Reviews and Ratings for Columbia River CRKT M16-04A Carson AUTO Folding Knife 4" Black Tanto Blade, Black Aluminum Handles

Columbia River CRKT M16-04A Carson AUTO Folding Knife 4" Black Tanto Blade, Black Aluminum Handlesrated 4.000 stars out of 5 (7 reviews)
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Columbia River CRKT M16-04A Carson AUTO Folding Knife 4 inch Black Tanto Blade, Black Aluminum Handles

 

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Columbia River CRKT M16-04A Carson AUTO Folding Knife 4" Black Tanto Blade, Black Aluminum Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Robert F
TEXAS
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
WELL MADE
I USE THIS FOR EDC AND VARIOUS CURTIN CHORES. AS FAR AS I'M COVERED IT'S ONE OF MY FAVORS AUTOMATICS!
Columbia River CRKT M16-04A Carson AUTO Folding Knife 4" Black Tanto Blade, Black Aluminum Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Jiml
VA
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.
Columbia River CRKT M16-04A Carson AUTO Folding Knife 4" Black Tanto Blade, Black Aluminum Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Jorn
Philippines
Dec 22, 2017
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
Excellent Knife
This is truly a great and innovative knife. Love the safety feature/lock of this knife as it avoids being accidentaly deployed while in the pocket even if the release button is pressed. At 4" long, this knife can be intimidating enough to back off any threat and this can handle many tasks at hand. Solid, sharp, efficient, and very well-built. Proudly US made. What else can you ask for?
Columbia River CRKT M16-04A Carson AUTO Folding Knife 4" Black Tanto Blade, Black Aluminum Handles
rated 4 stars out of 5
Jim
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.

Blade...
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.

Handle...
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.

Convenience...
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.

Overall...
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.
Columbia River CRKT M16-04A Carson AUTO Folding Knife 4" Black Tanto Blade, Black Aluminum Handles
rated 4 stars out of 5
Z
COLORADO
Jan 06, 2017
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
Has a right fit in the hand.
Well solid made, quick smooth release, nice razor sharp blade. Fits in hand like it was made for it.
Columbia River CRKT M16-04A Carson AUTO Folding Knife 4" Black Tanto Blade, Black Aluminum Handles
rated 3 stars out of 5
Harbin
Florida
Apr 17, 2018
Pros: Pocket Clip, Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening
Foulding knife
Take it hunting
Columbia River CRKT M16-04A Carson AUTO Folding Knife 4" Black Tanto Blade, Black Aluminum Handles
rated 2 stars out of 5
Auto Lover
Northwest
Sep 12, 2013
Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
My Grandma's Jack Knife Opens Faster
First of all the knife is well built, has no blade play, blade is centered, premium steel, tip up or down (on the right), DLC coating. What's not to love? Slowest opening auto I have ever seen. Nearly impossible to adjust since the pivot bushing rotates whenever you try to adjust the tension. Way to expensive, too.