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Columbia River Carson M16-04A AUTO Folding Knife 4" Blade, Aluminum Handles

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Part Number: CRM1604A
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
Retail Price: $300.00
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CRM1604A: M16-04A Designed by Kit Carson
Columbia River Knife & Tool® has been making the Kit Carson designed popular M16 Series of high-performance folding knives for over a decade. This robust design platform has become widely recognized as a rock solid "go to" cutting tool throughout professional and military services the world over.

And now, CRKT has just introduced the first fully automatic M16 knife, the new M16-04A. This all business cutting tool gets its superior lineage straight from the M16 design. Its 4.0" modified tanto blade readily opens in a flash with the push of the auto release button. In addition, the auto mechanism features a patented* safety on the handle spine, which effectively locks the release button in both the open and closed positions. The signature M16 handle design is profile contoured and purposefully skeletonized for mobility and secure grip.

These 100% MADE IN USA automatic knives are being offered as a limited production run and are restricted items being offered through Armed Forces suppliers. Blades are CPM154 (58-60 HRC) steel with DLC coating for superior performance protection. Handles are 6061 Type III anodized aluminum in a non-reflective matte black color. Knives come with removable stainless steel three position carry clip.

Overall, the M16-04A is definitely one "high-speed, low-drag" knife design that will serve you well, no matter what your mission.

*U.S. Patent No. 5,822,866 under license from Mentor Group, LLC.
  • Dimensions
    • Open Overall Length: 9.25 inches
    • Closed Length: 5.31 inches
    • Weight: 5 ounces
  • Blade
    • Length: 4 inches
    • Thickness: 0.15 inches
    • Material: CPM 154
    • Blade-HRC: 58-60
    • Finish: Black Matte DLC Coating
    • Grind: Flat
    • Style: Tanto
    • Edge: Plain
  • Handle
    • Material: 6061 Type III Anondized Aluminum
  • Lock
    • Type: Button Lock
    • Safety System: Manual Safety
  • Carry
    • Carry System: 3 Position Clip
  • Made in USA

UPC Code: 794023041606

154CM Stainless Steel
154CM Stainless Steel
A premium American stainless steel with great all around characteristics of toughness and corrosion resistance.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Aluminum Handles
Aluminum Handles
A solid, lightweight material that can be molded, textured or anodized to provide better grip under extreme conditions.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
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5 out of 5
Jun 16, 2016
Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening
Cons: None
Great choice
I carry every day. Hard to find a largish auto folder with a 4" blade. If you want to get to all the big arteries, you want a longer blade. It does open with a clunk. No worries. My Benchmade is smoother. Cost? Good knives are expensive. No regrets.
5 out of 5
Robert F
Dec 26, 2014
Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: None
4 out of 5
New Joisey
Nov 25, 2014
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
Cool knife, opens like a snail though
Another is a series of 5 minute reviews by Jim, so called because they're only 5 minutes of reading for you (but obviously I put in a heck of a lot more time to create it).

Make: CRKT
Model: Carson M-16
Price Paid: $200

First Thoughts...
Initial Impressions: Well engineered and solid. As soon as I took this knife out of the box I knew it was a keeper.
Packaging: Nice hinged box with the company logo and a Made In The USA sticker on it. The knife was in a plastic sleeve.
Accessories: None.
Documentation: Laminated foldout listing all the knives CRKT make, along with safety and warranty information. It also has knife do's and don'ts. There's a separate little bi-fold about the Carson that details opening/closing, changing the clip location, lubrication, sharpening, etc. Nice touch. Observed Quality: Top notch. There was nothing about the packaging, documentation or knife that made me think CRKT cut any corners.

Sharpness: Razor. Printer paper didn't stand a chance, nor did the hair on my arm.
Speed of Deployment: Leisurely, at best. The blade doesn't fire out with blazing speed, that's for sure; it's more methodical with its approach to deployment. Check that, it's slow.
Solidity of Lockup: About as good as you're likely to find. When the blade finally reaches the fully opened position there's a noticeable 'clunk', at which point it simply stops. Downward pressure shows no blade movement. Blade Wobble When Deployed: None. Zero. Zilch. Nada. I have never owned an auto knife that had less side-to-side blade motion then the Carson M-16. Think fixed blade more than folder.

Feel: Almost perfect, for me anyway. Could be a touch thicker, but I really have no complaints. Long enough for my ape hands, yet not unwieldy for those with normal paws. Smooth finish for the aluminum, but the coating makes it such that it's not slippery when cold or wet.
Size: Perhaps a touch long for some, but about perfect for me. Impressions: Very nicely done. Enough material to make it stout, but not so much that it feels fat. Large holes in the sides make for a unique appearance while minimizing the weight. Double bonus.

Clip Strength: Pretty much spot on. There is sufficient resistance so that the knife stays firmly in your pocket, yet it's not so much that you have a hard time getting it in/out. The clip itself is thicker than most most, held in by 3 screws and is setup such that only .5" of the body sticks out of your pocket. Carry Options: Tip up and down right side, tip up left.

Value: High. This is a $200 knife, which in my book is difficult to justify. In spite of that, the CRKT Carson M-16 shines.
Buy Again: Definitely.
Overall Assessment: I almost choked saying the words "good deal" and "$200" in the same sentence, but this knife qualifies in my book. From the rock solid construction and perfect thumb jimping, to the razor sharp blade and confidence inspiring feel, this Carson M-16 is a knockout. I've never owned a CRKT knife before, but I certainly will buy more in the future.
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