CRKT M16-14SF Folding Knife Review

CRKT M16-14SF By Dustin Bornman

The CRKT M16-14SF, has become a staple in my collection of knifes. I rarely leave home without this in my pocket. I love the balance, the blade and the tactical capacity of this knife. The pocket clip can be moved to one of 4 locations depending on the users desired carry position. In the position that I prefer the clip to be in, the blade is up and facing rearward in the right front pocket. If you pull the knife straight up and slightly forward, the blade stays closed. But if pulled upward and slightly rearward, the blade automatically opens and is ready for use. This is by far, the best option from a tactical standpoint for me.

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Claim to Fame: This is just an overall well built knife that carries well and holds an edge at an above average level.

Target Market: I think this is a great knife for anyone wishing to carry daily.

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Tanto point
  • Serrated blade
  • It also has a double blade lock that basically makes the knife a fixed blade.

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: The CRKT M16-14SF folding knife is available in black and tan.

What others are saying?: “I purchased this knife as an EDC to add to my collection. It's extremely well made, easy to hold and open. Closing the blade is somewhat difficult which maybe a concern to some. The blade is very sharp with a thick back bone very strong. The LAWKS locking system makes this folder almost a fixed blade. The flipper is quite fast almost as fast as my assisted folders! I love this knife.” - Knife Center Customer Reviewer John D.

“This knife is amazing. It fits snuggly in my pocket, but is burly enough to chop tree branches for kindling. The dual flips act as a hilt, giving it the feel and balance of a full-tang blade. The handle is light aluminum with a durable coating, but the steel maintains its edge better than any knife I’ve owned, so the tip is always ready for fine cutting. The serrated base of the blade comes in handy for skinning game or cutting rope, and is easy to sharpen with the right tool.” - T.S. Wallace, The Adventures of Man

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability: This knife is available from many retailers, including Knife Center, Amazon, and directly from CRKT.

Our Rating:

+ Tactical opening + Size + Balance

- Handle is slightly slick

Score: 9.0 Amazing90

Three Circles Knives, Satori Tanto Review

Three Circles Knives, Satori Tanto If you have spent anytime outdoors, it becomes apparent very quickly that a quality knife is a must have tool.  Whether you're just out for a small ganter in the woods or on an epic two week hunt in the backcountry, a solid dependable knife is a must have!!

There are so many uses for a knife in outdoor environments, it’s ridiculous.  They can be used for hunting, skinning a fresh kill, a cooking utensil, cutting up your prized tri tip, pry bar, screw driver, cutting wood for a fire, the list could go on and on.  Let’s face it, your backcountry knife cannot fail.

Enter the Satori Tanto Knife from Three Circles Knives.  The ninja of ancient Japan used “Sanmitsu”, which means three circles, to help prepare themselves for a challenge they may face.  The Three Circles stands for action, thought and word.  “Satori” means enlightenment in Japanese which Travis, the founder of Three Circles Knives, found fitting for their first knife.  The “Tanto” blade has been around forever in weaponry history.  Tanto is a blade pattern often associated with tactical knives due to its exceptional stabbing ability from a reinforced tip design.  The Tanto blade was introduced into the United States in the 1980’s.

Due to the Tanto pattern and it’s strength in design, this knife, which was crafted from a solid piece of 440C stainless steel, is absolutely indestructible compared to a typical folding knife.  Everyone knows you can’t go out into the backcountry without a fixed blade knife.  This knife is so reliable that I carry it with me everywhere.  I just keep it in my vehicle and when I know a pocket knife isn’t up to the task, I grab my Three Circles Tanto Knife.

I do have a few complaints about the knife.  The price is high.  Now, do I think this knife is worth the cost?  Absolutely!!  I believe in the buy once cry once theory.  I guess you could consider this my crying.  I was also disappointed with sharpness of the blade out of the box.  Now don’t get me wrong, most manufacturers have a tendency to send dull blades out of the factory.  This knife felt extra dull.  Would that keep me from purchasing this knife?  No.  A quick little sharpening session got me comfortable in handling this battle blade.

Do yourself a favor and check out Three Circles Knives.  They have some “Factory Seconds”, or blemished knives on sale right now that will get a Satori Tanto in your hands at a fairly decent price point.

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Claim to Fame:  A fixed blade 440C stainless steel survival/camping/every day carry knife.

Target Market:  This knife is geared towards a man’s man.  If you find you find yourself outdoors, hunting, hiking, camping and doing manly things, this knife is for you.

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product)Three Circles Knives 2

  • 12 inch overall length
  • 6.5 inch Tanto blade
  • 3/16″ thick 440C Steel
  • Kydex sheath
  • Multiple carry options: Paracord or MOLLE clip
  • Paracord color options for handles or maybe you prefer camel bone
  • Several finishes to choose from: Cerakote -Black, Flat Dark Earth, Satin

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:

What others are saying?:

  • From AverageHunter.com   - “These knives are built for abuse and the will take whatever coconut or washed up car tire you throw at it.  The pictures don’t show you just how tough these knives are.”

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability:  Readily available at ThreeCircleKnives.com

Our Rating:

+ Super beefy knife!! Feels unbreakable + The fit and finish on the sheath is amazing + The blade is cut on both sides of the knife + Did I say it was strong?  Durability is not something to worry about with this knife

- Blade was pretty dual out of the box - $$ Cost will be a turn off for many - Sheath rides high on the waist with mounting options

 Score: 8.0 Great80


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