At the request of those in the emergency services field, CRKT modified one of its most successful designs to create the CRKT M16-14ZR E.R. Tanto, an emergency responder’s version of the the popular M16. With many of the features desired by first responders, this CRKT is a solid contender for those who want to balance quality and features with a reasonable price point.
This model comes with an Aus4 tanto blade. Aus4 is a high carbon stainless steel that features a compromise between corrosive resistance and edge retention. The partially serrated blade makes cutting through tough things like clothing and rope much easier, and it features a strap cutter that is built into the flipper mechanism that can be used when the blade is open or closed. The CRKT M16-14ZR E.R. Tanto has a good balance of strength and function.
The Zytel handles are bright orange for easy location, and they’re lightweight, durable, and easy to clean. It features a 4-way mountable pocket clip and a glass breaker for emergency use. CRKT makes this knife with a 420J2 liner so that the structural integrity can hold up to hard use and abuse.
One thing that’s worth noting is that this knife comes with the Patented L.A.W.K.S. locking mechanism and non-stick coated bearings. This system allows the knife to open smoothly every time and remain locked open even in the worst conditions. The L.A.W.K.S mechanism is a two-step lock that includes a liner lock and a secondary locking lever.
- Aus4 High Carbon Stainless steel
- Partially Serrated Tanto blade
- L.A.W.K.S. locking mechanism
- Flipper with built in strap cutter
- Zytel handles
- Glass breaker
- 3 3/4″ blade length
- 5 1/2″ closed length
Overall, The CRKT M16-14ZR E.R. Tanto is a great tool for EMS and first responders. It has plenty of features that are desirable for anyone working rescue, but one of the best features is the price point. It can be found on CRKT’s website for $99.99 but SMKW.com has it for $52.99. Simply click the button below to check this deal out.