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Columbia River Carson M4-02W Assisted 3.25" Plain Blade, Burl Wood Handles

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Part Number: CRM402W
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
Retail Price: $69.99
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CRM402W: M4-02W - Designed by Kit Carson
Columbia River

Custom knifemaker and Knifemakers' Guild member Kit Carson is widely known for his M16® design, which we offer in many CRKT production models. But since 1990, Kit's most consistent selling custom model has been his classic M4™. In his usual unassuming manner, Kit says, "I guess you'd say it's my flagship custom. It's simple, with form following function. No tricks that look slick but aren't worth a flip in your hand. I've made many variations on it, from exotic collectibles to working tacticals, in maybe 20 versions. But I still get more and more calls to make the M4."

This year we're offering the M4 design in Kit's smaller every day carry (E.D.C.) size.

The M4™-02W Burled Wood is a deluxe model with burled wood scales and brushed stainless steel bolsters. It's a very classy look.

While we were engineering it, we decided to add some more value by offering our patented OutBurst® assisted opening, and our patented* LAWKS® safety. It creates a virtual fixed blade when actuated after the blade is opened and locked.

The OutBurst mechanism instantly springs the blade fully open after you have opened the blade approximately 30 degrees. M4 models have dual thumb studs for ambidextrous one-hand opening and bronze and Teflon® bearings at the adjustable blade pivot for smooth, fast action.

The 3.25" blade is a high-hollow-grind drop point of premium 8Cr13MoV stainless steel in a bead-blast finish with a Razor-Sharp edge.

Our heavy-duty InterFrame build is true to Kit's design, with dual stainless steel liners, one locking, and a stainless steel back spacer.

All M4 models have high-mounted pocket/gear clips.

So here you have a friendly E.D.C. knife that fits the hand naturally for all kinds of cutting and carving tasks. Like Kit, it's a bit unassuming, but it's a knife you'll come back to year after year.

*U.S. Patent No. 5,596,808
  • Blade: Length: 3.25" (83 mm)
  • Thickness: 0.121" (3.1 mm)
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, 58-59 HRC
  • Closed: Handle length: 3.75" (95 mm)
  • Open: Overall length: 7.0" (178 mm)
  • Weight: 3.7 oz. (105 g)
  • Carry System: 1 Position Clip (Tip-down)
  • Made in China

UPC Code: 794023040227

Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
8Cr13MoV Steel
8Cr13MoV Steel
An affordable medium carbon stainless steel with a good balance of edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Wood Handles
Wood Handles
Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
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Torstein M
Mittet, Other
Jul 31, 2012
Pros: Blade Material, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, None
Nice little pocketknife
This is a very nice little pocketknife, it looks very good with the burl wood handles, and for the price it is allright, but there is a small gap in the transition from wood to metal that doesn't look so good, on a pricier knife this would have been bad, but on this it is not a big deal. It is quite hard to open, so I hope this will improve with some more use. The locking mechanism is a little hard and cumbersome too, but not a big deal. All in all a very nice little pocketknife for not much money.
5 out of 5
ft. lewis washington
Jun 06, 2011
Pros: Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Lock Type, None
perfect gentlemans knife
i am military, and i use this knife almost everyday at work. small, but extremely handy. and i love the sophisticated look of the burl wood.
4 out of 5
Ann Arbor, MI
May 25, 2011
Pros: Handle Material, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Sheath, Handle Feel, Overall Quality
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, None
solid deal
I've noticed that the reviews of this product seem to be unfair. I'll admit that when I first played with knife the assisted opening was a bit stiff, but after opening it, it becomes smoother. I can't say much about the handle, because I like the soft wood feel. It is also a bit small, but you should expect that if you can read the knife description. I would definitely say that this knife is nice for everyday use.
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