Columbia River CRKT M16-14ZLEK Carson Rescue Flipper 3.75" Black Combo Tanto Blade, Black Zytel Handles


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Part #: CRM1614ZLEK | Columbia River (CRKT)
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CRM1614ZLEK: Carson M16-14ZLEK

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 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®-14ZLEK. The "Big Dog" M16 is a hefty 6.2-ounce knife with a 3.75"- long Tanto blade that is able to tackle virtually any emergancy task. This larger model features a four-position clip, allowing carry on belts or webbing— tip up, tip down, left or right. Please note: These knives are not designed for tip-up inpocket carry.

Full professional features. Non-reflective black finish. Exceptional affordability. Kit Carson rides again.


  • Blade Length: 3.75" (95 mm)
  • Closed Length: 5.50" (140 mm)
  • Overall Length: 9.25" (235 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.138" (3.5 mm)
  • Steel: AUS 8 Stainless Steel, 58-59 HRC
  • Weight: 6.2 oz. (176 g)
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 794023141641

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Columbia River (CRKT), CRKT M16 Series, AUS-8 Blade Steel, Synthetic Handle Material, Folding Knives,

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Columbia River CRKT M16-14ZLEK Carson Rescue Flipper 3.75" Black Combo Tanto Blade, Black Zytel Handlesrated 4.417 stars out of 5 (12 reviews)
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Columbia River CRKT M16-14ZLEK Carson Rescue Flipper 3.75" Black Combo Tanto Blade, Black Zytel Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Feb 12, 2016
Pros: Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
the mq
I used to own the 13zlek (both dissappeared due to misplacing) when I got this big dog, I could not be happier. It is just as functional for automotive work is its younger brother, but its size make it much harder to lose track of. It is also perfectly balanced and does not feel as heavy as its bulk might suggest. Someone needs to tell Kit Carson to keep up the the innovations.
Columbia River CRKT M16-14ZLEK Carson Rescue Flipper 3.75" Black Combo Tanto Blade, Black Zytel Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Feb 10, 2015
Pros: Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Ease of Opening, Lock Type
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, None
Columbia River CRKT M16-14ZLEK Carson Rescue Flipper 3.75" Black Combo Tanto Blade, Black Zytel Handles
rated 3 stars out of 5
San Antonio, Texas
Jan 02, 2015
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, None
Cons: Handle Feel, Handle Material, Lock Type
I am active LEO in a large city and I have been carrying this knife now off and on for three years. There are three areas that concern me when considering whether or not a knife works well FOR ME as a duty knife. 1. How easy is it to deploy? Does the knife have an ambidextrous pocket clip? Is it a flipper, spring assisted, or automatic opening knife?2. Does it have a sufficient grip? Is there gimping on the back of the blade at the base? What is the handle material like?3. Does it have an effective blade? Is the blade long enough? Is it sharp out of the box? Are the serrations effective and easy to sharpen or do they break?Under deployability this knife rocks. Being a flipper, it opens flawlessly and, be ready, because theres even a little recoil. The seat belt cutter at the base of the blade makes the flipping mechanism easy to locate in a pinch. I love the fact that CRKT makes it easy to take their knives apart for cleaning, if you like to do that every so often. If your picky about cleaning your guns you likely like for all of your equipment to be in top shape as well. With a simple star screw driver set, you will have NO trouble disassembling and reassembling the LEK. If your not into cleaning and not OCD like me, you will be happy to know that this knife works flawlessly out of the box for months and months.The grip on this knife is where I have a major problem. The grip is smooth and in sweaty or wet conditions the knife is likely to slide around in your hand or even slip out. I think this knife with CRKT's G10 rough textured grip would be awesome. The gimping on the base backside of the blade is excellent. If this knife is needed as a last resort deadly force weapon, I think maintaining a solid grip on it would be hard.The blade of this knife is mean looking. Its sharp out of the box and does not dull quickly. The seat belt cutter is a great addition and with the right tools is easy to sharpen. The serrations are durable and more than sufficient.One major con of CRKT M21 and M16 series knives is the weaker liner lock, but I didn't mention this as a necessary feature for LEO/MIL use. Unless you intend to chop wood with this knife I have found the liner lock to be more then sufficient. Several other reviewers said that the weight is a con on this knife, but for what you get I would say that the weight for the LEK is about average. The glass breaker at the bottom is an interesting addition, that I personally don't like. Most of us carry some form of baton, but if your military or a civilian looking for a knife that has multiple functionalities this might be good for you. A lot of military folks have told me that they are trained hold a knife in the inverted position with the thumb on the bottom. The glass breaker gets in the way to that end.
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