This week we’re spotlighting the latest version of CRKT’s M16: the Classic. The M16 line has been a mainstay from CRKT for over fifteen years. This new model is actually a reissue of the very first M16 in order to commemorate the passing of their designer, Kit Carson.

Here today we have three variations, the 02S, the 03S, and the 04S. All these models feature blades made of AUS 8 stainless steel with a hollow grind and bead blast finish. The 02S sports a tanto blade that comes in just over 3″ long. On the 03S we’ve got just about a 3.5″ spear point, and then the 04S is back to the tanto, this time just under 4″ long.

Blade can be deployed one of two ways; either via the ambidextrous thumb stud or the Carson flipper. Very nice action on this line. Knife is closed back down using the liner lock. For that extra bit of safety the M16 classic also features CRKT’s patented LAWKS system. That means there’s a little safety slider that prevents the liner lock from being depressed, so there’s zero chance of an accidental closure.

Handles on all three models are made from 6061 aluminum and fit very nicely in the hand. The hand feel is reasonably comfortable, with the machined holes providing a decent amount of grip. There’s some light jimping towards the base of the spine that helps the hold feel good and secure.

The M16 has a nice, sturdy pocket clip that can be reassigned to your choice of four positions, allowing for tip-up or tip-down carry on either side.

Overall, the CRKT M16 Classic is a great choice for an everyday carry folder, and a fitting tribute to the memory of Kit Carson. To learn more about the M16 Classic, click here, or click here to see the wide variety of M16 folders we have available. To see our entire inventory visit