Wow, those are some really nice knives, Old Pa! I especially like that Tapio Wirkkala!
So I thought that the bug had passed, And I'd be satisfied with the CRKT Thunderbolt II as my EDC and the CRKT Pazoda as a compact EDC for work on the Slope...How silly of me! I stopped by the local Sportsman's Warehouse to pick up some stuff for Slope Duty and I ended up stopping by the knife counter, which was being manned by a rather cute girl. We got to talking, and somehow, I ended up walking away with this:
Yup, It's another CRKT: The CRKT M16-14Z, to be precise. What are my opinions on it:
1. It's huge! At 9 1/4" in total length (with extended blade), this is by far the larges knife I have ever owned. That title was originally claimed by a cheap Tomahawk brand knife that was about 8 1/2" long
2. It's huge! The blade has a very deep belly and is built of very thick steel. This thing is beefy!
3. The Zytel scales on both sides of the hilt make a very interesting grip. I've honestly never held a knife with Zytel scales, so this is a first for me, but I expect this knife will be very grippable, even when wet.
4. The Carson Flipper: This is my favorite function of the knife in all. I saw the flipper in use on youtube being used to pop the blade open, and I honestly had reservations as to how well it would work in life, but am pleased to say that it works like a dream, one hard flick with the index finger and the blade pops right open.
5. AutoLAWKS: Owning the Thunderbolt II, I was familiar with CRKT's LAWKS safety system that locks the liner and prevents disengagement. While I love it, I have to say I definitely prefer the manual model to the Auto on the M16. It's a pain in the ass to disengage with only one hand. It can be disabled though, which is something I might do in the future.
More thoughts to follow when I get a chance to actually test this out. Damn, I really probably should just mail my wallet to CRKT!