, is the clip (if you use it) only allows tip down carry, and I would prefer tip up. But it can go on the other side of the knife if you are left handed. I definitely recommend this knife if you are in the market for this type of knife.
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