Harold “Kit” Carson, long-time knifemaker and designer of the M16 folder for Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT), was inducted into the Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall Of Fame© this past weekend during the 31st Annual BLADE Show (www.bladeshow.com) at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.
In addition to the M16, which has been one of CRKT’s most successful knives for many years and is available in a number of iterations, Carson is also known for his Model 4 folder and other custom knives, and his willingness to help most any aspiring knifemaker on how to make knives. Carson’s patience in answering questions from up-and-coming makers on the Internet and elsewhere approaches near legendary status, and he has helped guide the careers of such established makers as A.T. Barr, John Greco and many others.
A career Army man, Carson was inducted by his fellow Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame member and good friend, Ken Onion. In addition, CRKT head man Rod Bremer was on hand to add his observations on Kit and read a letter from Kit to the Blade Magazine Award Banquet, the site of the induction. Due to health concerns, Kit was unable to attend but he was definitely there in spirit.
A complete story on Kit’s induction will appear in an upcoming issue of BLADE® Magazine.