Reviews and Ratings for Columbia River CRKT M16-04A Carson AUTO Folding Knife 4" Black Tanto Blade, Black Aluminum Handles
Model: Carson M-16
Price Paid: $200
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.
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.