CRKT M16 Tanto Blade Knife Review

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I’ve personally always liked CRKT knives.

I’ve never seen a bad quality CRKT knife, and the performance to price ratio is bar none.

While they can’t compare to a spyderco knife, they are pleasant to use and not to shabby to look at neither.

Today we are going to review the CRKT M16 Tanto Blade Knife.

I’m no stranger to the CRKT M16 Tanto Blade Knife.

I’ve personally used this as my EDC knife for about a year now.

I’ve always been a fan of tanto blades, because I think they look super cool.

General Information

The model I have is the CRKT M16-10S and this knife was designed by Kit Carson in Vine Grove, Kentucky

It is a relatively small knife, in comparison to most other knives available. The one I have has a 3.5 inch blade and weighs about 3.5 ounces. The overall size of the knife is 7 inches, however this may vary depending on which exact model of the M16 you choose. The steel is 8Cr14MoV, which is arguably comparable to AUS 8 steel.

There are quite a few models to choose from and they do vary in size, blade type, and even metal type. The scales vary as well, and you may find them in anything from aluminum, to titanium, to Zytel. Mine is the stainless steel model and has a black oxide coating. Other alternative options include a more traditional spear blade.

Some people say that the scales on these sorts of knives can attract dirt or grime, but I’ve had mine clipped onto the side of my pocket for quite a while now and I haven’t had this problem at all.


I find the ergonomics to be quite nice. Perhaps the knife is a tad bit small for my hands, as I’m over 6 feet tall, but that being said, I have no problem using it, or opening and closing the blade.

It feels really solid.

Deployment & Lockup

The deployment on this M16 knife is stellar.

It’s super smooth.

It’s been a while since I’ve used a knife which opens as cleanly as this one.

Deployment is done via a flipper. The knife looks like it has 2 thumb studs, however they are actually stop pins put in the blade. Regardless, I can very easily open this knife with one hand, which is a feature a lot of people look for, as it is vital during certain jobs or tasks.


Big things sometimes come in small packages.

This is one of CRKT’s oldest and most loved designs.

Overall I love the CRKT M16 Knife and plan to continue using it as my EDC.

That being said, there are many people who may not like the Auto LAWKS feature.

If you do buy this knife, I would recommend buying the AUS 8 or 8Cr14MoV variant, rather then the AUS 4 model.

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