Sunday, September 16, 2012
CRKT M16-01 KZ
Before I jump into some of the specifications, I want to convey that I used this knife quite a bit lately. I had a coupon from Knifecenter.com that I wanted to use, and set out to find a knife under $35 that I could buy without raising my wife's suspicions when she went to look at the bank account. Such small purchases are normal for me, and usually fly well under the radar with her.
On September 1, we took delivery of the rental we intend to call home for the next few years until we are ready to buy again. Again, this knife came along for the ride because I knew we would be getting into boxes, cutting through sticky packing tape, and doing all kinds of stuff I just couldn't bring my Spyderco to do for fear I'd scratch the pretty blade. For the next week or so, this knife got passed around the house, ending up getting lost a couple of times, dropped plenty, and used heavily. I put this M16 through more action in a couple of weeks than most people do in a year. We didn't do any hard use tasks with it, like baton through logs or whatnot - just extensive utility work. Anyone who uses knives knows that cutting thick cardboard, blasting through twine, getting into those annoying plastic packages that require a jackhammer, etc is very tough on blades and will dull a cheap one really fast.
Moving rearward, lets discuss the pivot. The pivot is ideal for this weight of knife, which comes in on my scale as 2 3/8 ounces. There is a nylon and brass washer inside to make fast flipping easy - well sort of. Perhaps mine needs to be broken in a little more because it doesn't flip fast at all. It's rather sluggish and sometimes it won't fully open and engage the lock. Now, if you give it a flick of your wrist, it'll come out lightening fast. There is a flipper on the back of the blade, which acts as a finger stop when the blade it opened. It's textured with something that resembles gimping, but I'm not so sure. There are also two thumb studs, one on each side of the blade. They are obnoxious to use and I think if you don't know what you are doing, they could actually be dangerous. They do, however, serve a useful purpose. Instead of employing a stop pin, the thumb studs sort of do it. There is a little axial movement of the blade, as well as some radial play, but it doesn't amount to much. For this kind of knife, I think it's probably normal. It does not affect lock up in any way.
This knife employs a liner lock, which is constructed of 2CR13 stainless steel and you have nearly 100% liner engagement on the blade. I'd say the liner takes up 80% of the blade itself. The liner itself has not been machined in any way to reduce weight. But I think what CRKT was going for here is ultimate strength in a small package. I think they've achieved that. Given that the overall weight is 2 3/8 ounces, I'm not so sure that drilling holes in the liner would accomplish much. There is gimping on the bottom of the liner lock portion to provide traction for your index finger if you hold it in such a way that allows your finger to contact it.
The clip is very simple and elegant. My only gripe about it is that the end sticks out noticeably, and I've scraped it against a wall. I wish CRKT flattened the end just a bit to make it not feel as sharp in pocket. That being said, it will ride fairly deep in pocket, with only about 1/4" or less sticking out of the top. For you lefties, there is no relief for you. The clip is where it is, and you cannot switch sides, nor can you change the position for tip-up carry. As I've said before, tip or tip down doesn't matter to me. When I can do it, I'll carry tip up, but if I have carry tip down, I'm not offended. Since I'm right handed, the clip position doesn't bother me, unless of course, I'm trying to carry it on my left side. But even then, it's not much of a hassle. Being on my support side, it's 99% not critical to deploy this knife lightening fast. It's more important that I have it to back up my tactical folder in the first place.
Lastly, I've saved all the critical dimensions for the end, so you don't have to hunt for them. These are right from the CRKT website.
Overall length: 7.125"
Closed length: 4"
Blade length: 3"
Weight: 2.3 ounces