It began like a Christmas wish list. What if we 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 we could bring it in at a very
competitive value price? Just like a kid on Christmas morning, we got
everything we wanted. And so can you.
Choose from two sizes, just like our original M21 aluminum series, in
your choice of Razor-Sharp or our exclusive Combined Razor-Sharp and
Veff™ Serrated edge grinds.
The swedged and recurved spear point blades are made of premium 8Cr14
stainless steel with a non-reflective 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
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, we are able to engineer our
patented* AutoLAWKS™ automatic knife safety into all M21 models, which
converts them into virtual fixed blades when their blades are open and
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
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. We call it a “premium value line.”
Everything you could ask for in a custom-quality work knife at a great
price. Does that make us feel jolly? Ho, ho, ho!
Blade: Length: 3.875” (9.8 cm)
Thickness: 0.14” (0.35 cm)
Steel: 8Cr14, 58-59 HRC
Closed: Handle length: 5.25” (13.3 cm)
Open: Overall length: 9.25” (23.5 cm)
Weight: 5.9 oz. (167 g)
About the Knife Designer
Kit Carson of Vine Grove, Kentucky, is a retired professional soldier,
rising to the level of Sergeant Major. He has made knives for 30 years
and has been a full-time knifemaker since 1993. He is a voting member of
the Knifemakers’ Guild. Kit has been an avid hunter and fisherman for
over 40 years, growing up enjoying the woods and trout streams in the
mountains of north Georgia. About his philosophy of knife design, he
says: “I strive to follow form and function in the knives I design and
build. My reputation has been built around solid working knives, both
fixed blade and folders. All the time spent outdoors as a young man and
the time spent around the world with the Army has strongly influenced
the knives I create.” Nothing reflects this approach more than the
Carson Design of our M16 series, which is built for function, not to
follow fads. This highly successful knife series was named one of the
Top 10 Factory Tactical Folders of the Decade by Blade magazine. The
M16-14M recently won a comparison test conducted by Germany’s Messer