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


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Part #: CRM402W | Columbia River (CRKT)
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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.
8CR13 Stainless Steel
8CR13 Stainless Steel Considered a value steel, 8Cr13 steel provides adequate corrosion resistance but with slightly more carbon than AUS-8, it will sharpen up and hold an edge better.
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.
Columbia River CRKT Carson M4-02W Assisted 3.25" Plain Blade, Burl Wood Handlesrated 3.722 stars out of 5 (18 reviews)
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Columbia River CRKT Carson M4-02W Assisted 3.25" Plain Blade, Burl Wood Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Topsail Island, NC
Oct 29, 2018
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Carson M4-O2W Assisted 3.25"
This has been a daily carry knife for over 2 years. For a smaller size folder it has a nice heft in your hand. Once you get get the "feel" of activating the blade (and it does take some practice) you'll be rewarded with the sound of a solid click and a lightning fast blade instantaneously appears... no exaggeration. For an affordable under $100 knife this is a keeper...
Columbia River CRKT Carson M4-02W Assisted 3.25" Plain Blade, Burl Wood Handles
rated 2 stars out of 5
Alberta Canada
Oct 08, 2018
Pros: Blade Sharpness, None
Cons: Weight, Ease of Opening
I’ve opened this knife and it darn near flips right out of your hand if you are not prepared. I have dropped it on the floor and it flips open as it hits the ground like a fish flopping in a boat. Won’t carry it in my pocket. This one scares me. Nicely centred.
Columbia River CRKT Carson M4-02W Assisted 3.25" Plain Blade, Burl Wood Handles
rated 4 stars out of 5
Mansfield, Pa
Dec 17, 2017
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: Handle Feel, None
Happy With This One
A little stiff opening at first but, with a little bit of lubricant (silicone) and use it is opening easier all the time. Nice handling and size for my everyday pocket knife. The wood handle could have been a little better fitted to where it meets the metal so to eliminate sharp edges. Overall, it is a well made knife.
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