Columbia
 River 
Knife 
& 
Tool 
M16‐14ZER
 Kit 
Carson 
Design


One
word: 
BEAST.
 Kit 
Carson
 design 
knives 
all 
have 
the 
same 
basic 
look.
 Well, 
at
 least 
the 
everlasting
 M16 
series 
from 
CRKT
 proves 
thisCRKT M16 
to 
be 
true.

A
 tool 
that 
says 
“PRO” 
from
 top 
to 
bottom, 
even
 the 
box 
this 
knife 
is 
packed
 in
 says
 “For 
Professionals” 
as 
if 
cocky 
enough 
to 
suggest
 that 
anyone, 
absolutely 
everyone
 who 
often 
finds 
themselves 
in
 situations 
requiring 
emergency 
equipment 
will 
be
 satisfied 
with 
the 
M16-14ZER.

A
 knife 
that 
boasts 
a 
NASTY
 sharp 
AND
 thick
 tanto 
combo 
blade, 
a 
blunt
 edge
 window 
breaker 
on 
the 
butt 
end, 
a 
fixed 
seat belt 
cutter 
located 
on 
the 
hilt 
of 
the
 blade 
and
 not 
to 
mention 
fluorescent 
orange 
Zytel 
grip 
panels 
is 
sure 
to 
find 
its 
way
 in to 
the 
most 
discerning 
rescue 
worker’s 
bag. 
At 
a 
hefty 
6.02 
ounces 
and
 9.25”
 overall 
length 
while 
open,
it 
takes 
just 
a
 swift 
tap
 with 
the
 window
 breaker 
to
 free 
 someone 
(even 
yourself) 
trapped
 inside 
a 
vehicle 
in 
dangerous 
conditions.

CRKT M16The
 lock
up 
of 
this 
blade
 establishes 
confidence 
in 
the 
user 
thanks 
to 
the
 super
 sturdy 
liner
 lock 
and 
the 
CRKT 
patented
 “Auto
LAWK” 
locking 
system 
which
 engages 
automatically 
when 
the 
blade 
is 
deployed 
into 
its 
fully 
extended 
position.
 Not 
only 
is 
this 
AUS
8 
stainless 
steel 
tanto 
blade 
stout 
as 
a
 pry
bar, 
but 
it’s 
hard 
too,
 consistently 
measuring 
at 
either 
58‐59 
HRC. 
Thanks 
to 
the 
overall
 balance
 of 
the 
 knife’s 
engineering, 
deploying 
the 
blade 
comes 
easily 
by 
depressing 
the 
flipper
 opposite 
the 
belt 
cutter. 
The 
operator 
can 
make
 it 
happen 
even 
faster 
by 
adding 
a
 quick
 flick 
of 
the
 wrist 
to 
the
 motion.
 Quick
 closing 
isn’t 
really
 an
 option 
though
 that 
isn’t 
overly 
important
 with 
the 
purpose 
of 
use
 with 
this 
blade.

Also
 super 
high 
on 
the 
needs 
of 
the
 Rescue 
Worker 
is 
flexibility. 
Even 
though 
it 
looks aCRKT M16 
little 
miniscule 
and
 may be
 even 
flimsy 
at 
first glance, 
the 
provided 
pocket 
clip
 initially 
located 
on 
the 
hinge 
end 
of 
the
 grip 
proved
 to 
be
 very 
sturdy 
and 
functional.
 Not only 
is 
it 
functional,
but 
the 
M16‐14ZER 
shows 
its 
flexibility 
by 
allowing 
the
 user to 
choose 
where 
he 
wants
 it 
for 
his 
own 
use 
with 
threaded 
mounting 
slots
 located
 at 
each 
of 
the 
4
 corners 
of 
the 
knife, 
making 
it 
truly 
ambidextrous. 
Adding 
to
 CRKT’s 
forethought 
even 
more, 
they 
include 
a 
replacement 
clip 
and 
extra
 mounting
 screws 
in
 case 
a 
mishap
 happens 
with 
the
 first.

Whether 
you’re 
a 
rescue
 operator 
or 
not, 
the 
M16‐14ZER 
would 
be 
a
 welcome
 addition 
to 
any 
“go
bag,” 
emergency 
kit, 
truck
box, 
or 
anything 
else 
you 
could 
dream
 up. 
You’re 
only 
limited
 by 
your 
own
 creativity.

Review by: Ebbs of Haus of Guns

 

CRKT M16

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