CRKT M4, a Kit Carson design

Recently I purchased a CRKT M4 02W, as a possible EDC knife for work on the farm. The first thing that appealed to me was that burl wood handle. It sure looked good in the picture and was pretty sure it would feel good working as well.

Upon opening the box I had some initial impressions. The knife was solid, heavy and very good looking. The  burl wood is warm and attractive and the stainless brushed bolsters make it look pretty classy. Sure it’s equipped with LAWKES, a CRKT design to prevent the blade from opening. In my opinion, it’s not really needed as I doubt this knife is going to open clipped in my pocket. It might save them $5 or so on a knife and perhaps they could have a lower price point or possibly put the money into something else.

It does have dual thumb studs and that’s handy. It does require a special angle on the opening to actually employ the assisted open with the thumbstuds, but when you get it right, it’s a fast opener. The pocket clip is not moveable but does allow for a deep pocket carry.

It’s been said that this series of M4’s was a favorite of knife designer Kit Carson. Not too big or gaudy but always a good seller.

  
To get the Outburst mechanism to engage, the blade must be opened at least 30 degrees according to CRKT. This generally works as described. A break-in period does help.

The 3.25″ blade is a high-hollow-grind drop point of premium 8Cr13MoV stainless steel in a bead-blast finish that comes out of the box ready to bite you!

  
Here are some specs:

Blade: 3.25″
Overall: 7″
Closed: 3.75″
Weight: 3.3 

One of the reasons I bought this knife is because of Kit Carson. He was a 30 year military man. He had been making and designing knives for many years. Sadly the world lost a great designer way too soon. 

All in all I recommend the knife. It has been very successful around the farm cutting, some light chopping, box and bag opening. The steel holds an edge and is easily resharpened. It’s an easy carry and attractive EDC. Good performance for the price!

Do the Shuffle!

Whatever your style of shuffle is(old school vs new) Kershaw has come out with their own. No it’s not a dance, it’s a knife!   

Not big at all, but with just a 2.375 inch blade, it’s big enough for some chores. I know, I know, you might be asking why review this knife? But you only have to pick it up. The handle can fit most hands surprisingly well because the finger contours just work. And that’s the other thing, that glass filled nylon handle really lets you hang on and well…get a grip!  It’s K texture and it works.  

 The blade is rounded , hollow ground  and the weight is evenly distributed from front to back. The knife has a lanyard hole which is a great idea and it doubles as a screwdriver(flathead). 

  Get thirsty some days, need a bottle cap lifter to crack open that beverage? Yep it has that as well at the back of the knife.

Yes, it’s small, but a lot is packed into a great design. The pocket clip so far, just hangs on. It almost unnecessary as the Shuffle fits right down in the pocket or wherever you might choose to keep it. The blade when deployed, locks up tight and when folded back it centers nicely.  
Here some additional detail on the knife: 

Liner Lock

Thumbstud

Reversible pocketclip(it carries tip up)

Steel: 8Cr13MoV, bead-blasted finish

Handle: Glass-filled nylon, K-Texture™ grip

Blade length: 2.375″ (6 cm)

Closed length: 3.25″ (8.3 cm)

Overall length: 5.625″ (14.3 cm)

The thumbstud does open the knife but it’s smaller size makes it a bit harder to open one handed. Mine required a bit of a break-in period. This knife has been available since mid to late 2013. It’s a great bargain and most other reviews are quite favorable toward it. The knife comes in several different colors and most recently Kershaw has introduced a version II and I might just have to look at that one next.

I did my own review on this because this is a well designed knife that works.

Colonial Bushcraft Knife

If you have ever thought about heading out for a fall camping trip, I have a knife for you!

  
This knife, the Defiant is over 11 inches long and perfectly balanced. Steel is 154 CM, is 3/16 inch stock in a sober grind and it sure has stood up to the tasks. Originally designed by Abe Elias and Diving Sparrow Knife Designs, this knife is made in the USA and is a bushcraft knife. It’s actually one of 4 different designs and sizes in the E.T.A.G. Line. The knife I have is the largest of the 4 and it’s quite a beast! The other 3 knives are the Ceberus at 9 inches, the Nemesis at 8 1/2 inches, the Nomad at 8 3/4 inches. All blades are Rockwell tested and come in at 59C

Here’s  what I noticed right after I opened the box:

  • It’s a solid knife – full tang construction and with a good amount of steel
  • The sheath – kydex that really holds the knife. Carry it upside down and it’s not falling out! Also has an adjustable belt clip that is moveable and can go attach to a variety of belts/packs
  • Fit and finish – just perfect, a smooth G-10, with a highly polished blade

I ran the knife through a small series of tests. The first being feathering and the big knife did not disappoint:  

 
In fact it created a growing pile of chips that I can start a fire with. I do have a separate fire starter, but one incorporated with the sheath would be a great add on.

Also tried to do a bit of chopping with the knife and it easily formed a wedge. No question with a lanyard securely attached you could cut a variety of semi large timber, like shelter poles or stakes. This motion can sharpen a stick to create a harpoon.

  
The shiny blade finish could be used as a signal mirror:  

 
Clearly there are many things this knife can do, not the least of which is to use it as a weapon if needed. The swedge at the top could also be sharpened to pierce and process game.( In this example I am talking about real life survival where this type of modification is necessary.) Check your local laws as this practice in a normal setting may be prohibited.

You will not be disappointed if you take this knife or whatever model you choose into the woods for deer camp or wherever Bushcraft might take you. I suggest reviewing the models and pick the one or ones matched up to what you would like to do. Check your local dealer as these are on a limited run. This knife is a good addition to my knives.