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Columbia River Carson M16-14ZSF Folder 3.875" Combo Tanto Blade, Nylon Handles

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Part Number: CRM1614ZSF
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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CRM1614ZSF: Carson M16-14ZSF Folder
The service men and women of the coalition forces in the Middle East and Afghanistan require cutting tools that can stand up to the harsh demands of the desert. Our Carson Desert Tactical Folders have been developed specifically to blend into the desert environment. 

Our M16®-14ZSFmodel features our super rigid InterFrame build with 420J2 stainless steel liners, threaded stainless steel back spacers, and Desert Camo pattern glass filled nylon scales. The blade is a non-reflective bead-blast finished AUS 8 stainless steel. It blends and almost disappears in the desert. 

Our tactical SF model features two Carson Flippers, resulting in a true hilt when the blade is opened. Our Big Dog glass filled nylon version has a 3.875" (98 mm) blade and full-size handle with a pommel which is exceptionally powerful in tactical situations. Weight is a hefty 6.3 oz. (179 g). 

It features our exclusive patented* AutoLAWKS™ safety, which automatically turns the folder into a fixed blade when the blade is opened and locked. 

One-hand opening and closing is quick and smooth, the result of precision tolerances and lubrous washers at the blade pivot. The dual ambidextrous thumb studs with checkered surfaces provide instant access in any circumstance. 

The blade has Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges.
  • Dimensions
    • Open Overall Length: 9.25 inches
    • Closed Length: 5.375 inches
    • Weight: 6.3 ounces
  • Blade
    • Length: 3.875 inches
    • Thickness: 0.14 inches
    • Material: AUS 8
    • Blade-HRC: 55-57
    • Finish: Bead-Blast
    • Grind: Hollow
    • Style: Tanto
    • Edge: Triple-Point Serrations
  • Handle
    • Material: Glass Filled Nylon
    • Liner: 420J2
  • Lock
    • Type: Locking Liner
    • Safety System: AutoLAWKS
  • Carry
    • Carry System: 4 Position Clip
  • Features
    • Flipper: Yes
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 794023131680

Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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Old Vet
Sep 12, 2013
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath, None
Exceptional value
I have the "OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM" logo version of this beast and I want to keep i for my grandson. I like the heft of this knife and use the new one as my everyday carry knife. It works hard all day and handles anything I throw at it.
3 out of 5
Apr 02, 2013
Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, None
Cons: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Weight
OK! Not great, not bad
First thing I noticed was how unbalanced the knife was when opened, the blade weighs at least double the handle! I feel like it would be awkward to wield in a stressful emergency situation and prefer my Spyderco knives for EDC use instead. Not necessarily a bad knife, just not the one for me. Also the edge is sharpened on only one side, not sure what kind of steel was used for the blade. For the cost, it is a desirable knife for my collection.
4 out of 5
Nov 06, 2012
Pros: Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Blade Material, Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use, None
One year down... Many more to go!
I wrote an initial, out-of-the-box review about a year and a half ago on this folder. I'm back to give some more insight after a little more than a year of carrying it. On that, wherever I've been allowed to carry it, I have. It has been my EDC blade since I've acquired it. The knife doesn't sit very low in the pocket (it actually sticks out a bit), but it is comfortable to carry. That being said, pocket clips are extremely strong, and practically never catch on anything. Versatility and ability to handle a variety of tasks is good, everything from cutting open boxes and processing food, to knife fighting and minor bushcraft chores. The weight does give it some more capability, but some shorter or smaller individuals may find it to be too big. Sharpness wasn't a problem until I did sharpen it... the "razor" style grind (very steep on one side, very shallow on the other) makes it a little difficult to sharpen. However, it still can be kept to a "sharp enough" edge. Serrations are excellent, the best I've ever seen on a folding knife; still sharp after a year of hard use. Blade material allows for some rusting to occur, at least in my environment, so keep clean and oiled. After a break-in period, no more blade-lock hang ups, the AutoLAWKS system is one that I like, and I recommend that other knife makers put on their folders. Like all dangerous things, it takes practice to learn, but it is no slower than any other liner lock after said practice. Carson Flipper opening devices allow for multiple ways of opening the knife in hand, out-of-pocket, or even upside down in hand. Handle will take some scaring (if you care about its appearance) but those are just badges of honor on a knife, right? IN SUMMARY, I would (and have) trust my life to this folder. Are there more expensive, more high quality knives out there? Yes. Does this knife need some TLC and practice? Yes. But FOR THE MONEY, I can't think of a better tactical folder. An all around good, cheap and very usable buy for the civilian sheepdog, LEO or Military member.
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