FDCam Reviews: The CRKT Big Dog, M16-14Z Emergency Rescue

Blade reprofiled by Arin at FDCam

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Price:

$54.99 – $89.99

Overall Dimensions:

  • Weight:  6.2oz (confirmed)
  • Open Length:  9.25″
  • Closed Length:  5.5″

Blade:

  • Style:  American Tanto
  • Primary Grind:  Hollow
  • Cutting Edge:  Combination Plain/Serrated   (V-Grind/Chisel Ground Serrations)
  • Length:  3.75″
  • Thickness:  .138″ (3.5mm)
  • Steel:  Aichi AUS-8

Other Features:

PROS-

  • Excellent value
  • Solid build quality, durable blade design, and rock solid lock-up
  • Carbide glass-breaker works effortlessly
  • Generous proportions make for easy handling with thick gloves
  • Fast blade deployment

CONS-

  • Large flipper and pointy carbide window breaker make this M16 a real pocket hog
  • Our test knife was not shaving sharp out of the box (though FDCam will pre-sharpen any knife we sell, free of charge)
  • While very sturdy, the Auto-LAWKS safety makes one-handed closing basically out of the question
  • Handles need more texture for better grip

BEST USES-

  • Duty knife for firefighters, EMTs, and police officers
  • Glove-box knife for self-rescue from vehicles
  • Light duty survival knife
  • Tactical/self-defense

COMPETITION-

If you don't have to use the knife with gloves, one of the smaller Emergency Rescue M16's would be easier to carry.Intro:  Formed in 1994 by two former Kershaw employees, Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) has gained a reputation for Continue reading