GUN CRKT Pocket knives - m16/m21 series

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  1. bigman7903

    bigman7903 OT Supporter

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    ok, i'm looking for a nice budget work knife around $40, i saw the CRKT m21 on TheBladeShop for $45 and i was curious whether or not this would be a quality work knife

     
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    i have one. carry it everyday.

    only problem is that it never wants to stay sharp. its been through hell with me at work, and is still smooth as silk. but it doesnt stay sharp long

    CRKT is a great company
     
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    I edc an M16-12M and like it pretty well. My only complaint is that when its clipped in my pocket I'll occasionally scrath the hell out my hand on the thumb stud knurling.
     
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    2L Bunny "It's only a Rabbit"

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    I've got a M21-12 that I EDC'd for about a year. Good inexpensive knife. It doesn't hold an edge as well as my S30V knifes, but that's to be expected for less than half the cost. Good knife, I still keep mine around the house.
     
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    whats your definition of losing its sharpness quickly - Ive never carried anythign other than 440c so i dont know how qucikly it would deteriorate, when i use my knives right now i usually have to sharpen ever week or two

    BTW i work in landscaping so it will be used extensively

    also as a sidenote, which blade would be best, this type or a standard bayonet, similar to the top one
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    I have an M16, its gets light use and has stayed sharp for me. Great locking mechanism, really easy to carry and a lot of fun to flick open. I'm looking at getting an M21 soon.
     
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    2L Bunny "It's only a Rabbit"

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    IIRC the M21's are AUS 8? It just didn't seem to hold it's edge as well, but it was by no means a soft steel. My comparison is a 440C BM blade, and now a S30V Ritter Grip.

    Take this with a grain of salt, the edge holding is much better than cheap knives.
     
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    I have an m21, its in constant rotation of daily carry with a kershaw, im going to agree with mr buffet, my blade doesnt stay sharp long either but its used regularly, I sharpen it twice a week.
     
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    which type of blade would be best for all around daily carry, the m21, or the standard bayonet?

    the m21 has it in 3.875 in
    the m16 has 3.5 in
     
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    Anders 7 I aim to misbehave OT Supporter

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    carry my m16 every day... love it
     
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    I have an M16-00k.

    love it. I had a problem with the clip screws backing out, but CRKT sent me new ones, a little torx to change em and a mini tube of loctite all free.

    good knives and a great company.
     
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    I have the same knife, and have the same complaint.
     
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    ???, i plan on buying this afternoon
     
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    I like the "Tanto" style blade better (the lower blade in the pic you posted). In the M16 model line, the smaller tanto blade (12) is only 3.13", and the larger (14) is pushing 4", and is much bigger overall.

    One thing to keep in mind is that it seems a lot states draw the line on legal blade length at either 3" or 3.5", so it may behoove you stick with the shorter blade unless you have a good reason for the longer blade.
     
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    what would happen if i get the bigger one and it happens to be too long? generally speaking of course because i would have to check out local laws.
     
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    Death by hanging in the public square.
     
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    :bigthumb: , seriously though, just confiscation, and a minor ticket? warning?
     
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    Depends entirely on the situation. It could range anywhere from "Hey, you really shouldn't be carrying that..." to being charged with posession of a deadly weapon with intent to do great bodily harm. In reality if you keep it clipped in your pocket cops arent' going to randomly stop you and ask to measure the blade. If you're being searched then chances are they already suspect you of something else and carrying a borderline legal knife will only fuel the fire.

    3 recommendations...

    1) Check packing.org for a general summary of your states laws. Yes, packing.org typically includes knife laws.

    2) Call your municipalaties public safety department and see if there are any local restrictions on blade length for single edged manual folding knives. If nothing else the should be able to direct you to where you can read up on the local ordnances.

    3) Don't ask random people on the internet for legal advice.
     
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    i have that knife but i have a black blade. i really like it.
     
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    oh yes i know that, that why i was asking in general terms, thanks everyone for the help
     
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    I have the M16 and I carry my SPYDERCO every day ;)
     
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    i think i'm just going to pick up the m21 + a spyderco dragonfly + a tiny little sharpener
     

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