Columbia River CRKT Carson M4-02S Assisted 3.25" Plain Blade, Stag Handles
CRM402S: Carson M4-02S
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.
- Open Overall Length: 7 inches
- Closed Length: 3.75 inches
- Weight: 4.1 ounces
- Length: 3.25 inches
- Thickness: 0.121 inches
- Material: 8Cr13MoV
- Blade-HRC: 58-59
- Finish: Satin
- Grind: Hollow
- Style: Drop Point
- Edge: Plain
- Material: Stainlesss/Red Stag
- Liners: 2CR13
- Type: Locking Liner
- Safety System: LAWKS
- Carry System: 1 Position Clip (Tip-down)
- OutBurst: Yes
- Patent: U.S. Patent 5,596,808
- Made in China