KIT CARSON CUSTOM SMALL MODEL 4
Small Custom Model 4 - stainless CPM S30V blasted blade - serrated thumb ramp - titanium liners - stainless dual thumb studs- tip down stainless pocket clip - Red Jigged Bone handle scales.
Kit Carson was one of the most well know knife makers and designers of his time - He passed away in 2014 at only 63. Far too young with many more outstanding knives yet to make.
Instrumental in popularizing the flipper style of folding knife, Kit made a wide range of tactical and utility folders, the best known of which are the M16, M4 and M21. Reproduced by Columbia River Knife & Tool in a wide range of iterations, the M16 has been one of the companys best-selling and most successful knives for many years.
As revered as he was for his knives, Kit was more respected for his willingness to teach any and all how to make them. When knives and knifemaking exploded on the Internet circa the late 1990s and early 2000s, his mentoring benefited perhaps as many new and upcoming potential makers as anyone before or since.
A voting member of the Knifemakers Guild, Kit spent 20 years in the Army, retiring as a master sergeant in 1993. He grew up in North Georgia, interested in all things mechanical from the start. He began making knives in 1972, the same year he was drafted into the Army. It was during his last 10 years in the service that knifemaking became an extremely interesting and challenging hobby for him. While he and his wife Betty supported their children, Kit would scrounge any place he could in government housing to grind a blade shape or handle, or try to figure out how a lock mechanism worked.
"We did not have the Internet, all the books or the specialty tools, he said of those times in his prepared induction speech into the Cutlery Hall Of Fame at the 2012 BLADE Show. Many of us still today do every piece by hand, filing, sanding, honing blades, slowly creating knives, spending hundreds of hours at knife and BLADE Shows establishing our names in the industry and, most importantly, making lifelong friends.
Blade Magazine / Steve Shackelford /
As an authorized dealer for Kit's knives we only had brand new knives acquired directly from him.
A few pieces, such as this one, were kept back to be made available at a later date as new as they were from Kit's hands to mine.