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Columbia River Carson M4-02S Assisted 3.25" Plain Blade, Stag Handles

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Part Number: CRM402S
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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Description
CRM402S: Carson M4-02S
Columbia River

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

UPC Code: 794023040210

Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
8CR13 Stainless Steel
8CR13 Stainless Steel
Considered a value steel, 8Cr13 steel provides adequate corrosion resistance but with slightly more carbon than AUS-8, it will sharpen up and hold an edge better.
Stag Handles
Stag Handles
Naturally dropped deer antlers are used to create a natural rugged look and feel. Antler from the Axis and Sambar deer in India are renowned for their density and are therefore most commonly used for knife scales.
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Denis T
Canada
Dec 23, 2013
Pros: Handle Material, Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Lock Type
Cons: None
Amazing pocket knife
That was the knife I was searching for ! Great and usefull design. Small pocket size with thick blade. adjustable one hand opening. The strength is amazing for a Pocket knife that small. Use it for 2 years now, it always follow me outside in the rough wilderness for fishing and hunting. Smaller than my Katz Cheetah folding knife it replaced it most of the time. One oil drop on the axis once in a while and its ready to work again smoothly. Strong enough to pry small crate covers also.
3 out of 5
Marco
Firenze
May 18, 2013
Pros: None
Cons: None
OK...
Had no problems opening this knife like the other reviewers. You have to push the thumb stud straight up in line with the handle, opposed to out like most other knives. The assisted opening mechanism is extremely fast and strong, however it is so strong it eventually loosened up the scales. Also, the grind was uneven on my knife.
1 out of 5
Miguel
California
Nov 19, 2012
Pros: None
Cons: Overall Quality
Thumb stud broke after 2 months of light use
Used it for a seasonal job for light cutting when needed. It's a beautiful knife but I am very disappointed with it. I do not recommend this knife
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