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Columbia River CRKT Carson M4-02S Assisted 3.25" Plain Blade, Stag Handles


MSRP* : $89.99 | You Save* : $33.04 (37%)
Part #: CRM402S | Columbia River (CRKT)
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CRM402S: Carson M4-02S
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 M4-02S Stag is a deluxe model which has a traditional look with stag scales and brushed stainless steel bolsters.

While we were engineering it, we decided to add some more value by offering our 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.

The M4-02S Stag is a deluxe model which has a traditional look with stag scales and brushed stainless steel bolsters, plus our LAWKS safety.

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.

About the Knife Designer
Kit Carson of Vine Grove, Kentucky, is a retired professional soldier, rising to the level of Sergeant Major. He has made knives for 30 years and has been a full-time knifemaker since 1993. He is a voting member of the Knifemakers' Guild. Kit has been an avid hunter and fisherman for over 40 years, growing up enjoying the woods and trout streams in the mountains of north Georgia. About his philosophy of knife design, he says: "I strive to follow form and function in the knives I design and build. My reputation has been built around solid working knives, both fixed blade and folders. All the time spent outdoors as a young man and the time spent around the world with the Army has strongly influenced the knives I create." Nothing reflects this approach more than the Carson Design of our M16 series, which is built for function, not to follow fads. This highly successful knife series was named one of the Top 10 Factory Tactical Folders of the Decade by Blade magazine. The M16- 14M won a comparison test conducted by Germany's Messer magazine.
  • Dimensions
    • Open Overall Length: 7 inches
    • Closed Length: 3.75 inches
    • Weight: 4.1 ounces
  • Blade
    • Length: 3.25 inches
    • Thickness: 0.121 inches
    • Material: 8Cr13MoV
    • Blade-HRC: 58-59
    • Finish: Satin
    • Grind: Hollow
    • Style: Drop Point
    • Edge: Plain
  • Handle
    • Material: Stainlesss/Red Stag
    • Liners: 2CR13
  • Lock
    • Type: Locking Liner
    • Safety System: LAWKS
  • Carry
    • Carry System: 1 Position Clip (Tip-down)
  • Features
    • OutBurst: Yes
    • Patent: U.S. Patent 5,596,808
  • Made in China

UPC Code: 794023040210

Stag Handles
Stag Handles
Naturally dropped deer antlers are used to create a natural rugged look and feel. Antler from the Axis and Sambar deer in India are renowned for their density and are therefore most commonly used for knife scales.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Columbia River CRKT Carson M4-02S Assisted 3.25" Plain Blade, Stag Handles3.478 (23 reviews)
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Columbia River CRKT Carson M4-02S Assisted 3.25" Plain Blade, Stag Handles
2 out of 5
Des Moines
Mar 29, 2016
Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Weight, Pocket Clip
Looks great, but stag is a drag
Pick this knife up to add to the EDC collection, also because I loved the stag look and solid appearance as a folder. Am a long time fan of CRKT. The good: the look is everything I could have asked for, beautiful; assist works great; lock works great; hand feel is excellent (though a little heavier than most of my EDC). It's a tough knife. The bad: the clip, here's why, obviously the stag handle is going to have irregularities, but the handle IS carved out a bit under the clip to afford AN ATTEMPT to clip it. However, they left tiny protrusions right around the clip opening. Besides being a stiff clip, there is no way it will not "grab" jeans material and refuse to slide in (and if I ever got it clipped I'm sure I'd never get it out). I went through the reviews again and noticed what my eyes didn't see the first time, several references of using the knife as a pocket knife or in a gear bag/backpack. To me the knife is heavy and bulky enough that I don't want it as a pocket knife, that's why I got it with a clip. So, I like the knife, but probably need to take off the clip and Dremel down the burrs. It's just odd because, like I said, CRKT had already obviously carved out a recess for the clip, they just left these obstructive burrs right under the stiff end of the clip. I did call Knife Center, but obviously they are not going to look for a different replacement with these specifics (not unreasonable), so I'm left to making the fix myself. Overall, I'd give the knife itself a 4 for quality and look, but I'm choosing a 2, because without the clip ready (out of the box), the functionality of a clip knife is significantly lacking.
Columbia River CRKT Carson M4-02S Assisted 3.25" Plain Blade, Stag Handles
5 out of 5
Tim D
Erie Pa
Jan 12, 2016
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
Great knife!
Great knife no problems at all. Opens with just a flick of the thumb. Love the stag handles and very sharp.Great knife will be in my pocket always.Great value will purchase another. TD.
Columbia River CRKT Carson M4-02S Assisted 3.25" Plain Blade, Stag Handles
3 out of 5
Grand Blanc, MI
Dec 30, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Weight, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath, Ease of Opening, Lock Ease of Use, None
Not too shaby
Not a bad knife. I had read the reviews of this knife and was a little concerned when I ordered it but its an okay knife. It dose take a minute to get used to how you open it but you'll get the hang of it after a while. Mine seems to be fine, nothing special but I'm happy with it.
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