The CRKT M16-10KSF tactical folder caught my eye when I was looking for a gift for my son-in-law. He’s a big knife collecter so I thought this might make a nice addition to his assortment of EDC knives. As an added bonus I figured I had to take some photos and let you know what I thought of this knife as well. CRKT (Columbia River Knife and Tool) is an Oregon based company and you’ll see most sporting goods stores in the Pacific Northwest carrying a variety of their knives. The CRKT M16-10KSF was created by Kit Carson – one of CRKT’s knife designers.
The knife is esthetically very appealing. It looks extremely tactical for a knife that I’d consider to be in the everyday carry category. The knife is completely blacked -out with the only contrast being the silver (and quite sharp) tanto blade edge. The grip is a smooth metal so it goes without saying that if wet it just won’t give you the same grip security as some other handle designs, but in my opinion it isn’t a huge deal because the knife has very defined blade guards to keep your hand from sliding up the blade.
The CRKT M16-10KSF features a healthy clip which is nice to see on a smaller knife. Too many small knives feature sub-standard clips.
I mentioned in past posts that I’m a big fan of Spyderco and the hole they put in their blades for one-handed opening. The CRKT M16-10KSF uses a thumb stud and something called the Carson flipper for opening. This is not an assisted opening knife however. If you haven’t used this style of opening it may take a bit of time to get used to the way it opens.
The Carson opening design, although not a true flipper opening does offer the dual purpose of acting as a blade guard as well. You’ll see this in an image below.
To close after disengaging the blade lock you push forward on the guard.
In the photo above you can see how the Carson flippers act as substantial blade guards while gripping the knife. The blade is made of 8Cr13MoV blade steel. A significant discussion of this flavor of blade steel can be found here. 8Cr13MoV is perfectly in line with the price point of this knife and used in Spyderco knives as well.
The CRKT M16-10KSF opened – clip side and non-clip side. In my opinion, a very attractive EDC.
The knife is quite thin and used an integrated liner lock to keep the blade fixed in place. I found that disengaging the liner lock for a one-handed close was a bit tricky. Not impossible, but something you’ll need to practice a bit to feel comfortable doing it.
The knife measures out at 7″ with a blade length right at 3″. If you live in a city or work at a company that has some strict rules regarding blade length, this knife could be the ticket. My initial impressions of the CRKT M16-10KSF are quite positive. The knife was sharp out of the box, appeared to be made well and I think a bargain for the price. As I mentioned before it might take a bit of time getting used to opening and closing this knife on-handed, but it’s not a deal killer for me. I plan to pick one of these up in a plain edge. I know I’m supposed to like a knife because it’s a great tool, but I can’t help it. I really think this is a great looking knife as well.