Columbia River Knife and Tool M40-003 ReviewJune 2, 2020
- Size to shape ratio
- Deadbolt lock
- Flipper or thumb stud opening
- Deep carry clip
- Needs lube
- 1.4116 Steel blade
- Thumb stud opening
CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
The CRKT M40-003 is built like a tank – and I’m not just talking about the beefy Deadbolt lock system. It features an ample steel frame wrapped with textured FRN handle scales and 6063 Aluminum bolsters, as well as a ball-bearing assisted flipper. The 1.4116 blade steel isn’t mindblowing, but the bead-blasted finish helps.
EASE OF USE
Out of the box, you’re going to want to lube up and adjust the pivot on the M40-003, as it’s a wee tight for efficient deployment. Otherwise, the size, shape, and overall balance of this big boy – aided by the spear point blade – make for an easy to use experience on any adventure out of water.
STEEL QUALITY/EDGE RETENTION
1.4116 is German kitchen cutlery steel which is similar to 440A, 440B, and AUS-6, but is more in line with 420HC, which – in my mind – leaves you wanting after a period of time. Just like most kitchen cutlery steels, 1.4116 can be considered a stainless steel, but it will require many trips to the sharpening stone for the heavy user.
The only thing you should really consider when buying a knife with a spear point blade is breaking said point off the blade – but that’s not specific to this knife; it’s the nature of the beast. Otherwise, the M40-003 is built like a tank.