When CRKT considered offering Kit Carsons very popular aluminum M16 design in a more affordable build, they turned to our very successful InterFrame construction. Instead of aluminum handles, CRKT uses tough, textured Zytel scales over a 420J2 stainless steel liner inter-frame. CRKT over-builds it for rigidity, using a 6061T6 hard anodized aluminum back spacer. And they assemble the handle with superior offset Torx fasteners. The handle is slightly heftier and wider than the M16, but it is exceptionally rigid.
CRKT uses their tougher AUS 6M high carbon stainless steel for the blades to give greater everyday utility, and offer both Razor-Sharp and Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point Serrated edges. All models feature the Carson Flipper, which is not only an aid to opening the blade, but acts as a positive blade guard. The M16-03Z and 13Z are slimmer designs with a spear point blade with a false top edge. They are ideal for a variety of carry positions. CRKT has also incorporated the patented Lake And Walker Knife Safety (LAWKS) into all models, which converts these larger folders into fixed blades when engaged.
All styles have Teflon bearings and a removable Teflon plated stainless steel clothing/gear clip. Which M16 design is right for you It depends on the task. Think of CRKT's original aluminum-handled M16 as an Arabian stallion, purpose-bred and lightweight. Think of the M16-Zytel as a Clydesdale--ready to rush a knight into battle or pull a beer wagon. Every day. Day after day.