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Gecko
07-20-2004, 05:10 AM
Re. My Post A Really, Really New Newbie

Based upon all the good advice given in the above referenced post I have ordered an Intro book, Janich's "Knife Fighting: A Practical Course," and have done a lot of research on folders, given the restrictions in my state that do not allow anything that can be opened by the force of gravity or an outward centrifugal motion.

I looked at and handled many different folders by several highly popular manufactures that comply with my state's laws. Given the size of my hands, one handed deployability was a real problem on all of these. I simply could not do it! Therefore, I have limited my selection to Carson knives,(www.crkt.com/carson.html) that have the "Carson Flipper." I have tried numerous styles of these knifes and they deploy very smoothly, like they had a jeweled surface and lock-up solidly. The two models I need to choose from are:

Carson M16-03Z: First picture, center knife.

Handle:

Plastic (Zytel) with 420J2 stainless locking liner.

Blade:

Spearpoint, non-serrated, AUS 6, 55-57 HRC
Length 3.56
Thickness 0.10
Lake & Walker Lock Safety

Overall length, blade closed, 4.63
Weight 3.70 Oz.

The more PD Carson M18: Second picture

Handle:

6061-T6 alum with locking liner and black inserts

Blade:

Spearpoint, non-serrated, AUS 8, 57-58 HRC
Length, 3.25
Thickness, 0.12
Lake and Walker Lock Safety

Overall Length, blade closed, 4.38
Weight, 3.5 Oz

Right now I'm leaning towards the more PD M-18. Any comments or thoughts appreciated.

Steve Camp
07-20-2004, 06:19 PM
Gecko-Are you in a FD or EMT?

I think he is in retirement.... if he is the gentleman I recall from the Denver CRG-1 class. And I think he had been around the block several times.

Gecko
07-21-2004, 04:37 AM
Gecko-Are you in a FD or EMT?

Nope. As Steve said I'm principally retired military, though he may have used the term "gentleman" quite loosely. ;) Lately I have been doing some "odd jobs" for a couple of federal agencies.

Thanks for the help guys! I'm really "out of my depth" when it comes to carrying a knife of this sort.

B0486
07-21-2004, 05:02 AM
Gecko,

Go to www.folders-r-us.org and look for the knife test section. I've tested several folders there and one was the m-16 CRKT you mention. You may want to take a look at the different tests as well.

Here's the linkto the test section for you:
http://www.folders-r-us.org/full_tests.htm

Brownie

Gecko
07-21-2004, 06:54 AM
Gecko,

Go to www.folders-r-us.org and look for the knife test section. I've tested several folders there and one was the m-16 CRKT you mention. You may want to take a look at the different tests as well.

Here's the linkto the test section for you:
http://www.folders-r-us.org/full_tests.htm

Brownie

Thanks Brownie. Sounds like a good knife for the money, given my particular carry requirements.

B0486
07-21-2004, 08:53 AM
You are most welcome sir.

Brownie