It began like a Christmas wish list. What if CRKT could build Kit Carson's M21 series just the way a custom knifemaker would: with a G10 and stainless steel InterFrame build and a titanium nitride-coated premium stainless steel blade? What if CRKT could bring it in at a very competitive value price? Just like a kid on Christmas morning, CRKT got everything CRKT wanted. Choose from two sizes, just like CRKT original M21 aluminum series, in your choice of Razor-Sharp or CRKT exclusive Combined Razor-Sharp and patented1 Veff Serrated edge grinds.
New Left-Hand Model. This year, CRKT are responding to demand with a lefthand model, the M21-02GL, the smaller size with Razor-Sharp edge. On all models, the swedged and recurved spear point blades are made of premium 8Cr14MoV stainless steel with a nonreflective black titanium nitride finish which gives maximum corrosion resistance.
There are many reasons custom knifemakers choose an InterFrame build with stainless steel liners and G10 scales in preference to aluminum or even titanium scales. First, the aggressive G10 texture gives unparalleled grip. Second, it is very strong. Third, it is lightweight. And finally, G10 is an insulator with a low specific heat. Therefore, it is cooler to grip in the beating desert sun, and warmer to grip at subfreezing temperatures.
These M21 models also feature the very popular "Carson Flipper" blade extension, which aids opening and acts as an additional blade guard. Unlike the typical custom knifemaker, CRKT are able to engineer CRKT patented2 AutoLAWKS automatic knife safety into all M21 models, which converts them into virtual fixed blades when their blades are open and locked.
As is standard practice on CRKT folders, Teflon bearings at the blade pivot assure velvety-smooth one-hand opening and closing, using Kit Carson's trademark dual checkered thumb studs which also act as a blade stop.
Every model features a removable Teflon-plated stainless steel clothing/gear clip. All fasteners, including the clip screws, are Torx. Liners, hardware and clip are black oxide coated.
So there you have the M21 G10 series. CRKT call it a "premium value line." Everything you could ask for in a custom-